Lake Manze Adventure Camp is a slightly more rustic and ‘wild’ camping experience, yet with all the basic comforts and good food provided. The camp has maintained an endearing simplicity, thus the end result is not one of luxury, rather one of being out in the wild. The feeling of wilderness is further enhanced by its position on the floodplain of Lake Manze. Animals come down to drink here – and the old, well-worn elephant trail which runs around the lake and right in front of the camp is a popular route. This makes for great game viewing opportunities from the comfort of your own tent. The Lake Manze area is unique in being one of the richest in game in the entire Selous, both in the dry and wet season.
Lake Manze Tented Camp is located in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in Africa and is situated beside Lake Manze. The closest airstrip to the camp is Siwandu airstrip, which is one hour transit to the camp.
Flights are available twice a day from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar and once a day from Arusha, Manyara and Ruaha with Coastal Aviation, to Siwandu Airstrip in the Selous Game Reserve. Road access is via Kibiti or Morogoro.
Doum palms and Terminalia offer shade to the twelve tents which are spread out, nearly invisible to each other and with great views of the lake. The tents all have large comfortable beds, room for hanging clothes, and an en-suite bathroom with a proper flush toilet and hot-and-cold shower. The tents are spacious and are furnished with either twin or double beds with simple candlelight used in the evening and a comfortable verandah to watch the animals passing by or to just relax and enjoy the wilderness. Family tents are also available on request.
The main lounge/dining area is a large, T-shaped open-sided thatch ‘banda.’ The long lounge points out towards the lake and is furnished with simple, locally made, cushioned wicker furniture with colorful throws. This is a great place to sit and watch the wildlife pass by. Behind this area is a well-stocked bar, with tables and directors chairs where you can sit and enjoy your meals. Sandy floors and a high thatched roof keep the area cool during the day and maintains the rustic simplicity of the camp. Dining here is communal, which gives the camp a great community atmosphere. Some nights you will dine out under the stars by the light of campfires and lanterns, on others you will be under the thatched roof.
A small curio shop sells some Maasai beads and souvenirs.
It is the only lodge in the Selous which has chosen not to have any electricity – instead your evening will be spent in the light of storm lanterns, which results in a magical atmosphere.
Lake Manze offers 4 x4 safari game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris. The game safaris are carried out in 4WD vehicles and the drivers are not limited to a specific schedule, but safaris may be tailor made to clients’ wishes with the option of having a bush breakfast or a picnic lunch in the Selous. For those who would love a challenge with the tiger fish – fishing is an option that can be arranged with the camp.
An early morning walking safari with an armed ranger is available. It is a rewarding experience to bring one closer to Selous’ beauty and its wildlife. Located on the banks of the lake, guests get a chance to observe families of hippos, sunbathing crocodiles, large herds of elephants, feeding herons and much more on boat safaris that can be arranged during the morning or afternoon hours.