Unfortunately, Lalibela has been closed to guests since the beginning of lockdown in South Africa due to COVID-19. Our Reserve has gone five whole months without the chance to give guests their dream safari experiences! Luckily, we are finally open and welcoming guests again. We encourage you to come spend some time with us – there is nothing quite like being in the African bush – it is the perfect time to regather, relax and reconnect.
We understand that you are spoilt for choice as many game reserves, hotels and BnBs open up again. So we selected some of our 2020 TripAdvisor reviews to help you decide.
For my wife’s birthday I surprised her by taking her to Lalibela, which was absolutely fantastic. We stayed at Lentaba lodge in a secluded thatched chalet, which had a private viewing deck with lovely views of the bush and valley below.
We also had a view of a watering hole which was close by. We spent quite some time just relaxing on the deck watching the fascinating antics of a hippo calf playing at the water hole, with “mommy” hippo always close by, keeping a keen watchful eye over her baby. Our room was very clean, spacious and comfortable, with a nice large en-suite bathroom. At the main lodge there are also plenty of places to relax, including both inside and outside lounges, as well as a large deck with great views of the valley and waterhole.
All our meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, which were all-inclusive, were served on the main deck. For meals, one large long table was set-up, which enabled us to sit and socialize with other guests, which was enjoyable and a lot of fun. The food was superb, particularly the deserts and a special mention must be made of the poached pear with blue cheese mousse, which was scrumptious.
The morning and afternoon game drives were excellent, and we saw lots of wildlife, including elephant, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, hippo and plenty of antelope.
On our game drives we were always partnered with the same three couples, who were from England, Scotland and Belgium, which was interesting and enjoyable. Ryan, our game ranger was very pleasant, professional and knowledgeable. The staff were extremely friendly, attentive and efficient.
For my wife’s birthday, the staff arranged a bottle of sparkling wine and a delicious cake, set-up in our room, which was greatly appreciated. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lalibela and definitely hope to be back
Weston C, South Africa
Start to finish- excellent! From entry to exit we were met with professional staff with a real African spirit of hospitality and friendship. The accommodation was unique and very comfortable. The three safari trips we had were excellent with close-up views of the big five. The after safari social activity was first class. The food and drink was top class and abundant. The social interactivity with our fellow travellers in down time was most interesting. Highly recommend Lalibela Game Reserve and it’s wonderful and courteous staff
Seamas & Sheila, Ireland
What a perfect way to end our holiday. We didn’t want to leave. You provided me with the birthday of a lifetime and one I will never forget.
From the moment we arrived at reception we were looked after impeccably, and nothing was too much trouble. Our rooms were divine, and unexpectedly cool due to the air conditioning, looking straight out over the bird filled tree tops. The pool, bar and restaurant areas were fabulous, and we loved the fact that all the lights were made from antelope horns and ostrich eggs. The food was excellent, and we enjoyed tasting local African dishes.Ticha was our wonderful knowledgeable ranger, who taught us so much about so many of the animals he located for us. We watched cheetah stalking the impala, elephants bathing and playing in a water hole, and young giraffe testing their strength against each other.
Lalibela was magical! Thank you
Tiona B, United Kingdom
My husband and I spent 3 absolutely perfect days at the Lalibela Lentaba lodge. We really enjoyed every minute of our stay: from the spacious, very private and luxurious chalet to the wonderful 4 delicious and varied mealtimes, the breath-taking wildlife and scenery, and the lovely, friendly staff and our amazing game ranger Liezl! She did a great job of ensuring that we saw we saw everything we wanted to (only the leopard proved elusive) and more…
We met some lovely fellow guests and just generally enjoyed the varied days of amazing game drives, relaxing afternoon snooze in a cool room, to the breath-taking sundowners out in the game reserve and the entertaining mealtimes.
Thanks to all the Lalibela staff – we can thoroughly recommend this lodge and really hope to be lucky enough to come back in the future
Trakki, United Kingdom
Some of our favourite TripAdvisor photos posted by our guests
Photo credit: Weston C
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