Tsendze Rustic Camp in the Kruger National Park

Tsendze Rustic Camp in the Kruger Park is the only "Rustic" camp in the Kruger National Park. A "Rustic" camp is one where there's a high premium placed on quiet, peaceful camping, one reason why Tsendze is loved by campers who want to enjoy a good rest in the wild.

The camp is situated next to the Mooiplaas Picnic site under massive shady trees which makes this a bird lover's paradise.

The communal kitchen and bathroom facilities are modern, clean and well-designed. There is no electric points while the camp lights are of the solar kind, just adding to the "bush feel" of the place. There's only camping with one's own tent or caravan allowed here.

Places to visit in the vicinity are the Stapelkop Dam, Mooiplaas picnic site, the Shipandane Overnight Hide and the Pioneer Dam hide, Hide, Thihongonyeni Waterhole and several others.

For game drives, walks, bush breakfast and bush braais, enquire at the Mopani reception office when you book into the Camp.


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We recommend the following trip to the immediate surroundings of Tsendze Camp.

Distance 109 km.

Drive Time without stop = 2 hrs 50 minutes

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From Tsendze, follow the H1-6 in a northerly direction and turn left into the gravel road towards the beautiful Shidlayengwenya waterhole in the Tsendze River. Spend a bit of time there under the large shady trees enjoying the peaceful bush atmosphere before going back to the H1-6 and left towards the Grysbok Waterhole and the S144.

Turn right into the S144, the Old Main Road, and stop at the Nwambu Waterhole on your right before turning right into the S143, the Tropic of Capricorn loop, towards the Thihongonyeni Waterhole where it is usually a good idea to spend some time watching out for elephants, buffaloes, some of the scarcer antelopes like Bastergemsbok and Roan. This waterhole always contributed to a good day's gameviewing for us

From here, further on to the junction with the S50, where you turn right to the N'Shawu waterholes on the left of the road. This area sometimes get very wet and one should be careful not to get stuck in the mud there. It is actually a large wetland and one normally finds a lot of animals here. That is, those you can see above the tall grass. There's also a lot of birdlife here, so take it slow and see what makes itself visible.

After the Nshawu's, turn right onto the H1-6 and drive to Mooiplaas Picnic spot. This piece of road runs on the bank of the Tsendze River and there's a good chance to see a wide variety of animals here. Turn left to Mooiplaas Picnic Site and try to get space at the lapa to the right on the riverside. There's a large group of Waterbuck who likes the place and several other animals like Kudu, Elephant, Crocodiles and sometimes the beautiful Saddle-billed Stork.

After Mooiplaas, turn left in the H1-6 and proceed towards the S142, but do make use of the loops to the riverbank, since these loops are sometimes very productive. Be careful for getting stuck in mud after rain here. If you take the last loop, it will bring you to a gravel road, the S142 which you must then follow to the left towards the Shipandane Overnight Hide where you may disembark to have a look at the animals and birds.

From Shipandane, take the S146 to the Stapelkop Dam. It is quite a distance to the dam, but we found it to be worthwhile every time, since the dam is normally well-stocked with animals and birds, while the road there and back also contribute some good animal sightings. A good last visit befor returning to Tsendze Camp for a peaceful evening next to the fire and a good night's sleep.

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