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Lake Manze Camp Layout

It is very rare to have a day go by with no elephant visitors at Lake Manze


Description of Camp

Lake Manze, Selous Game Reserve

Tent at Lake Manze

The camp nestles between two parts of Lake Manze, so there is usually a cooling breeze.

The Managers for season 2015-16 are Milinda and Shaun O'Driscoll, together with assistant managers
Leonard Mhande and  George Chambika, and a team of over 50 staff including guides, drivers, chefs, waiters and Masaai askaris.

Lake Manze boat safari 

The camp is located in the Selous Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in Africa and is situated on the shores of Lake Manze.
During the one hour transit to the camp which can be reached from Siwandu airstrip, one is introduced to t
he beautiful plains of Selous and its assorted birds and wildlife.
The Lake Manze area is one of the richest for game in the entire Selous, both in the dry and wet seasons.

Dining Lodge

There is a cool and shady thatched lodge with a dining area and a sitting area, overlooking the lake.

Manze car park manze camp

On arrival from the airstrip, you will be greeted by managers and guides, and taken through the camp to your tent.
Masaai askaris will guide you between your tent and the lodge, especially at night time, as there is always game around.

Lake Manze Tent  Tent interior

The camp maintains simplicity – there are no extra frills here. Though the result isn't luxurious, it is certainly exciting; you do feel like you are out in the wilderness. This feeling is enhanced by the camp's position on the floodplain of Lake Manze.

Teatime view from camp  Tent 7 with elephant

Animals really do come down to drink here – including elephants which use the old, well-worn elephant trail which runs around the lake and right in front of the camp.

Tent exterior  Lake Manze tent

The tented rooms are raised up slightly on earth mounds, overlooking the floodplain and the lake.
These mounds are covered in vegetation, and feel quite natural, and each one has been sited under its own cluster of shady doum palm trees.

Lake Manze sitting area  Lake Manze sitting area

There is a comfortable sitting areas overlooking the lake.

  Lake Manze sitting area

- but don't be surprised to find some curious visitors!

Manzze lunch  lunch with elephant

Lunch is a friendly, casual affair, and there is often game wandering by.

Manze waiter    Lunch at Lake Manze  the barman at Lake Manze cam  p

The staff will do their best to serve you at the table and in the bar.

Manze lodge, evening

Dining under the stars  Campfire

Lake Manze dining: this takes place in the thatched dining area in the daytime, and outside under the stars at night, with a campfire and Maasai to guard you. We can also arrange private dinner for you on your tent veranda - on request.

Location & Activities

Manze sunset  Lake Manze

Hippos in Lake Manze 
Leopard near Lake Manze

Located on the banks of the lake, guests get a chance to observe families of hippos, sunbathing crocodiles, plentiful elephants, herons and much more.
Game Drives, Walking and Boat Safaris are included in the activities offered as part of the daily activities.

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