Thank you for choosing Lalibela – we are excited to welcome you and for you to experience what makes Lalibela special.

Our conservation levy, which is included in the rate that you have paid, is paid over to the Lalibela Foundation which contributes to various conservation initiatives on Lalibela as well as community outreach programmes that we run. In addition, our owners have pledged that all surpluses generated on Lalibela are allocated to the conservation of the land, animals and wider community.

We believe that an important element of conservation is ensuring that surrounding rural communities benefit from tourism as this ensures their buy-in and this translates into a strong conservation ethic in the wider community around Lalibela.

As needs and priorities in the community change, so do our efforts and focus. Below are some of the community outreach programmes that we are actively engaged in.  


We have upgraded the local clinic and play an active, daily role in ensuring that it runs smoothly.

Sports Development

We support and sponsor two soccer teams and two netball teams with equipment and uniforms and we also sponsor tournaments throughout the year.

Children’s Feeding scheme & Holiday Club

Every day, we provide nutritious breakfast to all the children in the Seven Fountains community (approximately 80 children). During school holidays, we provide both breakfast & wholesome lunches to the children and we also keep them entertained by providing various fun and educational activities.

Community Projects

We operate a clothing library where clothes donated by past guests can be loaned by the community for special functions like weddings, funerals etc. We also run a sewing project and other initiatives for adults that assist with “up-skilling”.

Functions and Celebrations

We support and are a part of various functions and celebrations within the community throughout the year, such as Mandela Day and Women’s Day.

Community Enrichment

Old Age Pensioners get treated at Easter and Christmas to formal lunches held at the recreation centre. Each receive a gift to take home and entertainment in the form of singing and dancing is organised for these pillars of society within the village.


We believe that every little bit helps – as a guest, you will become a part of the Lalibela family and we welcome you to get involved in our local community.

If you have any space in your suitcase and any of these items perhaps lying unused, we would greatly appreciate contributions (no matter how big or small) of the following:

Items always in need:

  • Toiletries for children (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap)
  • Sanitary towels for adolescent girls
  • School stationery (calculators, pens, pencils, erasers etc.)
  • Used/2nd hand School shoes, running shoes and sport shoes
  • Used/2nd hand School clothes (grey trousers, white shirts, pullovers etc)

Current needs (as of January 2020):

  • Prizes for Holiday Club (chocolates, balls, stationery, dolls, paint sets, books etc.)
  • Black school shoes (for children ages 6 to 13).
  • Children’s story books (for school library)
  • 2nd hand formal adult clothing (for our clothing library)
  • 2nd hand Children’s toys (any toys that are NOT battery operated)
  • Kid’s sized “Flip flops” (we call them “Slip Slops” in South Africa)
Lalibela Game Reserve - Pack with a purpose - Flip flops

On arrival at Lalibela, simply tell your lodge manager that you have donations for our community programme and he or she will make sure that they are given to Charmaine Gradwell, Lalibela’s Head of Community Development.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Charmain Gradwell at [email protected]

UPDATE from Charmain Gradwell (28 April 2020):Thank you, thank you and thank you again to all the guests who arrived with donations during March. We are humbled by your generosity” 

A message from Charmain on the 15th February after we surprised our guests with cookies made by the Seven Fountains children:

“There is great power in small acts of kindness. And in how you make people feel.

My role in the school, the clinic and the broader Seven Fountains community allows me to give people undivided attention and that gives me so much in return”

Charmain Gradwell, head of Lalibela Community Development


Our primary focus at Lalibela is conservation – be it of our indigenous flora and fauna, or our efforts to reduce waste on reserve.

We have a number of ongoing projects all working towards this joint vision of a comprehensive conservation mission.  We are lucky to have a huge team of diverse and special people who all believe in the value and necessity of long-term sustainability.


Throughout the reserve, from our lodges to staff housing, workshops and admin buildings, we have recycle bins. We have a recycling plant on site where all glass, cans, plastics and cardboard are recycled.


Our goal is to have zero use of plastic on Lalibela. This is a huge task and it involves getting buy-in from staff, guests and our suppliers. We have already made huge strides and will continue to drive this process!

Alien-Tree Removal

An ongoing conservation project on Lalibela is the removal of alien wattle trees (as of October 2019, we estimate that we have completed about 75% of the task). You might notice some patches of dry or burnt land – this is where we have removed alien trees, burnt the wood and worked the ash (full of nutrients) back into the soil. After some time, indigenous plants appear and the land is transformed. Ask your ranger to show you areas where the land has fully recovered and you can then compare it with areas still in the recovery stage.


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
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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