Lake Manze Camp


Lake Manze, Selous Game Reserve

Accommodation Type

Permanent Lodge

Accommodation Level


Price Guide

Lake Manze Camp

Picture this… elephants strolling past your tent, making their way down to the lake to drink. This well-worn elephant trail passes directly in front of the camp. The camp’s rustic simplicity provides a strong sense of wilderness in this remote setting, overlooking the Lake Manze floodplain.

You can really immerse yourself into nature in this rustic camp. This is one of the richest areas for game in the whole of the Selous Game Reserve and there are great game-viewing opportunities from the comfort of your own veranda or from the friendly open-sided lounge banda. Given that all the other camps in this region are a lot more expensive, we rate this camp highly in terms of value for money. Sure, it’s not luxury, and the guiding is perhaps not quite so professional, but we get great feedback from nearly all guests. We use the camp a lot.

Game drives (with maximum 4 guests, or 6 on a transfer) and guided walks into the wilderness are a great way to explore the surroundings and there are also opportunities to see the wildlife up close in the water on boat safaris.

With no electricity in the tents, storm lanterns create a magical atmosphere in the evenings and the still isolation makes it a real camping adventure.

Times to Go

During the dry season, from June to October, the game viewing is at its best as the animals gather at water sources and the vegetation is thinner.  The green season, from November to May, is the peak bird watching time as the migratory birds are present, however many camps close for much of that time, and flights are not always available.

Lake Manze Camp highlights

  • Overlooking Lake Manze
  • Rustic wilderness experience
  • Boat safaris
  • Fishing
  • Guided walks

Lake Manze Camp location

Lake Manze Camp


  • 12 safari tents
  • Open all year, except April and May
  • Children over 6 years are welcome,
    but it would more suit 10+(Under 16’s
    are not allowed on walking safaris)


  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Boat safaris
  • Fishing

Lake Manze Camp rooms

The 12 spacious Meru-style safari tents are located under the shade of palm trees. Gauze windows allow breeze in whilst keeping insects out.

Each tent has an open-air en-suite shower room and a private veranda for game viewing and relaxation.

  • Hot (solar power) shower
  • No electricity
  • Flushing toilet

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“The camp provided their local community with a solar panel pump to produce organic vegetables which the camp then buys. The camp has a small carbon footprint, partly down to not having electricity in the tents and using solar power for hot water, and it has minimal impact on the environment. Recently (2019), they have also introduced the first hybrid boat in Selous so as well as using an outboard engine it runs on solar power too – good for reducing their carbon footprint and also excellent for being able to approach wildlife quietly.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.