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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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client reviews

Mr. Rhys Thatcher

"fantastic location, accommodation was very good - spotlessly clean and well maintained. Staff friendly and guides and drives were informative"

Jean and John, Essex
"Our guide Adam and our driver Daniel helped to make this holiday so exciting and memorable with their friendliness, expertise and local knowledge. The camp and all the staff are so welcoming it was hard to leave."
Doctor John Patrick Fielder
"Shaun and Milly who run the camp were excellent and organised everything very well including social manipulation of guest to make sure everyone was included. Food excellent."
Mrs Ruth Samways
"Although a sister camp to Mdonya the manager was very different, new this season, & it took time for me to warm to him but it soon became obvious that he worked as part of his team so I had a good time & another excellent camp to recommend."
Mrs. Carole Artis
"I couldn't fault our stay. Staff were really helpful and our guides, Harun, Emanuel and Elton were great. The tents were luxurious and, with Maasai security guards keeping watch I never once felt unsafe or vulnerable to the elephants or baboons that wandered through the site. I particularly enjoyed the communal evening meal - outdoors, with a camp fire either end of the table - which gave all the guests a chance to swap their adventure stories. I even caught two catfish on a boat safari on Lake Manze!"

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