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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by camken » Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:12 pm

I have just returned from a 10 night holiday to the park. We stayed two nights in each camp, BnD, Skukuza, Letaba, Satara, Biyamiti.

We stayed in #105- how amazing!!
Letaba was BY FAR the best camp, accomodation wise! it is a huge unit with two bedrooms, and two bathrooms each with a bath and shower. The kitchen is a proper kitchen, with everything except a microwave.
In my opinion, its the only guest cottage that i saw that could actually accomodate 6 ppl without there being a huge squash.

When we arrived, i found the reception staff to be wonderful.
Everyone was very friendly, and we were greeted by every staff member with a warm smile- even the gardeners. it was wonderful.

When we arrived there was even a jug of cold water waiting for us in the big fridge!!

Our cottage had BY FAR the best air con compared to the other camps- what a dream.

The view was lovely, even though the river was almost dry.

Unfortunately for us, we had very poor game viewing (we were only there for 2 days out of the year, so it was probably just bad luck).

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp Restaurant

Unread post by G@mespotter » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:53 pm

sandiem wrote:Hello Carol,

We always stay at letaba...... I love it there, especially sitting in those chairs by the restaurant with sundowners then a nice meal in the restaurant


You mean this Sandiem?
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Might just be one of my favorites places on earth. A cold one, sitting in the chair, still a bit lazy from the afternoon nap.... Slowly an ellie passed in front of the fence, while the silhouettes of a few giraffe appear in the distant riverbed. This all happens when a woodland kingfisher makes himself known. We realize how we miss this place..

Ah.. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp Restaurant

Unread post by G@mespotter » Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:02 pm

Just imagine the soft guitar played by 'the Eagles'....

Welcom' to the rest-camp Le-he ta ba, what a lovely place, what a love-ly place♪ ♪any-time of the year, any-time of the year ♪♪

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I will visit Letaba in December, and upload some pictures of the ongoing buildings. I heared a rumour the Olifants retaurant has been (nearly?) completed.... :dance:
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Re: Letaba vs Skukuza

Unread post by G@mespotter » Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:22 pm

There is absolute no possibility of a good comparison between the 2 camps. Validly stated by MM, never compare south of the Olifants with north of the Olifants river. There are such markable differences.

Animal sightings, road options, human and traffic wise, stay around Skukuza. If you have no direct desire to spot cats or dont mind longish drives, and refuse any traffic jams, definitely head towards Letaba.

Camp wise etc, I'll vote Letaba. Nothing beats the view from the restaurant, and the shady lala palms. Skukuza is the town of entertainment, if you're looking for human interaction etc, stay at Skuks.

Matter of personal choice, personal preferences. Sightings - Skukuza. Relaxing - Letaba. My choice, definately Letaba. Ellie museum, restaurant, and the Matambeni hide all close by 8)
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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread post by Shutterbug » Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:46 pm

I loved that guy.....
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:01 pm

roaneric wrote:I also booked a BD3 at letaba, when I booked it said perimeter.
Hi roaneric, if you look at This Map
you will see that the ones in the top left hand corner state BD3's but are in actual fact BD3U's #30 to 22 which means they are perimeter, as can be seen.

We stayed in them the past 2 years running and had # 29 both times, not a bad unit but could do with some upgrading and upon walking around the camp have decided that in future we would opt for #64 in future which looked the better option and still had a good view of the river.
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:26 am

A couple of pics, taken from directly in front of the chalet where you can see the fence and if you know Letaba, then the river just below altho there is not much water in it lately, even in Summer.

and then we arrived at Letaba and were given the keys to my prior requested bungalow, #29 :D

After quickly unpacking, getting the cold food packed into the freezer which is rather a challenge, really too small for a bungalow sleeping 3 but anyway, as soon as one sees the view, that is a trivial matter. 8)

View we had to put up with!

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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by roaneric » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:35 pm

Wow, this is great Elsa. Thanks. The view looks beautiful and peaceful. I have one last question if you don't mind. Number 29, is it the closed veranda bungalows like these pics they show online?
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:38 pm

Roaneric, funny enough #'s 29 & 30 are the only 2 in that group with open verandas, all the others had them closed in.

I am presuming they are leaving them like that, or for the time being anyway or until they are upgraded maybe?

But as said previously, it could really do with a bit of sprucing up, which is why we looked at # 64 which had a much bigger new type fridge and also an open veranda.
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:53 pm

Definitely asked for a BD3U, I think its just the map that is incorrect.

I would say #64 had been upgraded altho we didn't want to snoop too much as it was occupied at the time.

Not sure if the others around #29 had or not, possibly was done with the enclosure.
Possibly # 29 and 30 are just too popular and they don't have time when they are not booked.
But as I said previously we felt the fridge was far too tiny for 3 people, with a minuscule ice box, and as we were going up North, had to have enough frozen meat for around 6 days plus the days we were there.
I know they are gradually replacing all the fridges for larger modern ones currently.
but that bungalow will have to have the brick work on top and the sides knocked out as it's sort of built in if you know what I mean.
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:36 am

If you have a look at This Map you will see the top left bungalows # 17 to 21 are in fact the BD2U's even tho the map doesn't state this.
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Letaba Safari Tents

Unread post by UKWAZI » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:09 am

Hey everybody...

Just wondered if somebody can help me out...what is the numbers of the 4-bed safari tents next to the fence at Letaba? :huh:
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Re: Letaba Safari Tents

Unread post by RobertT » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:26 am

Think the numbers for those went from 1 - 10, which one is 4 and which is 2 am not sure. If I recall correctly 7,8,9 are the best, but am going by memory so could be out a bit.

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Re: Letaba Safari Tents

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:54 pm

The tents next to the fence are 4-8.

Email the camp. There is an excellent duty manager there called David. He allocates them about 2 week before the time.
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:16 am

Rookie2009 wrote:Is it better to write a mail or should i try to call the rezeption directly??
If you are happy to call from so far away, you can do that, otherwise, send a fax or mail the camp directly about 2 weeks before your visit.
Good luck, hope you get the bungalow of your choice and have a wonderful trip. :D
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