The first Camp of the Northern Region, Letaba sits between the Olifants and Shingwedzi Rivers. Known as the River of Sand, The Letaba runs east and confluence's with the Olifants river before flowing out into Mozambique and the Indian Ocean.This rest camp is one of our personal favourites for its location with views along the river but also because of the beautiful green canopy that covers the majority of the camp. It has a lovely tranquil atmosphere with lots of shade, rolling lawns and fantastic bird life. Made famous in 1975 for being the set for Wilbur Smith's "Shout at the Devil" movie where Lee Marvin portrayed a hard drinking American hunter alongside Roger Moore.
Also the home of the Elephant Museum, Letaba is the gateway to the North and the land of the Big Tuskers. Its an area that is has become synonymous for elephant as a result of the dense mopane shrub as well as good availability of water. The riverine frontage is great for birding and away from the river, the mopane shrub is well positioned on basalt dense soils making the grass sweet although sparse. The region west of the camp is occupied by mopane and bush-willow and the highest density of termite mounds in the park. Masorini Ruins on the road to Phalaborwa gate offers guests a opportunity to view some of Krugers rich archaeological history and better understand the Parks origins.
Key Mammal species in this area include :
Key Bird species in this area include :
- Verraux's Eagle Owl
- Green-backed Heron
- Saddle-billed Stork
- Yellow-billed Hornbill
- Black Coucal
The Camp Accommodation :
- 60 x tent or caravan sites, with power point. Communal ablutions and cooking facilities. (24-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities) Maximum of 6 persons per site.
- 5 x rustic 3-bed units with communal ablution facilities. There are no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery, but a communal kitchen (located at the old picnic spot) with sink and electric stoves is available. Also equipped with fridge, fan and air conditioner. Moreover you have a choice of perimeter or river view units. Please confirm when booking.
- 10 x 2-bed and 10 x 4-bed permanent furnished canvas tents on stilts, including a fridge, standing fan inside tent and small veranda. Communal ablutions and communal kitchens available.
- 86 x round–walled, single–room African style units with thatched roofs, 2 or 3 beds per unit, equipped with en–suite ablutions (most with showers, but some with baths). All units have air–conditioning, some have fans. Kitchenettes vary: some have hotplates and sinks; some have only sinks, while some have neither. Cutlery and crockery can be provided and hired from reception. More over you have a choice of with or without perimeter or riverside view. Please confirm when booking.
- 10 x 6-bed units (2 single beds in each bedroom), equipped with two bathrooms (one en-suite), air-conditioning (only in the bedrooms), lounge/dining area (with ceiling fan), large veranda and outside braai. The open plan kitchen has a four plate gas stove with oven, fridge/freezer combination, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery and 6-seater dining room/lounge.
- These are large luxury units in prime positions inside the camp, with riverside view. There are well-equipped kitchens (with microwave ovens) and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Limited channel DSTV televisions are provided.
- Melville: Sleeps 9, with 3 bedrooms (2 single beds in each room) and an additional single bed on the enclosed veranda.
- Fish Eagle: Sleeps 8, with 4 bedrooms (2 single beds in each room) and has an exclusive bird hide