Families with children under the age of 16 are welcome at Lalibela and are accommodated at our family lodge, Mark’s Camp. At Mark’s Camp we have family rooms which can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. We also offer a special children’s programme for children aged 2 or older, which includes special activities, children’s game drives and meals. For those under 2 years of age, we provide experienced child-minders & nannies.

Game drives

The children’s game drive has been specially designed for young children, with their own game ranger and game-viewing vehicle. The children’s game drives are shorter than those of the adults and stick to the main gravel roads of the reserve. Because of the unpredictability of small children, care is taken to avoid getting close to dangerous animals. Children might still have the opportunity of seeing the Big Five from a distance but this is not guaranteed. The primary focus of the children’s game drive is on antelope, bird and insect species. It is a sensory safari and exposes the children to the sights, smells, sounds, feel and taste of Africa.

  • Children from the ages of 2 to 7 years old will go out on the children’s game drive. Due to the vehicle being specially designed for children’s game drives, only one adult per family may join the children’s game drive. This is due to weight constraints and seating capacity.
  • Children aged 8 and older are permitted to join the adults on an adult game drive. Children under the age of 8 ARE NOT allowed on the adult drives.
  • Children under 2 may not participate on any game drives. Child minders are available to take care of children under 2 while adults are on game drive.

In addition to the children’s game ranger, our Children’s Programme Coordinator will accompany the children’s game drive.

The morning children’s game drive departs at approximately 08h00 and returns in time for brunch. The afternoon children’s game drive departs at approximately 16h30 and will return at about 18h00 in time for the children’s dinner.

Children’s Activities
(for children aged 2 and over)

Between meals and game drives, children over 2 years of age are kept busy with a number of fun and educational activities i.e. rhino t-shirt painting, making African masks, painting, making photo frames, making wind mobiles etc

The children’s programme is run separately to that of the adults and, while the adults are more than welcome to join in on the children’s activities, they can also enjoy the peacefulness of the lodge and relax while their children are being entertained.

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Child Minders and babysitters

Child minders and babysitters are on duty during the following times:

  • During the times that the adult and children’s morning & evening game drives take place;
  • During the times that the children’s activities take place; and
  • During adult meal times

Should any additional child minding be required outside of these hours, your lodge hostess will arrange it at an additional charge.

Meals

Children under 8 have special meal times (at earlier times), with food more suited to young children. Children over 8 are welcome to join their parents at dinner.

Rates

Children under the age of 12 years pay 50% of the adult rate. Children 12 years and older are classified as adults and pay the adult rate. Children under the age of 2 years stay free of charge. This rate includes accommodation, all meals, game drives as applicable, children’s activities as described and any child-minding or babysitting during the above times.

Children on safari

Quick Enquiry

  • Off N2 National Road (90 km from Port Elizabeth on the N2 towards Grahamstown)
    6131 Lalibela Game Reserve
    South Africa
  • +27 41 581 8170
DANSouthAfrica
DANSouthAfrica
2022-01-13
Truly Superb! We've recently returned from 2 nights at this amazing and special game lodge. Our experience overall was absolutely wonderful. From the welcome at the gate, throughout our stay, the Lalibela team were exceptionally warm, friendly, courteous and extremely helpful. The lodge is beautiful, right in the heart of nature, with an abundance of magnificent wildlife. Our guide, Ticha, was exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly and had a great sense of humour too. The meals were delicious and plentiful, and our food allergies were catered for seemingly effortlessly. Our rooms were very comfortable and luxurious, with quality linen and fittings - all beautifully co-ordinated. A huge thank you to ALL for making our stay truly magical. We will be sure to be back.
liannec864
liannec864
2022-01-04
A wonderful and welcome break It was such a pleasure to travel to the beautiful countryside that was only an hour from home (Port Elizabeth/Gqeberha). Our room was great, with every amenity one could need. Our ranger, Woody, was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. One could absolutely see that he loves his job, and his environment, and cares for it deeply. We have been to a number of game reserves over the years, but I can truly say I have never experienced the "vibe" of Lalibela before - not to sound silly, but it was almost as if all the animals were happy and relaxed 🙂 . There was an overwhelming feeling of peace and contentment, and this surely must be as a result of the passionate conservation practised. Well done and thank you!
Sebdec
Sebdec
2022-01-02
Keep up the good work We were in the Kichaka lodge for 3 days. This was the most beautifull experience of our life. Perfect Guide Andrew and a wonderfull hospitality in the Lodge by Chistina. Also the hotel is quietly, very beautifull and clean. The staff does everything for the guests. Also the food was very good!
Li S
Li S
2021-12-21
Great stay at Kichaka Lodge at Lalibela We recently stayed at Lalibela and had the best time. All the safaris we went on were interesting thanks to our entertaining and thoughtful guides. They answered all our questions and helped us see so many animals, including lions and rhinos and cape buffalo and zebra and so many beautiful antelope and birds. We were housed in Kichaka Lodge which was beautiful and so comfortable. The staff was excellent and made sure we were well cared for. We highly recommend the experience!
Frank M
Frank M
2021-11-30
Erwartungen übertroffen- Krönender Abschluss unserer Garden Route Tour Empfang war sehr nett und informativ (Einführungsfilm über Lalibela). Unser Gepäck wurde in einen Jeep verladen und unser Auto in einem separaten Bereich eingeparkt. Nach Abschluss der Anmeldeformalitäten wurden wir zur Lentaba Lodge gefahren. Die Begrüßung auch hier wieder sehr nett und uns wurde einiges bzgl. Sicherheit erklärt und die unterschiedlichen Bereiche gezeigt. Dann am Nachmittag die erste „Safari“ mit Roan. Es war unglaublich und wir haben viel wissenswertes über die jeweiligen Spezies und die Renaturierungs -Massnahmen erfahren. Fährten wurden uns erklärt und letztendlich haben wir bis zum Ende 2,5 tägigen Aufenthalts viele unvergessliche Eindrücke gesammelt. Dazu zählten Begegnungen mit Nashorn, Löwen, Büffel, Elefanten, Hippo‘s, Giraffen und viele andere. Häufig auch mit Jungtieren. Die Sundowner während der Abendsafari umgeben von Giraffen, Impalas und Zebras waren unbeschreiblich. Roan hat einen super Job gemacht. Das Service Personal der Lodge war sehr aufmerksam und wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt. Einziger kleiner Punkt, der gestört hat war der Generator, der aufgrund von einem Stromausfall die ganze Nacht lief und leider oberhalb unserer Hütte stand.
zimdougal
zimdougal
2021-11-18
Fantastic family trip Fabulous trip to Lalibela with the family. The kids had a brilliant time and huge thanks to the staff and especially Jonty. The game drives were very relaxed and perfect for our young kids. The food was great and the staff were very friendly. Can't wait to be back again next year.
Elisa F
Elisa F
2021-11-07
Obrigado!!! Sem palavras para agradecer pelos dias incríveis que passamos com a família Lalibela. Tudo foi lindo e maravilhoso e vai estar guardado pra sempre em nossos corações. Um ambiente muito acolhedor e tudo integrado com a natureza . Podemos desfrutar de uma gastronomia excelente, muitos detalhes que fazem toda a diferença .Deixo aqui nosso muito muito obrigado ... Fernanda & Andreas
Robyn S
Robyn S
2021-11-04
Those Bookclub girls What a treat! A group of old friends, who travel together once a year, and I have to say, this was our finest weekend yet. We arrived at Lalibela and after an efficient check in, we climbed on the game vehicle and headed to Mark's Camp, which is well positioned above a watering hole. En route we got a glimpse of some of the delights we would later see on our game drives. After a delicious lunch, we retired to our beautifully appointed rooms and relaxed before our late afternoon game drive. Our knowledgable and personable guide, Jonty, was lovely, making sure we saw lots of game, and that we all got just the right shot for our photographs. Dinner was a magnificent affair, looked after efficiently by Wendy and Dumisane, we ate well, before retiring for a good sleep in our comfortable beds. Our early morning game drive was once again just wonderful! I have to say that to see such a healthy ecosystem, with a good balance of predators and herbivores was fantastic; the size of the herds of antelope is testament to a healthy reserve and indeed the conservation heart of Lalibela. Well done Team! This trip saw my love of the bush reawakened, and I am already looking at my calendar trying to see when I will be able to return.
Nicole Schmidt
Nicole Schmidt
2021-10-20
Incredible guides and beautiful landscapes! For our first trip to Lalibela Game Reserve we only had enough time to spend one spontaneous night, but we had an incredible time! It was mid winter so the weather was a bit temperamental, we got caught in the rain on our evening game drive, got soaked (we were provided with cozy ponchos and hot water bottles) and loved every minute of it! The lions were rather close to camp as we could hear them roar from inside our rooms! The following morning we were treated to a lion hunt talk about an experience! In the short time there we were able to witness a very diverse and lush landscape rich in plant and animal life! Our first guide Ticha was very knowledgeable. I can’t believe this gem is only 90km out of Gqeberha. We couldn’t resist returning to explore your beautiful reserve for a little longer! When we returned for our second time we were blessed with fantastic weather (especially considering it was winter!) so I spent my mid mornings lounging by the pool gazing at the hippo lazing in the waterhole. We were fortunate enough to go on a private night drive and happened to come across 2 pairs of brown hynena (they are one of my favorite animals so naturally I was over the moon) The morning and evening games drives didn’t disappoint either we were lucky enough to catch the mum cheetah and her 2 cubs in 2 hunts as well as a sneaky pair of male lions stalking a family of warthogs. Our guide on our second trip,Ruan, went above and beyond to make this trip for my mum’s birthday memorable. His knowledge about bird life and his passion for his job is what truly stood out! Will highly recommend a trip to Lalibela!
Richard W
Richard W
2021-10-15
Fantastic trip One of the best game reserve experiences I've had. Conservation efforts are heart warming. Facilities are perfect. Staff were happy and accommodating. Took grandkids and grandparents and all had a memorable time together.
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