Tena Tena

Reviews of Tena Tena

Excellent(93%) From 80 travellers
Excellent
57
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 80 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 R from London
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Food:
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Tena Tena review

Wow! Wish we could have stayed longer.

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B Party of six from Seattle
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
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Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
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Food:
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Activities:
Average
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Tena Tena review

Compared to our Botswana experience, Luangwa SH and Chongwe this did not meet the same standard. The facilities were fine but the camp leadership did not appear to be as focused on ensuring that we had a first class experience or as cohesive as at other places.

Our interaction with the non expats was excellent. Our guide, Simon, was experienced and knowlegeable and provided a superb trip to the Hot Springs area where we saw a day time Leopard Kill. However he could benefit from coaching on his interpersonal skills as, unattended, this could limit his career options. Ema could benefit from seeing how Lucinda approaches her job.

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Mr & Mrs T from Bedfordshire
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Shame about no cats but lovely camp

We were superbly looked after by Simon and Emma at Tena Tena. Unfortunately Chris had a reccurrence of her tummy bug, Simon arranged for the Doc to come out from Mfuwe, he prescribed some anti-bios and it cleared enough to resume game drives the following day. However, it did not completely clear untill we returned to the UK.
The camp was superbly run, food and accomodation were excellent, though disappointed not to see any predators during our stay. I have marked down the activities because of this.
Our guide Bertram was great, vibrant personality and fun to be with, he tried hard to find us some cats but it was not to be.

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Mr & Mrs G from Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
Average
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Average
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tena tena on the banks of the luangwa river

simon lead a small, but good team and bertram was overall the best guide on our safari.

we felt that the tents would have been better sited on the river bank rather than the lagoon as they would have been a little cooler.

the game viewing was a little disappointing; by the 6th day on safari we hadn't had a sniff of a leopard simon and team were very helpful when one of our party was ill

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Mr & Mrs M from New York, USA
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Tena Tena review

See comments re: Nkwali camp.

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Mr & Mrs M - Northumberland
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
Good
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Tena Tena review

We missed the first night here due to DSM's illness (see previous page) but were very grateful for the special transport laid on to take us to Tena Tena for nights 2 and 3.

Everyone very welcoming and helpful as always.

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Ms G - Lincolnshire
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Tena Tena review

Tena Tena provided the best wildlife experiences of the trip including 30 minutes with a pack of wild dogs, being surrounded by well over 200 crown cranes, 20 minutes with a male leopard just metres away and over 60 elephants of all sizes and ages taking it in turns wallowing in mud about 20 metres from a walkway.

While the staff were great and the guide (Jacob) was excellent I did not get the same feeling about the camp as with Kaingo/Mwamba. Maybe it was a matter of scale - Tena is obviously a luxury camp and part of a bigger organisation. I would take nothing away from Tena but I personally just prefer the smaller, more rustic and family run camps.

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Mr and Mrs B - Derbyshire
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Loved every minute at Tena Tena

Fantastic, friendly staff. Great food. Hospitality and service amazing. Jason (guide) was amazing, knew so much and led us on a walk to a dead giraffe we had been observing - and two lionesses! Unbelievable experience. We felt safe the whole time as he really inspired confidence.

Baboons and Puku in camp again - and even a baboon paying a quick visit to our shower at one point!

Brilliant day and night drives, wonderful fellow guests. Felt like we were leaving true friends when we left. The sights, the sounds, (the smells! - in-joke) will stay with us forever.

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Mr & Mrs H from Cheshire
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
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Excellent
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Service:
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Tented Tena Tena

We very much enjoyed Tena Tena. The elephants came around the tents at night which was a thrill, and the game viewing in general was very good. The staff were willing to accommodate our requests, including a trip across the river for the day - in retrospect that would have been better at a cooler time of the year but the game there was excellent. Our guides were helpful and knowledgeable.

The tents are very comfortable and add a little bit extra to the safari expereince. We ate the world's best banoffi pie at Tena Tena. (even better than at Nkwali)

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Mr & Mrs K - Maidstone
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Tena Tena review

We had the benefit of one of the best guide/rangers we have met in many years on safari (Jason) who had an extensive knowledge and views which he shared with us - there's often much more to the safari experience than just viewing the sighting and a good or excellent guide can make a lot of difference.

Tena Tena had taken the trouble to construct a hide on the river bank close to a carmine bee-eater colony which gave us a wonderful opportunity to get close to the action.

Of a slight concern is the proximity of the camp to an area where hunting is taking place and this seems to be having an effect on certain of the species and their behaviour - particularly the lions.

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