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Letaba Ranch Provincial Park, Phalaborwa, Limpopo

The 42000ha Letaba Ranch Provincial Park is situated just north of Phalaborwa next to the Kruger National Park, and is known for its large herds of elephant and buffalo. It shares an open border with Kruger, and is part of the Greater Kruger National Park area.

Besides the elephant and buffalo herds, other wildlife that can be seen includes hippo and crocodiles in the Letaba river, giraffe, various species of antelope, zebra, leopard, rhino, cheetah and lion among many other species.

Accommodation is available at the Mtomeni tented bush camp, which is one of the camps on the Ivory Route*, but the reserve is also open to day visitors between 6:00am to 6pm. Safaris are conducted in open game viewing vehicles. Night games drives are available for guests at the camp, as well as walking tours, braais and bush breakfasts.

Getting there: From Phalaborwa, take the R71 north-west, taking a right at the Lulekane township and then right again at the ‘Cobra Polish’ billboard. Continue on this road, following the signs for Letaba.

*The Ivory Route is a tour route is based on the routes ivory hunters used to take in the area encompassing the Mpumalanga and Limpopo border area of the Kruger National Park.

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