Tena Tena

Reviews of Tena Tena

Excellent(94%) From 75 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 75 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 H from Cardiff
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A great start to our safari

Overall our experience of Tena Tena was very good. We were very fortunate that a local Lion pride had killed a hippo which effectively meant that for the next few days we could experience observing lions, vultures and finally hyenas feeding on the carcass.

The camp sits in a great location and it was an added bonus that prior to the rains it was very easy to cross the Luangwa river.

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Dr K from Baldock
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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THree nights here

Because I stayed 3 nights the guide told me that I could therefore take a side trip out to the salt pans. This was a great idea as I was able to find out a lot more about the countryby talking to the guide.We saw people carrying chickens on the back of their bikes and were astonished to find out that they make journeys of several days just to get to the market. They also have to face the danger of lions etc whilst doing so. It was a very friendly camp and in common with the other camps the staff are unfailingly polite and helpful. The tent was excellent with the added luxury of a fan which I neede in SEptember as it was around 37oCat lunch time. Its fun to have to be driven back to your tent at night because there are buffalos outside. I found Julius a wonderful driver guide and chef my trip to thesalt Pan which incidentally was littered with bones. Michael provided some great puddings and cake. All staff were very professional well informed and fun. The wiring of the fans needs investigation for safety.

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Dr G & Dr E - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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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Mr D from Bristol
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Tena Tena Review

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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Mr S & Ms B from Birmingham
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tena Tena review

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.

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Mr & Mrs P - Derbyshire
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A gorgeous place with animals galore

2 comments:-
(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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Miss D from London
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tena Tena review

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.

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Mr & Mrs F - Newbury
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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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Mrs D from Ireland
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tena Tena review

Very pleasant camp.

Considerate and professional staff.

Enjoyed both the walks and drives. Excellent wildlife sightings - including honey badgers!

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Ms A & Mr B from Kent
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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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.

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