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“Basic rest camp bungalow”
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Letaba Rest Camp
Hampshire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
63 hotel reviews
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“Basic rest camp bungalow”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

We spent two nights two nights in a wheelchair accessible bungalow at Letaba, although listed as being on the camp perimeter it was a few yards away and you could not see the river from the bungalow itself (unlike our tent at Lower Sabie). The accommodation was spacious, simply furnished but reasonably comfortable. Food at the camp restaurants is reasonably priced but not great quality so it is worth self catering.

The camp was actually the most expensive accommodation of our entire 2 week trip but offered the least apart from the invaluable location, location, location of being in the centre of the Kruger!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

We had the family in 2 family cottages, 109 and 110, each with 6 beds,( 2 rooms, each with 3 beds) and found them very clean, well equipped and comfortable, with a nice river view from 110.. We watched hippos come down to the river at dawn, and had birds, bushbuck and a few vervet monkeys around. The cleaning staff were very friendly and efficient.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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johannesburg
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Generally the service in the Kruger Park camps is good and I can understand some people having an off day but the Letaba camp reception staff (including the duty managers) have provided us with consistently bad service over the years - the two most recent incidents being December 2011 and March 2012. They don't keep their promises they make, they tell lies and are rude. The rest of the staff - housekeeping, petrol station, shop, Letaba elephant hall and restaurant are all very pleasant and efficient.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Mauritius
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

The view from this camp compared to the neighbouring Olifants camp is not comparable but nonetheless beautiful. I feels like you are on the river and the animals are within arms reach. The atmosphere at Letaba was great. The rooms are set amongst palms and acacias, very picturesque. There's a few resident Bushbuck who are very friendly and like to visit our banda every morning.
The Elephant Museum is a must do! Its very informative and makes you really appreciate Elephants more. The food as usual in all the camps is nothing to write home about but its ok.
This camp is one you should visit during your stay in Kruger.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Calne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Spent 2 nights in a hut here on the perimeter of the camp facing the river, what a treat! So many animals on the river, elephants, giraffe and zebra to name a few. The accomodation was small but clean and the camp was tidy. I would definately recomend upgarding to accomadation with a kitchen and bathroom as the communal kitchens are a bit confusing to work out and not all the cookers work very well, also the extra space this gives you is very welcome. The only downside to Letaba is that you are further from some varieties of wildlife, we saw lots of elephants and zebra here as well as impala but not much else. Spiders are, surprisingly, not a problem here but if you don't like frogs or geckos you might want to reconsider.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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West Linn, Oregon
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Our best Kruger experience by far, Letaba is beautifully situated on the river. The sunrises are majestic, the elephants are all around and you can the hippos constantly We stayed in a 2 bedroom self catering unit which had a beautiful river front view, authentic African style and a great BBQ area! The units are getting a little old in both style and maintenance level, but they are spacious, clean and well-cooled. The camp pool was also the best we have found in Kruger. The camp shop is well stocked and reasonably priced. And there is a laundry!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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6 reviews
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

Letaba is our least favourite of the three restcamps we stayed in. Very very hot location and no ceiling fans in rooms ( air con worked sporadically). Rooms were a bit tired. Resturant food ok but took hours to be served.....lost the will to eat by the time it arrived ( they werent even very busy so no real excuse).

  • Stayed February 2012
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Additional Information about Letaba Rest Camp

Property: Letaba Rest Camp
Address: Lethaba-Shingwedzi Road, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Kruger National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The idyllic Letaba Rest Camp is situated on a sweeping bend of the Letaba River, midway between the southern and northern boundaries of the Kruger National Park. The name means "river of sand", and the sandy riverbed is an excellent location for game viewing, particularly elephant, which thrive in the area. Letaba is a green oasis in the surrounding mopane veld, and remains a firm favourite with visitors. At night the stars overlook a symphony of sounds. Owls, nightjars, frogs, fruit bats, crickets and cicadas all vie to be heard, until the lion roars, then all are silent. ... more   less 

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