Letaba Rest Camp
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Shaded beneath massive trees and spread out on soft grass, there are 72 tent or caravan areas, each with a power point.
One bedroom bungalows fit with an en-suite bathroom and comfortable air-conditioning is about the best you will find
Letaba has 45 guest cottages capable of sleeping 6. Each cottage has 3 bedrooms with 2 beds per room.
hose wanting to truly treat themselves to great Kruger accommodation need look no further than 1 of the 2 guest houses
Letaba is one of those camps in one of the most stunning areas of the Kruger National Park. It is situated in such a locationthat it has become a halfway point in the park;a place where those travelling north can stop off and stretch their legs. Seated high above the banks of the winding Letaba River, the camp is also the perfect place to do a little bit of wildlife spotting.
Some of the camp basics that you can expectwhen you book your stay at Berg en Dalincludes:
Letaba rest camp is halfwaybetween the northern and southern regions of the park. The fastest way to get to the camp is via Phalaborwa Gate.
Many cultures and tribes have settled, at one time or another, in the Letaba area well before the Kruger National Park was founded. Some of the human historyof this part of the park dates way back to the Stone Age. The most recent tribe to call Letaba home were the BaPhalaborwa people who lived in the area up until the early 19th century.
For the most part, this tribe thrived off of cattle and crop farming while they also earned a reputation for their iron smith expertise. They were known for theiriron creations which they would trade with the Arab merchants who visited the east coast of southern Africa. Just 39km from Letaba you will find Masorini Hill. This is where the early human inhabitants lived and left their legacy.
The word Letaba means ‘river of sand’ because of the wide, sandy riverbed easily observed just below the camp.
Most of Letaba’s history has been firmly based on this tribe. Excavations of the area uncovered stone walls and terraces, along with pieces of broken pots, glass beads, grinding stones, ash and food. But it is the iron working furnaces and tools that have really shone a light on these people. The villagers developed an economy along with a unique technology.
Today, Letaba is well known for being an extremely popular camp amongboth day visitors as well as overnight guests. It offers all kinds of accommodation along with things to do. Plenty of lookoutpoints and places for day visitors to have a picnic, is what makes this camp ideal for those stopping before heading further north. And it is also because of the location of the camp that guests can actually enjoy a quieter experience.
The lookout points are situated all around the camp and guests can gaze down on the river and riverbedbelow the camp. One of the most common sightings in the area are waterbuck and elephants.Along with being a great place to stop off while travelling through the Kruger National Park, guests atLetaba can choose from bungalows, guesthouses and cottages, huts and even fully furnished safari tents!
Just as Satara is considered to be the best place to spot lions, Letaba has gained a reputation for being the ideal place to see elephants. Upon the riverbed below the camp, you will often see elephants. These gentle beasts are plentiful in the area, largely due to the grazing opportunities. With the river nearby, Letaba is considered an oasis surrounded by dry bushveld. And there isno keeping elephants away when there is so much green vegetation on offer.
While you will certainly see elephants while on your way to the camp, Letaba’s lookout points mean that you can sit comfortably, with a picnic basket at the ready, and look for elephants. The lookout points are strategically set up to give guests the ideal place to relax while doing some wildlife spotting.
The camp is so well known for its elephant populations that it has a museum dedicated to the animals. The Letaba Elephant Hall is the most popular museum in the camp and the entrance is free. The park is also home to the KNP Emerging Tuskers project.
This initiative is for research purposes and it encourages visitors to take photographs or to record footage of elephants with large tusks. These images are being used for research purposes.For more information, make an enquiry at the reception
As one of the bigger camps in the Kruger National Park, accommodation is plentiful and diverse. When browsing around for Kruger accommodation, you will find everything you could possibly be looking for, from tents and basic bungalowsto luxury accommodation in the form of guest houses and guest cottages
There are some camps in the park that don’t offer campsites, but luckily, Letaba is not one of them! Letaba has 60 places set aside for tents or caravans, each with a power point for your electronics. Each campsite accommodates up to 6 people per site, and campers will need to share communal ablution facilities as well as communal cooking facilities, except if you are braaing.
Each campsite has a place for gueststo set up a fire and get cooking! The communal cooking facility offers 24 hour boiling water, electric hotplates for those not in the mood to braai and convenient washing up facilities. Camping is generally more affordable and they are the ideal style of accommodation for anyone wanting to have a rustic park stay.
Huts are one of the most traditional forms of accommodation at Letaba. There are 5 huts available, and each hut has3 bedunits. Guests staying in the huts will have to use the communal ablution facilities available at the camp and they will also have to share cooking facilities. There are no utensils, cutlery or crockery available with the huts, but you can ask reception about hiring these basic necessities. The huts are equipped with a fan, air-conditioning and a fridge.
When booking, you should also be sure to book the hut offering the best view (you can choose between the perimeter huts or the huts with the river view)
It doesn’t get more luxuriously rustic than this. A safari tent is so much more than your average tent, so throw away all of your ideas about tents when you are considering the safari tent. There are 10 safari tents available at Letaba with 2 beds and 10 safari tents with 4 beds. These tents are furnished and theysit up on stilts. Your safari tent will have a fridge, a fan and a veranda. You will have to make use of the communal bathroom and cooking facilities
With 86 bungalows, this round-walled African style of accommodation is always going to be really popular among guests. The bungalows have either 2 or 3 beds per unit along with their own bathroom and kitchenette.
The appliances in the kitchenettes vary with some bungalows having hotplates and sinks while others only have sinks, and some have neither hotplates nor sinks. Utensils, crockery and cutlery can be hired from reception.
As with the huts, you can book either a bungalow with a river view or a perimeter view.
If you are looking for a little more luxury than what a bungalow can offer, you should have a look at the guest cottages. Letaba has 10 guest cottages capable of sleeping up to 6 people. With 2 bathrooms (one being en-suite), air conditioning ineach bedroom, a lounge area, a veranda and a braai place, this is the perfect family retreat.
These cottages also have an open plan kitchen with a four plate gas stove and oven, as well as a fridge/freezer, sink, and all of the cooking equipment you couldask for!
Finally, the most luxurious accommodation in the park has to be the guest houses. These houses are located in the best places in the park, with stunning views of the river. Each guest house also has a beautiful kitchen as well as bedrooms and bathrooms. There is also access to limited DSTV channels. The camp has 2 guest houses; the Melville guest house and the Fish Eagle guest house.
The Melville is the larger of the 2, with 3 bedrooms and places for 9 sleepers while the Fish Eagleguest house sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms. The Fish Eagle also has an exclusive bird hide.
When staying in any of the Kruger Park camps, you need to be aware of the fact that there are often times when animals somehow sneak into the camp. They very rarely enter the camp because they want to, instead,they are generally quite innocent in their actions. You need to be sure that you are always on the lookout. Monkeys are known to frequent the camp, but there is always the possibility of other animals coming in
The other creatures you might see in the camp, and the ones who you should also be very wary of includes snakes, spiders and scorpions. Camp guests are advised to always wear shoes when walking around. And at night, you should always carry a torch. There are poisonous creatures in the park and one bite from them can leave more than a painful sting.
Another health risk that you need to be aware of is the fact that the Kruger National Park is based firmly ina malaria area. Malaria is transferred by the mosquito and it can make you very sick. Wear insect repellent and use a mosquito net at night, if you can. Before you even realise you have been bitten, you could already be infected. The best treatment is to prevent getting sick and the best way to do this is by taking preventative medication.
Overseas visitors, in particular,are advised to visit their doctor to get the right medicine. Malaria generally only presents in the weeks after you have been bitten, so learn what the symptoms are and if they should start showing, then seek your doctor and tell them you have recently been in a malaria area.
As for the climate of the camp, you can expect much the same as what the rest of the park experiences. Hot humid weather in summer and cool, mild and dry weather in winter. In the summer months, temperatures can quickly reach beyond 40 degrees Celsius, with heavy thunderstorms rounding off most afternoons. The Kruger Park is in a summer rainfall area and when visiting during this time the vegetation is generally quite overgrown, making it difficult to see animals. Summer rains can also flood low lying areas. If you come across a flooded bridge, don’t attempt to cross it! Most visitors choose to come to the park during winter when the temperatures are kinder
The gate times are very important to know and it helps thatthey are uniform across the park. The times change according to the seasonand you must be certain that you plan your travels and park safaris accordingly.
Just as you are unlikely to want to be out in the midday heat, you will find that spotting animals also becomes difficult when the day is at its hottest. Your best chances ofseeinganimals will be better early in the morning and late in the afternoon, which is why the gate times are what they are.
The camp is built on a transition zone betweengranite and gneiss soils to the west of the camp and lush basalt soils to the east.The ground to the west is perfect for silver cluster-leaf and mopane shrub. The soil on the otherside is ideal for growing apple-leaf and mopane shrub. Other vegetation you’ll find in the area include tamboti, leadwood and large knob-thorn.
Sadly, because of the vegetation, animal sightings are not as common as they are in other areas, although youwill have your fair share of game viewing. Going out on safari is one way to see animals but the best ways to spot the hippo, impala, warthog, elephant, buffalo and even a lion or two is from the camps lookout points or from the ladies bar balcony. On a self-drive safari, you should take the Tropic of Capricorn loop and visit the Nshawu pans to enjoy the best sightings in the area