Tena Tena Camp in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park has become an African home-away-from-home for globetrotters worldwide. The words “Tena Tena” mean “temporary home” in the local language, and for many people this exclusive camp is their very own safari nirvana. A journalist from The Times in London perhaps summed it up best when he wrote: “Tena Tena is altogether beyond superlatives and must be one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa. It is both remote and extremely civilized.” Some guests return to Tena Tena Camp so regularly, they are considered part of the family. What brings them back year after year to this remote wilderness area? Certainly, it is the amazing setting of the camp, perched on the banks of the Luangwa River under a grove of mahogany trees. And no doubt the fabulous game-watching opportunities provide an added thrill. However, guests are unanimous in their praise of one thing – the superb individual service and warm hospitality offered by the Robin Pope Safaris team.


Together, the Popes have made Tena Tena Camp the best safari camp in Zambia. Some camps are itinerary-driven, but at Tena Tena the emphasis is on flexibility which is the Pope’s style. Daily activities include walks under the guidance of highly trained guides, and star-spangled night drives in 4×4 Land Cruisers. Guests who feel in need of total rest and relaxation do not need to venture far from the camp to spot game, as there are always sightings within the vicinity. Nothing compares to the thrill of sleeping under canvas in the African bush, and there is no more special place to do it than at Tena Tena Camp located in the South Luangwa National Park, the first tented camp in not only the South Luangwa valley but also Zambia.

Stylish and intimate, Tena Tena Camp has just five large luxury tents pitched along the edge of a water hole. Inside, the tents are spacious and decorated in rich tones from Arabia. The Persian rugs, hand-dyed Indian cotton bedspreads and Bedouin cushions create a simple, homely feel. Walk through the tent and you will find a private dressing room that leads into a unique open-air bathroom with separate toilet, shower and sink. The shower overlooks the water hole, so you can shower in the mornings while watching elephants drinking 30 yards away – an incredible experience! It is even possible to view game from the comfort of your bed with the side of the tent rolled up. Or you can sit quietly on your verandah, sipping a cool drink, watching families of warthogs wallowing in the mud and elephants munching on the winterthorn pods. Tena Tena camp enjoys a perfect setting, shaded beneath a grove of mahogany trees. Under one of the trees is a simple bar area. Other trees provide shade for al-fresco dining. You can also sit in comfortable armchairs and sofas positioned along the banks of the Luangwa River and enjoy long afternoons of lazy game viewing and bird watching.

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