zambia - luangwa National park
Tena Tena Camp
"Tena Tena Camp is altogether
beyond superlatives, and must be one of the best
safari camps in the whole of Africa"
The Times, London.
This remote and small camp lies
within the National Park and enjoys a stunning
location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River.
A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom-made
tents. From the thatched dining room and bar,
guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope
on the river banks. Near by there is a spectacular
lagoon, Buca Buca, where a whole morning can be
spent quietly sitting while the game comes down
to feed and drink. With the camp being remote
and small, we have these scenes to ourselves.
en suite bathrooms
open June - October
walking, drives, night drives
Tena Tena Location
A grove of mahogany trees shade
the large custom-made tents. From the thatched
dining room and bar guests can watch the elephants,
hippo and antelope on the river banks. Near by
there is a spectacular lagoon, Buca Buca, where
a whole morning can be spent quietly sitting while
the game comes down to feed and drink. Being remote
and so small, we have these scenes to ourselves.
Tena Tena Activities
Fly-In Safari Lodge Wildlife
Game Drives Safari Walking/Hiking Honeymoon Photography
Birding LuxuryTented Camp Price Range - Southern
Africa: $350 - $600
Tena Tena Attractions
The Luangwa Valley, which marks
the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the
last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the
finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers
an area of 9000 sq. kms. through which the meandering
Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland
and plains of the valley host huge concentrations
of game - including elephant, buffalo, leopard,
lion, giraffe, hippo - and over 400 species of
Tena Tena Facilities
The world renowned Robin Pope
Safaris camp, Tena Tena has been redesigned and
rebuilt. It opened for the first time on 1st June.
With the maximum number of guests decreasing from
12 to 8, the camp will provide an even more personal
and intimate safari for those staying. Tena Tena
has a reputation for being a 'temporary home'
in the the bush - and the atmosphere at this wonderful
remote tented camp certainly contributes to this.
Robin Pope has made Tena Tena his base for the
last 15 years and will returning to manage the
camp this season. The decor has a Middle Eastern
feel to it. The spacious tents are beautifully
furnished in rich colours. The Persian rugs, hand-dyed
Indian cotton bed-spreads and Bedouin cushions
create a homely and attractive environment. The
bathrooms are made from woven bamboo and join
the tents under a large grass archway - Marsh-Arab
style. Each tent has been carefully positioned
to incorporated a stunning view of the Luangwa
River or waterhole, where game is often seen coming
down to drink. The front of the tent is designed
to roll up completely allowing the guests to watch
and admire from the privacy of their own veranda.
The bar and dining room are situated under an
old established Natal Mahogany tree, they remain
in a similar style to before, built entirely from
local materials - grass, bamboo and Mukwa (local
hardwood). Meals are served in the dining room,
overlooking the Luangwa river.
Tena Tena Additional Information
*GAME DRIVES conducted in open
4x4 vehicles by knowledgeable safari guides. Special
game- viewing seats provide excellent viewing
and opportunities for photography.
*NIGHT DRIVES - Set out in the
afternoon. Later, after watching the sun set over
the river with a sundowner in hand, the drive
continues with a powerful spotlight. The nocturnal
world of the bush is witnessed from owls and genets
to hunting lions and the graceful leopard. All
Robin Pope Camps are intimate and highly personalised
and offer exceptional service, flexibility and
responsiveness to guests wishes.
This safari combines Tena Tena
and Nsefu Camp with a night or two fly camping
in the the Nsefu sector. The emphasis is on walking,
and the safari will walk from camp to camp.
The walking safari area is one
of the best riverine areas in the Luangwa. The
river is rapidly changing course here and the
resulting channels and lagoons host spectacular
The fly camping sites are situated in secluded
areas of the Nsefu sector, and the fly camp is
simple and "bush". The camp is already
set up for your arrival with well-equipped walk-in
tents. The shower is under a tree and the toilet
is a long drop with a wooden throne
The safari starts at Tena Tena
and ends at Nsefu Camp, where there is an option
of drives or walks.
from June - October
walking and drives at Nkwali, Tena Tena and Nsefu,
walking for 2 or 3 days.
standard itineraries of 5 or 7 nights; any combination
of camps or number of nights available on request
For further details or booking
enquiries please contact