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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: Best drives around Letaba

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:35 am

The roads right by Letaba are great, like the one to Longwe and Matambeni hide.
I was quite happy with the S47 (Letaba river road) where I had the best python sighting ever.
Going south to Olifants like the S44 is in my eyes a must, that's still my favourite area in Kruger. (I think... :hmz: )
A great drive to do too is the H15, to Giriyondo border post.
You enter the mountains at the end of the road, a must see, great landscapes.
We also spotted quite a few pelicans there.
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Re: Best drives around Letaba

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:11 am

I forgot 2 little jewels! :slap:

Try the S69 and S70 too, they are the little loops on the H9, very near Letaba.
Following the H9 to Phalaborwa gate you also come past the Masorini ruins and Sable hide, both worth a visit.
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Re: Best drives around Letaba

Unread post by fazekma » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:57 am

And don't forget to do the S48 Tsendse loop between Letaba and Mopani - we have had some good sightings here.

Nigel Dennis, in his book Where to watch game in the Kruger Park, rates the S48 road as the number-1 road in the Letaba area (in addition to the short stretch of H1-6 main road that follows the Letaba River and runs north from Letaba to the bridge).
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Re: Best drives around Letaba

Unread post by o-dog » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:58 pm

The road to Engelhard Dam is great and go all the way up the hill at the end. If you drive slowly and look carefully, you will have a very good chance of spotting Sharpe's Grysbok. I have seen them there most times.

Mantambeni Hide is very good for seeing birds like squacoo heron, black egret, red-winged pratincole and many others.

The open area on the H1-6 is good for Side Striped Jackal (used to be a den there) Tsessebe and plains mammals.

If you stick close to the rivers, you have a good chance for lion and leopard in most areas around Letaba.

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Re: Best drives around Letaba

Unread post by kite » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:51 am

Thanks, look forward to spending time on these routes soon!
We will be going north from Letaba to Shingwedzi and I am wondering whether to go on the H1-6 or to get off the tar onto the S50 after popping into Mopani. We would then head east on S49 to link up with S50 and head north. We would then try to do the Shing Loops and Red Rocks the next morning before moving on to Punda.
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Re: Best drives around Letaba

Unread post by Bennievis » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:45 pm

The S46 and S44 as mentioned by DuQues is a must and make sure to stop at Von Wielligh's baobab, he was the surveyor of the eastern border between RSA and Mozambique and has set up camp under the tree.

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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:26 am

Hi guys,

Here is some up to date facts on the status of the ellie statue:

Hi Dalene,

With regards to the statue the foot structures that secured the elephant to the ground rusted and the elephant started falling over. Our technical services took the decision to remove the statue until such time as we could get a suitable person to repair the internal steel structures as well as maintain the external casing which would enable us to put the statue back.

We have since then been trying to find an artist who can assist us with the repairs, quoted costs have been extreme to date and linked to the logistical issues of transport have not been feasible. We are not giving up and are continuing to source quotes and will hopefully have our statue back soon as we are well aware of how much he is missed but staff and guests.

Kind Regards,

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Re: Best drives around Letaba

Unread post by spargish » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:34 am

Scipio wrote:River road to Olifants(Lotsa Leopard at the moment), River loop North and the Mingerhout Dam, also good sightings, and for a day, up to Mopani & the Tropic of Capricorn loop. :thumbs_up:

But 3 days is not long enough to do all the good roads. :wink:


I agree the river road to oliphants Is a great morning trip, to olifants for breakfast, where you can enjoy the awesome view. We had a great sighting of a big male leopard right next to the road, we were the only car there :D

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Re: Letaba

Unread post by Dabchick » Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:35 am

I've stayed in 32 for 3 nights in December last year. Although it is close to the restaurant it feels quite secluded as it is right at the end away from the road that the cars use. The restaurant is also out of view from the front of the hut if I remember correctly. One has a fairly decent view of the river from 32 and 33 - the other huts are behind bushes. Wasn't once aware of noise from the restaurant - some chatting from walkers while we were outside braaiing is all (and this only for about 20 minutes after gates closing time - thereafter it's too dark and the walkers seems to have gone away). Granted we only spent evenings and nights in the hut, days were out driving from gates opening to gates closing time, so it may be more noisy during the day... Huts 32 and 33 is also closest to the ablutions (if that's a consideration).

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Re: Letaba

Unread post by UKWAZI » Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:10 pm

Hi Herman

We often stay in those huts when visiting Letaba, and prefer hut no.33. It is a bit further away from the restaurant, has a nice view, shady parking etc. There is a problem with parking next to Hut 36 because 4 vehicles uses the same little entry road and the parking for this particular unit is just about in everybodies way.

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