About the Lodge
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.