Letaba River

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Letaba River (Leţaba or Lehlaba)
Letaba River (16651107134).jpg
View of the Letaba River
Name origin: Meaning "sandy river" in Northern Sotho language[1]
Country South Africa
Region Limpopo Province
 - left Nharhweni River, Ngwenyeni River, Klein Letaba River, Molototsi River, Nsama River
 - right Groot Letaba River, Nwanedzi River, Makhadzi River
Secondary source
 - location Soutpansberg
Source confluence
 - coordinates 23°38′55″S 31°8′42″E / 23.64861°S 31.14500°E / -23.64861; 31.14500
Mouth Olifants River
 - location Limpopo Province
 - coordinates 23°59′22″S 31°49′36″E / 23.98944°S 31.82667°E / -23.98944; 31.82667Coordinates: 23°59′22″S 31°49′36″E / 23.98944°S 31.82667°E / -23.98944; 31.82667
Basin 67,000 km2 (25,869 sq mi)
Location of the Letaba River's mouth

The Letaba River (Afrikaans: Letabarivier), also known as Leţaba, Lehlaba or Ritavi, is a river located in eastern Limpopo Province, South Africa. It is one of the most important tributaries of the Olifants River.[2]


It starts at the confluence of the Groot Letaba River and Klein Letaba River, whence they continue their journey eastwards through the Lowveld as the Letaba River. It joins the Olifants River in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains, near South Africa's border with Mozambique. In Mozambique the latter river is called the Rio Elefantes.

Tributaries include the Middle Letaba River, Nharhweni River, Ngwenyeni River, Nwanedzi River, Molototsi River, Nsama River and Makhadzi River.

Dams in the basin[edit]

Game animals along its banks, near Letaba camp, central Kruger Park

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jenkins, Elwyn (2007), Falling into place: the story of modern South African place names, David Philip Publishers, p. 75
  2. ^ Key rivers of South Africa[permanent dead link]

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