Reviews of Tena Tena
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THree nights here
Because I stayed 3 nights the guide told me that I could therefore take a side trip out to the salt pans. This was a great idea as I was able to find out a lot more about the countryby talking to the guide.We saw people carrying chickens on the back of their bikes and were astonished to find out that they make journeys of several days just to get to the market. They also have to face the danger of lions etc whilst doing so. It was a very friendly camp and in common with the other camps the staff are unfailingly polite and helpful. The tent was excellent with the added luxury of a fan which I neede in SEptember as it was around 37oCat lunch time. Its fun to have to be driven back to your tent at night because there are buffalos outside. I found Julius a wonderful driver guide and chef my trip to thesalt Pan which incidentally was littered with bones. Michael provided some great puddings and cake. All staff were very professional well informed and fun. The wiring of the fans needs investigation for safety.Read more about the whole safari
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Lovely camp in an isolated location. Less game around, but lovely for birds and hippos.
Camp host/management left a little to be desired though. There was a known problem with the hot water, which was not explained until we complained about it. They are apparently "waiting for parts". This means that there is an initial few minutes of hot water until the boiler overheats. It then has to be switched off for at least a minute, whereupon a further minute or so of hot water is available and the whole process has to be repeated - not very convenient.
Our room fan broke and not fixed. We lost some clothing in the laundry and were told it was not in camp and if it had been left at Nkwali, then it would have been forwarded. No further attempt was made to track it down. There was little atmosphere in camp, perhaps because the hostess was entertaining her brother.
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Terrific. Lovely location on a very active part of the river.
Great welcome. Really enjoyable walking transfer to Nsefu.
Only sorry to have missed the lions that seem to regularly walk through the camp!
Encounter with Robin Pope at Tena Tena
Tena Tena was our third (and last) camp on safari. Its setting at the river is beautiful and the tents are new and very elegant and comfortable. From the spacious outdoor bathroom, we could often hear and see hippos.
It was particularly relaxing to sit in front of our tent or the main area browsing in our birding book or writing post cards and listening to the hippos in the river and the cry of the numerous fish eagles. Tena Tena's postcard service is a very nice idea, our friends and relatives were delighted when our postcards finally arrived...
We had some very good leopard sightings at Tena Tena. Our guide Chris is very likeable, his sense of humour and enthusiasm for the wildlife are really catching and make our game drives very enjoyable. On a walk, we had a fascinating encounter with lions: We tracked them and after they had noticed our presence, they quietly withdrew into the bush.
One afternoon we even met Robin Pope with his wife by chance on a game drive!
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We walked into Tena Tena after Bushcamping. The tents are very spacious, with mesh sides which gave a feeling of openness which we really like. There are only six tents and they are very well spread out. There is a view over the river. There are sockets in the rooms to charge batteries.
When going to lunch on the first day, we had to take a different route because of 2 elephants near the tent. On one evening we had to be driven to the tent because of more elephants. At night the hippo (and hyena) provided a tremendous chorus. We really liked it, but others might want earplugs.
The views from the dining area were not quite as good as from the other camps – at this time of year the river was fairly distant. However it was a nice place to sit, and wildlife was still visible. (One night a leopard walked along the sand in the light of the watchman’s torch)
Food again was very good, and our needs as non-meat eaters were well taken care of.
Again game drives were by open vehicle, giving excellent viewing. We saw very few other vehicles on the drives (only occasionally others from Tena Tena). There were a very large number of elephants in the area.
Our first guide’s style didn’t quite match ours. The company dealt with this well - we raised this with Jessica, the hostess and we were changed to Bertrame & also George, whom we knew from Nsefu. We then spent more time watching animals’ behaviour.
With hindsight, part of this is knowing what you want and communicating it. When you meet a guide for the first time, they ask “What would you like to see?” We are happy to see anything, so I guess our response is not very helpful. However, we want to spend time with animals, watch their behaviour and learn about them. We’ve learnt it is important to think about what you enjoy & communicate this to the guide.
Tena Tena is a realy good camp.
A gorgeous place with animals galore
(I) Don't expand it any further, It seems less of a Bush Camp with 6 tents than it did with 4.
(ii) It seemed a long walk from tent 3 to the central facilities for 2 people in their mid-70's
BUT no-one could fault the welcome and treatment.
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Disappointing location in comparison to the other two camps, the tents were fine but the food quality was below the other two camps.
I doubt I would go back to Tena Tena.
Great start to our holiday at Tena Tena
A great start to our holiday in a camp with a lovely atmosphere - the sevice was very good and our guide, Julius, was excellent.
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Very pleasant camp.
Considerate and professional staff.
Enjoyed both the walks and drives. Excellent wildlife sightings - including honey badgers!
Animals and birds abound at Tena Tena
Our guide, Bertram, was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable and suited us well as he was happy to find good spots then just sit and wait and watch and enjoy the wildlife - for up to an hour at a time.
There is so much wildlife to see and numerous beautiful spots not far from the camp. We very much appreciated the overall respect for the wildlife - ie no chasing or speeding or off-roading or parking very close.