The Letaba Elephant Hall is situated in Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.
The elephant museum can be found at the Letaba Rest Camp, almost midway between the northern and southern parts of the Park. The closest entry gate to the camp is just outside the town of Phalaborwa. Once through the gate, the Letaba Camp is 50 km away.
The museum showcases ivory and skulls from the Kruger Parks greatest Tuskers, known as the “Magnificent Seven”. These impressive bulls had tusks weighing over 50 kg each and back in 1980 they were individually named by the parks Warden at the time, Dzombo, Kambaku, Mafunyane, Ndlulamithi, Shawu, Shingwedzi and undoubtedly the most famous of all Mandleve. The reaction from the public was staggering and when each of these great elephants died it was decided to retrieve their tusks and skulls to display them.
The most recent set of Tusks to be added was that of the famous Mandleve. Mandleve died of natural causes in 1993 and was the largest ivory carrying elephant yet recorded in the Kruger National Park. The other six elephants all died between 1981 and 1985. Information covering the evolution of elephants, their behavior and ecology are also on display with games and activities for the children.
No admission fee is charged to enter the Elephant Hall however there is a gate fee for day visitors. Please contact the Park directly for confirmation on day visitor rates.
Phalaborwa experiences rainfall mainly in the summer months with the highest occurring between November and February.
Summer months, October to March will experience average temperatures of between 18˚C to 43˚C.
Winter months, May to August, will bring temperatures down to between 8˚C and 24˚C.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg into the Hendrik van Eck Airport in Phalaborwa. Car rental companies are available for easy access to the surrounding areas. Road trips from Johannesburg via the N12 and N4 will take approximately five and a half hours.
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