Malaria-free Safari in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

We pride ourselves on our ability to offer you the best in Big 5game 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!

GAME-VIEWING

Naturally the game-viewing is one of the most important aspects to 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 at an additional cost. These late-night game drives depart after dinner and their main focus is on  nocturnal species.

WALKING SAFARIS

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.

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

* No children under the age of 16 years are allowed to participate in a Big 5 Walk.

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 to settle the cost directly with the lodge.

BIG 5 WALK BETWEEN 2 OF OUR LODGES (4 NIGHT STAY)

CHILDREN ON SAFARI

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.

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SAFARI CUISINE

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.

WHAT TO BRING ALONG ON SAFARI

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

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY AT LALIBELA

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 personal nature.

To view our rates click here.

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

YOUR ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE AT LALIBELA

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.

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
DANSouthAfrica
DANSouthAfrica
2022-01-13
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.
liannec864
liannec864
2022-01-04
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!
Sebdec
Sebdec
2022-01-02
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
2021-12-21
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
2021-11-30
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.
zimdougal
zimdougal
2021-11-18
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
2021-11-07
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
2021-11-04
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
2021-10-20
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
2021-10-15
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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