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Lake Manze Camp

  • From $520
Selous Game Reserve, Liwale, Lindi, Coastal Zone, Tanzania

Lake Manze Camp

Selous Game Reserve, Liwale, Lindi, Coastal Zone, Tanzania
  • From $520


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Lake Manze Camp is in the centre of Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve, one of the oldest and largest tracts of protected land in Africa. The area is home to a plethora of habitats, with diverse wildlife to match. As the Rufiji River passes through on its way to the Indian Ocean, there are 100-meter-deep gorges, vast Miombo woodlands and sprawling wetlands. While lauded as a gem for biodiversity and wildlife conservation, only the northern Selous (five percent of the reserve) is dedicated to photographic safaris; the rest of the reserve is comprised of hunting concessions. The camp itself is low-key, and tends to be popular with a budget-minded crowd. Simply accessed by plane, the camp is open seasonally – June through March.

From $520 person/night

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The lodge

A large, thatched overhang covers the dining room/lounge. There are no floors; just the natural, sandy surface that forms the edge of the lake. Furnishings are basic: canvas director’s chairs and tables in the dining room, and wicker, cushion-covered chairs in a few small seating areas. Outside, tall palms and acacias provide dappled shade. Perhaps the most notable feature of the camp is its setting as a wildlife thoroughfare, with elephants frequently wandering through on their way to the lake.

The rooms

You’ll find twelve basic, two-person, Meru-style canvas tents, each set back from the lake’s edge. Rooms are simple, though adequately kitted: double or twin bed configurations, ensuite bathrooms with flush toilets and outdoor showers. Electricity is limited but the showers are solar-heated and fans solar-powered. Out front, there’s a lovely shaded veranda with a chair or two – perfect for easy, arm-chair safari viewing of the well-worn elephant trail.


There’s a wide range of activities here, from traditional 4×4 safaris and guided walks, to motorboat excursions and meals in the bush. Besides abundant elephant, buffalo and hippo, there’s a myriad of plains game. Lion and wild dog are also seen occasionally, with very rare sightings of cheetah, leopard and black rhino. Game drives are enhanced by the fact that driving off-road to pursue sightings is permitted. Drive times are flexible, but vehicles will be shared with other guests if need be (if this is a major impediment, be sure to communicate this in advance).

  • City Lindi, Morogoro
  • State/county Coastal Zone
  • Country Tanzania


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