Lake Manze Camp

21st January 2011

Situated on the banks of Lake Manze, Lake Manze Camp is a tented authentic safari camp that rests under a beautiful shady canopy of vast Doum Palms and Terminalia trees. The twelve tents are spacious and well spread out with good views out over the lake infront. Each tent has an en suite bathroom with flush toilet and hot shower and is furnished with twin or double beds with a comfortable veranda to watch the animals passing by.

Designed with the intention of being a rustic camp that focuses on safari as opposed to luxury, Manze’s communal area is simply a large thatched roof over a sand floor scattered with armchairs and sofas that make up the lounge, the dining area and the bar. Simplicity is the key – there is not even any electricity in camp, just kerosene lamps that are placed on the sand and raised up into the thatch roof.

Situated on an elephant walkway means that game is always in camp and the Lake Manze area is regarded as one of the richest for game in the entire Selous, both in the dry and wet season. Manze offers all the activities that the Selous can offer…walking safari, boating, game drives and fly camping.

Overall: A simply stunning, excellent value real safari camp. Manze is all about the simplicity of safari and the beauty of being in a minimalistic tented safari camp in prime location. For those of us wanting a luxury safari camp or a relaxed retreat for a honeymoon then Manze is not for them….there is no pool and it is certainly not the place to stay in the luxury of your room! However if safari is what you are after (and maybe budget is somewhat tighter) then this camp offers the best value in the whole country. The charm and character is undeniabl; not many places in Africa get you this close to game (elephants such as a great big bull names Boris are literally always passing through camp)…….overall, a true little gem!