Drives In and Around the Letaba Camp & River | Kruger National Park


Dry river crossing Tshlongololo Loop Kruger National park My first drive while staying in Letaba was to see the large and impressive (albeit seemingly out of place) Engelhard Dam across the Letaba River.  The Letaba camp is one of my favourites, having wonderful trees, an elephant museum, magnificent bird life and a riverine view second to none and even a friendly family of Bushbuck wandering the camp.

The Engelhard Dam, Letaba (Sand) & Makhadzi River Confluence Close to Dam Wall on S62The restaurant area offers a magnificent wide-angle view up and down the Letaba River (Letaba means sand in Sotho language) and it is rare indeed that there are no elephants and other animals to be seen from this vantage point while enjoying a beer or whatever takes your fancy.

Perfect drive for geology students and rock formations of different kindsThe drive from Letaba to Phalaborwa along the main H9 tar road is rich in geological scenery. Gabbro, Syenite and Greenstone rocks occur along the road and can be viewed easly.

The Engelhard Dam, Letaba (Sand) & Makhadzi River Confluence Close to Dam Wall on S62
The restaurant area offers a magnificent wide-angle view up and down the Letaba River (Letaba means sand in Sotho language) and it is rare indeed that there are no elephants and other animals to be seen from this vantage point while enjoying a beer or whatever takes your fancy.

Perfect drive for geology students and rock formations of different kinds
The drive from Letaba to Phalaborwa along the main H9 tar road is rich in geological scenery. Gabbro, Syenite and Greenstone rocks occur along the road and can be viewed easly.

Phalaborwa Gate to Letaba via S131, S132, S96, S69 and H9
Waypoint 396 is the Ngwenyeni watering point where elephants were drinking from the concrete circular trough as they like to do (the water is probably cleaner and suits them better). The trunks are cast over the wall into the water so that it appears as if a hose has been attached to the elephant.

Elephant Jams and Bat Houses: S47 Letaba Loop Road
Letaba is the first camp to carry out experiments with Bat houses. The camp erected its first 2 Bat houses just outside the famous Elephant Hall in 2004. The idea was t find an ecologically acceptable way to keep bats out of guest bungalows.

Boulders, Stapelkop Dam, Steinaeckers Horse and Giriyondo Border Post, S133, S136, S146, H15
Shortly after leaving the Letaba low level bridge behind I encountered my second Elephant Jam of the day. A family of Elephants had taken charge of the main tar road and once again were extremely reluctant to move. The delay was about 15 minutes but well worth the wait to be able to watch the antics of a few of the youngsters in the group.

Leopard Catches Prey | S46 to Olifants. S93, S94, S44, H1-5 and H8 Roads
Waypoint 444 is about 500metres from the left bank of the Letaba and it was here where I saw a leopard catch an animal about the size of a Dassie (Rock Hyrax). I’d been driving down the road slowly and quite suddenly I saw the Leopard walking slowly away from the edge of the road.