Malaria-free Safari in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

We pride ourselves on our ability to offer you the best in Big 5 game viewing. At Lalibela we are blessed to have phenomenal sightings of the Big 5 as well as the various other species that visitors so enjoy seeing.

In addition to the larger, more known wild animals, Lalibela has various lesser-known species and our rangers delight in exposing our guests to these – the curious spring hare is as fascinating as the mighty African elephant!

Guests come to Lalibela in order to combine experiencing great game-viewing with great food together with the chance to completely and utterly unwind. The safari part of a holiday to Africa is generally the highlight and we certainly do our utmost to ensure that our guests are able to relax, indulge and experience in style!


Naturally game-viewing is one of the most important aspects of a safari stay and in this respect we are governed by the rhythm and times of nature. Since predators are generally inactive during the daytime, most hunting is done in the early hours of the morning and late in the evening and because this is the time when predators are most active, the antelope also follow these times – they relax in the shade in the daytime and are alert and active in the early mornings and late evenings.

For these reasons, our game drives take place in order to coincide with when the wildlife is most active – early morning and late afternoon! This does mean early starts, but guests soon get used to it and their body clocks adjust to Africa time remarkably well!

The game drives will take between three and four hours, with a sundowner stop at sunset and a coffee stop in the morning. The afternoon game drives usually return to the lodge after dark in time for dinner. Game drive times are seasonally adjusted as the seasons change.

Optional late-night game drives by arrangement with the lodge are available at an additional cost. These late-night game drives depart after dinner and their main focus is on nocturnal species.


Lalibela is proud to be part of a cluster of game reserves in the Eastern Cape. Together, we all make up the Indalo Protected Environment, which is a legally protected conservation area.

Whilst choosing which game reserve to visit can be tricky, these are the  compelling reasons to choose Lalibela for your Eastern Cape safari:

Lalibela is one of the very few Eastern Cape game reserves that is comprised of one contiguous, fully self-sustaining block where all species roam freely. There are no separate camps for lions, buffalo, elephants etc on Lalibela;
Lalibela is the only game reserve in the Eastern Cape that has more lions than game viewers and our rigid vehicles per sighting policy ensures world class encounters without distraction;
Lalibela is the only Eastern Cape game reserve where 100% of surplus revenue is ploughed back into community and conservation. No profits will ever be taken out of the Reserve;
Unique to the Eastern Cape, the predominance of grassland savannah on the Reserve supports a way higher density of game than any other Reserve in the Eastern Cape, with truly startling numbers of plains game species supporting the impressive predator load; and
Lalibela is one of only two Eastern Cape game reserves that has no public roads running through it – so you will never encounter members of the public whilst on game drives at Lalibela.


Standard Big 5 Walking Safari

In addition to game drives, guests have the option of booking a Big 5 Walking Safari during their stay at Lalibela. A walking safari, led by our qualified rangers, offers a unique and rewarding authentic experience of the African bush. While searching for wildlife, your guide will also point out animal tracks, dung and birds which will give you a unique understanding of the fauna and flora indigenous to the region.

* No children under the age of 18 years are allowed to participate in a Big 5 Walk. 16 & 17 year old’s are at the discretion of the Head Ranger.

Soft Walking Safaris

Not only did the “Big 5 area” of Lalibela increase in size, but the acquisition of an additional 2,000 hectares adjacent to the existing Big 5 area, means that Lalibela now has a pristine wilderness range that will be used as a breeding area, and to reintroduce endemic game species to the Eastern Cape.

In this new predator-free area, “soft” walking safaris have been introduced. This breeding area offers a more relaxed “on foot” safari experience for the whole family where you can get up close and personal with game such as zebra, giraffe, warthog and various antelope in a safe environment.

*Big 5 Walking Safaris & The Soft Walking Safaris need to be booked on arrival or during your stay at Lalibela as they are weather dependent.

* Guests need to be staying overnight for a minimum of a 2 night stay.

*Guests to settle the cost directly with the lodge.


Game drives

Game drives are a family experience at Mark’s Camp, so families with children 2 years and older will go out on the game drives together. As Mark’s Camp is a family-friendly lodge, different families with children of similar ages will go out on the game drives together and will share a vehicle.

Children under the age of 2 years are not permitted on game drives. They would have to stay at the lodge with a child minder.

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. arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, rock painting, track and bird identification and board games.

Weather permitting, children can enjoy and learn about nature on a guided walk and run around and play a fun game of soccer.

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.


We believe that warm hospitality and memorable food are as important as the game-viewing element of your safari experience. At Lalibela, food is true safari cuisine with an emphasis on local specialities, ranging from centuries-old recipes to exciting new contemporary African dishes.

Dining at Lalibela is unforgettable whether it is brunch on a sunlit deck, or a safari cuisine dinner in an indoor dining room or outdoor boma.

The atmosphere at our lodges is one of “relaxed informality” and we encourage interaction between guests at the dining table. Dining at all of our lodges, whether indoors or outdoors, is always around a large central table.

The table is a place where our guests discuss the day’s activities with their ranger, make new friends from around the world or just enjoy the local tastes and flavours in a relaxed African setting.

Sunblock & a sun hat
Warm clothes for cool evening and early morning drives
A keen sense of adventure!


Your stay at Lalibela includes your accommodation at one of our six lodges, all meals, all drinks at your lodge and on the game drives (excludes premium wines and spirits) and two game drives per night stay. You get 2 game drives for each night that you stay with us (an evening game drive and a morning game drive) – we recommend that our guests stay a minimum of 2 nights, but ideally 3 nights, in order to get the most out of the safari experience.

Our overnight rates exclude our Conservation and Community Fee, transfers, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

To view our rates click here.

For more information on Lalibela Game Reserve, please feel free to email us at


Check-in at Lalibela is between 12h00 and 13h00.

Check-out from your lodge is after brunch at 11h00 on your day of departure when you are transferred back to the main reception.

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!
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
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!
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.