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Letaba rest camp

Letaba Rest Camp ground with accommodation units Letaba Rest Camp ground with accommodation units
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Accommodation in Letaba Rest Camp

Letaba means 'river of sand'. The Letaba rest camp is situated on the southern bend of the Letaba River, midway between the southern and northern boundaries of the Kruger National Park. The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times by successive groups of people. Thus the Masorini Hill, some 40 km to the east - near the Phalaborwa gate, has been inhabited until late stone age, while the BaPhalaborwa people inhabited it in the early 19th century. They were cattle and crop farmers and ironsmiths, who traded with Arab merchants.

Letaba Camp is one of the most beautiful camps in the park, a green oasis in the surrounding mopane veld. The accommodation units are spread out in spacious semi-circles facing the expansive lawns and tall shady trees, and the river beyond. This provides a very relaxed atmosphere, emphasized by the tame bushbuck wandering quietly around, and the many birds that are attracted by the trees and indigenous gardens. On that account Letaba Camp offers excellent bird watching opportunities all year round.

View of Letaba River
View of the Letaba river from the rest camp.

The camp offers a wonderful view of the sandy riverbed, which makes for excellent game viewing, particularly elephant, which are plentiful in the area. Among mammals to be sighted are the rare eland, Sharpe’s grysbok and roan, and the more common elephant, buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, sable antilope, nyala, tsessebe and cheetah.

The gravel road to Olifants Restcamp takes you along the Great Letaba River; it is a beautiful scenic drive on which plentiful game could be sighted. Two lookout points worth the while are the Engelhard dam to the east and the Mingerhout dam to the northwest.

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