Tshukudu Bush Camp
offers self catering accommodation and activities as well as educational trails and camps near Hoedspruit.
Tshukudu Game Reserve was started in 1980 on what used to be a cattle ranch. Although many antelope species as well as giraffe were already on the property a variety of animals had to be reintroduced. One of the first were rhinoceros hence the name “Tshukudu” which means “rhino” in Sotho.
Today, Tshukudu is teeming with game, the birdlife is prolific and the bush has reverted to its pristine state. The many Acacia and Marula trees give a real feel of the African Bushveld.
Ian and Sylvia Sussens built up the Self Catering Bush Camp and the environmental educational camps.
After Ian’s passing away in 2010, Sylvia and her sons, Patrick, Richard and Steven continue to run the business. They have inherited their Dads passion for the bush.
Sylvia originally comes from Switzerland and is a qualified nurse. She arranges the bookings and the catering side for the educational groups as well as the running of the Curio shop.
Tshukudu Bush Camp accommodation:
We have 7 thatched, air conditioned cottages, 3 of which are wheelchair friendly. The comfy cottages range in size sleeping from 2 – 6 guests.
For big groups there are two big dormitory-style platforms with ablutions downstairs.
The camp has a central indoor and outdoor eating area under thatched roofs as well as a cosy boma (Fire place) for your evening braai’s/barbecues.
There is a big, fully equipped kitchen where you have your own fridge and cupboard. Our staff wash the dishes, assist you with the preparation of food, make fires, help with the braai and generally make you stay comfortable.
Sheets, towels and a limited amount of fire wood is provided. All you have to bring along is your food and drinks.
Relax around the pool or watch the animals drink at the waterhole from the viewing platform. There is a wonderful playground to keep the children busy.
There are also a number of other activities to do in the Hoedspruit area in-between the camp activities.
DSTV and Wi-Fi is available in the central area.
Educational Camps at Tshukudu Bush Camp:
We offer exciting environmental camps.
The Bush Camp is ideal for school and youth groups to experience nature first hand.
Accommodation for the groups is on 2 large thatched platforms (dormitory style) with bunk beds and mattresses. The platforms are fully mosquito proofed with ablutions downstairs.
Teachers sleep in comfortable thatched cottages with private bathrooms.
There is a large eating area under a thatched roof, (also used for lectures) a cosy boma, pool and big playground.
The purpose of the course is to teach the youth about conservation awareness, game farm management, identification of birds, trees, grasses and spoors, snakes and snake bite treatment as well as edible plants and berries.
We do not keep rigidly to the school syllabus, but all courses are designed to help children to have a better understanding and appreciation of their school work, by allowing them to actually experience the things they learn about at school.
We make the experience exciting including game drives, walks and lectures as well as sports activities such as volley ball, swimming and bush rounders.
Experience Africa at Tshukudu Bush Camp:
Tshukudu is a big 5 Game Reserve and the following animals can be spotted:
Lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, white rhino, buffalo, eland, waterbuck, kudu, bushbuck, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, warthog, impala, steenbuck, duiker, porcupine, jackal, hyena, caracal, serval, civet, genet, African wild cat, hippo, crocodile and many other species.
Not only do guests see all the big and small animals in their natural environment but they can interact with our orphaned animals and go for walks with some of them.
Activities and Attractions in the Area:
Due to our central location you can travel through the Blyde River Canyon en route from the Reef.
If you stay with us several night you might want to explore our area with its many attraction (in between the morning walks and afternoon game drives)
- Blyde Dam boat cruises or Olifants River boat cruises en-route to or from Tshukudu Bush Camp
- Hikes and Walks around the Blyde Dam and nearby waterfalls
- Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre (Many birds of prey)
- Hoedspruit Endangered Species Breeding Centre (HESC)
- Elephant back safaris at Camp Jabulani
- Kinyonga Reptile Centre
- Roots of Rhythm (African dance and song group)
- Giant Baobab and Jessica the Hippo
- African Dream Horse Safaris – Horse riding or game viewing on horseback
- Drakensig Golf Course for the golf lovers
- as well as ballooning, micro-lighting and river rafting for the adventurous.
Superb reserve and very nice accommodation in the middle of nature. Very friendly staff and thank you to Patrick for the passion of his business he has passed on to us. We spent an unforgettable stay too short ... We will definitely come back
first of all your stuff is very friendly ,the morning walks and the game drive were very lovely. The whole experience was wonderful, that I wont doubt recommending people to you.
For a good rest but also interaction with wild life, this is the place to go! Friendly and helpful staff.
Very relaxing atmosphere and surroundings, excellent service and information from our guide, Richard who did everything to his ability to show us the Big 5!!! However, a fridge in the room will be awesome in the summer?