TENA TENA - SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
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.
Located in Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National park which boasts one of the more exclusive game drive areas and is not so busy. Tena Tena is sandwiched between the river and a complex lagoon system under a magnificent mahogany grove and is a magnet for wildlife - you do not need to go far for some incredible sightings.
The space within the camp allows for increased privacy and every room is specifically designed and located to blend into its environment whilst providing the best possible view onto the river. The camp is entirely run by solar power.
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 Camp is located in the Nsufu Sector of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Access is by flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe where you are met and the transfer to the camp takes around an hour and fifteen minutes.
Tena Tena when translated means temporary home - and this is the feeling that the camp has tried to emulate 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 pods of hippos wallow and sing. The ensuite 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 maximise privacy both in the rooms, bathrooms and on the verandas with comfortable sitting areas and wonderful views onto the river.
The main area is moulded around a large termite mound and mahogany tree with an old hippo run adapted into our path between the different levels and 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.
Please note that there is little or no WIFI or telephone reception at camp.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
The unspoiled South Luangwa National Park is one of the best places in Africa to view leopard and home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet.
The South Luangwa Park is 9050 square km with the river, its tributaries and the riverine strips being the focus of the wildlife viewing. There are diverse habitats from huge ox bow lagoons of varying stages of maturity, woodlands, ebony groves, grassland and thickets, that host a great variety of wildlife.
The Luangwa River’s natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road and keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of wildlife that live there. The park is a paradise for birders with over 450 species to be found in the park and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions. Wild Dog populations have vastly increased in the last ten years and packs are often seen hunting or relaxing on pans.
Nsefu and Tena Tena are the only two properties in the Nsefu sector which offers a completely different level to your safari experience - one which is not only peaceful but packed full of activity and game. At the beginning of the season you can see the Yellow Billed Stork colony and in the drier months the game concentrations are outstanding.
Game drives - an option of day or night drives in open top Landcruiser vehicles affording 360 degree vision.
Walking Safaris - the walks are led by a knowledgeable guide and escorted by an armed National Park scout. The guiding team is very passionate and will certainly impart some amazing bush insights at a level that will surprise you.
Village Tours - a visit to Kawaza Village and the schools is often remembered years later by guests as the most rewarding part of their visit to Africa. This gives a more holistic experience of the Luangwa Valley. Alternatively take a stroll within the community around the Mfuwe area which is bustling with small dukas or shops, the market, bars, and small businesses.
Wildlife Education Centre - a charitable trust for school children of the Luangwa Valley to teach them about wildlife and conservation and is a great activity for the adults and children.
Tribal Textiles - for unique locally produced hand-painted textiles which draw inspiration from the stunning Zambian wildlife and surroundings.
TENA TENA IS CLOSED FROM 1ST NOVEMBER THROUGH TO 21ST MAY EVERY YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF 12 YEARS AND OLDER. DO NOTE THAT ONLY CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND OLDER CAN PARTICIPATE IN WALKING SAFARIS