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December 2015 News


Sightings of the month

Published on 5 Jan 2015

December 2014: the lion cubs of Nzelekela Pride have become a highlight to many of our guests’ safaris as their playfulness is such a joy to watch
as well as being gorgeous subjects to photograph.


Christmas Candle

The festive season is upon us and we wish all our guests, past and future, a Merry Christmas and a fantabulous new year.

home made Xmas decorations

A big thanks must also go to all the staff at Lake Manze for a job well done and the guys at Essential Destinations, our head office, for all the support and guidance throughout the year. May your Christmas stockings overflow with good cheer.

hippos in Lake Manze

We have had some good rains in December and this has given the animals a reason to celebrate the extra growth of the sweet fresh grasses of the Selous. The lake has finally filled with the fresh rain water flowing into it, to the delight of the many Hippos, Crocodiles and the Catfish that have been buried in the mud. The juvenile Fish Eagles have been bellowing their famous African call in celebration of the many fish around.

wild dogs

wild dogs

wild dogs

wild dogs

Photos above of African wild dogs, by Stijn Cavens

Wild dog sightings of the Beho Beho pack have continued throughout the month although distances from various sightings were many kilometers apart. The dogs are really on the move looking for prey.

hyena eating impala kill

hyena yawning

staff rescue impala

Staff rescue an impala stuck in the deep mud: photos above and below by Stijn Cavens

Lion at Lake Manze

Various kills by Lions have been seen and reported with everyone joining in from the Hyenas to vultures and eagles.

Lake Manze elephants

Lake Manze elephants

Lake Manze elephants

The big group of 24 elephants has been sticking in and around camp for quite a while now with guests commenting that * they are destroying your finely manicured gardens*.
Elephants will be elephants.

Laygos stretching

Laygos stretching

Laygos stretching

Laygos popped in on a couple of occasions doing what looked like stretching exercises. The pictures will tell the story.

Laygos shaking tree

Hope everyone is enjoying a fantastic festive season and that your travels will continue throughout 2016.

Lake Manze  Staff Christmas

Lake Manze Xmas tree

Shaun and Millie

Safe travels

Shaun, Milli and the Lake Manze Team

Guest comments

Awesome being one with nature, but with all the creature comforts. We really enjoyed the  service and personal  attention from Shaun and Milli and the rest of the staff .Samatch and Tilak Khetratpal – Austin -, Texas, USA

The best wild camp I have stayed at – amazing wildlife right outside your tent door, and also great hosts – Thank you Shaun and Milli. And thank you to Joseph and Kamkumba for spotting so much and being so knowledgeable…..and for getting us out of some very muddy ditches – Sara - London

more photos:

A very shiny snake



Bush breakfast

Lake Manze crocs

Eagle eating impala


Leopard in Selous

Leopard near Lake Manze - photo by Stijn Cavens

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