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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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  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
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  • Hi Lisa
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