Tena Tena

Reviews of Tena Tena

Excellent(93%) From 82 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 82 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 and Mrs E - Birmingham
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Friendly stay at Tena Tena

I liked our tent at Tena Tena -- very lovely to watch bushback & impala grazing by the lagoon. I was torn between sitting there or in the hide facing the river!

Didn't get to see much of Simon as he was on his days off & rather regret that as he was very interesting and knowledgable. Again, the guides were accomodating and we went on a lovely walk. Food was very good, staff polite and personable.

Game viewing wasn't as good as I've heard it can be (and saw the least here), but guide did his best with what he could find.

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Ms D & Mr B - Berks
Arrived on: 28-May-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tena Tena - a very special camp

Tena Tena is our favourite camp, hence our second return. It has a very special atmosphere and has wonderful and varied game drives and walks.

The staff at Tena Tena deserve an 'excellent plus' rating as they always go the extra mile. When I pointed out to Simon that there was no easy way for women to dry their undies and described what I thought was needed, he produced a home-made version the next day.

Betram and Gritid make a great walking pair and it's lovely to have a guide and scout that think a 'sitting safari' is a third option. We had a very special 11 hour day trip out with Betram which also involved a bit of just sitting and see what happens. Everyones enthusiasm for their work, the bush, and the animals really makes this an outstanding experience.

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Mr & Mrs R from London
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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