KNP Launches "Back to Basics: Tsendze Rustic Camp"

A group of the top tour operators were given a sneak preview of the Kruger National Park’s newest overnight facility, the Tsendze Rustic Campsite today (Thursday October 19, 2006).

Designed with a back-to-basics theme, Tsendze Rustic Campsite includes 34 camp sites, two ablution facilities and two camp kitchens. Scheduled to receive its first guests from November 1, 2006 onwards, the facility is conveniently located seven kilometres south of Mopani Rest Camp and about 20 kilometres north of the Giriyondo/Makhadzi turn off on the H1-6 main road between Letaba and Mopani rest camps.

Keeping with the theme of Tsendze Rustic Campsite, services provided have been kept to the basics with warm water from gas geysers and lighting in the kitchens and ablutions provided by a solar battery system. There will be no electricity supplied to the campers at the camp and generators will not be allowed to operate, thus ensuring that noise levels are kept to an absolute minimum.

Each campsite is equipped with a refuse bin and braai facilities with taps shared between every three campsites. Ablution blocks feature two unique “open-to-the-skies” showers. Guests will be required to check-in at Mopani Rest Camp Reception where a specific site will be allocated to them.

Camping rates for Tsendze Rustic Campsite will be the same as the basic KNP campsite rate of R110 per night for the site itself (up to two people) and R38 per extra adult and R19 per child; up to a maximum of six people per campsite; for the first year of its operation. Normal daily conservation fees will also apply for guests who do not own Wild Cards.

Says veteran Mooiplaas Section Ranger Johann Oelofse, who was responsible for the environmental management plan, the new Tsendze Rustic Campsite has been designed for those campers who wish to break away from the more modern campsites available in the KNP.

“Like Maroela Campsite near Orpen Camp and Gate, Tsendze Rustic Campsite like its name suggests will offer campers their very own camp that they do not have to share with their brick and mortar-orientated fellow visitors,” he said.

Situated in the shade of ancient and beautiful Leadwood, Mopane and Apple-Leaf trees, the emphasis of Tsendze Rustic Campsite has been placed on a rustic experience with the campsites placed in two circles around the ablution and kitchen facilities.

“We expect that the new Tsendze Rustic Campsite, which was designed using the latest ‘touch-the-earth-lightly’ principle, will no doubt become extremely popular and visitors will appreciate the true rustic atmosphere,” concluded Mr Oelofse.

Bookings, which are already open, can be made at SANParks Central Reservations on +27 12 428 9111 or via the website. Details of the new camp are currently being loaded onto the site.

The KNP has various options for campers and caravaners which are scattered in various parts of the park. Campsites are available at Punda Maria Rest Camp, Shingwedzi Rest Camp, Tsendze Rustic Campsite, Letaba Rest Camp, Balule Camp, Maroela Campsite, Satara Rest Camp, Skukuza Rest Camp, Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, Berg en Dal Rest Camp, Malelane Satellite Camp, Lower Sabie Rest Camp and Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp.

Photo 1:
Mooiplaas Section Ranger Johann Oelofse shows the new Tsendze Rustic Campsite to a group of travel operators.
Photo 2:
Each campsite at Tsendze has a braai and dustbin and there are two ablution blocks and two kitchens