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Re: Camping at Letaba First time

Unread post by isinkwe » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:46 pm

Wildheart ,
One tip that might be of use to you and most camping newbies, when camping anywhere in Kruger, invest in some good strong tent pegs and a decent hammer (I keep a 2 lbs and a 4 lbs hammer in the caravan). Both have been used on many occations by fellow campers in Kruger. The ground can sometimes be as hard as rock. Maybe not too bad now after the rains.
A rubber mallet in my experience will not stand up to the task.
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Re: Letaba Tv

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:52 pm

There is a TV room at Letaba BerkiSA.
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Re: Elephant hall closing time

Unread post by JanineVenter » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:37 am

Hi Alf,

according to the website the elephant hall is open mon-sat 8 am to 8pm and sundays 8am to 6pm :D Hope that helps! I love the elephant hall! I am also looking forward to visiting while I am there :dance:

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Re: What is the game like around Letaba?

Unread post by DASSIEDELIGHT » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:50 pm

Letaba Camp is one of our favourites and we often stay for a few days there. The river frontage is stunning and we have seen so much from the footpath along the river bank - large elephants families crossing the river; a lion kill with 3 males taking an unknown prey in the reed bed with vultures and hyenas trying to get to the leftovers; lots of hippos and even the large crocs taking a baby hippo off the riverbank right outside the restaurant; a lot of antelope coming and going from the water; masses of birds too from storks to eagles. The Matembeni Hide is also a must for us especially for birds although the local leopard on the road there has eluded us so far.
The road out to Phalaborwa gate is always worth a trip as we once saw a pack of wild dogs with a kill there. And Sable Dam near to the gate is always worth a visit.

Thinking of these past sightings has me wishing away the months until we are back there this September.

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Re: What is the game like around Letaba?

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:27 pm

Grantmissy wrote:Hi Cheetah Where is this hide? I have never seen it?

Hi Grantmissy :yaya: I am talking about the Matambeni bird hide :thumbs_up:


I can only imagine this spot will be to your taste Grantmissy! A quiet hide where there is always something to see! At this sitting, I saw fish eagle, grey heron, crocs, hippos, buffalo, egrets and that Elephant which came very close to the hide! A peaceful spot with a nice view even without the animals :D
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Letaba Safari Tents - 4bed vs 2bed

Unread post by Tumble Weed » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:26 am

I have just had the pleasure of staying in Letaba for a number of nights. I was booked into a safari tent for that period and noticed a huge difference in value between the 2bed tents vs the 4bed tents.

The the 2bed tents although adequate, pale into comparison compared to the 4bed tents and here are my reasons:

1. Location - the 4bed tents are located on the camp boundary(on the fence line) in a very shaded area. They are also close to the pool area. The location felt inviting and quite green and lush. The 2bed tents are a distance away, in the middle of the camp, located between the camping area and bungalow area. It was pleasant enough but after seeing the 4bed units location, I felt short-changed.

2. Distance to ablutions - the 2bed tents share the ablutions with the rest of the camping area, and is one heck of a distance away(an opinion formed in the middle of the night when having to make the journey). On the other hand, the 4bed tents have their own, new ablution block that is located right in the middle of the 4bed tent area. It even comes with a separate kitchen area. The decor style is pleasing(not the usual Kruger style) and feels a lot more modern and clean.

3. Style - the 4bed tents are a lot newer, with nicer outdoor furniture and finishings. The deck is larger as well.

4. Seclusion - the 4bed tents seem to offer more seclusion and privacy, with each tent being spaced a fair distance apart with its own outlook. The 2bed units were very close to each other.

5. Central braai/entertainment area - the 4bed tents, even though each had its own braai stand, have a central area where you can braai and get together. Very suitable for groups or larger family units. It was done very neatly.

6. Security - the 2bed tents, although having a wooden door, cannot be locked. Every time I left the tent, I had to lock all my valuables in my car. The 4bed tents can be locked so you are able to leave possessions in the tent. I was assured my stuff would be safe, and did not experience any problems, but felt it wiser to take precautions.

7. Price - the difference in price between a 2bed tent and a 4bed tent was R35. I tried changing my booking on arrival form 2bed to 4bed but it seemed they were not able to. For an extra R35 a night, I would suggest booking a 4 bed tent as the difference in what you get is immense.

I thought the 4bed tents offered outstanding value and will definitely book them for future trips.

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by granny » Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:38 pm

Bren, I had another look at the map. Number 17 is right on the river.

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:41 pm


I have stayed in BD3. They are just east of the restaurant/cafe with a bit of grass between them and the path along the river.

They are all set a bit back, angled away from cafe. The closer you are to the cafe, the less privacy you get, but they are all very nice.

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by Dupacc » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:39 am

Say "Letaba" and I think of peace, tranquility, Elephant Hall, trees & shady camping ... :) :)

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by bushbuck87 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:44 pm

We have just returned from Kruger and Letaba and stayed in the lovely CTT4 safari tents which are new to us since our last visit to the camp. I would recommend for thoes of you who are planning to book these to try and get No`s 4-5-6-7 or 8 as these are on the fence with good animal action any time. You must just watch out for the very short stump like poles uesd to mark off the parking bays as you could trip over them in the dark. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Letaba Bungalows

Unread post by Son godin » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:37 pm


I've stayed in a BG3U before and found that other accommodation is better. The BG units are on the perimeter, but you are cage in and no proper braai area. You also need to use a communical kitchen to wash up dishes and cook, where you may find that the hotplates are not working or you have no idea of the setting.

We had a bookings fpr two days at Letaba and the next day moved to a BD3Z unit costing the same price as the perimeter rondavel, but much more space and a kitchen area with a lovely stoep to braai on. The BG3U rondavels are on the perimeter west of the restaurant and close to the education centre (olifant museum).

The BD3Z rondavel was behind the BG3U unit and although not on the perimeter the same distance to walk the lookout point and shop.

Considering that you pay the same (R845) for a BD2, BD3, BD3Z, BG2U and BG3U I would rather book the BD3Z unit or BD3 unit. From the accommodation pics it looks as if the perimeter rondavels are not recently upgraded as in the case of the BD units.
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Letaba accommodation

Unread post by dk105001 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:34 pm

I am booking online and have a decision to make between type BD3U (which it says clearly is on the perimeter) and FQ6 (which doesn't say anything about being on the perimeter).

There are 3 of us (one child) so FQ6 is clearly more spacious. How different are the views? Can I request any particular cottage while booking online? (on the map 101, 105, 106 and 110 seem closer to the perimeter - but it's not clear that all of these are FQ6 (apart from messages on this forum) or that I will get any of these.

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Re: Letaba accommodation

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:43 pm

Hi dk105001,

A warm welcome to the forum.

Have a look here and here for photos on some of the FQ6 chalets. The view photos there do show the river.

You can look on the index of Accommodation photos for more accommodation info.

On the online booking system it is not possible to ask for a specific number. You need to contact the camp a few weeks before you will arrive to ask if you could possibly have a specific unit, but it is not guaranteed.

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by roaneric » Fri May 10, 2013 12:57 pm

Hi there and welcome to the forum. :D

The BD3U units are numbers 39-64. Here you can see it on the map.

Have a look at some pictures of the units. We always stay in the BD3U units and number 63 here and here is our favourite. This year we will stay in 64 and that one is very private and at the end.
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Furnished tents at Letaba

Unread post by Simon A » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:37 pm

Evening all, off to Kruger in a couple of weeks and was wondering, can anyone tell me which of these furnished tents at Letaba have a perimeter view ??? I know the ones at Thamboti (staying there as well) pretty much all have perimeter views but not sure about Letaba :?


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