Lalibela is one big conservation project – we call it “conservation for conservation’s sake”

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 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.

Lalibela Game Reserve Community Outreach Video

For every night you spend at Lalibela, you make a difference through the Conservation and Community Levy that you pay. 100% of funds collected are spent on our conservation initiatives, anti-poaching and community upliftment projects.

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.

Sports Development

Fun and exercise are essential to one’s wellbeing and health. We support and sponsor two soccer teams, a netball team, a gumboot dance troupe and a boxing initiative. We assist with transport to matches, equipment, sport uniforms and facilities.


Lalibela funds a Recreation Centre in the Seven Fountains Community where the children come in for assistance with their homework and school projects as well as for extra reading classes.

Children’s feeding scheme

The children hail from impoverished homes, so we look after them by providing nutritious meals. We supply the local school with breakfast porridge ingredients for 130 children. There has been a marked improvement in school attendance and academic performance. During school holidays, we provide both breakfasts & wholesome lunches to the children.

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 encourage and educate the community about environmental issues. We have an ongoing EcoBricks project where plastic bottles are filled tightly with plastic litter and these EcoBricks are then used to build tables, benches and walls with cement.

Hope Jars

Soup Jars, or better known as “Hope Jars” are jars filled with rice, beans, lentils and other plant proteins. 30 – 40 Hope Jars are handed out weekly to households in the Seven Fountains Community. This helps to ensure everyone remains fed with hearty, nutritious meals.

Dog Project

The Ikhala Veterinary Clinic visits the Seven Fountains Community regularly. They treat the various medical ailments of the dogs which include sterilization, wound treatment, deworming  and provide medication for ticks and fleas. Lalibela provides dog food for the dogs two times a week. Kennels are gifted to individuals who are looking after their pets. These kennels are made from old pallets and decking planks which were replaced when one of our lodges were refurbished.

Stationery Packs & Holiday Club

We supply basic stationery packs each term to all learners and during the school holidays, we host a holiday club at the Recreation Centre where the fun and learning continues.


We encourage our guests to become part of “Pack with a Purpose” – where they bring surplus or unwanted items with them to Lalibela and these are then donated to one of our many community projects.

Currently, we are encouraging our guests, should they have space and any of these items perhaps lying unused, to bring some of the following (no matter how big or small):

Items always in need:

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

Current needs (as of July 2024):

  • Black school shoes (for children ages 6 to 13)
  • 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)
  • Children’s clothing and shoes (Boys and girls)
  • Knitting wool
Lalibela Game Reserve - Pack with a purpose - Flip flops

On arrival at Lalibela, our guests simply tell their lodge manager that they have donations for our community programmes and these are then given to Thozama Mgcima, Lalibela’s Head of Community Development.

For more information about our community programmes, please contact Thozama Mgcima at 

“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”


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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
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
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!
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.