LAKE MANZE TENTED CAMP - SELOUS GAME RESERVE
Lake Manze is a simple but superbly placed camp right on the shores of Lake Manze in one of the best game viewing areas of the Selous. With just 12 tents and a rustic bush lounge and dining area – you really do get closer to Africa!
Experience this simple but magical camp on the shore of the Lake Manze with stunning lake views from your own veranda. Experience the sunrise on a walking safari. Enjoy a delicious picnic bush breakfast or lunch during your game drive as you spot lions and wild dogs. Take a fishing trip on the lake. Get close and personal with hippos and crocodiles and thousands of exotic birds on a sunset boat safari. Delight in a sumptuous candlelight dinner on the lakeshore to the symphony of the surrounding. Feel the thrills of having an elephant eating Doum palm seeds right outside your tent. Hear the sound of its rumbling stomach and see how tender a mother is to her calf.
Lake Manze is set on the shores of Lake Manze in the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania.
Lake Manze Tented Camp has twelve Meru style walk-in tents each with twin or double beds, flush toilet, outdoor shower and private veranda. All the tents are perfectly situated to enjoy the morning ritual: elephants trampling across an old, well-worn elephant trail in front of the camp towards the river.
Half Day Game Drive - game safaris take place in 4x4 vehicles which usually take 4 guests (except for airstrip transfers when there may be up to 6 guests). The drives are not limited to a specific schedule but tailor-made to guests' wishes. Game drives can be in the morning or in the afternoon. Departure times for the drives can usually be arranged according to your preferences.
Walking Safari – a walk with an armed ranger and an informative guide is a rewarding experience and a great way to get closer to the beauty of the Selous. Walking safaris can be arranged either in the early morning or the late afternoon. Generally, the early morning is the coolest time of the day. Walkers leave after a cup of tea/coffee and eat breakfast on their return to camp. The walk usually lasts for about 2 hours and can cover up to 3 km in the area around the camp.
The purpose of a walking safari is not to get close to animals. You get closer to animals when in a vehicle. The purpose of a walking safari is to see their tracks, their dung, to see plants and trees, and generally to enjoy being in nature without a vehicle. It is not a route march intended to cover long distances but a gentle stroll, stopping to look at things of interest.
Please note that children of 15 years and younger are not permitted to go on walking safaris in the Selous.
Boat Safari - there are two possibilities: either onto Lake Manze or along a channel that runs from the Lake to the Rufiji River (although it is too far to reach the river itself). In either direction you can expect to see hippo, crocodile, and other animals coming to drink and about 40 species of birds. Some birds, like osprey, are more likely to be seen on the lake; others like white-fronted bee-eaters are more numerous on the channel. Boat safaris last a little over 2 hours and can be arranged in either the morning or the afternoon. Early morning offers the charm of the early morning light (unless it's cloudy!), but you are likely to see more crocodiles once the day has warmed up and they come out to bask in the sun.
A popular option is a morning walk at 6.30 a.m. followed by a boat safari at 10.00 a.m. Afternoon boat safaris offer the possibility of a beautiful Manze sunset.
Fishing - is another possibility; the main attractions are catfish and tiger fish. The tiger is a fish that is famous for being a fighter and having the tools to back it up. They are powerful swimmers often leaping several feet into the air whilst being fought and are relatives of the Piranha. Catfish can grow to be up to 50 kgs but the average catch size of one of these is 6 to 15 kilos. The boat operator will take you by boat to an area where he believes you will find fish. You fish from the bank and so even if you are not catching fish, you can see wildlife all around you - perhaps an elephant coming to drink or a fish eagle showing you how it is done. If you are having no luck, then you may go on to another spot and try fishing from there. Fishing is probably best done in the early morning.
Full Day Game Drive - usually goes towards the Beho Beho area with a packed lunch.
The vegetation in this area is different from the Manze area being more open plains.
In the afternoon a stop can be made at the Maji Moto hot springs. There are three pools: very hot, hot and warm. If you wish you may take a swim in the lowest pool - or the middle pool if you can stand it!
LAKE MANZE CAMP IS CLOSED DURING APRIL AND MAY EVERY YEAR
THE HOTEL IS CHILD FRIENDLY AND WELCOMES CHILDREN AGED 6 YEARS AND OVER