Lake Manze Tented Camp | Nyerere National Park
LAKE MANZE - Experience adventure! Keep it natural!
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.
We have so much to learn from our animal friends, teachings that can help us create a better world.
We keep everything as it was before we arrived and this is why animals use the camp as much as our guests.
Experience this magical, romantic camp on the shore of the Lake Manze with stunning lake views from your own verandah. 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.
You’ll never want to leave!
Safari Meru Tents
Twelve Meru style walk-in tents, each with twin or double beds, flush toilet, outdoor shower and private veranda, 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.
Bar, Eco Friendly, Restaurant
Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Lounge Area, Safe, Shower, Verandah
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
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.
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, maybe 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.
Some guests do both trips, and opinion seems to be equally divided as to which is the better.
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 with heart, and having the tools to back it up. They are powerful swimmers, often leaping several feet into the air whilst being fought. They are relatives of the Piranha. Catfish can grow to be monsters 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.
The full day 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!
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 12
Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Fishing, Flora, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife
Fanjove Island | Fanjove Island
Fanjove Island is the smallest of six islands in the Songo Songo Archipelago, just off the coast of Tanzania. This iconic sand and coral island with its many palm trees, white sandy beaches and shimmering water is only one kilometer long and about 400 meters wide.
This beautiful, barefoot-freedom tropical island is surrounded by shimmering blue water with white sandy beaches, shaded with palm trees. Only the 19th century lighthouse and some architectural remnants of a former fishing village settlement hint at previous occupation by anything other than wildlife. There are six discreet, eco-chic private bandas on the island. These are set along the sandy shore in complete harmony with the environment. Made from all natural, traditional materials, the whole property is designed to leave as little footprint possible.
Step out of your banda, toes in the sand, swim and snorkel straight off the beach or head out to explore the pristine 11 kilometer coral reef. SUP or Kayak around the island or enjoy a marine safari on one of our dhows in search of spinner dolphins, green turtles and humpback whales.
Banda in Ki-Swahili means "Hut" and, in a way, it describes well your accommodation. The shape resembles the Dhow sail (Dhow are the local traditional sailing boats, that you will see almost at any time when looking at the sea). It is all made of wood (only planted wood has been used, and no hard wood has been cut from forests) and makuti (palm leaves). Only the bathroom, because of its necessities, has been built in concrete, but shaped to be inserted in harmony with the rest of the building.
Each banda is open at its front to capitalise on the uninterrupted ocean views, which can also be enjoyed from the upstairs balcony. The whole property has been designed to minimize its environmental footprint. Solar power is employed for all the rooms, and the buildings use traditional, natural materials – sustainable wood, mukuti (palm leaves) and thatch. Simple, stylish and comfortable, and completely in keeping with the unpretentious Fanjove vibe, the accommodation provides the perfect base from which to explore the island, shores and seas.
Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Eco Friendly, Laundry Service (Available), Mobile Connectivity, Restaurant
Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fan, Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Verandah
The waters surrounding Fanjove are home to at 11km coral reef, which is largely undiscovered.Therefore, diving off Fanjove is an incredible secluded and private experience - with no one else for miles enjoy this stunning natural marine paradise all yourself.
A huge effort has gone into preserving and protecting this reef, the efforts made in the last decade have lead to the paradise seen today.
Fanjove is lucky to have different dolphin species as our neighbors. Spend a couple of hours on the boat to try and see either Spinner Dolphins or Bottlenose Dolphins and with any luck you may be able to swim with them.
Enjoy the sunset and views of Fanjove from the traditional East Africa coast sailing vessel. A local boat will set sail before sunset for you to enjoy a sundowner while experiencing the timeless beauty of the wooden dhow.
Relax in Fanjove’s blue waters while watching the marine world pass you by. Butterfly fish, Angelfish, Damselfish, and a variety of corals and invertebrates are just off of Fanjove’s doorstep. You have the option to snorkel straight off the main beach or venture further afield to secret spots
At low tide we have access to a secluded sand bank that offers snorkeling and chance to have a local lunch with grilled fish prepared privately right in front of you. Relax in the shade and wait for dolphins to come by, or jump in the water to cool off, until the sand bank disappears underwater with the incoming tides.
From July to October, the sea between mainland and Fanjove is a corridor for the passage of Humpback Whales and their calfs.
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 6
Special Interests: Adventure, Beach / Coastal, Birding, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Watersports, Wildlife