Letaba River Lodge

Letaba River Lodge

85 Broederstroomdrift, Ledzee, Tzaneen 0850 South Africa
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CarliDevenish wrote a review Sept 2021
Pretoria, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The predator park is an excellent place to visit for young and old alike. The animals are beautiful and well-tended. Everything is clean. Friendly and knowledgeable rangers guide interactions and answer any questions. This park definitely should be the top attraction in Tzaneen. A must when in the area! Our children loved it and so did we!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Pippie wrote a review May 2022
Cape Town Central, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed over for one night, but would love to stay longer. Very neat and clean. The game rangers are friendly. We enjoyed the knowledge about the animals and nature of the ranger Luke Schoeman. He definitely know how to deal with all the guests. He gives value to Letaba River Lodge.
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Date of stay: May 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Mpho m wrote a review Feb 2017
Phalaborwa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I took the kids and my wife out for a day of fun, which was a R100 for each and R50 for the kids, and an extra R100 for interacting with the animals. Not bad right, up until when I enquire about the rooms, they are R500 per night for a family room including the tour. Very disappointing, if only I was told earlier. Great place to see the big cats of the world, and there's even tigers as well
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Date of stay: January 2017
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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MonkeyMegs wrote a review Jun 2017
Gauteng, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Letaba River Lodge on 1 June 2017. We arrived in the evening and clearly didn't do our research properly because all we saw driving in were cages (Not very big cages either) of lions and tigers on either side of us. Coming from the Kruger Park where these majestic cats (bar the tigers) roam free, this was quite disappointing for us. The person that welcomed us was hardly even interested in us and when we asked about the reasons for the animals being there, they mentioned that these were there for people to see and enjoy. For true animal lovers, my husband and I were not impressed with this. We seemed to be the only people there and yet still had to call the waiter to bring us a menu when we sat in the restaurant. He was too busy playing on his phone to notice us. We moved inside from the patio because both the tv and radio were on at the same time. Listening to the sounds of nature in such a beautiful area would have been a lot more peaceful. The food order wasn't correct either, however, the food was decent enough. Upon getting back to the room, we noticed the lack of cleanliness. The towels were stained, the bedding was stained, the shower was certainly not clean and most amenities seemed to be falling apart. We thankfully had our own towels and own sleeping bags and pillows which we made use of. The fridge was clean enough on the inside but disgustingly filthy on the outside. not sure if it's ever been cleaned. My husband and I decided we'd rather not stay the second night we had booked so were packed and ready to leave the next morning. From around 5:40 am, the staff made an enormous amount of noise so even if you wanted to sleep in a bit there was no chance. When we got to the front desk there was no-one to assist. The cleaner tried to help and stood yelling for someone to help. after almost 10 minutes, one of the cooks came out to help. we told him we were checking out & he said we didn't have to sign out or anything so we left the key on the table and left. To date, no one from the lodge has even bothered to contact us to see why we never stayed the second night we had booked for or if there was a problem or anything.
Honestly, I will never recommend this place to anyone I know. Definitely not impressed at all.
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Date of stay: June 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Skippie wrote a review Nov 2017
Gauteng, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tranquility and excitement in one package. Interaction with the wild on personal level. Great accommodation and amenities as well as restaurant and bar area. A definite location to mark on your bucket list. Friendly and knowledgeable personnel, professional service and a beautiful environment.
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Date of stay: October 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: All rooms suitable
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Sophie K wrote a review Apr 2017
1.0 of 5 bubbles
A last minute booking as other accomodation fell through, arrived when it was dark. Get into the room and on first inspection everything looked ok before we quickly got together on the veranda to organise the days to come. Upon getting back into my room I first used the toilet which was covered in urine from the previous guest which I had to clean myself, there was a huge puddle of god knows what on the floor next to the bed, the sheets were filthy and when I turned the pillows over they were too. I slept on top of the doona in my clothes and wrapped one of the pillows in one of their towels that I hoped was cleaner than the pillow. In the morning we were offered to see the animals whose welfare I was highly sceptical about. Before going in I asked they "ranger" why the animals were there. His response was "so we can show people you can tame them." If you love animals and care about their well being I advise you never to come here. I did not go in as his response was far from a good enough reason to keep so many big cats in captivity but even looking in from the outskirts it was distressing to see. Multiple tigers in cages no bigger than 2 metres by 4 metres, slightly larger, however still insanely inadequate, cages holding 6 fully grown lions and lionesses in each. I hate to think how many animals were in there that I couldn't see. Strongly regret giving this lodge my money and wish we never stayed there. I will not be back and again advise others with a love for animals never to go. Very disappointing.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ryan F wrote a review Jul 2016
Tzaneen, South Africa
2.0 of 5 bubbles
It pains me to say whilst the setting and animals were great... The mold and damp in the rooms was atrocious! We were booked in for two nights and didn't want to return after the first night as our allergies went ballistic. If you suffer from sinus or asthma please watch out...
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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JohanVanGreuning wrote a review Jun 2016
Roodepoort, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a great weekend breakaway - the lion cub encounter was a high-light and must not be missed. You wouldn't want to leave. The lodge is well maintained and the break from city buzz will energize you for the week ahead. Tzaneen is only a couple of minutes away.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Cathy L wrote a review Apr 2015
Buford, Georgia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed a nice stay at the Letaba RIver Lodge on our way through Tzaneen to Kruger National Park. The rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable and quiet! The lodge itself is beautiful with both free roaming animals and caged animals on the grounds. Since we were on our way to Kruger, we didn't take advantage of all the amenities offer on the lodge grounds. We enjoyed drinks in the open-air lounge before retiring! This lodge is delightful!
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Date of stay: April 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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willakriek wrote a review Jan 2021
Kyiv, Ukraine
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to visit the Predator Park and although the animals seem to be healthy and well fed, it was sad to see them in small enclosures. Other such places in SA offer huge enclosures with grass and trees and sufficient space for the animals to roam around, as if they were actually in the wild.

It is understood that most of the animals are rescues and would not survive without human intervention and feeding, but it felt as if this Predator Park was mainly for tourist purposes and that the animals were somehow being 'exploited'.

I will do better 'homework' for such places in the future and not support places like this. There are far better and more 'free ranging' willdlife reserves, where the rescued animals are kept in huge enclosures in their natural habitat, even if they do require food and veterinary intervention from humans.

Just my two cents...
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Indrajit G asked a question Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom15 contributions5 helpful votes
1) Do you have cubs all year around? 2) Is there a volunteer programme?
Nondon asked a question Sept 2019
London, United Kingdom3 contributions9 helpful votes
Why are the animals in cages?
Answer from ducks2018
Giyani, South Africa5 contributions1 helpful vote
I think the animals are in cages because the area is not secure enough to house dangerous animals. However, there are free-roaming animals such as impalas, giraffes and others that you might be able to see on a game drive. So according to me the place is not as interesting as it looks on their adverts, and they also charge you a lot to see an animal in the cage.
Elizabeth B asked a question Mar 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa60 contributions11 helpful votes
Are there safe running routes close by/around the lodge?
Answer from afm786
Johannesburg, South Africa47 contributions2 helpful votes
Yes. Although sloppy terrain
Flyer818893 wrote a tip Sept 2018
4 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your own Doom, and remember your own 2 point plug."
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Skippie wrote a tip Nov 2017
Gauteng, South Africa5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms suitable"
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cimonv2017 wrote a tip Apr 2017
Stellenbosch, South Africa23 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go interact with the animals!"
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899gillian wrote a tip Mar 2016
Benoni, South Africa34 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I preferred the upstairs rooms with a balcony 1 - 10"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Letaba River Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Letaba River Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Vervet Monkey Foundation (6.6 km), Platform PubandGrub (7.5 km), and Tzaneen Museum (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Letaba River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Letaba River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Letaba River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Letaba River Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Crawdaddy's, The Olive Tree Coffee & Gifts, and Monya's Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Letaba River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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