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Tena Tena Camp

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 set high on the banks of the river, near the spectacular Buca Buca lagoon.


The South Luangwa is Zambia's premier National Park, and is home to over 100 species of mammal, two of which - Thornicroft's Giraffe and Cookson's Wildebeest - are found only in the Luangwa Valley. The very life-blood of the park is the perennial Luangwa River and its many oxbow lagoons, which ensure that there is always water to support the animals and vegetation.




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 These are dried out oxbow lakes that have been replaced by lush grasslands, and attract game in large numbers.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 with a qualified guide and highly experienced game scout. 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 - especially elephant and buffalo.


The camp itself is small (only six tented rooms) and set into a shady grove of mahogany trees. The tents are custom made and very spacious, each with a private veranda. The interiors are stylish and elegant, reminiscent of Hemingway's Africa. Oriental rugs adorn the floors and linen spreads cover the beds. There are also heavy linen bathrobes in each en suite open-air bathroom, along with a complete array of luxurious toiletries. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope on the river banks in uninterrupted comfort.


For its all-round strengths - secluded location, style, and game-viewing, Tena Tena has an enviable reputation among Zambian safari camps. In fact, the Times of London reports that "Tena Tena is altogether beyond superlatives and must be one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa."


        Conservation Dimension

Robin Pope Safaris (RPS), operator of Tena Tena Camp, has won awards for its responsible tourism practices, which simultaneously care for the environment, wildlife, local communities, staff, and clients. Robin Pope realizes these goals through education and involvement in conservation organizations and projects throughout Zambia. In the interest of partnering with neighboring communities, RPS buys locally whenever possible, employs locally with fair and competitive wages, and supports a health clinic. RPS also supports local education efforts by financing teachers, developing schools, and offering scholarships to secondary school and college students.

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