Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector Tena Tena sits nestled under a magnificent and thick grove of mahogany trees. On a double-tiered river bank, each room enjoys its own private view onto a long stretch of the Luangwa River. Tena Tena is synonymous with Robin Pope Safaris as it was the first camp which Robin opened and ran and has become a favourite amongst many safari lovers over the years.More Info Video
Rarely will you find a company name so synonymous with quality and style. Since the inception of Robin Pope Safaris their houses, camps and safari activities have been branded as some for the best in the safari industry. Robin Pope started his own company in 1986 with the construction of Tena Tena and with the main focus on natured orientated safaris. Since 1990 he has gained a legendary reputation as one of the leaders in multiple day walking safaris, during which, as a highly qualified guide he immersed his guests deep into the secrets of the wilderness. The 1990s also saw the development of remote areas such as Bangweulu Swamps, Kazanka National Park and the Liuwa Plain for safari activities. Since 2006, Robin and Jo Pope have been cooperating with Cees Slager, CEO of Moelcaten, with whose activities in Malawi they united their company in 2010. All accommodations and activities under the Robin Pope Safaris name are still run in the tradition of the name giver's intentions. Ton and Margaux De Rooy, son in law and daughter of Cees Slager, are running the company with great personal commitment ever since.
Robin Pope Safaris is committed to responsible tourism. They conduct business in a manner that benefits the environment and wildlife conservation, the people who work for them, and the neighbouring communities. In this way, their tourism operations, and the presence of the guests has the capacity to protect natural wildlife areas, alleviate poverty through good employment practices and contribute positively to the local community.
In recognition of their commitment to responsible tourism, Robin Pope Safaris has won prestigious international awards including the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards Joint Overall Winner in 2011, making them the ultimate winner across all 13 award categories. Visit their website for some other projects they are involved in.
The six tents are very private with plenty of space between them and each with its own window onto a magnificent stretch of the Luangwa River where the hippos wallow and the lions roam. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious and open to the elements, designed to copy nature with curved walls around the trees and simple subtle colours and a view from every facility. Each tent is specifically located to maximize privacy both in the rooms, bathrooms and on the verandas with comfortable sitting areas and excellent views onto the river.
The main area moulded around a large termite mound and mahogany tree with an old hippo run adapted into our path between the different levels is shaded by an enormous tent strung up between leadwood poles. With plenty of different seating areas, there is space to relax and unwind whilst reflecting on the day's safari, before sitting down to a beautiful dinner on the banks of the Luangwa, under the stars and enjoying the sounds of the African night.
Special interest activities can include:
Cultural - village tours and tribal textile visit
Activities available are:
Guided walking safaris