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Tsendze Rustic Camp Site

Tsendze, the Tsonga word for ‘tsendzeleka’ or ‘to ramble around like someone lost in the bush’ is the newest accommodation addition to the Kruger National Park.

As its name implies, it provides a rustic experience within the natural environment. Located approximately 7 km south of Mopani Rest Camp, the campsites are laid out in a rough figure of eight under and around stands of ancient and beautiful Leadwood, Mopane and Apple Leaf trees. Two prominent seasonal water courses, the Tsendze River and Nshawu Creek, run through this area that is known for the large buffalo herds and many elephant bulls that occur here.

Guests can look out for ‘Alexander’, a current big tusker with rather impressive ivory, who is often encountered in the area and along the main tarred route between Tsendze and Mopani Rest Camp. With its abundance of large trees in the camp, Tsendze offers great birding opportunities right around your very campsite.

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Activities

All activities from Mopani Rest Camp. Guests are picked up from Tsendze main gate.

See the Park’s Activities for a comprehensive list.


Facilities

  • Tsendze only offers camping facilities.
  • Two communal kitchens.
  • Two ablution blocks (wheelchair friendly and with an option of open-air showers).
  • Warm water from gas geysers, with lights from a solar battery system.
  • There is no electricity supply at any of the camp sites.
  • No portable power generators are allowed.
  • Two communal refrigeration facilities available.
  • No shop, restaurant or fuel in camp (all available at Mopani 7km away).
  • No ATM facility available
  • No Reception office at camp.

See the Park’s Facilities for a comprehensive list.


Travel Information

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng

Phalaborwa Gate

Take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). 40km before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen. After Tzaneen head towards Phalaborwa and the gate. Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate. Tsendze rustic camp site is approximately 70km away from the gate.

Allow about 2 ½ hours for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!

Note: Check-in at Mopani at least 1 hour before gate closes.


Fauna & Flora

See the Fauna & Flora pages of the Park for more information.

The Mooiplaas Ranger Section area that Tsendze falls in is known for its very large buffalo herds and many elephant bulls.

The area has been and still is, home to large tuskers and some of the more well known ones, now unfortunately dead and gone, were ‘Nshawu’, ‘Shilowa’, Mabarule’ and ‘Alexander’.

With its abundance of huge trees in the campsite TRC offers great birding opportunities right in camp and the surrounding area offers an interesting list of birds previously recorded.


5 Things To Seek

  1. Ground hornbill
  2. Buffalo
  3. Elephant
  4. Brown snake eagle
  5. Waterbuck

Contact

  • Telephone: +27 (0)13 735 6535/6
  • Fax: +27 (0)13 735 6547
  • Mobile: 082 802 1113

See Camp Contacts for more information.


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