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Letaba rest camp

Accommodation type: Huts, Bungalows, Cottages, Safari Tents, Camping

Location: Central Kruger National Park

Nearest Kruger gate: Phalaborwa Gate (51km)

Nearest town: Phalaborwa (53km)

Food: Self-catering (restaurant and shop on-site)

Budget: $-$$

Perfect for… Exploring riverine habitats

About Letaba rest camp

Letaba rest camp sits in a wonderful, tranquil environment overlooking the Letaba River and is in the very heart of Kruger National Park.  The camp is home to many species of trees and the birdlife is excellent.  Bushbuck also roam the campgrounds while the outstanding Elephant Museum is a must-see.  The restaurant facilities are good and have incredible views from their position on the bank of the Letaba River.


Local wildlife viewing can prove outstanding, although the surrounding mopane shrubveld 'sea' can sometimes be a little monotonous for driving through.  The ecosystems supported by the Letaba River itself are stunning and excellent for all manner of sightings opportunities.  


Another advantage of this camp is its central location, offering access to a wide range of different habitats between Satara to the south, the nearby Olifants River systems, the less-frequently explored Phalaborwa routes and the outstanding Nshawu Plains area to the north.


A large camp, Letaba hosts a variety of accommodation options and there are two swimming pools – one at the rear of the camping area and one in the Day Visitor area. 


NOTE: A very substantial fire sadly destroyed the large rest camp shop in September 2020. A temporary shop is located at the Day Visitor site just near the main entrance to the rest camp. We will also update this information as plans for reconstruction are confirmed by camp management.

Facilities & services

  • Gas station

  • Swimming pool

  • Restaurant

  • Shop (currently closed)

  • Laundromat

  • Letaba Elephant Hall Museum

  • Morning game drives available

  • Night game drives available

  • Guided bush walks available

  • Bush breakfast available

  • Bush braai available

Types of accommodation

Letaba is a large rest camp with a variety of accommodation options available and covering a multitude of budgets and group sizes.



60 x tent or caravan sites, with power point. Communal ablutions and cooking facilities (24hr boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities). Maximum of 6 persons per site.



5 x rustic 3-bed units with communal ablution facilities. There are no cooking utensils, crockery or cutlery, but a communal kitchen (located at the old picnic spot) with sink and electric stoves is available. Also equipped with a fridge, fan and air conditioning. Moreover you have a choice of perimeter or river view units. Please confirm when booking.

(Unit codes EA3U)


Safari Tents

10 x 2-bed and 10 x 4-bed permanent furnished canvas tents on stilts, including a fridge, standing fan inside tent and small veranda. Communal ablutions and communal kitchens available.

(Unit codes CTT2, CTT2Z, CTT4, CTT4U, CTTU4Z)



86 x round–walled, single–room African style units with thatched roofs, 2 or 3 beds per unit, equipped with en–suite ablutions (most with showers, but some with baths). All units have air–conditioning, some have fans. Kitchenettes vary: some have hotplates and sinks; some have only sinks, while some have neither. Cutlery and crockery can be provided and hired from reception. Moreover you have a choice of with or without perimeter or riverside view. Please confirm when booking.

(Unit codes BD2, BD2U, BD2UZ, BD3, BD3U, BD3Z, BG2, BG2U, BG3U)


Guest Cottages

10 x 6-bed units (2 single beds in each bedroom), equipped with two bathrooms (one en-suite), air-conditioning (only in the bedrooms), lounge/dining area (with ceiling fan), large veranda and outside braai. The open plan kitchen has a four-plate gas stove with oven, fridge/freezer combination, sink, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery and 6-seater dining room/lounge.

(Unit codes FF6, FQ6)


Melville Guest House

This is a large luxury unit in prime position inside the camp, with riverside view. There are well-equipped kitchens (with microwave ovens) and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Limited channel DSTV televisions are provided. Sleeps 9, with 3 bedrooms and an additional single bed on the enclosed veranda.

(Unit code MEL)


Fish Eagle Guest House

This is a large luxury unit in prime position inside the camp, with riverside view. There are well-equipped kitchens (with microwave ovens) and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Limited channel DSTV televisions are provided. Sleeps 8, with 4 bedrooms (2 single beds in each room) and has an exclusive bird hide.

(Unit code FGL)


Letaba rest camp is located in central Kruger National Park.  The closest park entrance gate is Phalaborwa Gate (51km), while the nearest town is Phalaborwa (53km).


The nearest airport is also at Phalaborwa (53km) although this does not have many flights, while Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (140km) is also accessible.  OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is 540km / 7-hours driving from Letaba rest camp.

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