Country People – Meet Roger Hobyane from Tzendze, Kruger National Park

For some of you, Roger will need no introduction, as he is well known in Kruger-loving circles. I have been following his story’s and pictures for a couple of years now, even though I regrettably haven’t visited Tsendze yet. (It is high on my bucket list) 

I got to know Roger, mostly through the famous Facebook group KNP – Best Place On Earth , but also through the stories of friends and family visiting Tsendze.

Meet Roger Hobyane, Supervisor at the Tsendze Rustic Campsite, Kruger National Park 

Roger in action

Tell us a bit about your life until now? 

I went to school at Shigalo under Malamulele. I started working in Kruger in 1998. I started working at Shimuwini, in February 2006 I moved to Sirheni, the same year they completed building Tsendze Rustic Campsite. When they finished in May month, I moved to Tsendze. I am working with Elina at Tzendze, we started working here in the same year. Kruger is the best for me to work at and one day, when I retire, I am thinking of opening a small business to make a living. 

Roger and Elina working at Tsendze Rustic Campsite
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What is your favourite part of working in Kruger?

Kruger is very nice and safe to work in. My favourite part is meeting our lovely guests. I love seeing them happy and feel good with my service.

Roger’s favourite route to drive when he goes off duty is the S50 up to S143 on the Tropic of Capricorn loop. He recommends this route for best game viewing. 

Below is a gallery of pictures taken by Roger, some in Tsendze and some on the road in Kruger. 

Roger’s favourite animal is a Leopard

Roger’s favourite bird is the Narina Trogon

Roger’s closing thoughts.

Roger would love to see more people visiting Kruger National Park. It doesn’t matter to him where they stay in the park, but he feels the bush and nature is something everyone should experience. And if you do come and stay at Tsendze and enjoy nature with them there, he promises great service. 

If there is one thing that stands out with my interview with Roger is that he clearly has a passion for people and the bush. 

You can follow Roger on the following social media sites:

Facebook: Rodgerh Tsendze

SANParks Forums: Tzendze Rustic Campsite Sightings


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