Nestled beneath a grove of mahogany trees on the banks of Luangwa River
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Natural world | Off the beaten track | Safari | Wildlife
The camp is sited in the exclusive Nsefu sector of the national park and is the only company that has safari rights to the region. This means unrestricted access to the area’s indigenous wildlife. With a unique geography that ranges from woodland to open plains, the national park supports a wide variety of animals including zebras, giraffes, elephants, buffalo and lions. The park also contains a myriad of interconnecting waterways that are home to hippopotamuses and crocodiles alike.
With just six tents, Tena Tena is able to effortlessly maintain its intimately secluded atmosphere. Spaced well apart from each other, each tent is positioned overlooking the mighty Luangwa River. The tents’ canvas walls can be rolled back for views of the surrounding savannah or to take advantage of cool evening breezes. The en suite bathroom features outdoor showers and sinks built into reclaimed tree stumps, while the armchairs on the chalets’ verandahs are the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner.
The camp’s eco-friendly credentials extend to the handmade wooden bowls breakfast cereals are served in. For dinner, the kitchen staff put on three course moonlight braais (African barbecues) on the riverbank while hippos wallow in the water below. The evenings are a perfect opportunity to reflect on the day’s safari with fellow guests or relax with a book in one of the many lounges. Lunches are two course affairs with a selection of hot and cold food and afternoon high tea comes with delicious homemade cakes. For a more intimate experience, guests can also enjoy their meals on the verandah of their chalet.
The main area of the camp comprises of a multi-tiered open tent complete with a bar, restaurant, reception and cosy seating areas. However, the camp’s best feature is undoubtedly its unrivalled access to the national park. There are game drives in open top, two-tiered jeeps and guided walking safaris that bring guests face to face with the region’s wildlife. The camp even puts on night safaris to catch big cats that are most active in the cooler evenings.
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