We stayed here for 2 nights, and what a gem it was. Staff, guides, chef,cleaners EVERYONE - so very helpful and friendly.
Our guide was Bertram, who was patient and done his best to find me lions (as this was the last leg of our trip and still hadn't seen any!). On our last game drive, he received a call over the radio telling him the lions were near to camp - so with a quick turn around we managed to see them ;o)
The 'tent' was spacious and we had been allocated the honeymoon suite, which was lovely and had an additional seating area. All tents are open during the day, and zipped up at night. Elephants and hippo's regularly visit. We had an elephant one night, munching the branches outside our tent - far from being daunting this made our visit to the valley more special, as you ARE in the wild with the animals. The food is excellent - a great variety considering you are in the middle of the bush. A great selection of complimentary drinks, which are always available.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place - and I do feel we will return - as many others do. So many other guests are returning clients, and I can see why.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa - a claim which is not an overstatement. It is through this 9050sq kilometer National Park that the great meandering Luangwa River runs, with its ox bow lagoons, tributaries, riverine supported woodlands and large plains, all of which play host to huge concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 450 species of birds. Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector Tena Tena sits nestled under a magnificent and thick grove of mahogany trees. On a double tiered river bank each room enjoys its own private view onto a long stretch of the Luangwa River. Tena Tena is synonymous with Robin Pope Safaris as it was the first camp which Robin opened and ran and has become a favourite amongst many safari lovers over the years. Tena Tena when translated means “temporary home” and this is the feeling that we have tried to emulate throughout the camp but with a twist of luxury and comfort. The six tents are very private with plenty of space between them and each with its own window onto a magnificent stretch of the Luangwa River where the hippos wallow and the lions roam. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious and open to the elements, designed to copy nature with curved walls around the trees and simple subtle colours and a view from every facility. Each tent is specifically located to maximize privacy both in the rooms, bathrooms and on the verandahs with comfortable sitting areas and excellent views onto the river. The main area moulded around a large termite mound and mahogany tree with an old hippo run adapted into our path between the different levels is shaded by an enormous tent strung up between leadwood poles. With plenty of different seating areas there is space to relax and unwind whilst reflecting on the day's safari, before sitting down to a beautiful dinner on the banks of the Luangwa, under the stars and enjoying the sounds of the African night. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tena Tena Camp Zambia/South Luangwa National Park