Situated in a particularly secluded sector of the South Luangwa National Park, Tena Tena is Robin Pope Safaris’ flagship camp – a property which has become a favourite with safari-goers over the years for its exclusivity, great service and excellent game. With a river, network of lagoons and woodland all within easy reach, wildlife are abundant and often seen from the camp itself.
Tena Tena means “temporary home” and there are six guest tents here that are styled to be as inviting and comfortable as their wild location allows. Bathrooms are open-air whilst there are personal verandas from where guests can look out onto the river where hippos are often seen. Sheltered by a massive sheet of canvas, the atmospheric main area curves around a termite mound and a spreading ancient mahogany tree, providing a peaceful and shady place to enjoy a delicious meal or refreshing drink.
The quintessential South Luangwa experience is the walking safari – a thrilling activity led by an experienced guide and an armed scout. Of course, there is also the option of game drives by day or by night in open 4WD vehicles modified so that every passenger gets a view. For some cultural insight, Tena Tena staff can arrange village tours and a visit to a textile workshop – a great place to pick up unique hand-painted souvenirs.
How to get to Tena Tena
Tena Tena guests are able to fly into Mfuwe Airport where they are met and transferred to camp – a journey of around 1 hour and 15 minutes, passing through colourful villages and some beautiful parts of the South Luangwa National Park.
Activities at Tena Tena
- Walking safaris
- Game drives day and night
- Local village or school visits
- Tribal textiles tour
Tena Tena Highlights
- A popular well-established bush camp
- Located in a fabulously secluded part of the South Luangwa National Park
- With a wild river, lagoons and mahogany forest at its doorstep
- Exclusive access to a huge array of game in the remote Nsefu Sector
- Opportunities to visit local villages and a tribal textiles workshop
Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in the South Luangwa region. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.
Set in the remote southern reaches of South Luangwa National Park, this beautiful, well-shaded property overlooks a trio of waterholes frequented by a plethora of birds and wildlife.
Chamilandu Bushcamp is a collection of three handsome treehouses, whose lofty positions provide bird’s eye views of the wildlife attracted to the cool waters of the Luangwa River.
Chikoko Trails Camps
Chikoko Trails comprises of two small, exclusive bush camps in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park that are accessible only on a walking safari.
At the edge of a permanent hippo-filled oxbow lagoon, Chindeni Bushcamp is named for the magnificent hills which provide the campsite with a breathtaking backdrop.
Award-winning Chinzombo Camp is set on 60 private, pristine acres with prime views over the Luangwa River whose banks teem with all manner of game.
Kaingo Camp sits in the heart of prime gameviewing country - on the banks of the Luangwa River deep within the South Luangwa National Park.
Kakuli Bush Camp
Meaning “old buffalo bull” - a nickname given to Norman Carr by the people of the Luangwa Valley, Kakuli Bush Camp is the only true bush camp open during Zambia’s green season.
Nestled on a forested riverbank, Kapamba Bushcamp offers some of the best gameviewing in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.
Kuyenda Bushcamp is a very special safari camp built by a dried up river in a very unspoilt sector of Zambia's wild South Luangwa National Park.
Luangwa River Camp
Depending on the time of year, guests at Luangwa River Camp have the privilege of accessing some of the South Luangwa National Park’s most prolific game areas by boat or by vehicle.
Luwi Bush Camp
Secluded Luwi Bush Camp nestles beneath enormous shade trees near a hippo-filled lagoon in Zambia's prolific South Luangwa National Park.
Mchenja Camp is a luxurious tented camp set on a very picturesque bend in the Luangwa River. It forms an ideal starting or end point for a walking safari throughout the pristine Zambian bush.
The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Zambia experience.
Discover classic Zambia, combining walking safaris in the wildlife-rich South Luangwa National Park, with the spectacular Victoria Falls.
Highlights of Botswana and Zambia
This trip combines Zambia's wild South Luangwa National Park and iconic Victoria Falls with Botswana's magnificent Okavango Delta and elephant-rich Chobe National Park.
Discover the very best of wild Zambia on this sensational safari which combines the unspoilt South Luangwa with the lush, lovely Lower Zambezi.
Why should I travel to Zambia?
Apart from being the site of the magnificent Victoria Falls, Zambia also offers game-rich wildlife parks that are relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. For the more adventurous, there are walking safaris and canoeing trips along the Zambezi River.
What is the climate like in Zambia?
There are 3 distinct seasons – cool and dry from May-July (23°-25°C) but cold at night, hot and dry from August-October (30°-40°C), and warm and wet from November-April (28°-35°C).
What can I combine Zambia with?
Zambia is best combined with its closest neighbours such as Botswana and Zimbabwe – which both offer amazing scenery and wildlife. South Africa is another option, where you can explore picturesque Cape Town, Table Mountain and the Cape Winelands.
How to get to Zambia?
There are regular flights daily from Johannesburg in South Africa to the Zambian capital of Lusaka, where you can board connecting flights to a range of safari camps. There are also regular flights from Johannesburg into Livingstone, a large town close to the Victoria Falls.
USA – There are no direct flights to Lusaka from the United States. The best connections are via Johannesburg, UAE or Nairobi.
UK/EU – Again there are no direct flights into Lusaka from anywhere in Europe. The best connections are via Johannesburg, UAE or Nairobi.
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