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Lake Manze Camp

Selous & the South

Rating: Mid-range    

Lake Manze Camp overview

Lake Manze Camp is in one of the richest areas for game in the whole of Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve. The camp has 12 tents, all well-spaced apart offering a degree of privacy and all with good views of the lake. The tents are 'meru style' canvas with double zip-locking and mesh windows. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and hot shower. The tents are spacious, with twin or double beds and a comfortable veranda from which to watch the animals passing by.

Frequent visitors to the lake include hippos, crocodiles, elephants, herons and many more. The simple thatched sand-floor sitting area overlooks the lake, so it is good for chilled out game viewing!

Meals are taken in the thatched lodge during the day and out under the stars in the evening weather-permitting. Private dinners on your own veranda can be arranged, as can bush meals.

Game safaris are taken in 4x4 vehicles which take no more than 4 guests at a time. The drives are not limited to a specific schedule but tailor made to your wishes. You can also take boat rides on the calm waters of the lake. They last for about 2 hours are a lovely alternative way to enjoy the wildlife and wilderness of the park. An early morning walk with an armed ranger is also possible, and it’s a rewarding way to experience the beauty of the Selous, taking time to see some of the smaller things you tend to miss when in jeeps.


Open: Lake Manze Camp is open from mid-March to mid-June.

Location: The camp is about an 8 hour drive from Dar es Salaam, so a 40 minute flight to Siwandu airstrip is the preferred option for most guests! 

Rooms: There are 12 Meru-style tents which can be with either twin or double beds. The en-suite bathroom has a hot (solar power) shower and flush loo. There is no electricity in the tents.

Activities: Game drives, boat trips, walking safaris and fishing are all offered here at Lake Manze. Game drives are taken with a max of 4 people per vehicle. Boat trips are roughly 2 hours long and you’re likely to see birds, hippos and crocodiles plus a few other animals. 

Facilities:  There is a central area with the lounge and dining areas and a small bar. Meals can also be eaten outside and spacial bush meals can be arranged. There are battery charging facilities in the main area.

Children: Children are welcome at the camp, but under-16 year olds are not permitted to take part in walking safaris. 

Health: This is a malarial area.

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Lake Manze Camp has provided their community with a solar panel pump to produce organic vegetables which the camp then buys. The camp has a small carbon footprint, and is a great practitioner of solar power and recycling. 

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client reviews

Tracy Edwards

"This place is fantastic! This is bush camping at it’s best. Your Meru-style tents are simple but comfortable and with light by paraffin lamp or candles, you really feel as though you’re in the heart of the bush."

Mr David Fellingham
"Concept of an unfenced camp, allowing wild animals to roam freely within it, made for some good encounters with elephants and baboons. Food provided was very good, but it would have been good to be able to see what we were eating at dinner -- a few more candles and hurricane lamps would have improved matters. Shower had good pressure but hot water took an age to come through the pipes from the hot tank Tent was supposed to be mosquito proof but we found a frog in it one morning!! Day was structured very well, with early morning activities, mid morning activities, siesta, late afternoon activities. Then dinner. Never saw the (very efficient) cleaning staff. Pleased with the ability to decide on the following day\'s activities as late as at dinner the day before. Always had the same guides and driver so they knew what we wanted to see."
Louise Eldred
"Really in amongst the game - wonderful. The choices between game drives, lake and river trips and walking safaris made this a fantastic base."
Adrienne Bryce
"This certainly surpassed my expectations and I really enjoyed my stay. the service was good, the food was really good, accommodation excellent; the camp manager and his team are doing a good job."
Hilary Cox
"Lake Manze Tented Camp was in a lovely location, with a large thatched central area for breakfast, lunch and evening drinks. Dinner was also served communally, outside by a campfire under palm trees. On the afternoon we arrived, we had a boat trip on the lake. The following morning, we had a game drive with breakfast in the bush, and a bush walk in the afternoon. We had a lot of variety in a short space of time, and enjoyed seeing the area from different perspectives."

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