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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:26 pm

Best to email Mopani and give them 3 options from most preferred and two others should that already be booked, and your reservation number. Tell them why you want a certain type of stand.

Contact details are here:- http://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/camps/camp-tel.php

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27 and 28 are big stands and easily accessible.

We love 3, but it is a bit of a squeeze.
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Advice on possible sites for a tent

Unread postby brave_crazy » Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:07 pm

Hey all!

I am counting down the days till my long awaited break-away! 5-14 Aug 2014!!

Have 3 nights in Maroela
3 Nights in Shingwedzi
And most importantly 4 nights in Tsendze

I will be camping in a tent and was just wondering if anybody had a few suggestions on a possible site for Tsendze.
I can't remember the site number from my last years trip, it was great though, so will try find that one first on my way to Mopani.

But would appreciate any suggestions.

Also on my first two camps, if anyone knows of good sites for a tent?
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:43 pm

Site no 3 for Tsendze - especially if you are tenting. No doubt in my mind :D We have stayed in it before. Faces the fence and is very private. You should try and reserve a site asap.

For the other two, I suggest getting to the camps around 9am. Most campers pack up and move off early in the day and that is usually when the best sites are open. We always go for a fence site if we can.
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Son godin » Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:05 pm

Boslaaitie wrote:good morning.... just requested my campsite for next year july in tsendze. I will be there for 4 nights. I got site number 13 because 2, 26 was already taken. Did not read mush on the topic of campsite 13. would like to know if some of u can tell me how it is. we will be 2 camping in a tent.

Would like to know tings like
1. is it close te the fence?
2. we dont mind but hou private is it?
3. is there some nice shade?

first time to tsendze so looking forward to your comments.

thaks alot :D


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It is not next to the fence and surounded by other sites, although quite private. No one will walk pass you but the neighbours next to you are not far off.

You will find it has lots of shade. I will check again on the numbers next to you, but I think it is 8 and 9.

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Boslaaitie » Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:11 pm

Thanx dinkybird. Son godin acording to the map it shows it is against the fence bit if you say its not i will look for something els. 3 and 26is taken. What els is nice sites against the fence and with some shape?

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:43 pm

Totally understand Kruger fever :) And best to book a site as early as you can.

We have stayed on 25, it is not too big, and not that shady if I recall, but was nice and we had a view of the fence, but it is not right on the fence. Looking at the map, 22 and 24 look good too.

No. 3 is first prize in my book, but you say it is booked.

I will look tho my Tsendze pics and see what I can see to show you.
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby bosboytjie » Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:57 pm

Afternoon Boslaaitjie

We have camped on stand no 5 and stand no 6 previously and they are next to the fence. Had an elefant charging my then to be son in law when he was standing outside the tent and the elefant was gracing on the outside side of the fence. He got quite a scare ........

Stands 5 and 6 could be a bit crouwded if when the camping parties consist of to many people, but it also depend on how you set up camp.

What i can remember from April's visit is that stand 13 is quite away from the fence with trees and grass in between.

But that should not be a detergent, being in Kruger and camping in Tsendze is all what count.
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Super Mongoose » Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:26 pm

Hi Bospelle!

We stayed 10 days at #26 last year during March, but it was way to busy for us with the bathrooms right there, loop road and neighbours in clear view, big space and the huge tree was nice, but don't think I would choose that one again or for that matter any of the sites on that side of the camp again. We had neighbours both sides the whole time, hearing every cell phone conversation because it's so quite, while the rest of the camp was empty... BTW, MTN had great reception while Vodacom not, so we had no incoming calls, but our MTN neighbours had :wall: :wall: :wall:

Scouting the camp, I liked #13. It has a bit of bush between you and and fence, but their is a short path leading to the fence 20 or 30 meters away. I liked the site because it was far from the bathrooms, not a loop road and only neighbours to one side and lots of shade. We took our chairs and had our sundowners here at the fence and spotted lots of game every afternoon, maybe because it was so quite on this side of the camp. Here at #13 other side the fence is a huge tree were a Verroux's Eagle Owl spend a lot of time and even made a kill. So I'm very tempted to take 13 next time... if 3 is not available...

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby rodgerh » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:16 pm

wilmaw wrote:Was anyone one here at Tsendze, perhaps Roger can give more info, I heard that an elephant was inside Tsendze camp one night this week?

Hi wilmaw,yes he was at camp,but he was near our house and back to the bush,he didn't go down to the sites,even this evening he was in,no one knows that he was in again this evening,he very quiet when he is in the camp,near our house again,he don't make trouble he is just come in and out again Wilmaw,feel free to visit us here at Tsendze to feel the Rustic of Tsendze.

80 meters away from the camp towards Mopani site the's vultures on top of the trees,if everyone close to the camp or going to Mooiplaas picnic,you will see them well tomorrow the 25\08\2014
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:28 am

rodgerh wrote::D Wildtuinman it was so great to see you and your family here at Tsendze yesterday,also happy that you final saw the owl that you did mention it by a name to see,I also hope that you arrived well at home

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Rodgerh @ Tsendze Rustic Campsite :clap: :D :thumbs_up:


Hi Rodger,

the pleasure of our short visit to meet up with you and Elina was all ours! It was a great little visit and thanks again so much for taking the time to show us this beauty!

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I hope you and Elina enjoyed her birthday present. :thumbs_up:

Till we see each other again and send our regards to Elina.

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:49 am

And may I add, that you an Elina are perhaps two of the most dedicated and passionate Kruger people I have met. And you are running one of the best and most amazing camps in the whole Park.

You two set an amazing example. Thank you very much Rodger and Elina. :clap:
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Nyala » Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:48 am

Thank you Rodger for a great stay in Tsenze. You and Elina are tops.
Thanks for showing us the Owls as well.
We stayed at Camp Site 26 and the 2 Elephants were close to the fence right at our campsite. They also came into the camp one night by trampling the fence near the gate, although we did not hear them.
This was our 1st stay in Tsenze, but we will be back!




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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby leervis » Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:25 pm

A magical camp. Rodger and Elina do an amazing job of not only maintaining Tsendze but also in communicating with all the guests who stay there. Every evening they visited to confirm that all was satisfactory....a degree of dedication I have not seen elsewhere.
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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:58 pm

Reg, this is also another great topic to give you ideas for your query. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Tsendze Rustic Camp

Unread postby leervis » Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:52 am

From my walk around, 3 looks the best, but saying that I must also add that there are no bad sites at Tsendze. I had 26, highly recommended by others and agree with them. It is on the fence, close to the ablutions and an open spacious site......wish I was back there now.
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