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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread postby 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.

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Re: Letaba

Unread postby 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 postby 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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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:03 pm

The SANParks Honorary Rangers assisted by sponsoring the repair of the elephant statue. The good news is that the statue will be returned shortly. The official welcoming will take place during the annual SANParks Honorary Rangers Indaba in May.
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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread postby michellev » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:32 am

Good morning,

You will be happy to know that the Letaba Elephant will be making its return today. We are all anxiously waiting for the arrival this afternoon!

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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:54 am

We look forward to seeing it in its rightful place again in May. :D

Sincere thanks to the SANparks Honorary Rangers and all concerned. :clap:
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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread postby Sprocky » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:00 pm

Well I was there today, and I must say the statue looks great!!! :thumbs_up:

It will still take a couple of days work before the hesian border is removed and the resin is dry. Here is the statue...

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Well done to all that had a part to play! :clap: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread postby DeeSmith » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:27 pm

We were at Letaba on Tuesday last week, I almost fell over backwards when I saw that the Elephant was back in pride of place outside the Elephant Hall.

We always stop at Letaba for breakfast while at the Park and I felt like I had come home seeing the statue back in place. He sure was missed! :D

Well done for getting him back! :dance: :dance: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread postby michel367 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:49 am

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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread postby norms » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:09 am

Letaba was never the same without the elephant statue.

I am so pleased to see him back and a big Thank You to all those that made this possible - :clap:

Thanks for the photographs everyone - :thumbs_up:
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Re: Best roads around letaba in winter

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:06 pm

We have spent some great hours at the Mntambeni (called Engelhard by ch2111) hide. Seen leopard on the approach road. Hippos & crocs perform while eles & buffs often cross the river.
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Re: Best roads around letaba in winter

Unread postby oddesy » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:34 pm

Mntambeni Hide is a must visit, last visit had a pair of fish eagles flying repeatedly within metres of the hide. A steenbok directly next to the walkway that was more than happy to be observed with you behind the fence. their coats are very impressive up close.

Otherwise everyone else has mentioned great roads, especially those along the river at that time of year will be more productive.
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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

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Re: Elephant statue at Letaba

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:42 pm

Can also agree the Ellie statue is looking great. One of the most photographed in Kruger currently. :D
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Re: Letaba Rest Camp

Unread postby QBreed » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:12 am

Hi all,

FYI, I had the pleasure of being a guest of letaba the 11th of june and I was also able to book bungalow #30.
As with most things in life there was good and bad happenings, but at least the good outweighed the bad! The fact that #30 is right at the end ensures that other guests going for a walk, do not pass in front of you and that makes it more private. It is also the closest unit to the fence, which makes surveying the river possible from your verandah. The unit has not yet been upgraded but is still very neat!
As far as gameviewing goes, the felines escaped us, but the hyenas and the other 3 of the 5 more than made up for it! We also saw a pair of klipspringer, which was very special to me.
On arrival at the bungalow, I was concerned when I saw that this wonderfully located bungalow, is located RIGHT next to the water purifying plant, and expected a smelly situation, but not even a wiff :dance: Yippee!!!
There was also some building rubble right in the corner of the fence, (seems it was used as filling) and was quite ruining the view. It is also located near the staff housing, and on this night they where supporting a soccer game like only South Africans can, vuvuzelas an all, this is not a sound assosiated or recorded on "The sounds of the bushveld", but hey, when in africa.... When we went on the night drive it continued, whereafter we complained, then it stopped!!!!

After all the happenings, good and bad, I only have one complaint... that we could not stay longer!!!

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