Tena Tena is an exclusive tented lodge nestled into the eastern bank of the Luangwa River in the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park.

Tena Tena is one of the few tented properties in South Luangwa and offers a genuine bush experience whilst also providing high levels of comfort. The tents are spacious, airy and very comfortably furnished, though the bathrooms have a slightly more adventurous feel being outdoors and open air. Food, service and guiding are all very good, and with only six tents the camp maintains a very exclusive and intimate feel. The area around Tena Tena has always been great for game viewing, and is one of the strongest areas of the park from a big game perspective. Walking is also superb in this area. Tena Tena is an excellent option for a ‘smart’ tented experience, or if you simply wish to explore one of the best areas of South Luangwa from a small, exclusive camp environment.


Tena Tena is built on the east bank of the Luangwa River in the exclusive Nsefu sector of the National Park, and caters for up to 12 guests in six tents all with views towards the river. Each tent, built onto a concrete plinth, has either…


The Luangwa Valley forms the southern end of the Great Rift Valley and the floor is about 1,000ft lower than the surrounding plateau. Through the centre flows the Luangwa River which is fed by dozens of sand rivers during the rainy…


Tena Tena accepts children of 12 years and above and whilst they can add an extra bed to a tent they struggle to accommodate a family of four or five in one tent. This property is therefore best suited to families with children who…

Conservation & community

Robin Pope Safaris, operators of Tena Tena, supports Project Luangwa which is a local charity formed by the safari operators of South Luangwa as a part of their commitment to responsible tourism. The aim is to ensure that tourism…

Location South Luangwa National Park
Access Scheduled or Charter flight into Mfuwe (1h40 drive)
Open June to October
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Tented lodge
Focus Big game / Birding
Children 12 years +
Activities Game drives (day and night) / Walking / Village tours
Vehicles Open
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 4
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving No
Number of Rooms 6 tents
Family Accommodation No
Bathroom Outdoor – Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower
Power for charging In room
Lighting Solar
Hairdryer Not possible
Heating/Cooling Standing fan
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Complimentary
Communication in room No
Wi-Fi No
Mobile Reception No
Swimming No
Wellness No
Dining Style Communal
Drinks Included House drinks
Credit Cards Not accepted