Reviews of Tena Tena
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The ultimate wilderness experience
Outstanding wildlife and wonderful walks. The camp was super - lovely people, excellent food .
I didn't think it could get better but this was the best -- to stand 50 metres from a curious bull Giraffe was amazing and we also saw elephant close up and a buffalo herd.
Luxury Camping at Tena Tena.
Unlike any previous camping experience! The tents, their privacy, their beautiful outlook over the Luangwa river and open air en suite bathroom facilities were jaw-droppingly stunning! One of our 18 year old son's highlights was being ensconced on the loo, whilst a hippo ambles past almost within touching distance, but thankfully the other side of the albeit low wall!
This camp was magical. The bar, dining area and breakfast area on the riverbank were stunningly beautiful, but the critical factor that enabled us to enjoy this camp and its location so much was the staff; attentive, caring, professional and great fun. Special mention for Jessica, our host, who was superb on every level and whose company we enjoyed immensely.
Ultimately its all about the wildlife though and we are indebted to the patience, skill, knowledge and great humour of Nyambe, our guide for 3 days. The game drive and walking safari experiences were humbling, enthralling, extraordinary and basically beyond my range of superlatives.
So many incredible moments, but champagne on ice on the riverbank, watching baby hippos perfecting synchronised swimming moves, as the sun set, was special.
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Tena Tena a Robin Pope camp has been recently moved to a new location. The camp is new and clean with a wonderful staff.
Large prides of lions are easily seen. The highlight of the camp was watching a group of five lions eating a cape buffalo. I would highly recommend Robin Pope camps with a well run staff.
Spectacular Night Drives at Tena Tena
This is a new camp that replaced the original in 2012. Consequently everything is new and many of the photographs on the Internet are of the old camp and are not representative of the new one. We felt that the camp suffers somewhat from being too far away from the water compared with several of the other camps we visited. Viewing life on the water from the camp was therefore impractable.
Again like its sister camp Nsefu, we saw two leopards every day and an array of other animals but the lions evaded us.
The outstanding part of the game drives was at night when a wide range of nocturnal animals could be seen.
This was a pleasant stay worth doing in conjunction with its sister camp Nsefu.
Not your average tent camp
Tena Tena was the third stop on our trip to South Luangwa, and the staff, the food and the location were just as excellent as they had been at Nsefu and Nkwali. Tena Tena felt more private than the other two camps. The tents are spaced very generously along the river bank with great views of the Luangwa, and the trees between the tents made us feel like we had this place just to ourselves.
The camp is within walking distance to Nsefu, and we took the opportunity to transfer while going on our first walking safari. After several days of game drives the walk was a new experience that allowed us to see South Luangwa in a very different way. Seeing and learning about the "Small Five" and the "Green Five" during a walk was just as exciting as watching the "Big Five" on our game drives.
The highlight of our stay at Tena Tena was a trip to the Kawaza Village. Meeting students at the school and visiting the local clinic gave us a deep appreciation for the incredible work that is being done here with often very limited resources. And if you ever visit Kawaza make sure to stay for lunch and try the local staple Nshima with chicken and vegetables. It is delicious!
Wonderful Tena Tena
First class staff and game viewing. Really happy camp and knowledgable guiding. Wonderful walking.Read more about the whole safari
A smooth transfer from Nkwali and across the river got us here for lunch. The camp was beautifully sited on the banks of the river so that guests could watch lions and elephants on the other side whilst munching toast in the morning. Huge tents were complemented by designer bathrooms. We had tent 5 which was on the other side of the communal areas from the others so felt very private and remote. However we understand tent 6 is under construction close by.
We enjoyed wonderful drives with Bertram including a fabulous day which started with rescuing the transfer vehicle from the hole left by the demolition of the dining room at the old Tena site. We then spent most of the morning following and watching a lion hunting buffalo; he caught a calf but was chased off by the herd. He didn’t give up though and continued to stalk the herd for several hours. Our day concluded with several leopard sitings including three tiny cubs with their mother and a very relaxed civet who let us watch her for about 20 minutes. This even got us on RPS’s It’s Monday newsletter- issue on 19th August – the Power of Paws!
Jess was a great hostess and even let us raid the camp recipe book for meals we’d enjoyed. The food was excellent and enjoyed in different locations around camp.
Great Safari at Tena Tena
Tena Tena was very different from Nkwali in the compactness of it, and I loved the remoteness of the Lodge.
The staff and guides were without fault, and sharing our meals with the guides was entertaining and informative, we had a lot of fun together. Special mention of Julius, our excellent guide.
Luxury tented accommodation
Tena Tena was a nice change to Nkwali. The tents are amazing. One negative aspect would be the distance some of the tents are from the main reception / bar area. But lovely remote area and you really feel like you are away from it all. Food was amazing.
Staff again was so helpful.
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The camp being brand new, it was a joy coming there. Here we felt really being in the bush, though in a luxurious way. The food was excellent. With a small pool to cool down in during the day, it would be perfect.
After experiencing a super-dedicated guide at another camp, we were a bit disappointed with the drives. Just driving around without stories isn´t that interesting. Stopping, listening and talking about the sticks in the road is part of being in the bush, too, and this was a bit neglected by our guide. Not having that many roads in that part of the park, this could have extended our experience. They are more cautious about off-road driving than in the south of the park, which is good! We didn´t meet any other cars on our drives, and you got a wonderful feeling of being alone out there on the drives.
Lovely and helpful people working there.