Reviews of Tena Tena
Wildlife sightings and reviews
136 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Tena Tena and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Tena Tena - cats and dogs, and rain"
Camp manager Bertram doubled up as our guide and he did a brilliant job. He was great company as well as a great spotter. We got a second sighting of wild dogs - this time at night. Lions were pretty scarce - just one sighting - but we had four great leopard sightings. In total we saw 75 different species over the 3 night stay including loads of good elephant and giraffe encounters.
Time spent in camp was great fun. The other guests were a real hoot and mealtimes were full of laughter. During one evening game drive there was lots of lightning in the distance and by the time dinner started, it was chucking it down. The dining area isn't large and the dining table ended up wedged up against a huge pile of cushions from the sofas so as to keep everyone dry. Halfway through the meal the power went out, the solar lamps were switched on and everything just carried on.
The power was restored by bedtime except for a couple of tents, including ours. We were given some solar lamps and the rain meant that the night was cool enough not to worry about the fact that we had no working fan. Although the camp is set back a bit from the river, we had plenty of sightings including giraffes, and pukus that favoured the grass right in front of the dining room.
We'd like to thank the camp for giving us a private dinner for our 30th wedding anniversary which fortunately was the evening before the heavy rain. A big thumbs up to the cooks - the food was always delicious, and the baking was phenomenal." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia; 5n in Malawi
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We like our guide John. We saw a pack of 3 wild dogs on the day we arrived. They used to be found around the camp on regular basis, but had been away for over 2 weeks. We were lucky that they decided to come back for just a day. By next day, the dogs left again. Another highlight is the hyena den.
The night drive is particularly productive, with multiple leopards on the move, and hyenas trailing in the hope to steal a meal. On the other hand, lions continue to evade us. As in Nsefu camp earlier, we only saw lions across the river at a distance." See all these reviews: 10n in Zambia
"A relaxed, friendly camp"
Again, the house keeping was perfect, the food just wonderful and all the staff were welcoming and friendly. The activities at Tena Tena were fantastic, our guide Nyambe introduced us to so many new species of birds and animals. His knowledge and skills enhanced our experience and he was patient in our desire to see as much as possible, especially birds.
Again, we can’t praise the staff at Tena Tena enough, thank you all so much for a wonderful and memorable holiday." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
Great guiding from John - the highlight was seeing a lion stand-off against a herd of buffalo." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
Staff extremely friendly, service exceptional with high quality meals all the time.
Plenty to see on all the game drives and even doing a walking safari did not leave us disappointed - -there was a lot of game to see in very peaceful surroundings - hardly another jeep in sight. The guides were exceptional and how they see such a variety of animals in the dark / night drives is a credit to them.
Our second camp which just added to our experience, running out of adjectives to praise this place enough." See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
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The accommodation for such a remote area is great." See all these reviews: 7n in Zambia; 3n in Malawi
"The finish of the holiday"
It was great to meet some new travelers and to be able to swap stories of the bush. Shame I could not stay longer but I will be back.
For the trip as a whole I had set myself a target of 100 birds, in the end I achieved 105 thanks to some diligent spotting by Sebastian. I also videoed a Hippo fight and a porcupine in the open. Also a honey badger which was not in the far distance." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia
"First Time to Tena Tena"
Tents were great although going to outdoor bathroom required unzipping the tent. That was a bit annoying.
Our guide Sebastian was very good." See all these reviews: 16n in Zambia
"Revisit Tena Tena to see friends- the staff"
Bertram was welcoming as always and lovely to meet Sebastian again this time as a guide rather than a spotter." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia
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