Tena Tena

Reviews of Tena Tena

Excellent(94%) From 109 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 109 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 TC from Thurlby
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wow the safari experience gets better!

From Nkwali Fred, our guide and camp manager, took us on a morning game drive to the transfer point-no time was wasted travelling, the safari experience continued and we were sad in a way to leave Fred, but our next camp beckoned so we said our goodbyes to Fred and hello to the guides from Tena. We were greeted by Jenny the Camp host and soon installed in our second accommodation which was Tented Chalet. We had seen the Chalet on the internet and when we arrived we found the accommodation, layout and comfort exceeded our expectations once again!

Our guides who were Bertrum, John and Chris, were all very knowledgeable and with Jenny made us very welcome and our stay a memorable one. Our Safari experience was just as we had hoped and we saw many Lions, Leopards, Elephants and Buffaloes. We had been given a record entitled "Mammals of the South Luangwa" and also " Birds of the South Luangwa-checklist"by Shannon at Nkwali and we ticked off the animals and birds that we saw in our record as we came across them. Unfortunately we saw so many species of birds that we lost track in our record but managed to record the memorable ones.

As well as the Big 4 ( Rhinos were not present in our locations in Zambia) we saw wonderful animals-Hippos, Hyenas, Giraffes, Zebra and other smaller animals together with many varieties of birds. We had a great time at Tena and would highly recommend that camp and accommodation also. Our Guides were Bertrum and John and they were first class guides who went the extra mile to make our holiday experience a memorable one. Guide Chris is a comedian and he was great fun also,- he never stopped laughing when we were in his company!

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Ms G & Mr D from Middlesex
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tena Tena review

We had visited Tena Tena in 1993 and been organised by Jo and guided by Robin Pope, so it was a hard act to follow. The camp is now in a different but still very special location.
The game drives were excellent with good sightings including elephants chasing wild dogs a definite first for us! It was unfortunate for us that you could only do 4 hour walks, not a shorter 2 hour that both of us could enjoy.
The tents were good but we didn't like the fact that you could see the next tent from the washing sinks area. It also seemed odd but not critical that there was nowhere to sit in the tent at night as the only chair was full of the cushions off the bed. The lighting is also very dim so their and our torches were very useful.
Jenny. our host, was particularly kind when I felt unwell. She also arranged a champagne sundowner on the banks of the Luangwa river to celebrate a wedding, an anniversary and birthday of the guests during our stay.

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Mr & Mrs C - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Dekightful camp, excellent wildlife viewing

Following Nkwali, our expectations were high and the welcome from Jenny and then Florence confirmed that we were in for another treat. Tracking a pride of lions failing three times to capture impala and then finally making a kill was the icing on the cake but was swiftly followed on the same night drive with leopard and porcupine sightings.


Food and guiding was top class.

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Mr Farrier
Arrived on: 29-May-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tena Tena review

Our third time in Tena Tena and it was as good as ever.

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Mr C & Mrs M - Cheshire
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tena tena Camp

This small camp is in a great location and there is a high concentration of game.

Guiding was excellent. Walking safaris on offer but we chose not to do one so spent our time on game drives.

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S and D, Herefordshire
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tena Tena elegant and comfortable

Tena Tena was the most elegant of the camps we stayed in but still managed to seem as though it was genuinely part of the bush. The welcome from Christa and everyone else was very friendly and warm and our guide, Nyambe, was excellent. It was a lovely finale, particularly when a family of elephants almost visited our tent on our final night to wish us farewell.

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Guildford Traveller
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A spectacular setting!

Accommodation at Tena Tena was in zipped tents on a concrete base. As at Nkwali the bed was the "main event" situated to give a perfect view of the river. The bar area at this camp is truly spectacular with easy chairs and cushions spread around at different levels.

Because the camp is set in a fairly flat area there is a good chance of invasion! Our most excitement here was the arrival of an elephant at lunch time. He meandered up from the river as though he was a visiting guest. He stayed for 30 minutes or so-a great pre-lunch event.

As well as the "formal" dining area we had evening BBQs on the river bank. Breakfasts were on a grassy area , again near the river.

All aspects of service was again excellent

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Mr & Mrs H - Essex
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tena Tena review

This was another excellent camp and from our perspective the best camp of our holiday ( apologies to the other sites)

Good guiding and excellent viewing

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Mr and Mrs B - Leatherhead
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wild dog chase a high spot!

Tena Tena a very good complement in the South Luangwa national park to Tafika. The drive there from Tafika was itself a great game drive.

The staff/guest ratio is anyway lower and was exacerbated by absences and guest transfers. After initially saying we would have to forego our planned walk and go on a mass drive, Nyambe took our concern on board and re-made the arrangements so we could go with him on a walk, which turned out to be great. A good response once he saw our reaction.

Lots of wildlife. High point was watching sleeping wild dogs, then waking, bonding, walking out line abreast and chasing after puku with us following at speed. A parade of lions at night another high spot.

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Mr.C. from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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The peace of Tena Tena

Our first visit to this Camp although had visited the previous one twice.

A thoroughly enjoyable 4 nights. Lots of good game viewing with good Wild Dog sightings but it was a shame the lions had decided to go on holiday but for 4 sub adults.

As always with Robin Pope safaris food, hospitality and guiding first class.

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