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Tena Tena

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8/10

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Highlights

- Remote, intimate camp
- Day and night game drives
- Camp-to-camp walking safaris
- Visits to local village

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Overview

Located in one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, Tena Tena means “temporary home”, and this tented camp’s professional team of staff certainly go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome. Belonging to the Robin Pope Safaris portfolio, the camp is open from mid-May to October each year. Elephants, giraffes, buffalo, leopards, lions, hippos, and around 450 species of birds can be spotted during game drives, and guests can enjoy the privilege of observing rich wildlife from the comfort of their own tents. Just over an hour’s drive from Mfuwe airport, Tena Tena allows its visitors to feel close to nature, while at the same time enjoying a touch of luxury and comfort.

Tena Tena is an intimate camp comprising just five twin tents, and one double that also functions as a honeymoon suite. Shaded by the surrounding mahogany trees, each tent has an en-suite, open-air bathroom, and a private veranda with far-reaching views along the Luangwa River. Guests can congregate in the cosy main camp area which is centred around a large termite mound. An old hippo run has been repurposed into a path that leads onto a raised level of the camp which features a bar and a lovely wooden seating area where guests can sit and soak up the sunset. Dinner is served under the open sky on the picturesque river banks. Note that while Wi-Fi is available on site, there is no mobile phone reception.

Day and night game drives are on offer, along with guided walks accompanied by an experienced guide and an armed scout. Given that Robin Pope Safaris are the only company operating in this part of the park, guests will benefit from the area’s low visitor numbers. Since Tena Tena is only a few hours’ drive north from Robin Pope's main camp, and reasonably close to its sister camp Nsefu, guests can easily combine a visit to Tena Tena with a mobile walking safari. Those wishing to learn more about local culture can take a tour into the Kawaza village to visit the school, or wander through the bustling Mfuwe area, which is bursting with markets, bars, and stalls selling locally-produced tribal textiles. Kawaza village also features the Wildlife Education Centre, a charitable trust which works to educate the children of the Luangwa Valley about the wildlife in the area.

Although the staff at Tena Tena are happy to welcome families with children aged 12 and above, do bear in mind that there is no specific provision for children and the camp does have quite an adult atmosphere. Visitors may wish to consider sister property Luangwa Safari House instead, which is booked on an exclusive use basis and has a dedicated children’s itinerary, or indeed Nkwali with its swimming pool and designated family accommodation unit.

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(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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