Letaba Camp

Letaba entrance gateLetaba entrance gate

Letaba Rest Camp is a green oasis in the surrounding mopane veld- when you drive in the entrance gate the foliage tends to envelope you, making it a very shady and welcoming camp.

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Letaba Rest Camp is strategically placed in the central region of the Kruger Park and is situated on the southern bank of the Letaba River only 50 km from the Phalaborwa Gate. 

The name means “river of sand” and the sandy riverbed is an excellent location for game viewing, particularly elephant, which thrive in the area. 

Front view of Letaba rest camp image taken from the roadFront view of Letaba rest camp image taken from the road
Letaba rest camps information boardLetaba rest camp's information board

Letaba rest camp has some great facilities on offer; like a petrol station and workshop, an ATM, a fully stocked shop...

The well stocked Letaba shopThe Letaba shop

a swimming pool that looks like an oasis.... 

Letaba swimming poolLetaba swimming pool

An Elephant Museum with a magnificent Elephant statue that stands guard outside...

Letaba camps elephant statueLetaba camp elephant statue

The museum is well worth a visit,  you can see first hand just how large the tusks are of the Kruger's 'magnificent-seven' elephants.

Letaba camps Elephant museumLetaba camp Elephant museum
Jenny standing between the Elephant tusks inside the MuseumJenny standing between Shawu's tusks inside the Elephant Museum
Jenny standing between the Elephant tusks inside the MuseumJenny standing between Mafunyane's tusks in the Museum
Inside the Letaba Elephant museumInside the Letaba Elephant museum

If you would like to read more about the Kruger Park's big tuskers please download the PDF document here. It describes all the known elephants that carried big ivory tusks, including the famous Magnificent Seven who all died in the 1980's.

The document contains detailed descriptions of the elephants, their territories and photographs of these impressive animals.

Information in the Letaba Elephant MuseumOther information in the Letaba Elephant Museum
A Cheetah in Letaba Elephant museumA Cheetah and other info in Letaba Elephant museum

Food and drink

A lovely licenced restaurant with a great view that overlooks the Letaba river...

the moonrise in front of the restaurant at Letaba campthe moonrise in front of the restaurant at Letaba camp
Christmas in the bush at LetabaChristmas in the bush at Letaba
Letaba Breakfast with a viewLetaba Breakfast with a view
Christmas breakfast at the Letaba restaurantChristmas breakfast at the Letaba restaurant

Accommodation

Letaba rest camp has a wide range of accommodation: from Guest houses, cottages, bungalows, huts, safari tents to camping sites.

The two luxury guest houses are in prime positions with riverside views. Melville: Sleeps 9, with 3 bedrooms with 3 single beds in each room.

Fish Eagle: Sleeps 8, with 4 bedrooms with 2 single beds in each room. 

Each Guest house has a fully equipped kitchen, with microwave oven, stove, fridge/freezer and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms;  the lounge provides large seating area, a televisions with limited channel DSTV and a large veranda with outdoor braai area....

Front view of Fish Eagle Guest House in Letaba campFront view of Fish Eagle Guest House in Letaba camp
Fish Eagle Guest House bedroomFish Eagle Guest House bedroom
The lounge in Fish Eagle Guest HouseThe lounge in Fish Eagle Guest House

Fish Eagle Guest House also has a great hide that overlooks the Letaba River.....

The Hide at Fish Eagle guest houseThe Hide at Fish Eagle guest house
a closer view of Fish Eagle hidea closer view of Fish Eagle hide
Inside Fish Eagle hide with a view of Letaba RiverInside Fish Eagle hide with a view of Letaba River

The 6-bed family cottages have 2 single beds in each bedroom, with two bathrooms (one en-suite), air-conditioning (only in the bedrooms), lounge/dining area with ceiling fan. The open plan kitchen has a four plate gas stove with oven, fridge/freezer, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.

There is a large veranda with a dining room table and chairs and braai area...

Family cottage at Letaba  rest campFamily cottage at Letaba rest camp

Safari Tents have 2-bed or 4-bed permanent furnished tents, each with a fridge, standing fan inside tent and small wooden deck with table and chairs. 

Safari Tents in Letaba Rest CampSafari Tents in Letaba Rest Camp
Letaba tent amongst the Mopane treesLetaba tent amongst the Mopane trees
Bush Buck visitor at our Safari tent in Letaba campBush Buck visitor at our Safari tent in Letaba camp

You have the use of communal ablutions and communal kitchens. 

Some Safari tents are on the fence overlooking the bush....

Letaba safari tent on the perimeterLetaba safari tent on the perimeter
Letaba safari tent deck overlooking the bushLetaba safari tent deck overlooking the bush
Letaba Safari tent at nightLetaba Safari tent at night
Our Safari tent braai in LetabaOur Safari tent braai in Letaba

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The rustic 3 bed huts, with communal ablution facilities, are equipped with a fridge, fan, air conditioner and small veranda.

These huts must be the best value accommodation in the whole Kruger Park. You're getting air-conditioning with a river view for the price of a tent with no view or aircon! The only thing you don't get is an en-suite bathroom but the communal bathrooms are right behind the huts. 

There are no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery, but a communal kitchen (located nearby) with sink and electric stoves and a cylinder that provides 24 hour boiling water. 

Letaba huts by dayLetaba huts by day
Letaba huts at nightLetaba huts at blue-hour
Letaba hut braaiLetaba hut braai

The bungalows each have en suite bathroom (most with showers, but some with baths), air conditioning, most of the bungalows have kitchens but not all, you can make use of the communal kitchens. Bungalows with kitchenettes are fully equipped with, hotplates, sinks, fridges, cutlery and crockery. 

Front view of the Letaba camp bungalowsFront view of the Letaba camp bungalows

The camping area is set between young Mopane trees and palms, it has a great feel about the camp; each campsite has power point; you will find some sites on the perimeter...

Letaba camping areaLetaba camping area
Letaba campsiteLetaba campsite

There are clean communal ablutions and communal kitchen with a cylinder that provides boiling water 24-hour a day, hotplates and washing up facilities. 

Communal kitchen areaCommunal kitchen area

Activities

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. Take a walk round camp and see what you can find to photograph.....

Palms with the Stars and bungalows at LetabaPalms with the Stars and bungalows at Letaba
Hippo at night image taken from Letaba campHippo at night image taken from Letaba camp
looking for scorpions in the mopane trees in Letabalooking for scorpions
Letaba Redbilled woodhoopoeRedbilled woodhoopoe image taken in Letaba camp
Scorpion found in Mopane tree in Letaba campScorpion found in Mopane tree in Letaba camp at night
Letaba Bush BuckBush Buck in Letaba Rest Camp
Orbea Lutea Yellow carrion gorgeous stapelia flower in LetabaOrbea Lutea Yellow carrion gorgeous stapelia flower in Letaba
Impala lily in Letaba campImpala lily in Letaba camp
Baby Tree Squirrel found in our bungalow in Letaba campBaby Tree Squirrel found in our bungalow in Letaba camp
Letaba Dwarf mongooseLetaba camp offers many little critters, like this Dwarf mongoose
Mario photographing monitor in Letaba campMario photographing monitor in Letaba camp
Rock monitor in Letaba campRock monitor in Letaba camp
Waterbuck walking in the Letaba River, image taken from campWaterbuck walking in the Letaba River, image taken from camp

Letaba rest camp offers a range of activities: guided game drive, guided walks and bush braais, just find out when you check in.

The area is good for elephants, waterbuck, buffalo, leopard and lion.

Bird-life is prolific both in camp and outside, due to the river and dense bush.

Lataba leopard on the H1-6 main roadLataba leopard on the H1-6 main road
Bateleur in the road near LetabaBateleur eating Guineafowl in the road near Letaba
lilac breasted roller leaving its nest near letaba riverlilac breasted roller leaving its nest near letaba river
Waterbuck with her baby in Letaba RiverbedWaterbuck with her baby in Letaba Riverbed
High Key Lilacbreasted Roller taken on loop near Letaba RiverHigh Key Lilacbreasted Roller taken on loop near Letaba River

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The S44 and S46 gravel road that links Letaba rest camp to Olifants rest camp runs along the Letaba River, it provides a beautiful scenic drive on which plentiful game could be sighted.

There are also a few viewpoints that are worth visiting, Engelhard dam to the east, the many loops off the main road provide good spots to stop and view the river or the High Level bridge over the Letaba River for sunrise, sunset, plus birds and animals.

Letaba river sunriseLetaba river sunrise
Letaba River SunsetLetaba River Sunset
Crocs feeding on hippo in Letaba riverCrocs feeding on hippo in Letaba river
Saddlebilled Stork in Letaba RiverSaddlebilled Stork in Letaba River
Hippo Silhouette in Letaba RiverHippo Silhouette in Letaba River
Trevors pics of Lion jumping in Letaba river bedTrevors pics of Lion jumping in Letaba river bed
View along the S62 of the Letaba RiverView along the S62 of the Letaba River

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