Tena Tena

Reviews of Tena Tena

Excellent(95%) From 137 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 137 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.
Mrs K. from Middlesex
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tena Tena - cats and dogs, and rain

This was our first visit to Tena Tena and we loved it. The only thing that we could possibly mark it down on is the size of the bedroom. When the nets are round the bed, it is a little difficult to have two adults moving around the room. But the bed is comfortable and there is plenty of hot water. You can charge your batteries in the room.

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.

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Mr D from California
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tena Tena review

The camp provides an immersive African bush experience. We can hear hippo, hyena and lion all night.

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.

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Mr & Mrs L from Cumbria
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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A relaxed, friendly camp

Our stay at Tena Tena followed the River Camp and we were not disappointed. The public area was just lovely, the use of wood was amazing and so comfortable for enjoying the wonderful views whilst having a drink etc. The tents were large, comfortable and so well equipped and we loved the open plan (but private) shower and toilet. The sitting area outside the tent was the perfect place to relax during siesta, whilst enjoying the views.

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.

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Mr & Mrs C from Cambridge
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tena Tena

Slightly more setback from the river than the other camps we stayed in.

Great guiding from John - the highlight was seeing a lion stand-off against a herd of buffalo.

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Ms M. from Peyia
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Exceptional

A well maintained lodge where our large tented chalet that was very comfortable with a great view overlooking the river. Some interesting quirks in the room - mainly the slightly unconventional shower, but this just added to the whole ambience of the place (and it worked very well!).

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.

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AFRICA from UK
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Love Tena Tena for us it feels like we have gone deep into the bush! So far from anywhere which is amazing

The accommodation for such a remote area is great.

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Mr H from Isle of Man
Arrived on: 15-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The finish of the holiday

This time I had tent 6. An even better view of the resident pod of Hippos.

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.

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Joanne from USA
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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First Time to Tena Tena

Loved 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.

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Mr H from Isle of Man
Arrived on: 9-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Revisit Tena Tena to see friends- the staff

It was unchanged. I had room 5 this time great view of the river and lovely to hear the night sounds.

Bertram was welcoming as always and lovely to meet Sebastian again this time as a guide rather than a spotter.

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Mr D from Chicago
Arrived on: 31-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tena Tena review

All in all a very good place

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