Tena Tena

Reviews of Tena Tena

Excellent(93%) From 81 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 81 of our travellers who have visited Tena Tena, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs B - Winchester
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Imaginative guiding at Tena Tena

What a relief to get back to a traditional tented safari camp - zip up tents, mosquito nets and wonderful fans - heaven! A great location with excellent game viewing, and knowledgable experienced team.

We were slightly concerned at being paired up with other customers whose principal interest was bird watching, almost to the exclusion of animal life. We were not asked our viewing preferences/priorities in advance, which could have avoided any misunderstanding. We made our point of view clear on later game drives, and were better satisfied.

We enjoyed George's approach to guiding - a healthy blend of identifying and following animal tracks, stopping to look at what they had consumed, observing herds and their young, watching their progress to water and interaction with other animals,etc. Had first sighting of the rare honeybadger and a tree snake.

Good food as at other RPS South Luangwa camps. Menu variety and food hygene good - unlike the stream of upset tummies from visitors to Lower Zambesi camps.

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Mr and Mrs F - Devon
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tena Tena review

An intimate camp made all the more enjoyable by interesting fellow guests and guides.

The most disappointing food of all the camps. Same quality and source of meal ingredients as River Camp but poorly constructed dishes which were luke warm. Not wishing to be sexist, we did wonder if this was partly due to the lack of female input seen in other camps.

Not withstanding this comment, Will was a charming and enthusiastic host but inexperienced in hotel management.

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Mr & Mrs H - Essex
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Extremely excellent

Again another friendly camp with an excellent guide Chris and nothing was too much trouble

Out of the three camps we visited this was our favourite

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Mr and Mrs H from Leicestershire
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Another great camp

Spacious tents but with limited views of river .Smaller camp area. We were spoiled by our previous guides and felt that our guide here was not to the same standard, consequently the drives were less memorable. Patrick our chef probable provided the best food so far

The addition of a hide would aid in camp activities

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Mr J & Mr B - London
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tena Tena review

Having visited Nkwali & Nsefu this camp offered comparably excellent facilities and service but lacked the feeling of close proximity to the river.The surrounding area however provided many attractions, especially the lagoon: over three dozen African spoonbills moving in a straight line methodically siphoning up their food and over 100 saddle-billed storks in a tight cluster.

Elsewhere we witnessed engrossing animal behaviour: four juvenile giraffes bashing each other's necks and heads together in play fighting and a female baboon pursued by a male with clinging baby which was being used as a 'protective shield' against the threats of another competing male

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Mr. G - Madrid
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tena Tena review

Tena Tena is the main disappointment of the trip. Overly rated. Poor situation. Average service. Worst park of the park.

The best part was when our request to be transferred to Nsefu for our last night was accomodated. Nsefu is a beautiful lodge, with an amazing setting and a great team. Old fashioned lodge in Rondavel. Highly recommended

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry to hear that these travellers did not enjoy Tena Tena, which came as a surprise as we usually get consistently good feedback on the camp. These comments were forwarded to Robin Pope Safaris’ MD Ton de Rooy, who responded with a sincere apology. We are told that there have been some service issues relating to the current hostess, which they are addressing with her. We are in no doubt that this will be rectified, as this isn’t the usual standard of service from Robin Pope Safaris. We are delighted that after these travellers moved camp to Nsefu (which they loved), they found all the Robin Pope staff very accommodating and enjoyed the rest of their trip. They also commented specifically that their walking guide, Kanga, was excellent.

Mr & Mrs Z - Switzerland
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great luxoury

Tena Tena is a very luxoury facility. The safari are well conducted although it occurs a bit driving thru a large Zoo.

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Expert Africa comments

Robin Pope responded to this travellers comments as follows. 'These guests went on a Robin Pope Safari’s Mobile before they arrived at Tena Tena. We can certainly relate that after something as remote as our mobiles, the Nsefu sector feels different with the relative abundance of game and here you may actually see one other car (unheard of while on our mobile). The game viewing this year has been phenomenal again and this may have let them feel they were in a zoo! But what a zoo……… a 9,050 km2 uncaged and unfenced zoo!'

Mr and Mrs B from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tena Tena review

This is an excellent camp. We particularly liked the accommodation and again, the guides were superb and worked hard to get that lion! We also took the opportunity to go on two walks which give a different perspective on the area. We learnt so much from our guide about the flora and fauna. We had a fantastic time here.

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Erna / the Netherlands
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tena Tena review

Tena tena camp is described as one of the most beautiful camps in South Luangwa. The Bradt guide book on Zambia is right about that. It is a remote tented camp, basic on one hand and luxurious on the other hand. Camp manager Bertrame and his team are not only friendly and welcoming but have also high experience in the field they are operating and guiding is of top level here.

This camp attracts people that look for a place without any fuss and being far away from everything in the bush. Well that is what you get. Beautiful days (and nightdrives), driving, walking, lots of animals and sharing your stories in the evening with other guests, staff and guides during joint (carefully and well prepared) meals.

There are different areas you can visit: bush, woodland and (salt) plains, even a village stay if required. The beautiful South Luangwa river is leading during most of your trips as lots of animals can be found here. But you do not only visit South Luangwa for the animals as one guest pointed out: you come here for the bush, the remote place itself, seeing animals is a bonus! And so it is.

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Mr and Mrs B from Surrey
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tena Tena review

We have been to Tena Tena before and it was just as good this time. The guiding was excellent, the lodge and new location beautiful and the staff very helpful. It was only let down by the average food. The two camps I visited prior to Tena, Wasa Lodge and Shoebill Island, managed much better in more difficult circumstances.

However the camp itself still remains one of my favourites in all Africa, probably because of its position on the river in such a beautiful part of the South Luangwa.

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