CONSERVATION

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

Whilst Lalibela is run on business principles, our owners have pledged that all surpluses generated on Lalibela are allocated to the conservation of the land, animals and wider community.

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.

Recycling

Throughout the reserve, from our lodges to staff housing, workshops, community and admin buildings, we have recycle bins. There are recycling bins for glass, plastic, tins, paper and cardboard. The recycling that is collected is taken to a nearby recycling plant where it is recycled.

Vegetable peels and food scraps are collected by a farmer who would either use this for pig food or for making biogas. All sanitary products are incinerated.

Plastic-Free

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 July 2024, we estimate that we have completed about 90% of the task).

The wattle trees are completely removed from the reserve. They are then burnt and the ash is then worked back into the soil. The ash is full of nutrients that the soil needs in order to thrive. By doing this, we have managed to recover 4000 hectares of land that is completely wattle free. Vast areas of savanna grassland  have grown back in place of the wattle forests. The Savanna Grassland biome has the highest wildlife carrying capacity so this means that we are able to sustain large 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.

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.  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.

We are also removing Optunia, commonly known as “Prickly Pear”. This invasive cactus species bears  fruit which is very palatable, so elephants and baboons in particular spread the seeds around the game reserve. We have currently removed approximately 60% of the Optunia and will continue removing this invasive species until it is completely eradicated from the reserve.

Water Purification Plant

Lalibela has a water purification plant on site. Water is sourced from two boreholes and is put through a filtration process and is treated to remove excess iron The water then passes through machines using the reverse osmosis process. Reverse osmosis is the process or the technology which is used to remove ions, mineral chemicals, and other impurities from drinking water. Once the water has passed through these stages, the water is 100% safe for consumption. Lalibela is able to produce both still and sparkling water on site for use in our lodges.

Wildlife Conservation & Anti-Poaching

One of the aspects of our conservation programmes at Lalibela is that from time to time we need to conduct veterinary procedures on high profile species like lion, cheetah and rhino. During these procedures, veterinarians take great precaution to ensure the safety of the animals and will only dart wildlife when it is absolutely necessary to do so. Some of our wildlife are fitted with tracking collars for safety and monitoring purposes. When the batteries in the tracking collars reach the end of their lifespan, it then becomes necessary to fit a new collar. The tracking collars are a vital part of conservation efforts as they give our wildlife team a better understanding of their behaviour and movements across the reserve but also assist our anti-poaching team in protecting endangered species.

Our dedicated anti-poaching teams put their lives on the line protecting our wildlife. They work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are committed to the safety of our rangers, their ongoing training and ensuring that they have the equipment they need to continue protecting our precious wildlife.

 CONSERVATION AT LALIBELA GAME RESERVE

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vivianeb206
vivianeb206
2024-03-04
Lalibela ein Traum Das Lalibela Game Drive ist 100 % empfehlenswert und wir wären gerne noch eine dritte Nacht geblieben! Vom Essen über die Gamedrives und den ganzen Service hat diese Lodge 100 % unseren Erwartungen entsprochen und wir würden sofort wieder gehen! Absolut spitze!
fschul978320
fschul978320
2024-03-01
Fantastic Incredible nice Location, friendly service, good food and drinks. Fantastic and friendly ranger. Everthing was well organized. The whole safari programm was perfect for us. Very cool and exclusive location.
Washington White
Washington White
2024-02-25
Great Eastern Cape Option First things first, this is not a safari experience on the scale or grandeur of the private concessions up by Kruger, but then again, it’s not trying to be. What you get here is a very bespoke and personalised safari. We stayed at Inzolo Lodge which we found to be very clean and comfortable. The food was OK and we liked the concept of dining alongside other guests; it is always fun to discuss the highlights of your game drives. The drives themselves were really good with plenty of giraffes, hippos, rhinos, lions and a brilliant cheetah sighting. Our guide, Ryno, was brilliant, probably one of the best we’ve had. His ability to tell a good story coupled with a passion for conservation and animal welfare was exceptional; what should have been a 3 hour drive often ended up being considerably longer. 3 nights at Lalibela is probably sufficient, but don’t let this put you off, as it’s easily accessible, malaria free, the personalised service is fantastic and you should see most, if not all, of the big 5. It should also be noted that it’s a fraction of the price of going up to Kruger!
emac
emac
2024-02-25
Amazing place to stay and amazing Safari expeirence. I would aboslutely recommend choosing Lalibela as a game reserve. The Safari was incredible and I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed it. The room and environment at the lodge was also amazing. The food was plentiful and delicious. As with all the private game reserves, it is expensive but it felt worth every penny and I wouldn't change a thing!
Angela J
Angela J
2024-02-22
Exceptional game reserve and experience The most wonderful experience of our lives Lentaba lodge luxurious and attention to detail beautiful. Staff amazing food absolutely amazing also. The game drives brilliant and were better than what we expected highly recommended we will be back
joannem846
joannem846
2024-02-17
An adventure of a lifetime! We have just returned home from our visit to Lalibela and I was compelled to leave a review. This place is heaven on earth, from the minute you land to the minute you leave it has an aura that just makes you remember what life is all about, enjoying experiences such as this! The staff are amazing especially Liesal our ranger, who was so knowledgeable, patient and passionate her job, you tell her what you want to see and she will do her level best to find it! The animals are incredible, the staff on the lodge are great at giving you an amazing experience, the food is fantastic, we met some many incredible people we just can’t wait to go back! Don’t hesitate to book, you want regret it!
maritabalda
maritabalda
2024-02-17
Amazing experience Everything was great!! The accommodation, the food, the safari!! The only problem was the wifi! There is only in the main area, in living room!!! But very low… The room was very clean and big! You must visit Lalibela!!!!
jeminab
jeminab
2024-02-16
Very enjoyable stay We stayed at Lentaba Lodge which is about a 20 minute drive from Lalibella reception. The disclaimer that you have to sign when you arrive is a little disconcerting. There are 10 thatched, 2 person lodges and a main lodge that houses the restaurant, bar and lounge areas. There is an outdoor pool and further outdoor seating areas with splendid views of the reserve. The style of decoration is rustic with plenty of African art. The buffet meals are really tasty with plenty of choice and are taken at one long table. Good wifi and tea, coffee and bottled water in each room. 2 game drives per day at 6am and 4pm are always fascinating whether you are observing animals, birds or plants.
JPm_64
JPm_64
2024-02-14
AMAZING We visited using a cruise ship tour but we absolutely loved the reserve. Teacher was our tour guide who managed to search out four of the big five and we had the most amazing 2.5hr safari. Afterwards we enjoyed an amazing lunch at the lodge. The staff are so friendly and accommodating and we will be looking return one day independently and stay for a few days.
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.