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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby PNF » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:22 am

Hi Super Mongoose

We've also stayed there for 10 days but in a caravan. Like Son Godin we also used a battery system - the one in the caravan powered the lights and the one in the car kept the off-road freezer going. We are fortunate in that our elderly caravan still has a 3-way fridge so that operated off gas. Last time we were there, our neighbours were running their fridge/freezer and lights from a solar panel/inverter and this seemed to work well.
Believe that Tsendze has had new freezers installed ( about May this year) and that they are more efficient than the old ones.
If you run out of supplies either go to Mopani or,better still, take a leisurely trip into Phalaborwa - it's a nice round trip for a morning.
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Imvubu » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:55 pm

Congratulations Rodger and Elina!!!
Galago, we stayed at no:15 last year, it is suitable for a caravan and has lovely shade, but not near the perimeter. Having said that we loved it, it is private and no too far from ablutions. Will look for a pic to post for you!
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Imvubu » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:39 pm

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Proof :wink:

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Braai time.

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Hope these help :)
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby tent dweller » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:37 pm

hattys, I hope you don't mind me answering on behalf of rodger :roll: :roll:, there are communal freezers to store your meat and other goods. Tsendze will never disappoint and neither will Rodger and Elina. Mooiplaas picnic site is right next door to the camp, and lots of loops to drive along. You WILL have a trip to remember.
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Re: Which site is right

Unread postby marindadrake » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:43 pm

For a motorhome I recommend site 5 or 6. There are large, but high trees, and the site is next to the fence.

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Re: Which site is right

Unread postby tent dweller » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:44 pm

The Regans, a warm welcome :gflower: , site number 26 is a favourite of ours, close to the abultions and also very open. You can call Mopani camp and reserve the site that you decide on (if it is available). When you arrive in the Kruger, just remember that you have to go to Mopani to check in for Tsendze then once that process has been completed you then carry on down to Tsendze. Tsendze will never disappoint.
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Imvubu » Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:40 pm

We had 3 awesome nights at Tsendze, 23 to 26 August...yet again that place never disappoints!!! Unfortunately Rodger, you were on leave but, you will be happy to hear that dear Ellina held the fort very well...thank you Ellina! We got a visit from 2 Barred owlets on the 2nd night, they sat on a branch right next to our braai...unfortunately I could only get a pic of one...the other was too shy...
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The morning we left Ellina very proudly called us and showed us the little birds perched high up in the tree next to the men's open shower...

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Ellina, saying goodbye to our travel companion James...

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Skukuza - 29/08/15
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby BadgerGirl » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:51 am

Nyala wrote:Hello,
we are planning our trip for next year and have not been to Tsendze before. We will be towing a normal road caravan, is the road in a good enough condition to tow a caravan?
Also, is it possible to book a specific campsite?

James


Hopefully you are going out of season because that camp was not rustic since the start of the long week-end during September. Children running around campsites, yelling on top of their voices, bouncing balls till late, riding their bicycles between campsites...we were very close to slapping some parents silly.
Loads of people take their caravans, some campsites might be a wee bit small for a caravan. If I may make a suggestion, ask for any of the following stands;
3 (lots of shade, privacy and next to fence).
13 (shady, private and fence view)
23 / 24 / 26 / 27 (big stands with shade, fence view and close to bathrooms).

If you have space, take a rake. The Mopani leaves can drive you crazy, especially when there are strong winds. I don't think poor Rodgers can keep up with raking all the campsites at this stage. I have suggested on my guest feedback that they make one or two rakes available for those visitors who like to keep the camp and groundsheet clean. The baboon spiders love the leaves which nearly gave me a double heart attack.

Rodgers and Elena will welcome you and come over for a chat every night. We love them and even asked them to be our witnesses at our wedding at Mooiplaas. You will enjoy the bird life at Tsendze provided the camp is not noisy. The scops owls tend to be quiet when the camp is full and noisy. Rodgers will show you the various owl species they have in the camp.
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby wyld@hrt » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:56 pm

Hi Guys (And Roger in particular)

We are going to be staying in Tsendze for the first time this December. :dance: Now, having read this thread from front to back, and then back again at least three more times it seemed to me that the best sites are numbers 3 and 26. I have called Mopani to see whether I could reserve any of those two but, they were both taken and so I reserved number 25 instead. Now, I haven't seen many pictures or heard much talk on the topic about this site so just a couple questions:

1) Is it private, or shared with another site?
2) Is it on the fence?
3) I have seen a picture of campsite 34 which looks nice and private and also on the fence. Which one (or any other site ) would be better in terms of privacy and being closer to the fence? I have looked at a site map but, as we all know, those can sometimes be misleading.

Any help and answers would be much appreciated :) and I am really looking forward to meeting you Roger.

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Imvubu » Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:52 pm

Hello wyld@hrt, we stayed at no. 25 in August and were...as usual, very happy! It is a large and private site with no-one having to walk through to get to their sites. We were visited in the evening by the resident Barred owlets which sat on a low branch right next to the braai...as you can see in pics I previously posted. It is not right up to the fence, however, there is no-one between you and the fence and you can see should anything walk past. I cannot comment on number 34...cannot remember, my list of favourites: 26; 3; 27; 28; 29 and 30. Will try to post some pics of 25.

Having said that...no matter where you are in Tsendze you cannot but be happy! :D
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Balule - 30/08 - 02/09/15
Shingwedzi - 02 - 05/09/15
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Re: Tzendze Knowitalls - which site for our wedding ceremony

Unread postby Oubaas1 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:43 pm

Number 5,6 & 7 - Open area in the south-easten area with plenty shade. :lol:

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Re: Tzendze Knowitalls - which site for our wedding ceremony

Unread postby Albert » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:30 pm

I concur with Oubaas1, around sites 5/6 would be nice. Also around 14/15 it appeared quite shady when I walked around the camp last May; and would have enough space for 100 guests. Just a little further to walk to the bathrooms......
I guess the easiest would be to point out those sites that I personally remember (with all the dangers associated with that) as being unsuitable for your purpose:
1-4; 8-12, 16-20, 27-34.

I am a little fuzzy about the area around sites 21 - 24, but I do seem to remember some large tree(s) in that area. Lot of space around those 4 sites.

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby rodgerh » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:57 pm

Jaco V wrote:Hi Uys, welcome to the Forum! Apology that I am not Rodgerh :wink:

The answer to both your questions are yes. There are communal freezers that you can use. The water is also fit for human consumption, you dont need to cart bottled water along.
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Thanks for your help Jaco V,you really know well your place Jaco,@ Uys we do have good things at Tsendze,two kitchens and two Ablutions,out showers both side,each kitchen there is a freezer,you very welcome to come and enjoy your place,Tsendze is always here for you
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Uys » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:10 am

Rodger,

Thank you for the reply and I am aware that Tsendze has many good things things to offer, hence our exitement to visit your camp. According to the forum you are also doing a splendid job in keeping the camp one of the best in Kruger!!! Great!! Really looking forward to experience the Tsendze hospitality!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

We reserved sites 27 & 28 via Sydwel (spelling??) at Mopani. I wll be camping in an off-road trailer, but our friends are in a large Vista motorhome. Will they be able to access either one of stands 27 or 28 with the motorhome or do I need to make alternative arrangements??

Kind regards

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby TheunsH » Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:55 pm

We had a great stay at Tsendze and camped on stand 23. Stand 24 was open the whole time because a Boomslang had his/her winter snooze in a hole in a tree on 24. We could see its body and sometimes he/she had a look outside as well. Our little one named it "Christo". :lol:

Is the snake still there Rodger?

(Great seeing you again Rodger and Elina)


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