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Overview

Letaba Restcamp falls under the shady gaze of the tall Sycamore Fig, Natal Mahogany, Apple Leaf, and Sausage Trees that surround the banks of the sweeping Letaba River. It owes much of its character to the arresting setting of the riverine oasis in which it is set. Situated centrally, at the junction of the three main roads of the Kruger Park, the camp is a prime location from which to explore the park.

Aloe and Impala Lilly attract a range of indigenous birds and fleck the campgrounds with colour. The abundance of greenery at the camp means it does anything but live up to the meaning of its name - the "river of sand".

Elephant thrive in the Letaba Camp area and can regularly be seen ambling through the riverbed from the deck of the Nambu Restaurant. Rare animal species such as eland, Sharpe’s Grysbok and roan may be also seen, and common predator sightings include cheetah. Some guests have also been lucky enough to see a pride of lions or a cheetah making a kill in the flat expanse of the open riverbed.

Activities include guided riverside walks and exciting night-game drives, or a tour of the nearby Masorini Ruins, a late Iron Age site of the smelting furnaces, forges and crumbling ruins of the Sotho speaking BaPhalaborwa tribe. A visit to Letaba Camp’s Elephant Hall is a must.

The museum houses the enormous tusks of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – the seven greatest elephants ever to roam the Kruger National Park. A number of bird and animal hides, particularly the Matambeni hide on the northern bank of the Engelhardt dam, offer excellent vantage points for birding. The spectacular landscape is a treasure trove of sights, smells and textures to delight the senses of any keen traveler.

Accommodation ranges from luxurious, air-conditioned guesthouses and bungalows to spacious and well-facilitated cottages. There are also huts and tented camps where guests can retire after a delicious bush braai and relax to the sounds of owls, cicadas, nightjars and crickets. The bushveld oasis of Letaba Restcamp provides an ideal setting for a restful and memorable getaway.

Accommodation

An inventory of Letaba accommodation is below.

• The camp site is made up of sixty tent or caravan sites with electricity points and a maximum of six people to a site. Ablution and cooking facilities are communal, and the site provides twenty-four hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities

• Five rustic three-bed huts are available with communal ablution facilities, as well as fridges, fans and air conditioners. A communal kitchen (located at the old picnic spot) with sink and electric stoves are available, however there are no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery. Additionally, guests can choose between perimeter or river view huts while booking

• Ten elevated two-bed safari tents, and ten other four-bed tents are offered. These permanent, furnished canvas tents on stilts have their own fridges, standing fans and verandas. Ablutions and kitchen facilities are communal

• Eighty six round–walled, thatched roof, single–room African style bungalows are offered, each unit either having two or three beds, and equipped with en–suite bathroom units (most with showers, but some with baths). All bungalows have either air–conditioning or fans, and kitchenettes range from fully equipped (with hotplates and sinks) to just having sinks, to having no kitchen equipment at all. Cutlery and crockery are available at reception. Once again, guests have a choice of perimeter or riverside view or neither, and should confirm when booking

• Further accommodation is available in the ten six-bed guest cottages, each with one en-suite and one separate bathroom, air-conditioning in the bedrooms, a lounge and dining area with a ceiling fan, a large veranda and an outside braai. Kitchens have four plate gas stoves with ovens, fridge/freezer combinations, sinks, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery, and a six-seater dining room/lounge.

• Letaba's guest houses are large, luxury units in prime positions within the camp. They have riverside views, well-equipped kitchens with microwave ovens, and limited channel DSTV televisions.The Melville guest house sleeps nine people in three bedrooms, with an additional single bed on the enclosed veranda. Fish Eagle guest house sleeps eight people in four bedrooms, and has its own an exclusive bird hide

Activities & Facilities

Letaba Camp offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. Important to note is that children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives, and children under the age of twelve are restricted from game walks. Subject to weather conditions, the Mananga 4 x 4 Adventure Trail can be booked at the Phalaborwa Gate.

The Letaba Elephant Hall and trips to the Masorini Ruins (38 km west of the camp), Matambeni Bird Hide (10 km North of the Camp), as well as seasonal kids educational programmes and wildlife film screenings six nights out of the week mean that there is always something to suit your interests.

Facilities at the camp include activity and camp information at the reception area, public telephones, a post box, a Mugg & Bean Restaurant , shops, a Laundromat, a filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, a swimming pool, a day visitor picnic area on the perimeter of the camp with its own swimming pool, cutlery and plate hampers available at reception. Cell phone reception is also fully available, and limited channel DSTV televisions in guest rooms.

Important Information

Park officials warn that certain creatures which inhabit the park could prove dangerous if not approached or handled correctly. These may include bats, spiders, snakes, and scorpions.

Letaba Rest Camp 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.

• 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.

Conference Facilities

Letaba Restcamp is a relaxed camp on the shady banks of the Letaba River. Situated conveniently close to the Kruger Park’s Phalaborwa gate, Letaba’s conference venue hosts groups in the comfortable and air-conditioned Letaba Auditorium. The venue seats up to 55 delegates in a fixed table and chair arrangement, and is perfect for conferences, workshops, talks, or teambuilding exercises. Guided bush walks and game drives, as well as 4X4 adventure trails and wildlife film screenings are just some of the other activities on offer to guests at Letaba.

Facilities and Services
• TV and video machine,
• whiteboard,
• fixed and portable screens,
• podium stand,
• overhead projector,
• slide projector,
• data projector,
• flip chart,
• self catering kitchen with tea cups, an urn, and a fridge.
• Additional equipment can be arranged through the camp itself.

Seating Arrangements

Configuration: Auditorium style - 55


Rates
Conferencing rates vary seasonally and are dependent on the number of guests and other personalised requirements. Please contact us and our consultants will quote you on a package tailored to meet your particular needs.

Additional Information
• Laptops and computers are not provided.
• Catering is available via Letaba's restaurant.
• Additional equipment can be arranged.

Wildlife

Most of the Kruger National Park’s larger mammals can be seen in the Letaba vicinity, although it is not good rhino country. Elephant abound, particularly in the Letaba riverbed. Waterbuck and buffalo are also plentiful. Lion and cheetah kills have been known in the past to take place within plain view of the camp and its residents. Extremely tame bushbucks wander freely amongst the bungalows, along with tree squirrels, fruit bats and vervet monkeys.

Pearl-spotted and African Barred Owlets, and African Scops-Owl are familiar inhabitants of the camp area. Green-capped Eremomela are to be spotted, and, like most camps in the central and northern parts of the park, Mourning Dove is particularly prominent.

A well foliated, riverine camp, Letaba has a large selection of trees and shrubs, including sycamore fig, impala lily, common coral tree, lala palm and leadwood. Mopane shrubland surrounds the camp.
Most Recent Sightings - Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Impala, Waterbuck, Crocodile, Bushbuck

Directions

View our comprehensive maps page to see the full range of printable and interactive maps.

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng are listed below. Travel by road requires entry through one of Kruger National Park's gates.

By Air:

The closest airport to Letaba is Gateway Airport situated in Phalaborwa. Gateway is situated approximately 3 km 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).
• 40 km 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 51 km 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!
GPS: -23.8510200 (latitude), 31.5767300 (longitude)

Recommended game drives from this camp:

1. From Letaba Restcamp, travel north along the H1-6 past Das Neve’s Cross and take a right on the S62, which has several branches leading to smaller loops and lookout points, including the Matambeni Bird hide. The road leads all the way to the Longwe Lookout. The same route can be taken back to the H1-6.

2. The S46 leads out of Letaba Restcamp, and loops around the camp, along the Great Letaba River (becoming the S94), before joining up with the main road – the H1-6.

Reviews


Very small bungalow.

Lydia van Heerden

Great time.

Ashley Sams

Museum is informative,thank you.

Magane SIDNEY

Everything is very expensive. For tourists fine due to exchange rate

J.A. Booysen

I had a good stay and we enjoyed ourselves with my family. We will be visiting Kruger camps soon.

mashudu

What a relaxing experience. Just a pity that there are so many motorists speeding.

SJ van den Berg

The small kitchen was a very good idea!

Natascha Mulder

Water The campsites This is a very nice camp.

Jan Fourie

Staff friendly and camp neat

NICKY CHAPMAN

Die Letaba kamp was so-so.

magarietha

Letaba Restcamp falls under the shady gaze of the tall Sycamore Fig, Natal Mahogany, Apple Leaf, and Sausage Trees that surround the banks of the sweeping Letaba River. It owes much of its character to the arresting setting of the riverine oasis in which it is set. Situated centrally, at the junction of the three main roads of the Kruger Park, the camp is a prime location from which to explore the park.

Aloe and Impala Lilly attract a range of indigenous birds and fleck the campgrounds with colour. The abundance of greenery at the camp means it does anything but live up to the meaning of its name - the "river of sand".

Elephant thrive in the Letaba Camp area and can regularly be seen ambling through the riverbed from the deck of the Nambu Restaurant. Rare animal species such as eland, Sharpe’s Grysbok and roan may be also seen, and common predator sightings include cheetah. Some guests have also been lucky enough to see a pride of lions or a cheetah making a kill in the flat expanse of the open riverbed.

Activities include guided riverside walks and exciting night-game drives, or a tour of the nearby Masorini Ruins, a late Iron Age site of the smelting furnaces, forges and crumbling ruins of the Sotho speaking BaPhalaborwa tribe. A visit to Letaba Camp’s Elephant Hall is a must.

The museum houses the enormous tusks of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – the seven greatest elephants ever to roam the Kruger National Park. A number of bird and animal hides, particularly the Matambeni hide on the northern bank of the Engelhardt dam, offer excellent vantage points for birding. The spectacular landscape is a treasure trove of sights, smells and textures to delight the senses of any keen traveler.

Accommodation ranges from luxurious, air-conditioned guesthouses and bungalows to spacious and well-facilitated cottages. There are also huts and tented camps where guests can retire after a delicious bush braai and relax to the sounds of owls, cicadas, nightjars and crickets. The bushveld oasis of Letaba Restcamp provides an ideal setting for a restful and memorable getaway.

An inventory of Letaba accommodation is below.

• The camp site is made up of sixty tent or caravan sites with electricity points and a maximum of six people to a site. Ablution and cooking facilities are communal, and the site provides twenty-four hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities

• Five rustic three-bed huts are available with communal ablution facilities, as well as fridges, fans and air conditioners. A communal kitchen (located at the old picnic spot) with sink and electric stoves are available, however there are no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery. Additionally, guests can choose between perimeter or river view huts while booking

• Ten elevated two-bed safari tents, and ten other four-bed tents are offered. These permanent, furnished canvas tents on stilts have their own fridges, standing fans and verandas. Ablutions and kitchen facilities are communal

• Eighty six round–walled, thatched roof, single–room African style bungalows are offered, each unit either having two or three beds, and equipped with en–suite bathroom units (most with showers, but some with baths). All bungalows have either air–conditioning or fans, and kitchenettes range from fully equipped (with hotplates and sinks) to just having sinks, to having no kitchen equipment at all. Cutlery and crockery are available at reception. Once again, guests have a choice of perimeter or riverside view or neither, and should confirm when booking

• Further accommodation is available in the ten six-bed guest cottages, each with one en-suite and one separate bathroom, air-conditioning in the bedrooms, a lounge and dining area with a ceiling fan, a large veranda and an outside braai. Kitchens have four plate gas stoves with ovens, fridge/freezer combinations, sinks, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery, and a six-seater dining room/lounge.

• Letaba's guest houses are large, luxury units in prime positions within the camp. They have riverside views, well-equipped kitchens with microwave ovens, and limited channel DSTV televisions.The Melville guest house sleeps nine people in three bedrooms, with an additional single bed on the enclosed veranda. Fish Eagle guest house sleeps eight people in four bedrooms, and has its own an exclusive bird hide

Letaba Camp offers adventure in the form of guided bush walks and game drives, all under the supervision of well informed and keen professional field guides. Important to note is that children under the age of six are not permitted on game drives, and children under the age of twelve are restricted from game walks. Subject to weather conditions, the Mananga 4 x 4 Adventure Trail can be booked at the Phalaborwa Gate.

The Letaba Elephant Hall and trips to the Masorini Ruins (38 km west of the camp), Matambeni Bird Hide (10 km North of the Camp), as well as seasonal kids educational programmes and wildlife film screenings six nights out of the week mean that there is always something to suit your interests.

Facilities at the camp include activity and camp information at the reception area, public telephones, a post box, a Mugg & Bean Restaurant , shops, a Laundromat, a filling station, communal kitchens and bathrooms, basic on-site first-aid assistance, a swimming pool, a day visitor picnic area on the perimeter of the camp with its own swimming pool, cutlery and plate hampers available at reception. Cell phone reception is also fully available, and limited channel DSTV televisions in guest rooms.

Park officials warn that certain creatures which inhabit the park could prove dangerous if not approached or handled correctly. These may include bats, spiders, snakes, and scorpions.

Letaba Rest Camp 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.

• 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.

Letaba Restcamp is a relaxed camp on the shady banks of the Letaba River. Situated conveniently close to the Kruger Park’s Phalaborwa gate, Letaba’s conference venue hosts groups in the comfortable and air-conditioned Letaba Auditorium. The venue seats up to 55 delegates in a fixed table and chair arrangement, and is perfect for conferences, workshops, talks, or teambuilding exercises. Guided bush walks and game drives, as well as 4X4 adventure trails and wildlife film screenings are just some of the other activities on offer to guests at Letaba.

Facilities and Services
• TV and video machine,
• whiteboard,
• fixed and portable screens,
• podium stand,
• overhead projector,
• slide projector,
• data projector,
• flip chart,
• self catering kitchen with tea cups, an urn, and a fridge.
• Additional equipment can be arranged through the camp itself.

Seating Arrangements

Configuration: Auditorium style - 55


Rates
Conferencing rates vary seasonally and are dependent on the number of guests and other personalised requirements. Please contact us and our consultants will quote you on a package tailored to meet your particular needs.

Additional Information
• Laptops and computers are not provided.
• Catering is available via Letaba's restaurant.
• Additional equipment can be arranged.

Most of the Kruger National Park’s larger mammals can be seen in the Letaba vicinity, although it is not good rhino country. Elephant abound, particularly in the Letaba riverbed. Waterbuck and buffalo are also plentiful. Lion and cheetah kills have been known in the past to take place within plain view of the camp and its residents. Extremely tame bushbucks wander freely amongst the bungalows, along with tree squirrels, fruit bats and vervet monkeys.

Pearl-spotted and African Barred Owlets, and African Scops-Owl are familiar inhabitants of the camp area. Green-capped Eremomela are to be spotted, and, like most camps in the central and northern parts of the park, Mourning Dove is particularly prominent.

A well foliated, riverine camp, Letaba has a large selection of trees and shrubs, including sycamore fig, impala lily, common coral tree, lala palm and leadwood. Mopane shrubland surrounds the camp.
Most Recent Sightings - Buffalo, Elephant, Giraffe, Impala, Waterbuck, Crocodile, Bushbuck

View our comprehensive maps page to see the full range of printable and interactive maps.

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng are listed below. Travel by road requires entry through one of Kruger National Park's gates.

By Air:

The closest airport to Letaba is Gateway Airport situated in Phalaborwa. Gateway is situated approximately 3 km 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).
• 40 km 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 51 km 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!
GPS: -23.8510200 (latitude), 31.5767300 (longitude)

Recommended game drives from this camp:

1. From Letaba Restcamp, travel north along the H1-6 past Das Neve’s Cross and take a right on the S62, which has several branches leading to smaller loops and lookout points, including the Matambeni Bird hide. The road leads all the way to the Longwe Lookout. The same route can be taken back to the H1-6.

2. The S46 leads out of Letaba Restcamp, and loops around the camp, along the Great Letaba River (becoming the S94), before joining up with the main road – the H1-6.

Very small bungalow.

Lydia van Heerden

Great time.

Ashley Sams

Museum is informative,thank you.

Magane SIDNEY

Everything is very expensive. For tourists fine due to exchange rate

J.A. Booysen

I had a good stay and we enjoyed ourselves with my family. We will be visiting Kruger camps soon.

mashudu

What a relaxing experience. Just a pity that there are so many motorists speeding.

SJ van den Berg

The small kitchen was a very good idea!

Natascha Mulder

Water The campsites This is a very nice camp.

Jan Fourie

Staff friendly and camp neat

NICKY CHAPMAN

Die Letaba kamp was so-so.

magarietha

Accommodation options

Camp Site (CK6P)

- Extra vehicles pay additional rate - Powerpoint 

Safari Tent (CTT2)

- 2 single beds - Communal ablutions - Communal Kitchen - Fan - Fridge - No Smoking - No utensils 

Safari Tent (CTT2Z)

- 2 single beds - Communal ablutions - Communal Kitchen - Fan - Fridge - No Smoking - No utensils - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged 

Safari Tent (CTT4)

- 4 single beds with bedding - Communal ablutions - Communal Kitchen - Fan - Fridge - No Smoking - No utensils 

Safari Tent (CTT4UZ)

- 4 single beds with bedding - Communal ablutions - Communal Kitchen - Fan - Fridge - No Smoking - No utensils - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged - View 

Hut (EA3U)

- 3 single beds - Aircon - Basin - Communal ablutions - Communal Kitchen - Fridge - No Smoking - No utensils - Perimeter 

Bungalow (BG2)

- 2 single beds - Aircon - Communal Kitchen - Fridge - No Smoking - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Bungalow (BD2)

- 2 single beds - Aircon - Fridge - Hotplate - No Smoking - Sink - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Bungalow (BD3)

- 3 single beds - Aircon - Fridge - Hotplate - No Smoking - Sink - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Bungalow (BD3Z)

- 3 single beds - Aircon - Fridge - Hotplate - No Smoking - Sink - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Bungalow (BG2U)

- 2 single beds - Aircon - Communal Kitchen - Fridge - No Smoking - Perimeter - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Bungalow (BG3U)

- 3 single beds - Aircon - Communal Kitchen - Fridge - No Smoking - Perimeter - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Bungalow (BD2UZ)

- 2 single beds - Aircon - Fridge - Hotplate - No Smoking - Perimeter - Sink - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged - Utensils - Wc and bath 

Bungalow (BD3U)

- 3 single beds - Aircon - Fridge - Hotplate - No Smoking - Perimeter - Sink - Utensils - Wc and shower 

Guest Cottage (FQ6)

- 2 bathrooms, each with w/c, bath and shower - 2 bedrooms, each with 3 single beds - Aircon - Kitchen - No Smoking - Ramp - Shower

Fish Eagle Guest House (FGL)

- 4 bedrooms, each with 2 single beds - Aircon - Kitchen - No Smoking - Wc, shower and bath 

Melville Guest House (MEL)

- 3 bedrooms, each with 3 single beds - Aircon - Kitchen - No Smoking - Wc and bath - Wc and shower 

Safari Tent (CTT4Z)

- 4 single beds with bedding - Communal ablutions - Communal Kitchen - Fan - Fridge - No Smoking - No utensils - Unit accessible to the mobility challenged