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!

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

WHY GAME VIEWING ON LALIBELA IS THE BEST IN THE EASTERN CAPE:

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.

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.

* 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.

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.

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 a 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
mariaswaden
mariaswaden
2022-12-14
One of the best holidays We stayed at Kichaka lodge with a view of the watering hole where a family of hippos had taken up residence. It was wonderful. The staff could not have done more for us. The safari’s were incredible with Ashley our ranger being an absolute encyclopaedia of information. We saw the big 5 as well as all the small creatures. All done with respect for the animals well being and comfort. The food was exquisite. If I could give more stars I would. We will definitely be going back at some point in the future. I can’t recommend them enough. It was fantastic.
Freya D
Freya D
2022-12-04
Great safari trip at Lalibela with very special ranger Our first safari at Lalibela was incredible.Thanks to the whole Lalibela team. All of you are great and we really enjoyed our three day trip at Lalibela. Lentaba lodges were comfy and the food was good as well.Special thanks also goes to our ranger Guy. He has really great knowledge of all the animals and plants at the reserve and taught us a lot. We even booked an additional 6 km walk by foot with him. He is just the funniest and coolest dude! Thanks again Guy for this amazing experience. You are the best.
Wendy B
Wendy B
2022-12-04
Fantastic! We recently stayed at Lentaba Safari Lodge in Lalibela Game Reserve. It was fabulous! All of the staff were friendly, helpful and welcoming. The food was varied and really delicious. The game drives were fantastic; we saw lions, cheetah, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, rhino, hippo, brown hyena…it was so exciting. Our guide, Liesel, was excellent. We really appreciated her knowledge of the birds as well as the animals, which was outstanding. We wholeheartedly recommend Lentaba.
Tom
Tom
2022-12-03
Memories to last a life time We recently did 2 weeks in South Africa for our honeymoon, ending it with a three night stay at Kichaka at Lalibela.Absolutely stunning doesn't quite cut it. The lodge, our private lodge, the surroundings, the animal encounters - all incredible. But despite all of that, what stood out above all was how immense the staff and rangers were. The staff couldn't do enough for you. They were amazing and such lovely people. Right from the those serving breakfast through to the mixologist who'd make whatever you wanted. A special mention has to go to our two rangers - Ash and Nathan (it was also Nathan's first day!!) - they were absolutely brilliant. I've never been more excited to get up at 5 in the morning. It was even seeing the animals, it was the excitement of trying to find them, and the enthusiasm and knowledge they both had was incredible. Parking up the jeep to have some G&Ts in the park was just stunning.I never thought I'd be blown away by Termite mounds, but I was! We also did a couple of extras - a night drive and a walk. Both incredible and would highly recommend. The night drive in particular was a sensory overload, so exciting with an undertone of fear of hearing all sorts but without being able to see. The best part was driving into the herd of Buffalo and seeing a sea of red eyes staring at us - amazing. Oh and we saw an Aardvark - apparently the first time in 7 years the rangers had seen one - they were super excited - so naturally we were too!! Oh and don't get me started on the herd of elephants...epic.I could go on forever, but this place holds a special place in hearts. Thanks to all the staff involved, and thanks to our two amazing rangers - Ash and Nathan - we WILL be back!! Tom and Louise x
mooch
mooch
2022-11-15
Amazingly stunning experience at lalibela We recently stayed at lalibela kichaka lodge. From the moment we arrived till the day we left the staff could not do more for you. It was pure luxury. The rooms were stunning and comfortable with fab views we had our own plunge pool which was lovely to relax in after a game drive. We looked over the waterhole where Hippo spent their days. The food was also top class. The rangers were amazing making sure we saw all the animals. They were extremely knowledgeable and experienced, nothing was too much trouble. We also did a night drive which was extra and totally worth it, seeing the animals at night gave a total different perspective. We also went on a walking safari, again extra but totally worth it a real must if you go here. We have never felt so sad to leave a place it was sumptuous. The ladies in the spa gave the most relaxing massages too. I really can’t think of anything negative to say about this place other than 3 nights certainly we’re not long enough, when we return it will be for longer for sure. Do not hesitate to book this absolutely wonderful place you really will not be disappointed. We would give it 10 stars if we could.
Janchamb
Janchamb
2022-11-05
Inzola Game Lodges - a little place of paradise Inzola lodge is set in the middle of Lalibela, one of the five lodges situated on 11,000 hector game reserve. From start to finish we were made to feel incredibly welcomed and valued guests by the attentive staff team including J, Ray and their lovely team. Lodges were spectacular overlooking the reserve. The lodges are so comfortable and inviting with ours having an outside bath to enjoy on a star lit night. The food is superb - don’t think we have ever eaten so well. This was our first safari and ‘Pete’ Du Plesis was our guide which made our early morning and afternoon safaris enriched with his broad knowledge and expertise of the animals. in addition, Pete was really funny and sociable as well as informative about the habitat sharing his botany expertise.We highly recommend this experience to anyone and we would love to return in the future.
kstrup334867
kstrup334867
2022-11-04
Lalibela Game Reserve We had a fantastic trip! Lalibela was such a lovely place to stay, the staff were amazing so friendly and attentive, the food was excellent, the game drives were such fun, I would highly recommend this place.
gertvbr
gertvbr
2022-11-01
Heaven on earth My daughter and I stayed for the 3rd time in Lalibela; not without reason. We absolutely adore the reserve for its hospitality, nature and also what they do for the community. This visit did not disappoint. We stayed in Lentaba Safari Lodge (the 3rd lodge we have stayed at); a serene place with occasional elephant visitors; beautiful rooms and common areas that invite to share your experience with other visitors. Meals are enjoyed together (apart from the day we were alone on the lodge, which was a bit overwhelming but a super treat) and all of them were abundant and highest quality. The fabulous staff takes very good care of you and when there are special occassions to be celebrated or other requests made they are very considerate and make it happen. We had the privilige to be with our earlier ranger Regard again, an endless source of knowledge, ranger skills and fun that makes the hours on safari even more pleasant and memorable. Lalibela's conservation area is beautiful with lots of variety and wide views. One of the signature sightings for us here are the large groups of various antilopes and giraffes in these open areas; breathtaking all day: early morning, late afternoon close to sundown or even in heavy rains. Of course there is a lot of attention for Big 5 animals (and we love the frequent sightings of lions, rhinosaurs, elephants and buffalo's as well) but there is beauty in many more of the animals present and Regard has the skills to bring out the beauty in every animal. At the end we decided to stay an extra day, but even then felt really sorry to leave. For us this is heaven on earth (and we have been to many other good places in SA as well); but then on short driving distance from PE, which makes coming in and going back really easy. So we should be able to come back....
serena m
serena m
2022-10-27
Amazing We were a group of 8 and took over the Tree tops lodge, the staff couldn't have been more hospitable, cooked delicious food, in fact there was far too much and we cancelled lunch. Our wonderful guide Lisel, took us out for way longer on the first morning, it was initially foggy so very hard to see anything, then we heard monkeys screeching in a wood so she drove off the track, we ducked and dived to avoid branches, only to come across an exhausted cheetah, so close my zoom lens wasn't needed. our second evening we saw lions up very close, and two herds of elephants - my goodness what an experience. On our last morning while watching the hippos wallowing in the water a herd of giraffe come lolling by, and on the way home we saw 2 newly born wildebeest - we also saw rhino twice.
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.