Reviews of Tena Tena
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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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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.
Delights from the two Tenas
A wonderful game drive en route from Nkwali to Tena Tena with Jacob. There we were again the beneficiaries of an upgrade to the "honeymoon tent"!
Prince found us the eland at last! Lovely location and very fine game watching, including fascinating night drives (we loved the honey badger).
I'm sorry the fruit bats which invaded out tent were not allowed to stay, but can well understand why!
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Excellent camp with first class game and bird viewing.
Only (very!) minor negatives being the main vista from the camp has a large island blocking views of the river at this time of year and that dinner on Day 4 was same as Day 1.
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A beautifully remote camp made all the more wonderful by 4 leopard sightings and occasional visits by elephants!Read more about the whole safari
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Lovely ambience at this camp. Katherine helped us to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary with a surprise champagne breakfast by the river during our bush walk - a walk that also included lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffe and a 4 metre long python!
More leopard sightings and the bird life, as at all camps, was excellent.
Tena Tena has a real open outdoor atmosphere
Caterer Katharine met us when we arrived, and familiarized us with our well-constructed and comfortable tents. We found the separate dressing area adjoining the bathroom to be very convenient.
Our skilled guide, Bertram, was very observant, especially when he spotted a number of trees filled with vultures above a buffalo kill where lions were feeding.
Bertram drove us to Kawaza village on our final morning, where we visited the school, the medical clinic, and a traditional healer. We were also treated to a lunch of nshima, pumpkin leaves, and chicken, prepared by the village women. After lunch we were privileged to view traditional Lunda tribal dances performed by some of the women.
Following our visit to the village, Bertram proceeded to drive us to the Mfuwe airport, where he stayed with us until our flight left for Lusaka.
Lion in camp
We had only just arrived when a lioness ran through areana in front of the dining area chasing a warthog.......! She caught him, but seeing people peering over the kitchen "wall" , dropped the frightened beast and ran off. Robin Pope was there at the time. We then had around 5 lions in the entrance area to the camp, so we all had the chance of wonderful photos and lots to talk about over dinner!
The boiler in our tent (4??) kept going out, which was very annoying. Catherine was going to report it. We found the little dressing area between the bedroom and the bathroom very useful but very dark and hot. It was certainly more spacious than Nsefu.
Again, the guides were first class. Food was served in a different place each night, which was fun - we all enjoyed the Mongolian BBQ sitting outside by the camp fire. Catherine had to shoo us all to bed at 1030 as the generator needed to be switched off!
Back to relative civilisation at Tena Tena
It was a bit of a culture shock to suddenly have so many peoiple around us & to lose Jason. [Ed: their previous guide on their walking safari]
I don't think anyone would have come up to his standard as a guide, but to be fair to the staff at Tena Tena they were all very competent and pleasant and nothing was too much trouble. It was therefore a lovely surprise to have Jason for our last game drive, especially when he found us a leopard on a kill.
An airport transfer will never match up to 0430 from Tena Tena to Mfuwe!
Treated like VIPS
We were totally spoiled at Tena Tena due entirely to the wonderful Kerri and her team. Kerri guided us on every game drive and made our four days at Tena unbelievably special. The Caterer, Kat, also looked after us beautifully and we were very grateful for the enormous care and attention they gave us.
The game viewing over the four days was the best either of us have seen in over fourteen safaris.