Letaba River Camp
The majority of Letaba’s self-catering bungalows are the same as in most of the Kruger camps: round with thatched roofs and kitchenettes on the sheltered porch. Some have shared kitchens. All the bungalows walk out onto shady grass, although some are positioned in circles and others run along the river’s edge. Letaba has more family units and private guesthouses than many of the other camps, making it ideal for family vacations.
The campsite at Letaba has electricity and runs along the fence furthest from the river. The ground coverage is mostly sandy, but the area has lots of trees under which to park the caravan or pitch the tent. Letaba also has quite a number of safari tents, if you’re looking for something in between camping and bungalows.
Finding a bungalow with a river view is the ultimate treat at Letaba, as there’s nothing but grass, trees and a fence between you and the beautiful river. Bungalows 32–37 and 59-64 are the closest you’ll get to the river, while bungalows 38-58 are a little further away from the fence, grouped in a large semi-circle. Family units 101-110 have lots of trees and grass in front of them where the kids can play and all of them have river views.
In the campsite, there is a strip of spots that run along the fence. These are quite narrow, so if you need a lot of space then a spot toward the middle of the camping area might be best.
The Letaba high level bridge is found driving north from the camp for about six kilometres. Although not as long as the Olifants high level bridge, you can still get out of your car along the middle and look across both sides of the river.
At the Elephant Hall at the Environmental Education Centre just beside the restaurant you can see the tusks, skeletons and one full-size carcass of some of the elephants that lived in the park in years gone by. The kids will love it and you’ll be amazed at how large these animals really are.
If you’re in the mood for a lazy day, drive out to the Matambeni Bird Hide, sit back and watch the birds and hippos frolicking in the water. Just after crossing the high level bridge, turn right onto the S47 and continue for another 5km. Buses and caravans aren’t allowed at the bird hide and, seeing as it’s the only one in the area, it might be a little bit crowded, but still lovely.