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Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby naomi c » Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:47 pm

Hi Lynda
Boiling water is not available.
There are gas plates available at the kitchen block (remember - no power).
No 6 is a shaded site - we had shade for most of the day during our stay in December/January.
Stands no 5 and 6 share the same "clearing" which in my opinion could have been bigger.
Obviously one will position your caravan/tent to face the fence but the nights we had neighbours it just wasn't the same.
The size and shape of the stand is difficult to describe.
There is only one place to pitch your camp if you want shade.
We had good cellphone reception while we were there.
No 6 does not face onto Mooiplaas and is at the other side of the camp.
We were quite lucky with sightings.
My husband never liked the area around Mopani but he had to change his opinion this time - see my trip report. Very good birding too. If you are a birder, go to Stapelkopdam.
You will not regret it.
Hope you enjoy Tsendze as much as I did and I wish you lots of wonderful sightings.
Remember to post a trip report.

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Unread postby Senyetse » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:12 pm

Some pics of Tsendze taken in early June 2007:
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Communal kitchen
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Ablution:
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Dec '11 - Storms River
June '12 - Berg-en-Dal

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Unread postby Senyetse » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:18 am

Just inside Tsendze:
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View from camp site 5:
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Dec '11 - Storms River
June '12 - Berg-en-Dal

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Unread postby Senyetse » Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:42 am

Hi janneyc :D

Tsendze is an amazing camp!!!
We spent 3 days there in June this year.
It is quiet, lots of shade and the ablutions are fantastic, especially the outdoor showers.
It is a bit dark getting to the ablutions at night so take along a torch.

They have solar lighting in the ablutions which does run out during the night because people don't turn off the lights.
The kitchen area is also great with several 2 plate gas stoves.
There is also a large gas freezer.

You are allocated a campsite (they are numbered) but you can request another at Mopani if there's one open that you want.

The really nice thing about Tsendze is that it is quiet, rustic small and intimate.
The attendant is really great and keeps the camp very clean and neat.

Enjoy!
Dec '11 - Storms River
June '12 - Berg-en-Dal

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Unread postby mountainview » Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:31 pm

Great camp.
We had site four which to me was one of the better shaded sites.
Somebody mentioned that site six was the best.
I suppose that each to his own.
Although I must say that the Mopani trees that are the "shade trees" were leafless at this point (late October). We had a moderate sized Appleleaf which was great for us.
From just south of Tsetse all the way to Baobab Hill was extremely dry.
Not at all like the pics shown earlier in June on this thread.

Anyway the camp does have some electricity - the ablutions have lights (but they are switched off) and camp kitchen has lights (these are also switched off).
So the camp is dark, quiet and very peaceful. No squirrels or monkeys that steal your stuff.

There is an Ellie which lives right at the gate or in the immediate vicinity.
We heard a pride of lions feeding between Mooiplaas Waterhole and Nshawu No3. at four in the morning.
Later we saw half of the pride: 5 females at Mooiplaas Waterhole.
Latest Lifers: Brown-Backed Honeybird; Violet-Eared Waxbill; Green-Winged Pytilia; and heard often but never seen - Yellow-Fronted Tinkerbird (±2m away in the open)

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Re: Tsendze rustic campsite

Unread postby reinette » Fri Nov 16, 2007 11:04 am

ndloti wrote:... site numbers ....

If I remember correctly, try sites 21-26, they are along the fence.

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Unread postby ndloti » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:25 pm

If I remember correctly one can see Mooiplaas picnic spot from 21-24 , the better ones on the fence are 25 - 27 (8?) , with 26 being the better , in my opinion .
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Unread postby Diesel » Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:05 pm

Tsendze camp sites 26, 27 and 28:


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Mooiplaas picnic site:


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Re: Tzendze Camp Site

Unread postby Jupiter » Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:02 pm

Hi G,
The campsites are numbered and you need to book your site or they will allocate one for you.
You need to phone Mopani camp and book the site you want.
Some of the sites don't have much shade but we had a drive through there last week and these sites looked the best in our opinion. 3,4,12, and 26. Sites 3,4 and 26 are all single sites with no immediate neighbours and is next to the fence.
If none of these are available you can also look at sites 13,16,18,19,20 and 25.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Tzendze Camp Site

Unread postby Freda » Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:09 am

Hi HS :D
5 and 6 are nice sites, I personally would prefer 26 and 27, but all sites are good at Tsendze.
Here is a map of the camp layout.
Have a great trip!

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Re: Tzendze Camp Site

Unread postby naomi c » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:27 pm

No 6 is a great site on the fence with lots of shade - important in the summer.
Just be warned that no 5 has almost no shade.
It is also on the fence and right next to no 6 - on one clearing.
When we camped on no 6 in January 2007 it was really hot - 47 degrees one day under the caravan awning - and people occupying no 5 nearly camped on top of our caravan just to have some shade! :big_eyes:
6 and 7 would be a better option - although 7 is not on the fence.
Maybe you should go for 26 and 27 - seems like the overall favourites! :D

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Re: Tzendze Camp Site

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:37 pm

Sites 1 -5 are more or less on the eastern fence , 20 - 28 on western fence .
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 24, 2008 12:32 pm

We camped on 28 - which is pretty open to 27 making a really big camping area if you looking for two (or 29 - will need to check the map at home to confirm) and is right on the western fence - and has a lovely huge tree on it.
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:24 pm

Just left Tsendze - I started on 27, but moved to 6 as there was more space and shade for the caravan.
I have taken photos of all sites and will post them in due course..... Some sites are really not caravan friendly!

One 'problem' was that an overland group (Intrepid) were there the first night and very noisy.
Fortunately I was far enough away that it was not too bad for me.
Next morning I talked to another camper and advised him to report the incident to Mopani manager.
He did so - and the duty manager immediately came down, spoke to the tour guide, and came to each site to apologise for the noise.
She said they take things like that seriously and if we had called the night before she would have come then! She would also be writing to the firm concerned.
So well done to Mopani duty manager :clap:
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Peter Betts » Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:37 am

This is a pic of the "best" site at Tsendze where we always stay No 27...where you share (Far away) with Site 28.
Site 26 is also VERY good next door and on its own.
28,27 and 26 are far from the noisy tar road, are against the fence near the Tzendze river with its passing traffic at night..
not to mention the resident Side Striped jackal and far from noisy revelers, the entrance gate with all the in and out traffic and close to Mooiplaas Picnic spot where we always walk through the bush in the evenings for our sun downers long after the Letaba/Mopani mob have left...sublime

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