SOUTH AFRICA, EASTERN CAPE, PORT ELIZABETH & ADDO

Lalibela Game Reserve is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, close to Port Elizabeth and Addo, which means it is not only malaria free, but spans 5 ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna.

Lalibela Big 5 Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

Lalibela is a conservation project that currently consists of 10,500 hectares (approximately 26,000 acres) and is home to the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) as well as other predators like cheetah, hyena, jackal & lynx.

Unique to our area of South Africa, we are blessed with vast areas of Savannah Grassland, the biome that has by far the highest carrying capacity – this means that we are able to sustain truly vast herds of plains game like zebra, impala, wildebeest, red hartebeest, blesbuck and eland. This, in turn, allows us to sustain a remarkable density of free-roaming lions.

Our primary focus at Lalibela is the conservation of our indigenous flora and fauna taking into account the community in our area. This is achieved by a huge team of diverse and special people – all who share the vision of long-term sustainability in a fast-changing world

The 3 main aspects of any African safari are the game-viewing, the accommodation and the food – at Lalibela we take special care to ensure that heartfelt service combines with these three “ingredients” to make your Big 5 African safari experience a memorable one.

We invite you to visit us so that we can share with you what Lalibela is about!

Community Outreach

Lalibela Game Reserve Community Outreach Video

Community Outreach at Lalibela

Walking Safaris

Walking Safari

Big 5 walking safaris – an exciting additional option for our guests

Territorial Dispute

Dominant male lions battle for territory

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jf47800
jf47800
2024-02-01
Tolles Erlebnis Wir waren für zwei Nächte dort. Insgesamt haben wir vier Ausfahrten mitgemacht und haben tolle Eindrücke mitgenommen. Es ist unglaublich die Tiere in freier Wildbahn zu sehen, teilweise Elefanten und Giraffen, Zebras und Kudus gemischt in großen Herden. Auch Löwen und Leoparden waren dabei. Unser Führer Eric, wie sich als sehr sachkundig und machte sich große Mühe, uns alles zu erklären Die Unterkunft ist auch so schön, wir hatten ein tolles Zimmer mit Ausblick und lässt wenig Wünsche offen. Die Verpflegung war gut, gegessen wurde in der Gruppe. Einzig die Weine trafen nicht ganz unseren Geschmack.
Seaside91781
Seaside91781
2024-01-23
verbesserungswürdig Die Lodge an sich ist sehr schön (Inzolo). Allerdings müssten die Zimmer dringend renoviert werden. Besonders die Fenster bzw. Fensterrahmen sind in sehr schlechtem Zustand. Es gibt auch kaum Licht im Bad, sodass man abends im dunkeln duschen muss, weil es dort keinen Strahler gibt. Die Putzfrau hätte etwas gründlicher sein können. Unser Safe hat bei der Ankunft nicht funktioniert, weil keine Batterien eingesetzt waren. Das hat man behoben, leider mit leeren Batterien, sodass der Safe in der Nacht laut gepiept hat. Ebenfalls war das Licht auf dem Pfad zu unserem Zimmer defekt, sodass wir den Weg im dunkeln laufen mussten. Das Personal ist bemüht, könnte aber definitiv besser geschult sein. Viele Getränke, die im Package enthalten waren, waren z.T. nicht verfügbar. Ebenfalls haben wir eine komplett warme Flasche Prosecco erhalten. Hier hätte man auch wesentlich aufmerksamer sein können und Getränke wie Weißwein und Prosecco grundsätzlich im Kühlschrank lagern. Das Essen war Standard, aber nichts besonderes. An Weihnachten hat man sich sehr viel Mühe gegeben und ein tolles Abendessen zubereitet. Alles in allem überteuert, für was man letztlich bekommt. Hier haben wir schon in besseren Lodges mit höherer Qualität übernachtet, die preislich dem entsprochen haben, was man erwartet. Die Game Drives waren sehr gut, unser Ranger hat sich viel Mühe gegeben, sicherzustellen, dass wir alle Tiere zu sehen bekommen.
Mark F
Mark F
2024-01-21
Outstanding experience From the first moment of arrival, our experience was off the scale. So much to see, seriously high quality accommodation and such wonderful and friendly service from all. In addition to a very warm welcome from all staff, as special mention to our guide, Rayno (excuse spelling) who's highly professional guidance and expertise made this a very special experience.
slangr951979
slangr951979
2024-01-18
Just stunning! Everything was perfect. Safari drives were incredible with a knowledgeable guide. Food and wine really tasty. We stayed looking out over the watering hole full of very noisy hippos! The private dip pool on our deck was heated and very welcome after the morning drives.
Karen F
Karen F
2024-01-01
Amazing, magical, inspiring experience Our family of 5 stayed at Tree Tops over Christmas, and what a Christmas it was! We randomly found Lalibela as it was an easier flight from Capetown than Kruger. Our experience was magical. From arriving and having the staff greet us like they had been waiting for us for months to the beautiful lodging, to the top tier food and service, and the unforgettable, friendly, warm, welcoming staff. Sivi, our game drive Captain made our safaris amazing. Our first drive we saw lions and baby cheetahs and elephants. Thinking we couldn’t top that, the next morning we saw buffalo and rhinos and more elephants playing in the water. Each drive was more awe inspiring than the last.Sivi was an expert in all things animals but also made it so fun! He was born to do this. When we weren’t on game drives, we enjoyed hanging out and playing games and getting to know the rest of the amazing staff at Tree Tops. I can’t express enough how this experience bonded us and changed us and left us wanting to come back. We met another couple at the lodge (Christina and David) from Austria and now have 2 new members to our family. I can not imagine it being any more perfect and am forever grateful for this experience. It is a magical, beautiful,place. We will be back!
hws
hws
2023-12-24
Truly grateful for an Amazing experience at Lalibela We had the most amazing stay at Lalibela and cannot recommend the place highly enough. From the beginning when our trip was messed up by our tour operator, Lalibela went out of their way to rectify the problem even though it was not their fault at all. Our ranger Janu was fantastic. He was absolutely brilliant with the kids on our truck and went out of his way to show us everything he could. We saw elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo and a cheetah, only the elusive leopard escaped us! He was knowledgeable and friendly and was genuinely passionate about his job. One afternoon he and another member of staff took us with the kids to another part of the reserve for a walk about, and a ball for the kids to play with, where we also found a tower of giraffes much to our delight. The main reason we choose Lalibela was because we could bring our little girl on the game rides with us and she loved it so much. Accommodation and staff at the lodge were brilliant. It was truly a magical experience for us as a family and we can’t wait to come back.
kdode707967
kdode707967
2023-12-19
Fantastische Tiererlebnisse Zwei Tage mit vier aufregenden Safaris. Wir haben bis auf den Leopard alle big five gesehen. Viele Tiere mit Babys. Elefanten, Giraffen, Büffel. Die Rangerin ist mitten in die Herde gefahren. Aufregend. Der Service im Resort war außerordentlich und zuvorkommend. Die Tage waren den nicht unerheblichen Obolus Wert.
Gfleischmann
Gfleischmann
2023-12-18
Awesome experience Awesome experience. After arrival at the impressive gate we have been welcomed very warmly. Our luggage was loaded to a jeep and we were driving with our ranger Nell to the Mark‘s Camp. In the late afternoon we had a first private game drive (3hours) and discovered a cheetah mother with her 4 cubs. So nice, so cute…. They offer 2 game drives (early morning and sun down drive) every day. The restaurant is managed by awesome staff members. We have certainly enjoyed any m8nute of our stay. Big thanks to Nell and all the team members!
csrtraining
csrtraining
2023-12-17
Dec 2023 The staff and team were excellent. Accommodation of the water view in Kichaka lodge was brilliant. The chefs were able to accommodate allergy requests and also dietary requirements. Our guide Nikita was fabulous and very knowledgeable. A wonderful way to spend our anniversary.
Dangerburg
Dangerburg
2022-05-04
A Hidden Treasure. My family and I stayed at Mark’s camp for three nights in April 2022. We have three young boys aged 1, 5 and 8. My wife and I honeymooned in Shamwari next door 15 years ago and we were keen to do a safari with our kids. Mark’s camp appeared to have a family feel which appealed to us. Undoubtedly this is the finest game reserve we have ever been on. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we were treated with a level of service not previously experienced. Their attention to detail is unrivalled. A five star treatment is guaranteed. The rooms are top quality and easily accommodated us all. The food served is high quality with 3 meals served daily. Local produce such as Ostrich, Kudu and Eland is served daily and is quite simply delicious. I would like to note the staff at Mark’s camp as the most courteous and professional staff I have ever encountered. They simply cannot do enough for you. On each game drive we left our 1 year old in the main house with a childminder and the house staff. It was clear on our return how engaged the house team were with minding our child when we were on drives. This service was inclusive on our package and allowed us to relax in confidence on our drives. We had a morning and evening game drive each day. Our ranger “Guy” was absolutely brilliant at his job and he went above and beyond each day to accommodate my wife and I and especially our two young boys who accompanied us on each game drive. He was extremely accommodating of us and answered all of our questions on the animals, no matter how silly! We saw lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, buffaloes, hippos, cheetahs and many more animals. Each drive was an amazing experience. Guy knows his trade and was brilliant at entertaining the kids. He also spent time playing football and games at Mark’s camp each day in between game drives. I had concerns about keeping my kids engaged with the game drives given their duration and the earliness of the morning drives however on our last drive my boys were fully dressed, packed and waiting at 530am ready for action!! I credit Guy with this anticipation. My boys had an unforgettable experience made better by Guy’s enthusiasm and commitment to customer satisfaction. My boy’s Sam and Jacob are still talking about their experience and are already wondering when we are going back. The animals at Lalibela are truly amazing and to experience them up close in the natural habitat is something I cannot recommend enough. A truly memorable experience. Thank you Mark’s camp. The Hennebry family.
Tripadvisor Best of the Best 2023
Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
Tripadvisor Best of the Best 2023
Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
Booking.com Traveller Review Award 2024