Robin Pope Safaris Tena Tena

Location: Luangwa Valley | Zambia

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

Zambia is known as a destination for serious safari goers, who prioritise the bush (extraordinary sightings and seriously good guides) above glizty luxury safari camps. Tena Tena epitomises this - just five cosy tents, charming hosting, and guides who live up to the international reputation of the Robin Pope name.
Perfect forSafari purists.
In the knowCombine your stay here with a night or two in one of the camps nearer the entrance to the park - try Nkwali Camp (also owned by Robin Pope Safaris) or Mfuwe Lodge.

Recommended for...

  • Guiding
  • Hideaway
  • Honeymoon
  • Peace & Quiet

Hotel Overview


On a meander of the Luangwa River, South Luangwa National Park.

Rooms at Tena Tena

Much in keeping with the Zambian safari experience, these are proper, old-school safari tents. Made of deep green canvas, they’re tucked away amongst the bushes, and open on one side, so not a moment’s game viewing is missed. There’s a verandah to sit on, and an open-air ensuite bathroom. To be honest though, beyond a few hours’ snoozing in the afternoons, we doubt you’ll be spending much time in your tent.

Food and Facilities

Food here is great, but it’s secondary to the game viewing. Breakfasts are hearty to keep you sustained through a morning walking safari, and dinner will be held if you’re on a particularly dramatic sighting. The bar’s self-service, and mealtimes are informal (just tumble in straight from the bush) and tremendous fun.

Activities at Tena Tena

The enthusiasm of the guides here is infectious, and you’ll soon find yourself swept up in the whirlwind of game viewing. Morning walks are ideal for birders and those who want a deeper understanding of the bush. Game drives during the day provide thrilling up-close sightings and fab photos, and as dusk falls, night drives with a spotlight illuminate prowling leopards and Scorpio snaking across the sky. Visits to Kwaza Village are also possible.

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