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Zambia Safari

Tena Tena Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Tena Tena Camp
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This remote and small camp (only 10 beds) lies within the South Luangwa National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River.

Tena Tena - meaning 'temporary home' - is the flagship camp for the highly acclaimed Robin Pope Safaris. The camp is located on a wide sweep of the meandering Luangwa River, in the quiet Nsefu sector of the Park. The camp is located high on the banks of the river, near the spectacular Buca Buca lagoon.

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 the camp there is a spectacular lagoon, Buca Buca, where a whole morning can be spent quietly sitting while the game comes down to drink. With the camp being remote and small, guests have these scenes to themselves.

For its all-round strengths - secluded location, style, owner involvement, and game-viewing, Tena Tena is undoubtedly one of the best camps in Zambia. In fact, Tena Tena has been described in The Times, London, as "altogether beyond superlatives and must be one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa."

The camp is open from June through October.

Accommodation            For images of Tena Tena Camp, click Tena Tena Images
The world renowned Robin Pope Safaris camp, Tena Tena has been redesigned and rebuilt. With the maximum number of guests decreasing from 12 to 8, the camp provides an even more personal and intimate safari for visiting guests.

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. The interiors are stylish and elegant, beautifully furnished in rich colours, and are reminiscent of Hemingway's Africa. The Persian rugs, hand-dyed Indian cotton bed-spreads and Bedouin cushions create a homely and attractive environment. There are also heavy linen bathrobes in each en suite open-air bathroom, along with a complete array of quality toiletries.

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.

Dining & Facilities
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.

The camp also includes laundry services.

Apart from being well removed from the busier Mfuwe sector of the park, one of the great highlights of the Nsefu sector is the abundance of 'Luangwa Wafwas' (literally 'dead Luangwas'). These are dried out oxbow lakes that have been replaced by lush grasslands, and attract game in large numbers. This sector of the park is famous for its concentrations of plains game (which in turn attract predators), especially huge herds of buffalo that move around in the area.

Activities at Tena Tena center around this abundance of game, and guests are offered the opportunity to enjoy game-viewing from open safari vehicles (both day and night drives are conducted), as well as game walks. The camp is located along a very game-rich stretch of the Luangwa River, and there is always game in the vicinity of the camp, more often than not elephant and buffalo. An absolute highlight of a stay at Tena Tena is the possibility of going walking with Robin Pope himself, who spends most of his time at this his flagship camp.

South Luangwa game walks, considered by many to be the best in Southern Africa, are led by a qualified guide and accompanied by an armed game scout, offer an even more intimate bush experience.

Walking Safaris
Robin Pope Mobile Walking Safari
The Robin Pope Mobile Walking Safaris have become famous for their adventure and "true Africa" experience. The mobile walking safaris venture to the remote area of the Mupamadzi River in the north of the South Luangwa National Park. This safari runs ten nights and includes a four or five day walking portion which explores diverse habitats - hills, woodland and vast grassy plains as well as the river. Walking safaris encourage guests to use all their senses while in the bush - from hearing to smell, as well as sight. The anticipation of what is around the corner keeps your focus keen.

The game is less concentrated and unused to man's presence, so approaching the animals is that much more rewarding. The fully staffed mobile camp has everything you'll need, including walk-in tents, mattressed camp beds, a shared long-drop loo and a hot bucket shower. The safari includes 2 nights at Nkwali, 5 nights walking in the mobile tented camp, and 3 nights at Tena Tena. These walking safaris run from mid June through the end of September.

North Luangwa Walking Trail
Th ten-day North Luangwa Walking safari starts at Nkwali Camp for three nights. Guests will then transfer to Tena Tena for three nights, and the safari will end with four nights at Kutandala.

The transfer to Kutandala Camp in the North Luangwa is by light aeroplane. The North Luangwa National Park is very remote and wild - a place for real bush lovers to visit. Made of reed, grass and poles, and taking only six guests, the camp is intimate and natural. As well as the walking safaris there is the chance for an all day drive to the confluence of Mwaleshi and Luangwa rivers.

Excursions can also be made to the Chipopoma Falls where there are clear water pools for a dip. The safari accommodates only 6 guests and runs on set dates from June - October.

Other Walking Trails
The Nsefu Walking Trail runs for 7 nights - 2 Nkwali, 3 Walking Camps, and 2 Nsefu.
The Lundu Walking Mobile Safari runs for 9 nights - 2 Nkwali, 4 Mobile Camp, and 3 Nsefu.

The South Luangwa is an area of superb gameviewing. On game drives and walks, guests explore the bush at many levels. From the termites crossing the road, to a bee-eater catching a butterfly, to the family of elephants drinking at a lagoon, everything is part of the experience. Tena Tena's safari vehicles are open and this provides for excellent game viewing and photography. Tena Tena also offers night drives which allow you to see different species and observe their behaviour.

The game is always in the vicinity of the camp. With three distinct habitats, the river, the adjoining lagoons, and the plains where there is a wide diversity of game. Amongst the species, waterbuck, zebra, warthog and greater kudu are common place. The wandering herds of elephant are amongst some of the largest left in Africa. Buffalo continuously move in search of fresh pastures and water. In their wake come the predators, the lion and hyena. Leopard hunt the smaller game under cover of darkness.

Elephants often cross the Luangwa River, seen from the bar, or come to the waterhole near the thatched dining room. The area around Tena Tena Camp is also famous for leopard and giraffe sightings.

Special features of the South Luangwa National Park:
• Thornicroft's Giraffe
• 14 different antelope species
• Plenty of leopards
• 47 migrating bird species from Europe and Russia
• Birds of prey (i.e. Steppe Eagles and Buzzards)

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