South Africa Table Mountain

Tsendze camping site,...place of the Big Tuskers

The latest addition to the Kruger National Park's accommodation facilities is the Tsendze rustic camping site. The camp offers a fantastic close to nature wildlife camping experience, ideal for those who prefer their Kruger Park safari in a rustic environment.


The beautiful camping sites are laid out under and around stands of ancient and beautiful Leadwood, Mopane and Apple Leaf trees.

The name of the camp is derived from the Tsonga people's word "tsendzeleka", which means "to ramble on like someone lost in the bush".

Learn more about this exciting camp




Warthog walking into the Lion’s den
Warthog walking into Lion's den
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

He got away
He got away
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

General,...

Located approximately 7km south of Mopani rest camp, Tsendze is the latest overnight facility addition to the Kruger National Park, offering caravan and camping sites only. The sites are laid out in two circles, under and around beautiful Leadwood, Mopane and Apple Leaf trees, providing a rustic, close to nature wildlife experience. The camp has no reception and visitors are required to report to Mopani camp for checking in.

baboon portrait
baboon portrait
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

The area in which the camp is situated, is known as the "Mooiplaas Ranger Section". Two prominent seasonal water courses, the Tsendze river and the Nshawu creek, which is actually more like a shallow marshy drainage channel, run through this area.

Two elephant bulls enjoying their siesta - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Two elephant bulls enjoying their siesta - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
copyright © South Africa tours and travel.com

These two water courses make the Mooiplaas region a very popular place for large herds of Buffalo and an extraordinary number of Elephant bulls, especially during hot and dry periods. The area has been and still is, home to large tuskers and some of the better known ones, now unfortunately dead and gone, were "Nshawu", "Shilowa" and "Mabarule". A current tusker with rather impressive ivory is "Alexander" who is often seen in the area.

<<< Top of Page


Map,...

Pride of Lions on the hunt - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Pride of Lions on the hunt - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
copyright © South African tourism

Go to SANParks.org to view a map of the Kruger National park showing the location of the camping site, then click on the map to enlarge.

<<< Top of Page


Facilities,...

Buffalos seeking relief from the heat - Tsendze camp
Buffalos seeking relief from the heat
copyright © South Africa tours and travel.com

The only facilities present are 30 camping sites, each with its own "braai" (barbecue) and rubbish bin, two communal kitchens, two ablution blocks, warm water from gas geysers, and one fresh water tap per three camping sites. There is no electricity and portable generators are not allowed. The camp site offers a fantastic close to nature wildlife camping experience.

The information desk at the reception of the Mopani rest camp can give you detailed information about all the facilities available, which include the following;
  • 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 7 km away)
  • Tsendze offers camping facilities only
  • No Reception office at Tendze camp itself.
<<< Top of Page


Accommodation,...

Ground Hornbill - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ground Hornbill - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Photograph by Arno Meintjes

Accommodation consists of 30 tent or caravan sites without power point, surrounded by a variety of trees that provide shade. A maximum of 6 persons are allowed per site. The camp has excellent communal ablutions and cooking facilities. Upon booking, guests may reserve specific sites (subject to availability). Tsendze camping site is managed form Mopani rest camp and has no reception desk. Guests are required to report to Mopani camp for check-in before entering the Tsendze camp.

<<< Top of Page


Activities,...

Game drive and Giraffe encounter - Tsendze camp
Game drive and Giraffe encounter
copyright © South African tourism

The guests at the camp have access to all the activities at Mopani rest camp. With its abundance of large trees in the camp, The camp offers great birding opportunities right around you're the camping site. Guests can also look out for "Alexander", a big tusker Elephant bull with rather impressive ivory, who is often encountered in the area and along the main tarred route between Tsendze and Mopani rest Camp.

All bookings, as well as further details of these activities are available from reception at Mopane rest camp

<<< Top of Page


Climate,...

Guided bush walk - Tsendze camp
Guided bush walk
copyright © South African tourism

Kruger National Park lies in a summer rainfall area with occasional bursts of quick summer storms (which can be quite heavy) occurring later in the day, cooling the air and settling the dust. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often quite humid. Winters are warm and mild with cool evenings. Visitors going on night drives during the winter period may require warm clothing.

<<< Top of Page


How to get there,...

Silhouette of a Lioness - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Silhouette of a Lioness - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
copyright © South African tourism

By Air

The closest airport to Mopani is Gateway Airport situated near Phalaborwa, about 3km from the entrance gate into the Kruger National Park. There are daily scheduled flights between Gateway and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The camp site is approximately 75km away from Phalaborwa gate. With a speed limit of 50 km/hr on the main roads in the Park, you should allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp. however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time.

Landscape in the Kruger National Park - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Landscape in the Kruger National Park - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
copyright © South Africa tours and travel.com

By road via Phalaborwa gate

Travelling from Johannesburg or Pretoria, take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). 40km before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen. After Tzaneen continue with the R71 towards Phalaborwa and the gate. Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate. the camping site is approximately 75km away from Phalaborwa gate, so allow about a further 2 hours for the drive to the camp. However if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time.

<<< Top of Page


Accommodation availability,...

Two very young Cheetah cubs - Tsendze camp
Two very young Cheetah cubs
copyright © South African tourism

Go to SANParks.org to view a monthly calendar with accommodation availability details of the camp.
  • If you click on the accommodation type, you will see the facilities and content of that particular accommodation unit.
  • The accommodation code enables you to book a specific type of accommodation, if you provide it with your booking request.
  • The figure between the square brackets [ ] is the number of units available at the specific time and date of your visit to the accommodation availability page.
  • Please Note that the information is updated and therefore changing real-time on a continuous basis and that requests for reservations are processed on first-come, first-served basis.
<<< Top of Page


Reservations,...

Herd of Black Wildebeest (Gnus) at sundown - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Herd of Black Wildebeest (Gnu) at sundown - Tsendze Camping site, Kruger National Park, South Africa
copyright © South African tourism


Go to SANParks.org to book your reservation for this camp in the Kruger National Park on the official reservations page of the South African National Park's website.

Tariffs,...

Go to SANParks.org to view the tariffs applicable for the camp site on the official tariff page of the South African National Parks (SANparks) website.






<<< Top of Page

Return from the Tsendze Camping site page to the Kruger National Park page

<<< Home page





Beautiful mountain scenery in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa

The Hartebeespoort dam in the Magaliesberg mountains near Pretoria, South Africa

Endless maize fields in the Free State province of South Africa

Breathtaking Drakensberg mountain scenery in Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa


Do you like this site?
give it the
"Thumps up"
by clicking on the g+1 button






XML RSS
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Add to Google



Copyright: 2005-2016 South-Africa-Tours-and-Travel.com
Return to top