Reviews of Tena Tena
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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
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
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.
Excellent game viewing and guiding
Tena Tena was the first camp on our first ever safari and I couldn't have asked for a better place to start. Whilst the accommodation was not quite as luxurious as some of the others we were to stay at, (undoubtedly due to the temporary nature of the camp) it was still supremely comfortable and welcoming. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the camp felt small and intimate.
The park itself was quite varied in landscape and we saw very few vehicles during our stay which was lovely. We saw more hippos here than anywhere else (they really do like to chat through the night!) and it was wonderful to watch them in and out of the water directly from the veranda in front of the tent. As for other game we saw all 4 of the big five, leopards, giraffe, zebra, birds galore including waterbirds and storks, lots of antelopes, a cobra, baboons, vervet monkeys, warthogs, etc. The only thing I missed out on was wild dogs (although apparently some were in the area).
I'd like to single out Christa the F&B manager for her friendliness and attention to detail and the fantastic vegan food she managed to create for me during our stay, including soy milk and margarine for me at breakfast and even vegan biscuits and cakes during our game drives.
I'd also like to thank M'wewmbe (sorry for spelling) our guide for his great guiding. We saw more varied game in this area than any of the others on our trip and much of this was due to his excellent tracking skills.
If you're thinking of going to Zambia I cannot recommend this place highly enough for a classic safari experience.
Extraordinary game viewing at Tena Tena
The game viewing exceeded our expectations.
On the first evening game drive we saw 2 leopards, 3 honey badgers, 3 lions with a kill and hyenas.
Our guide, Julius, was superb. Food was very tasty, particularly the quiches at brunch.
Wild dogs at Tena Tena!
We teased Kanga and Bertram mercilessly about our failure to see wild dogs after 4 visits to South Luangwa. Bertram doesn't like to disappoint guests so he went all out to find them for us. And came up trumps - a pack of 17!
Other game was excellent - huge herds of impala and puku, small groups of kudu, magical giraffes, endless elephants and hippos, a pair of mating leopards and lions on all three days out - inldung a sleeping pride on the way to Mfuwe airport on our last day. And the birds continue to amaze - such colours and fabulous sightings - including three lilac breaster rollers doing a dare devil display for us.
Christabel and the team are wonderful hosts and the food, accommodation and hospitality are second to none.
Great feeling of being in the bush
A great camp with a very "wilderness feel" Incredible walking safaris and feeling of priviledge in sharing the animals habitat. The shower head in Tent 5 incredible piece of innovation!
Meeting Cristobel and Thomas again was great. The river crossing was a magical experience!
The walking transfer to Nsefu (about 3 1/2 hours ) was a magical experience
Beautiful Tena Tena!
Everything i said about Nkwali is the same for Tena Tena!
Bumped into wild dog's twice, pack of sixteen, and a pack of six, was a huge plus, did not expect to see them, also had wonderful sightings of leopard's, not just fleeting but she actually posed very nicely on a tree for us, wonderful photographs of that moment, elephant's, Eland, baboon's, lion's and their cub's, watching them get ready for their hunt at dusk, the list is endless, particularly pleased at seeing the majestic Martial Eagle!
Tena Tena - 4 nights
A beautiful camp with a chorus of hippos (we have no objection, but some guests find them disruptive to sleep)! The tents are very well done and do work well at keeping out insects. (I am impressed by the velcro for the tent zips - so easy to repair a sticky zip!)
We had excellent morning walks here. The professional behaviour of guides and scouts is notable and we felt very comfortable walking with them. We also had very good drives, even the evening that had a lot of wind and blown sand gave us a white-tailed mongoose :)
As a highlight, we also saw wild dogs here (our second pack). We thoroughly enjoyed our time - the whole experience was great.
Well established lodge
The facilities and staff were excellent and I was treated royally on my birthday!
Game viewing was less prolific than previous camps