It is known that we reached a condition that requires governments’ strong decision to allow a future to our planet and its inhabitants, but there is a also role that the individuals have to play at the time of daily actions and decisions. On our side, while shopping, we carefully examine the choices to seek local suitable products that respect the environment and assist local micro economies. We have been very pleased to find that there are more Tanzanian entrepreneurs have started new productions who reach our criteria and we are happy to support them.
Our organic coffe comes from a native co-operative certified by fair trade foundation, the tea is 100% organic and comes in biodegradable bags, the jam is home made by Iringa young women group, the honey is elephant friendly (it is produced by farmers who with the bee hives keep the elephants away from their crops avoiding violent resolution of the matter) and the granola is made with Tanzanian organic products. Together with our made fresh juice we do offer locally-grown and additive free juice.
A summer wonder land as the small rains start early, sending the Impala into a frenzy to start dropping the newborn babies everywhere. A feast in the waiting for the many predators around the camp.
Birdlife has been outstanding around camp as the many insects breeding out with the rains are providing the birds with the sustenance they need. We were lucky enough to be able to help a Scarlet Chested sunbird raise their little family after their nest fell out of the Palm tree. Our makeshift nest hanging next to the office gave mom and dad the opportunity to feed them. Not long after they took flight and have been seen once or twice near the dining area.
A snake literally drops in as it falls from the palm tree and chases a Gecko in the dining area, while we are enjoying lunch. The ensuing struggle usually does not bode well for the little Gecko as he fights valiantly not to be devoured. In the end the circle of life is the winner.
Guests have had some amazing Lion sightings as the devour their prey, even showing off their prowess.
Our new water bottle gift for all guests and the water dispenser are a hit. Another part solution for our continuous efforts to reduce our impact on the environment. We have also recently increased our solar panels to help accommodate the extra power required to run the water cooler for our guests’ comfort.
Hope to see you soon.
By Shaun, Milinda and all Manze Team.
Angry dad by Shaun
Baobab by shaun
Blue galore by Shaun
Brand new by Shaun
Break between chewing by Stephen White
Calling by Stephen White
Checking out the menu by Stephen White
Cleaning up the scraps by Stephen White
Closer by Shaun
Dazzled by Janice Flynn
Dinner done by Shaun
Double tale by Shaun
End of rain by shaun
Eye to eye by Stephen White
Eyes of innocence by Shaun
Family nap by Stephen White
First rains by shaun
Flock of by Shaun
Friends no by Janice Flynn
Hanging around by Shaun
Hiding by Janice Flynn
Honeymoon by Shaun
Just born by Shaun
Lake manze high up by Shaun
Lazy afternoon by Stephen White
Left overs by Stephen White
Left the nest by Shaun
Loner by Shaun
Lost by Shaun
Marraige proposal by Stephen White
More babies by Shaun
More digging by Shaun
Need my mamma by Shaun
No words by shaun
Old man by Shaun
Perfect orange by Stephen White
Perfect suset by Stephen White
Posh blue by Stephen Whitej
Proud dad by Shaun
Quenching by Stephen White
Rescued by Shaun
Sharing by Stephen White
Snacks by Stephen White
Solar by Shaun
Solar from above from Shaun
Squirrels by Janice Flynn_n
Staredown by Stephen White
Sweet leaves by Stephen white
Trust by Shaun
Vavavoom beautiful by Stephen White
Very young by Shaun
Wobbly legs by Shaun
This month flew by with exhilarating sightings. The first rains also arrived which was a surprise but gave the chance to the wildlife around to rejuvenate and wash the dust-off leaves. This month, whether you stayed in camp to have a peaceful afternoon or went on safaris, life around couldn’t have been more amazing.
Elephants settled within the camp, everyday up to twenty were counted, and on a few occasions, guests having an early afternoon shower were surprised by anonymous trunks reaching out for water. Kudus, the warthog family, zebras and mongooses were also present.
One night, a big male lion had a fall through with the resident clan of hyenas. Fourteen against one, the dominant male had to run for his life. As the rest of the pride had scattered with this incident, the dominant male was day and night looking for his family and on one afternoon, decided to lay twenty meters away from the fireplace, enjoying our presence, from a distance.
The resident troop of monkeys are forever extending, newborns are spotted every morning.
With the temperatures getting higher by the day, most of our guests decided to come back for lunch in the midday heat, to enjoy a nap and some freshly made food. Nothing feels better than lying in bed watching impalas grazing by.
But for the ones who decided to fight off the weather, it couldn’t have been more wonderful. The first breeding plumages are seen, the first migrant bird spotted, and with the first rain, newborns are popping up everywhere, including the Mwayembe pride. Four tiny cubs were spotted amongst the eleven females, looking healthy and strong.
Buffalos are making a ‘come back’; they were spotted on several occasions, counting six hundreds heads.
As any months, elephant sightings were prolific, including Babu, the oldest and biggest elephant in the Mdonya Region. He was spotted with a wound on his right front leg, but it didn’t seem to stop him from being himself.
Well well these were a few of the highlights of our camp. We will keep the other stories warm in our heart while patiently waiting for your visits.
In the hope to see you soon,
Iris, Kingsley and all Mdonya Team.
“Dear Iris, Kingsley and the whole team, you made my possibly best birthday ever possible! That says it all! Lots of love to everyone.”
Julian, Leo, Ernest and Marion in Mdonya in October 2019
“Thank you for such a wonderful experience, having our tent surrounded by lions was the most amazing holidays. Lovely place close to the African nature.”
Sam & Andy, in Mdonya in October 2019
Thanks to everyone at Lake Manze Camp for making DREAMS COME TRUE. Thanks for letting us feel your passion and giving us the feeling of home. We fly home full of love and an amazing experience. A big thank you.”
Anouk, in Manze in October 2019
“Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Four unforgettable days spent in your unspoilt wilderness has refreshed and renewed us. Shaun, milli and the team, your hospitality has been generous and meeting your Genet, Bush baby family a privilege. Great setting amazing, game drives. Thanks to Chombo for his Eagle eyes and to Abuu for his mud driving skills and above all such a feeling of tranquility. We loved it.”
Ivor and Rossie, in Manze in October 2019