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Lake Manze Tented Camp

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- Rustic tented safari camp
- Wilderness Location
- Comparatively good value
- Excellent wildlife

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Lake Manze is a simple and great value wilderness safari camp in a prime wildlife area at the heart of Southern Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve.

The Selous is the largest reserve in Africa, double the size of its famed counterpart, the Serengeti. Renowned for its low density of camps and vehicles, it offers a genuine slice of African wilderness. The reserve has a good wildlife population with hippo, lion, elephant and buffalo well represented. The variety and freedom of activities are key here, with bush walks, boating safaris and fishing all on offer in addition to the more usual game drives. The Selous is well connected by air and combines well with some time on the beach in Zanzibar, and trips to the neighbouring Ruaha Game Reserve or the busier northern parks.

Lake Manze Adventure Camp has a lovely lake-shore setting under a tall canopy of palm trees. There are no neighbouring camps in the vicinity, so it is rare to see other safari vehicles. The main area comprises a rustic, open-sided and thatched-rooved area with lounge, bar and dining zones set out on sandy floors. All meals are served at a communal dining table and, weather-permitting, outside dining with staff and guides can be arranged. Power is supplied by a generator and batteries can be charged in the main areas. Storm lanterns provide lighting in the evenings.

The intimate accommodation comprises 12 slightly elevated tented rooms with views over the floodplain and palm trees overhead to keep them cool. All tents are spacious, with proper double or twin beds and an enclosed en-suite bathroom with running water, flushing toilet and open shower.

Children over the age of 6 years are welcome and the low key, unfussy atmosphere is well suited to families. Each tent can sleep two people, extendible to three with an extra bed. Three pairs of the tents sit close together which makes them ideal for families of four or more. Note that children under 16 are unable to participate in walking safaris and, as with other wilderness camps, there is no fencing and animals are free to roam, so parents must keep their children under close supervision.

Lake Manze Tented Camp provides a traditional, ‘no frills’ safari experience in a beautiful setting with superb wildlife on tap.

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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