Letaba Wilderness Trail

About the Letaba Wilderness Trail

3 night 4 day trail with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 guests.

Return to nature on this true bushveld experience.

Accommodation is in an unfenced rustic bush camp in Letaba Ranch, just north of Phalaborwa. Le Hlaba camp has two-man dome tents, camping mattresses and bush ablutions.

Awake at dawn, you set out on foot shortly after sunrise in the company of your armed guide and armed ranger following the river course or exploring the riverine area of the Great Letaba River close to the unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park. Located in an area that is renowned for elephant and hippo sightings, you are almost certain to see the spoor of a variety of predators and have every prospect of encountering a wide array of wildlife. An interesting feature of the Letaba Ranch area is seeing how nature – and game – is reclaiming spaces previously used by holiday makers.

Brunch is back at camp before a siesta and late afternoon walk in search of fresh signs of activity.

Evenings are spent gathered around the camp fire, ears attuned to the sounds of the bush, whilst your guide prepares the evening meal. You may even hear the distant sounds of game rangers patrolling because strict anti-poaching measures are in place.

Trails are led by an experienced guide and are fully catered


  • The campsite is unfenced and located in a clearing in the bush, overlooking the Great Letaba River.
  • Basic ablution facilities (bush shower and short-drop toilet) are available.
  • Water for cooking and washing as well as firewood is provided.

Equipment provided

  • Two person dome tents with camping mattresses are supplied.
  • Basic cutlery & crockery is provided


  • Located in Letaba Ranch, a reserve that has a 27km unfenced border with Kruger National Park. Letaba Ranch falls within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
  • From Phalaborwa travel along the R71 towards Gravelotte. After 16 km turn right onto Road 3260 to Selwane. If you are travelling from Gravelotte towards Phalaborwa you will turn left after 41km.  Travel for 25km until you get to the turn off to Letaba Ranch. You will turn right onto a gravel road. (If you get to the bridge over the Letaba River, you have missed the turn off.) Continue on the gravel road for 5km until you reach the main gate of Letaba Ranch.
  • Trail is located in a Big 5 area
  • Trailists are met at the gate of Letaba Ranch and will be transfered to Le Hlaba camp

Pack List

The items below are suggested as a check list:

  • Sleeping bag, towel and pillow
  • Sleeping mat (if you would like an additional one to the one we supply)
  • Powerful torch and spare batteries
  • Beverages
  • Additional snacks
  • Additional drinking water (and/or purification tablets)
  • Camera, binoculars and reference books (mammals/trees/birds)
  • Appropriate clothing, hat or cap and an all-weather jacket/raincoat
  • Personal toiletries, medication, malaria tablets, sun-screen, mosquito repellant
  • Antihistamine ointment, tablets, eye drops, paracetamol, stingose etc
  • Cottonwool/gauze/plasters, scissors and tweezers
  • Toilet paper (just in case!!)

Equipment Provided

  • Two person dome tents with camping mattresses are supplied.
  • Basic cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery are provided


Clothing and Footwear

  • For trailists planning to participate on our guided trail, clothing should be comfortable and durable.
  • Neutral colours such as khaki are preferable. Light coloured garments such as whites and creams should be avoided.
  • T-shirts are not ideal as they provide little protection against the sun on the neck.
  • A hat or cap and an all-weather jacket are important items.
  • A tracksuit, either woollen or lightweight, depending on the season, is useful.
  • Footwear should be worn-in if possible, have thick soles and provide good ankle support. It is preferable not to wear white shoes.


  • 1 litre of drinking water per person per day is supplied. We recommend that trailists have water purification tablets or an additional supply of water to meet their individual needs.
  • Trail participants need to cater for their own beverage requirements. Given the unfenced nature of the camp, and the importance of adhering to safety, trailists are advised not to get drunk in the evenings.