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Letaba Rest Camp

The idyllic Letaba Rest Camp is situated on a sweeping bend of the Letaba River, midway between the southern and northern boundaries of the Kruger National Park.

The name means “river of sand”, and the sandy riverbed is an excellent location for game viewing, particularly elephant, which thrive in the area. Letaba is a green oasis in the surrounding mopane veld, and remains a firm favourite with visitors. At night the stars overlook a symphony of sounds. Owls, nightjars, frogs, fruit bats, crickets and cicadas all vie to be heard, until the lion roars, then all are silent.

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Activities

  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game Drives (in the company of trained field guides)
  • Bush Braais & Breakfasts. Includes game drive to venue. Confirm availability when booking.
  • Letaba Elephant Hall
  • TV Lounge
  • Riverside camp walk
  • Masorini Ruins (located about 38 km west of the camp)
  • Matambeni Bird Hide (located about 10 km north of the camp)
  • Kids Educational Programme (Seasonal)
  • Olifants Wilderness Trail (pre-booked overnight activity)
  • Mananga 4×4 Adventure Trail (weather sensitive activity – book at Phalaborwa Gate)
  • Wildlife films (except Sundays)

See the Park’s Activities for a comprehensive list.


Facilities

  • Information at Reception
  • Public Telephone
  • Post Box
  • Restaurant
  • Conference Venue
  • A slimline ATM facility (instead of holding cash like a conventional ATM, clients are presented with a slip which they can then cash at the retailer’s till) is offered in the camp’s shop.
  • Cafeteria
  • Shop
  • Laundromat (in camp)
  • Filling Station
  • Communal Kitchens
  • Communal Ablutions
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cutlery and Plates Hampers (from Reception)
  • Basic First Aid Assistance
  • Day Visitors Picnic Area on perimeter of camp with own swimming pool
  • DSTV (limited channels) only available in Guest Houses
  • Cellphone reception

See the Park’s Facilities for a comprehensive list.


Day Visitors

Letaba has a designated picnic area set aside for day visitors between the Elephant Hall and E-circle. A small service fee must be paid at reception to gain access to this facility. Hand the till slip to the attendant on duty.


Filling Stations

Only petrol cards (garage cards) and cash are accepted at the Letaba filling station. You are advised to carry extra cash or have a filled up tank as it can become a difficult journey without enough cash or filled up tanks. There are usually problems with the FNB atm at Letaba.


Travel Information

Routes and times are from central Gauteng.

By Air

The closest airport to Letaba is Gateway Airport situated in Phalaborwa. Gateway is situated approximately 3km from Phalaborwa Gate. There are daily scheduled flights between Gateway and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

By Road : Phalaborwa Gate

Take the N1 toll-road to Polokwane (Pietersburg). 40km before Polokwane turn right onto the R71 and head for Tzaneen. After Tzaneen, head towards Phalaborwa and the gate. Allow between 6 to 7 hours for the trip to the gate. Letaba Rest Camp is 51km away from the gate. Allow about 2 hours for the drive to the camp, however if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time!


Flora & Fauna

See the Fauna & Flora pages of the Park for more information.

Mammals

Most of the Kruger National Park’s larger mammals can be seen in the Letaba vicinity, although it is not good rhino country. However elephant abound, particularly in the Letaba riverbed itself. Waterbuck and buffalo are also plentiful.

Visitors need not even leave the camp to view these animals and lucky visitors have been fortunate enough to witness lion and cheetah kills on the sandy riverbed in front of the restaurant complex. Other camp residents include tree squirrels, fruit bats and vervet monkey; which must always be considered before leaving food unattended.

Vegetation

Letaba is a riverine camp and well foliated. There is a wonderful selection of trees and shrubs including sycamore fig, impala lily, common coral tree, lala palm and leadwood. The vegetation around the camp is mopane shrubland.


5 Things To Seek

  1. Bushbuck
  2. Elephant
  3. Lala Palm
  4. Red Headed Weaver
  5. Fish Eagle

Contact

  • Telephone: +27 (0)13 735 6636 / 7
  • Fax: +27 (0)13 735 6662
  • Mobile: 082 802 1255

See Camp Contacts for more information.


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