Reviews of Tena Tena
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
My favorite Camp
There is so much to love about Tena Tena. The location, the guides, Cristobel, and the tents were all superb. There was a certain ambience at this camp that held the most appeal to me. Everyone seemed very happy and relaxed while still remaining professional and safety minded.
This was my second stay at a Robin Pope camp, so I knew generally what to expect. As a solo traveler, I felt that the staff here went a bit farther to make me feel welcome and included in the conversations and activities. Cristobal managed to get my torn backpack repaired in between game drives.
The tents were wonderful and spaced far enough apart for a reasonable amount of privacy. The bar attendants paid close attention to the guests preferences and all the staff seemed to genuinely want each guest to be happy. I believe Cristobal came from a local village and I was eager to speak with her about her life, customs, and desires for the future. She was the only "home grown" hostess, and I really enjoyed interacting with her. I hope to return one day to my new favorite camp in Africa.
Great game viewing
Saw lions from Tena Tena as well hyenas and of course elephants and giraffe as well as a terrapin the size of a large dinner plate (spotted by Tim not the guide). First class guiding by Chillumba and Nyamhi.
The camp was very busy, full for most of our stay, and most of the other guests were pleasant company. However, we took exception to one couple who took all their meals at a separate table from the other guests. This sort of behaviour is odd and we think the camps should be discouraged from accommodating such requests.
Terrific tented Tena Tena
Our short time at Tena Tena provided a slightly more remote and rustic experience of South Luangwa National Park than the Luangwa Safari House.
The tented accommodation was top class and the food excellent, whilst the guiding by Nyambe could not be faulted with his informative walks particularly enjoyable.
The wild life and bird viewing was superb. Lions and hippos wandered through the camp whilst we were there, and we had multiple leopard sightings out on drives.
Imaginative guiding at Tena Tena
What a relief to get back to a traditional tented safari camp - zip up tents, mosquito nets and wonderful fans - heaven! A great location with excellent game viewing, and knowledgable experienced team.
We were slightly concerned at being paired up with other customers whose principal interest was bird watching, almost to the exclusion of animal life. We were not asked our viewing preferences/priorities in advance, which could have avoided any misunderstanding. We made our point of view clear on later game drives, and were better satisfied.
We enjoyed George's approach to guiding - a healthy blend of identifying and following animal tracks, stopping to look at what they had consumed, observing herds and their young, watching their progress to water and interaction with other animals,etc. Had first sighting of the rare honeybadger and a tree snake.
Good food as at other RPS South Luangwa camps. Menu variety and food hygene good - unlike the stream of upset tummies from visitors to Lower Zambesi camps.
Tena Tena review
An intimate camp made all the more enjoyable by interesting fellow guests and guides.
The most disappointing food of all the camps. Same quality and source of meal ingredients as River Camp but poorly constructed dishes which were luke warm. Not wishing to be sexist, we did wonder if this was partly due to the lack of female input seen in other camps.
Not withstanding this comment, Will was a charming and enthusiastic host but inexperienced in hotel management.
Robin Pope Safaris : Tena Tena
Probably our favourite of the three fixed Robin Pope camps we stayed at (the others being Nkwali and Nsefu). Standard of the guides excellent.
South Luangwa National Park cannot be bettered. Very good for walking safaris.
Again another friendly camp with an excellent guide Chris and nothing was too much trouble
Out of the three camps we visited this was our favourite
Another great camp
Spacious tents but with limited views of river .Smaller camp area. We were spoiled by our previous guides and felt that our guide here was not to the same standard, consequently the drives were less memorable. Patrick our chef probable provided the best food so far
The addition of a hide would aid in camp activities
Tena Tena review
Having visited Nkwali & Nsefu this camp offered comparably excellent facilities and service but lacked the feeling of close proximity to the river.The surrounding area however provided many attractions, especially the lagoon: over three dozen African spoonbills moving in a straight line methodically siphoning up their food and over 100 saddle-billed storks in a tight cluster.
Elsewhere we witnessed engrossing animal behaviour: four juvenile giraffes bashing each other's necks and heads together in play fighting and a female baboon pursued by a male with clinging baby which was being used as a 'protective shield' against the threats of another competing male
Tena Tena review
Tena Tena is the main disappointment of the trip. Overly rated. Poor situation. Average service. Worst park of the park.
The best part was when our request to be transferred to Nsefu for our last night was accomodated. Nsefu is a beautiful lodge, with an amazing setting and a great team. Old fashioned lodge in Rondavel. Highly recommended
Expert Africa comments
We are sorry to hear that these travellers did not enjoy Tena Tena, which came as a surprise as we usually get consistently good feedback on the camp. These comments were forwarded to Robin Pope Safaris’ MD Ton de Rooy, who responded with a sincere apology. We are told that there have been some service issues relating to the current hostess, which they are addressing with her. We are in no doubt that this will be rectified, as this isn’t the usual standard of service from Robin Pope Safaris. We are delighted that after these travellers moved camp to Nsefu (which they loved), they found all the Robin Pope staff very accommodating and enjoyed the rest of their trip. They also commented specifically that their walking guide, Kanga, was excellent.