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“Met expectations but could have been so much better” 3 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   51 km from Phalaborwa Gate | Letaba River, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa   |  
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“Met expectations but could have been so much better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Our bungalow was basic but had all the facilities we expected in Kruger. However when we arrived we were given a key for the outside screen door but not the inner solid door. There was also no way to secure this door when you were in the room. Rather than give me a key for the lock, the duty manager tried to move us to an inferior room where there was building work he said I would complain about. Another choice was another inferior room in a poor location. At no time did the manager attempt to address my security issue. He did assure me that there would not be any problems, but there were instruction in the room for how to deal with armed robbers. We felt insecure for our 3 day visit. The restaurant is in a fantastic location, but many of the items were not available (only fish item was off, no ice cream etc). Similarly with the wine list with white wine presented unchilled even though the temperature was well into the 30s. Overall we would not stay at Letaba again.u

Room Tip: We paid extra for a perimeter room which put us close to the river
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Melville House occupies a prime and private position overlooking the river. We were a family of six and found the accommodation more than adequate for our needs. Although the facilties and equipment are a little dated this didn't spoil our enjoyment particularly as we had our own houseman (Augustino) who was efficient and friendly and quietly went about his business in keeping the house in order whilst we were left to enjoy our safari. The staff in the camp were generally helpful and friendly and the highlight for us was a braai in the bush arranged by the camp. We were taken on a sunset drive to our bush venue and then a night drive on the way back to camp. The braai chef was great and our guide and driver very helpful and knowledgeable.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Knysna, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I come here for years, bungalows very basic, but clean, we stayed a night and had to leave next morning at 9:00, that was clearly to late for the cleaner and had a very long face. It is clearly stated that we could stay until 9:00am!
The room maintenance could be better and needs a revamp....
The elephant museum is a must,....

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We spent five days at Letaba Rest Camp. The bungalow was basic, but everything worked. Loved the setting of the the camp. The camp was very clean. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Only downside was the monkeys getting into the fridge! Would suggest that some form of locking system is put on the fridges.
Good game viewing and lovely walks within the camp.
Would definitely return

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

We have been going to Kruger for 28 year's and have seen the deterioration. R1000.00 a night for a filthy dump. Phoned the number on the wall for housekeeping and was told that this was her private number. Was told that there was nothing that could do ad they were fully booked. Shocking service. Spent 9 days in a slum. Very sad to see this. Will never go back.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Norfolk
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We stayed here for one night on a recent trip to the Kruger. It allowed us to visit areas further north in the park that we couldn't reach from where we stayed at Hazyview.
We stayed in a large thatched cottage with 2 bedrooms as there were 4 of us staying. Both bedrooms were a good size with single beds and both en-suite. The decor was tired but there seemed to be a lot of refurbishment work going on in other cottages. There was a good sized kitchen well equipped to cater for yourselves. We ate at the restaurant on site which was quite disappointing.
There was also a large living/dining area. Outside was a table and chairs on the veranda, a lovely place to eat and drink.
Our cottage overlooked the river from where you could see lots of animals and birds.
We booked a night drive at reception which was very enjoyable. We saw Side-striped and Spotted Jackals, Lion, Hippos, Scrub Hare and Veraux Eagle-Owl and various antelopes. The driver was very knowledgable and added to the experience.
We enjoyed our night at Lataba Camp and would love to stay again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The best experience of my entire life. You drive 2 hours into the bush to a bushveld camp on the banks of a river full of hippo. Daily you take hikes out of the camp with armed guides who get you up and close with nature. We tracked and saw a leopard which is not easy to do. Highly qualified and skilled guides who take their job seriously.

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Address: 51 km from Phalaborwa Gate | Letaba River, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 14 Hotels in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Letaba Rest Camp 2*
Number of rooms: 117

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