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Tsendze Rustic Camp Site

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#26 of 41 campsites in Kruger National Park
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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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Kruger National Park South Africa
Tsendze Rustic Camp Site
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Phalaborwa Airport
51.1 km
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Mariette M wrote a review Apr 2023
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It was our first time in Tsendze and what an experience. We are welcomed with open arms by the friendly Roger and Selina. Every morning they came to say good morning and in the evenings good night. They were strangers and we left as friends. Under a starry sky with the night sounds of elephants trumpeting, hippos snorting, hyenas and barn owls calling in the night and bring calmness in our minds. At sunrise and sunset, Mooiplaasdam rewarded us with memories of a abundance of roaming game. We were even so lucky to see Alexander the tusker. Tsendze will definitely see us again.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Book a year in advance to get the best camping sites along the fence.
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Margaret Upsher wrote a review Dec 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions
We stayed here a few years ago. Camping was good and ablutions good and clean as would be expected from a Rustic Campsite in the Kruger National Park, All guests were respectful of each other and the ambience of camping out in the reserve was well preserved.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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europeholidays wrote a review Jun 2022
South Africa153 contributions35 helpful votes
This is still the best camp site in the Kruger, preferably for only one familiy or couple on a stand. The camp is quiet, there is no shop and no electricity. Generators and noise of any kind is not allowed and even frowned on. No bicycles, roller scates etc allowed. Lights at camp sites should be kept at a minimum as not to disturb the bush experience of campers near you. Book in a Mopani Rest Camp first, to get your stand number. If silence is not your thing, this camp in NOT for you!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Kathy K wrote a review Oct 2021
loomis ca999 contributions428 helpful votes
Staff couldn’t be more helpful. They even pointed out two locations with resident owls. Lovely, shaded, spacious campsites. Terrific ablution and kitchen block. Immaculate. Wish there were more game in the area, but we will always include this sweet camping spot on any future trips to Kruger
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Fkafrica wrote a review Apr 2020
Pretoria, South Africa677 contributions135 helpful votes
My favorite campsite in Kruger remains Tsendze. 40 large treed camp sites, some next to the fence, each with braai and tap. Roger and Helena are great guests and take pride in showing you the resident scops and banded owls. Try to visit out of season as it can get busy. In school holidays, the picnic spot next to the camp can get noisy at day, so prevent taking the stands next to the picnic site. The ablutions are clean, modern and enough for the stands. Novel outside showers. The camp is very close to Mopani camp site which has a fantastic restaurant on the dam, fully stock shop and best of all a fantastic pool.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Gianni R wrote a review Jan 2020
Turin, Italy770 contributions238 helpful votes
Nel Krugher ci sono varie tipi di campeggio , questo è detto satellite ( del Mopani in questo caso ) , non è provvisto di nulla , solo piazzole in cui parcheggiare tutte fornite del loro braii .Bagni molto puliti Indimenticabili le stelle
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Date of stay: December 2019
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MJ91019 wrote a review Jan 2020
Caernarfon, United Kingdom18 contributions6 helpful votes
This was our favourite camp in Kruger during our trip. They allocate campsites and each campsite has plenty of space and shade making it feel as though you were wild camping at times. Shared ablutions but they were clean, and had mosquito nets throughout ablutions and so very bug free in there. This is a fenced campsite with black-backed jackal and elephants coming in close to the fence. Lots of birdlife too which we loved. FYI: You have to check in at Serondela for Tsendze. No WiFi available here
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jenny i wrote a review Jul 2019
Katima Mulilo, Namibia616 contributions244 helpful votes
Fabulous campsite near Mopani. Clean ablutions and great staff. You need to take all your supplies with you but it is well worth it. Not many campsites and even if it is full you still away from everything
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Johan P wrote a review Jun 2019
Nelspruit, South Africa85 contributions39 helpful votes
Tsendze is a beautiful en well managed campsite about 8 km from Mopani in the northern part of the Kruger National Park. For the nature lover, the site gives a true bush experience in a safe environment. Nice ablution facilities, friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful campsites. No electrical power. Lots of birds in campsite. Lots of animals in the surrounding area.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Fkafrica wrote a review Apr 2019
Pretoria, South Africa677 contributions135 helpful votes
Tsendze Rustic camp is 8 km from Mopani camp. It is meant for campers who can go for the full stay without electricity. Thirty something well spaced and private camp sites with large shade trees and braai stand. Taps are shared between sites. Some of the sites are on the fence with the possibility of interesting sightings. The friendly staff (Roger and Helena) welcome each new guest personally and go out of their way to make you comfortable. They will also call you when they spot the banded owls that live in the camp. The ablution facilities is basic, but clean and comfortable. Thee outside showers is a treat although we did not have hot water in four days in the male bathrooms. As the area is warm even in autumn, a cold shower is not too bad. Good animal sightings in the area and heard lion and hyena almost every night.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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