Sweaty Hippos & a Giraffe birth at Tena Tena

Sweaty Hippos & a Giraffe birth at Tena Tena

Non-stop animal action has been the norm recently in South Luangwa, Zambia. Robin Pope Safari’s intimate and charming flagship camp, Tena Tena has been the site for much of the excitement and guests there have been entertained with the best of bushveld antics and sightings.

Emily reported back from the ground at Tena Tena describing some fascinating wildlife adaptation techniques noted of the resident hippos. She said that it’s slightly warm out there in the Luangwa and all the animals have been doing whatever they can to cool down. This rather sweaty hippo is seen taking in some shade just outside Tena Tena in this photo.


Emily continued by sharing this information about the hippo’s seemingly sweaty appearance. She said, “Interesting fact for you all out there – it is called blood sweat and is a pink secretion that oozes from their pores and in fact acts like a kind of sunscreen.”
Many other wonderful sightings have been ticked off guests’ lists in and around Tena Tena lately. Four buffalo have taken to chilling out in camp most afternoons, taking advantage of the shade. A hippo has also chosen the sandy car park as its evening relaxing spot. Guests have been treated to breakfast with a view on a few mornings lately with lions walking along the beach right in front of them.  There’s never a dull moment in the Luangwa wilderness.

A very rare and special event was witnessed by Tena Tena guests Susan and Fred Denenberg a couple of weeks ago too. They were out on a game drive with guide Julius and were lucky enough to be part of a once in a lifetime experience. Driving along they saw a plump giraffe that looked rather uncomfortable so they found some shade, parked and watched her. The female giraffe proceeded to give birth to a “small bundle of mostly legs,” as Emily aptly described it.  Emily also commented that it is amazing that in just a matter of hours all those legs can be untangled and standing upright, ready to get going into the world. What a special sighting.


The local elephants refuse to be outdone by the other animals and have been putting on frequent shows in the water. Emily says, “The Tena Tena river crossing continues to be a hub of activity with elephants never failing to impress as they run down to the sand and plunge themselves into the river. Youngsters seem to be aplenty at the moment with quite a few new ones around which is always lovely and terribly cute.”


Tena Tena is a tranquil and beautiful tented camp set in the heart of Luangwa’s wilderness, complete with all the comforts possible. Accommodation is in 6 tents including a honeymoon tent, hosting a total of 12 guests at a time. Each luxury tent boasts a private veranda and en-suite bathroom.

See it for yourselves in our Tena Tena video here.

It’s a wild and exhilarating way of life at Tena Tena, even if you just sit back in camp and watch the wilderness come to life around you.

Contact Tena Tena Camp
Web.       www.robinpopesafaris.net/camps/tena-tena.
Email.        info@robinpopesafaris.net
Tel.        +265 (0) 179 4491/5483