Tena Tena Camp
Iconic & authentic safari
Tena Tena Camp
An icon of Robin Pope Safaris, Tena Tena was the first camp Robin Pope himself opened and ran in the early 1990s. Over the years the camp has had a rather stylish facelift and relocated a few kilometres downstream to a shady spot on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, but really, not much else has changed. The focus is still on expert guiding, flexible activities and fantastic game viewing. These days, the camp has a devout following of loyal safari enthusiasts and quite rightly so – relaxed and authentic, Tena is the real deal.
At the lodge
Moulded around a grand mahogany tree, the main area is shaded by a funky canvas roof balanced on gnarled leadwood stilts. Underneath are several seating areas and a comfy lowered sofa right next to the river, with unbeatable views of of the hippo grunting contentedly below. There’s also a little dining area to the side with the same wonderful views. Meals here are a social affair here and the day’s activities are animatedly discussed over some seriously good food.
Draped in rich Persian cottons, hand-sewn cushions and finished with a sweeping canvas roof, the 5 tents feel rather Bedouin-esque and are the perfect place to retire to after a long, dusty day. Bathrooms are open air and come complete with all required amenities, including a few extra tree frogs if you’re lucky. During the day, request for the front of your tent to be rolled up and watch antelope darting around on the opposite bank, straight from your room.
Days at Tena Tena are all about the wildlife – and there’s lots of it! Game drives are in open-top Land Cruisers and explore the Nsefu Sector where the camp is located or the main section of the park via boat access (but we guarantee you won’t want to leave the exclusive Nsefu region once you’ve discovered it!). Walking is also a key part of any stay at Tena and the guides are knowledgeable, inspiring and very passionate.