Reviews of Tena Tena
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tena tena safari
Lovely camp in an isolated location. Less game around, but lovely for birds and hippos.
Camp host/management left a little to be desired though. There was a known problem with the hot water, which was not explained until we complained about it. They are apparently "waiting for parts". This means that there is an initial few minutes of hot water until the boiler overheats. It then has to be switched off for at least a minute, whereupon a further minute or so of hot water is available and the whole process has to be repeated - not very convenient.
Our room fan broke and not fixed. We lost some clothing in the laundry and were told it was not in camp and if it had been left at Nkwali, then it would have been forwarded. No further attempt was made to track it down. There was little atmosphere in camp, perhaps because the hostess was entertaining her brother.
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Terrific. Lovely location on a very active part of the river.
Great welcome. Really enjoyable walking transfer to Nsefu.
Only sorry to have missed the lions that seem to regularly walk through the camp!
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We walked into Tena Tena after Bushcamping. The tents are very spacious, with mesh sides which gave a feeling of openness which we really like. There are only six tents and they are very well spread out. There is a view over the river. There are sockets in the rooms to charge batteries.
When going to lunch on the first day, we had to take a different route because of 2 elephants near the tent. On one evening we had to be driven to the tent because of more elephants. At night the hippo (and hyena) provided a tremendous chorus. We really liked it, but others might want earplugs.
The views from the dining area were not quite as good as from the other camps – at this time of year the river was fairly distant. However it was a nice place to sit, and wildlife was still visible. (One night a leopard walked along the sand in the light of the watchman’s torch)
Food again was very good, and our needs as non-meat eaters were well taken care of.
Again game drives were by open vehicle, giving excellent viewing. We saw very few other vehicles on the drives (only occasionally others from Tena Tena). There were a very large number of elephants in the area.
Our first guide’s style didn’t quite match ours. The company dealt with this well - we raised this with Jessica, the hostess and we were changed to Bertrame & also George, whom we knew from Nsefu. We then spent more time watching animals’ behaviour.
With hindsight, part of this is knowing what you want and communicating it. When you meet a guide for the first time, they ask “What would you like to see?” We are happy to see anything, so I guess our response is not very helpful. However, we want to spend time with animals, watch their behaviour and learn about them. We’ve learnt it is important to think about what you enjoy & communicate this to the guide.
Tena Tena is a realy good camp.
A gorgeous place with animals galore
(I) Don't expand it any further, It seems less of a Bush Camp with 6 tents than it did with 4.
(ii) It seemed a long walk from tent 3 to the central facilities for 2 people in their mid-70's
BUT no-one could fault the welcome and treatment.
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Disappointing location in comparison to the other two camps, the tents were fine but the food quality was below the other two camps.
I doubt I would go back to Tena Tena.
Great start to our holiday at Tena Tena
A great start to our holiday in a camp with a lovely atmosphere - the sevice was very good and our guide, Julius, was excellent.
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Very pleasant camp.
Considerate and professional staff.
Enjoyed both the walks and drives. Excellent wildlife sightings - including honey badgers!
Animals and birds abound at Tena Tena
Our guide, Bertram, was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable and suited us well as he was happy to find good spots then just sit and wait and watch and enjoy the wildlife - for up to an hour at a time.
There is so much wildlife to see and numerous beautiful spots not far from the camp. We very much appreciated the overall respect for the wildlife - ie no chasing or speeding or off-roading or parking very close.
The ultimate wilderness experience
Outstanding wildlife and wonderful walks. The camp was super - lovely people, excellent food .
I didn't think it could get better but this was the best -- to stand 50 metres from a curious bull Giraffe was amazing and we also saw elephant close up and a buffalo herd.
Luxury Camping at Tena Tena.
Unlike any previous camping experience! The tents, their privacy, their beautiful outlook over the Luangwa river and open air en suite bathroom facilities were jaw-droppingly stunning! One of our 18 year old son's highlights was being ensconced on the loo, whilst a hippo ambles past almost within touching distance, but thankfully the other side of the albeit low wall!
This camp was magical. The bar, dining area and breakfast area on the riverbank were stunningly beautiful, but the critical factor that enabled us to enjoy this camp and its location so much was the staff; attentive, caring, professional and great fun. Special mention for Jessica, our host, who was superb on every level and whose company we enjoyed immensely.
Ultimately its all about the wildlife though and we are indebted to the patience, skill, knowledge and great humour of Nyambe, our guide for 3 days. The game drive and walking safari experiences were humbling, enthralling, extraordinary and basically beyond my range of superlatives.
So many incredible moments, but champagne on ice on the riverbank, watching baby hippos perfecting synchronised swimming moves, as the sun set, was special.