The Letaba camp is elephant country, with a great view over the Letaba river.
Letaba Rest Camp is beautifully located in the bend of the Letaba (Sotho for River of sand) river, just about halfway up the length of the park. The area surrounding Letaba is well known for its birding and elephant and even houses the famous elephant hall, commemorating the famous big tuskers(large tusked elephant bulls) of the Kruger National Park
The Letaba Rest Camp has a great mix of local attractions and interesting wildlife sightings. The Elephant Hall, that commemorates the great tuskers of the Kruger National Park, is well worth a visit. Great birding on game drives and within the camp site. A swimming pool is great for those hot summer days. Elephant, buffalo and waterbuck are often seen as well as predators such as lions and cheetah. The Masorini archeological site, is an interesting change from safari drives. In the camp some bushbuck and tree squirrels feel quite safe and at home.
Why visit Letaba?
- Letaba has a lush green tree canopy, with Apple Leaf, Natal Mahogany, Sausage Tree, large Sycamore Fig adding shade to the camp and food for many animal and bird species.
- Letaba is surrounded by a mass of Mopane, which supports numerous elephant.
- The camp also has an interesting nightlife, listen for Nightjars, Barred, Scops and Pearl-Spotted Owls, and even Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, and outside the fence for hyena and lion.
A family friendly camp, with varied accommodation and facilities.
Great game viewing as you leave the camp gates – for newbies, slowly follow the river course towards Letaba or a circular loop past Balule.
Various walks in the camp site offer great birding and tree spotting possibilities.
Masorini hill is an interesting archeological site close by.
Biome(animal and plant habitat)
Letaba is situated in a convergant biome, knob-thorn, bushwillow woodland and Lebombo vegetation surrounding the camp and open savanna with stunted Mopane shrubland.
Animals to look out for in the area:
Birds to look out for in the area:
Greater Painted Snipe
Mourning Dove Owlet African Barred
Owls African Scops
Not to miss routes in the area:
S93 – along the Letaba river
S47 – along the Letaba river
Engelhard Dam H1-6, S95, H1-6, Letaba river bridge – great views – often game, S62 follow signs to Matambeni hide, Engelhard dam and Engelhard lookout, return on S62, H1-6 70km 3 hours
Mingerhout Dam H1-6, S47, S131, H9 40km 2 hours
Masorini Archeological Site H9, S69, S70, H9, Nhlanganini, H9, S51, Masorini Archeological and Picnic Site, H9 return 100 km 4,5 hours
Water centered game and bird viewing:
Letaba river: – Wherever the river is close, expect sightings, on the roads S47, S95, S46, S93, S44 which often have good sightings
River crossings: Letaba river H1-6
Dams: Nhlanganini, Engelhard
Notable Camp Facilities and Activities:
Bush breakfast and barbecue(braai)
Game drive in an open vehicle, with a trained guide
Letaba Elephant Hall
Mananga 4 x 4 Adventure Trail
Olifants Wilderness Trail
Safari Tents 20
Guest Cottages 10
Guest Houses 2
- Tel: +27 (0)13 735 6636 / 7
- Mobile: 082 802 1255
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© images Jacques Fouché