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Tena Tena
6 Safari Tents

This exclusive camp has accommodation for a maximum of 10 guests. The custom made tents are shaded by a grove of mahogany trees and each tent has an attached bathroom with a shower and a flush toilet. At the end of the day you can relax on your private balcony and appreciate your beautiful view across the African landscape. Watch animals come to drink at the river as you enjoy delicious cuisine. Tena Tena pride themselves on their flexible approach to game viewing, with meal times based around the game drives.

South Luangwa

May to November

The Luangwa Valley marks the end of the Great Rift Valley and covers an area of over 9000 sq. km. through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game - including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo - and over 400 species of birds. Nkwali is one of the few camps in the area that is open all year round. The seasons are as follows:

Jan - May: Potential rain storms around. Warm/hot. The bush is very green, grass long. Birds excellent - migrants still around. Gameviewing is good but only the all weather Mfuwe area open. Remote roads are still closed. Main activities are boating and walking. Boating for sundowners, walks from the boat, the vehicle meeting the boat in the park. Fun and flexible!

June - July: June marks the start of the dry or walking season. Mid winter. Can be very cold on night/early morning drives. Cool/Warm during day. Migratory birds leave. Bush drying out. Most days with clear air and fabulous colours. All areas of the park open. Gameviewing good/excellent.

August: Varies from cool to hot. Can still have cold spells. Bush dry. Lagoons now obviously shrinking. Gameviewing increasing.

Sept: Hot, dry and hazy. Trees flower and lose leaves. Gameviewing excellent. Carmine bee eaters nesting through to Nov.

Oct: Very dry with excellent gameviewing. Should have occasional rain when it can cool down and clear the air. Can be very hot (up to 40 degrees in the shade). New growth starts - and there are newborns everywhere. Woodlands all very green near end of Oct.

Nov & Dec: Hot, slightly humid. Early rains, vary from the odd shower to short periods of daily afternoon storms. These can be very dramatic with wind, dark clouds, shafts of light, sheet lightening. Extremely beautiful and exciting. Bush green and fresh. Time of birth (especially the impala). The migrant birds arrive and so excellent birdwatching.
Walking, Game Drives & Night Drives.

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.
Local Info

Experts have dubbed South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and it’s ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa. The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life blood of the park's 9050km2. The Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife birds and vegetation. The now famous ‘walking safari’ originated in this park and is still one of the finest ways to experience this pristine wilderness first hand. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness ranging from dry, bare bushveld in the winter to a lush green wonderland in the summer months. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species. The only notable exception is the rhino, sadly poached to extinction.

Guest Reviews

"Tena Tena Camp is altogether beyond superlatives, and must be one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa"
- The Times, London.

This remote and small eight bed seasonal camp lies within the Nsefu Sector of the National Park on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River. Tena Tena means temporary home and that is what it will feel like when you stay here.
The camp lies on a bend of the Luangwa River under a grove of mahogany trees. The pace of the day is designed around you. Nearby woodland and lagoons are home to a profusion of wildlife. Birdwatchers will be excited to learn that about 400 species of birds are found in the park. Game viewing activities include day and night wildlife viewing drives and professionally guided walking safaris. A whole morning can easily be spent at Baka Baka, a spectacular lagoon near the camp and a rich congregation point for game. You may even be able to see animals without leaving the comfort of "home" - the thatched dining room and bar overlook the river so you can often watch the antelope, elephant and other species as they come to feed and drink.

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