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Tena Tena

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia


One of the loveliest tented camps in Luangwa with access to great wildlife and birding

Tena Tena lies at the southern end of the Nsefu sector of South Luangwa National Park, has a well deserved reputation as one of Africa's most authentic small bush camps. Robin and Jo Pope and their team have worked hard over the years to create a style of camp which is rich in atmosphere, but purposefully modest in design, allowing guests to focus predominantly on what goes on outside the camp rather than overbearing luxury within it.

That said guests here want for little and as a bush experience there are few places that can rival the combination of Robin Pope's superb guides, the warmth and professionalism of the staff and the proximity to nature that you feel at Tena Tena. Tena Tena is placed on a bend in the Luangwa River, with each of the 6 tents located under a shady tree looking out over the river or lagoon. As the dry season progresses, game is increasingly drawn to the last remaining patches of water to drink and game viewing in the immediate area of Tena Tena is often very good.

The tents themselves lie in the deep shade of thatched bandas. From the outside, the rather beautiful mud walls of the ensuite bathrooms, built in local style, give no clue as to the comforts that lie within. The camp is best know for the walks which Robin Pope has pioneered in the area, but offers a mixture of game drives, walks and night drives, all lead by highly knowledgeable and entertaining guides


6 big and stylish tents under thatch


One of the loveliest tented camps in Luangwa with access to great wildlife and birding

Inclusions / Exclusions:

Includes full board accommodation, scheduled activities, soft drinks, beer, house wines and local spirits, park fees where applicable.  Does not include special activities, premium wines, champagne and spirits, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

Age Restrictions:
minimum age of 12 years
generator power
all ensuite open air with plenty of hot water for showers and flushing loos.
Nov - May

About South Luangwa National Park and Zambia

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3/5 Watching elephant drinking undisturbed from the vantage point of the riverbank
Watching elephant drinking undisturbed from the vantage point of the riverbank

South Luangwa National Park

The Luangwa Valley is probably Zambia's best known wildlife area. As well as having very good all-round game, Luangwa is somewhere that has gained a well deserved reputation for walking safaris, though there is a great deal more to do above and beyond. The park consists of large amounts of woodland; miombo interspersed with grass lands in the north of the park and large stands of mature ebony forming deep shade along the banks of the river. Read more?

5/5 Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight
Big game of a different sort - the vicious Tigerfish puts up quite a fight


Zambia has made a name for itself in the last ten years, as a high quality wildlife destination and one that is particularly good for walking safaris.  Intimate (and often rustic) bushcamps, excellent local guides, beautiful riverine scenery and varied game and birdlife are the trademarks of a safari in Zambia. Recommended experiences in Zambia White water rafting the Zambezi Visit Victoria Falls on your safari to Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana to experience some of the best white water rafting and loads of other activities. See more and book Zambezi River island escapes These unusual lodges are all on islands in the mighty Zambezi River and are perfect for the start or end of a safari or while visiting the Victoria Falls. Find out more Bushcamping in Luangwa Valley Spoil yourself with a tailored walking safari in Zambia, walking from one small camp to the next through the game-rich Luangwa Valley. Find out more Family safari in Luangwa Valley A wildlife safari tailored to the needs of reasonably adventurous families in the South Luangwa, Zambia. Find out more Big game safari, lower Zambezi A safari to the Lower Zambezi that offers exceptional big game on drives, by boat or on foot. Camps and lodges range from luxury to simple bushcamps. Find out more Read more?

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