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Re: Tsendze

Unread postby PRWIN » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:18 pm

We stayed at No 13 in July.
This site has lots of shade.
No 3 is a big site and isolated from the other sites, next to the fence.
Fair shade in the winter not sure about winter.
No 3 is a very popular site and you might fight to get it. :sniper: :lol:

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Re: Tsendze

Unread postby Wild Dreamer » Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:57 pm

Tsendze is the dream camp.
What I love about the place is the way the stands are laid out, most of them have their own little entrance road and there you end up on a very clean, big stand, solitary yours, encircled with bush.
At night you see the other campers' flickering fires through the bush and their headlamps bobbing around.
A soft drone of voices from other sites drift through the air.
But it is very quiet, you hear the smallest rustling of grass...etc.
The ablutions are unbelievably clean, as well as the communal kitchens.
The caretakers, Rogers and Elinah, are the superb "host and hostess."
A high thumbs up for them.
The area itself has given us a fair amount of Big5 sightings, and a load of other animals.
The vegetation is also awesome.
One minute you feel you're driving through an apple orchard, the next wide open plains, then alluvial plains, a bit of forest...
I could go on forever. Tsendze is the Brigadoon of campsites.
I must mention the one evening when we went for a stroll around camp, coffee mugs in hand.
Along the road in the dusk the people greeted, we had a few short chats, came across a couple of kids riding their bikes, campfires were everywhere, the smell of meat roasting was permeating the air.
When we reached our campsite I said to SO: "If ever I saw the most perfect "neighbourhood", it was just now."

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Jane » Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:49 pm

Ja Ndloti we always book #26 when we are on our own but when we are with friends we always book #27 and #28 as they are in the same clearing...
These sites also are near the gate into the staff house which in turn has a gate into Mooiplaas Picnic spot.
SO hates having a fence around camps so he loves to light the braai after all the Letaba and Mopani people have left the picnic site and then grabs a beer and goes and chills looking out over the Tsendze river without a fence in front of him as he watches the day say goodbye all alone...its his best and he drifts back to our site as the last car arrives in Tsendze in the dark.
I went with once but wasn't happy as we had to tip toe past a feeding ellie to get back that had arrived in the car park behind our backs so I normally am "busy" at that time having a shower under the stars...(a Tsendze Specialty) or making a salad...don't worry he is always back just at official gate closing to meet Roger on his nightly rounds..
He loves this camp and I love it as SO unwinds totally at this rustic camp....naturally we are there again this August in true Kruger lion country
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1 night: Tambotie Tented Camp
5 Nights: Balule
5 Nights Tzendze
2 Nights Bateleur Camp

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:18 pm

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For some or other reason the pic disappeared from my post - here it is again - Rodgers and Elina.

Good for Rodgers - there is a lot to be learned from him!
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:27 pm

A few pics from our visit to show how lush and green everything was.

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:29 pm

Full moon over Tsendze on New Year's Eve

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:35 pm

Our campsite:

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:42 pm

And then there was the elephant........

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He made us wait for quite a while!
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Sprocky » Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:06 am

BushChicken wrote:Hi, we would love to stay at Tsendze but our caravan fridge only works off electricity. Are there fridge/freezers in the camp?


BushChicken, there are gas freezers and they work well. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:16 pm

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Gas fridge at far end of kitchen - on rhs of image .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:54 pm

Some photos for you all from Rodgerh :dance:

This one was taken this morning at Mooiplaas - too cute!
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And some taken in Tsendze and of Rodger.
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The ablution block
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Rodger
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:09 am

Photos from Rodger taken at the awards ceremony in Kruger. Congratulations and very well done Rodger :clap:

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Rodger and his wife, Linneth
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Manovo-Gounda » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:32 pm

Hi PhilHill

Here's a map of Tsendze rustic camp:
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I would say most camp sites along the fence are good (I had number 2).
The only annoying thing can be noisy neighbours - which in my case were not there as I was completely alone in the camp last January.

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:26 pm

Rodger has asked me to post this pic for everyone to enjoy. It is of mopani worms in a tree.

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Son godin » Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:42 pm

DevonD,

My choice is campsite 3 :D , which is at the fence and private, but not too close to the kitchen area.

No 6 is also nice and no 27 and 28. It all depends if you want to be closer to the ablution on the site to recommend. :|

Site 13 has lots of shade but circled in by site 10, 11. I am not sure who drew the map, but I think that person needs to visit the campsite to get a picture of the lay-out. :wall:

I noticed that you will be visiting Cape Vidal later this year and assume you geared to camp without any power supply. There is no power points at the campsites, but lights are available in the ablution and kitchen area depending on the visitors you will get. :sniper: The lights are operated from solar power batteries and can not last forever during the night. Some campers do switch the lights off when leaving, while other just do not care at all.

We will be there 5 days after you left and can't wait to see the camp again. :dance: :dance:
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