Lalibela Game Reserve (Eastern Cape) South Africa
Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge is located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, close to Port Elizabeth and Addo, which means it is not only malaria free, but spans 5 ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna in true African safari style. The 3 main aspects of any African safari are the game-viewing, the accommodation and the food. At Lalibela we take special care to ensure that heartfelt service combines with these three “ingredients” to make your Big 5 African safari experience a memorable one.
Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge consists of 7,500 hectares (approximately 18,500 acres) and is home to the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard). Only an hour away from Port Elizabeth and Addo, Lalibela is unique in the Eastern Cape in that we have no public roads running through our property. All of the animals, including the predators, are free-roaming throughout the entire game reserve.
We have 3 safari lodges at Lalibela Game Reserve. Whilst the standard of accommodation at Lentaba Safari Lodge, Mark’s Camp and Tree Tops Safari Lodge is the same, each has its own unique character. At all three lodges, secluded thatched chalets are placed where magnificent indigenous gardens merge into the surrounding bush.
Each en-suite unit has a private observation deck to make the most of the views. The lodges also boast a large lounge, viewing deck and a sunny swimming pool where you can spend a lazy afternoon. They also have an outdoor dining ‘boma’ for fireside dinners and open-air brunches, as well as stylish indoor dining areas.
Lentaba Safari Lodge
Lentaba, the “lodge on the hillside”, sleeps 16 people in eight secluded thatched chalets, placed where magnificent indigenous gardens merge into the surrounding bush. Each en-suite unit has a private observation deck to make the most of the views over the valley bushveld. Each chalet has air-conditioning as well as a ceiling fan.
The main lodge is decorated in a traditional African safari style and boasts a large lounge, viewing deck and a sunny swimming pool where you can spend a lazy afternoon.
The outdoor dining “boma” has a commanding view of a waterhole which is spotlit after dark for night game viewing. There is also a stylish indoor dining area. Brunch is served al fresco on the main viewing deck. The overnight rate at Lentaba Safari Lodge includes accommodation, 2 game drives (evening & morning), all meals and all drinks at Lentaba and on game drives. To get the most out of your African safari experience we recommend that you spend 2 or 3 nights with us.
Tree Tops Safari Lodge
Tree Tops Safari Lodge differs from our other lodges in that it is a tented camp. The luxury safari tents perched high on thatched platforms at “tree top” level are joined by raised walkways and offer spectacular views over the thickly-wooded valley. The rooms, with their canvas walls and thatched roofs, have huge window areas and give guests the feeling of being right in the bush.
Each air-conditioned room has a private veranda where guests can sit and relax in privacy. As with our other lodges, Tree Tops Safari Lodge has a large lounge and open-air dining deck with a view over a small waterhole. Guests can sunbathe around the swimming pool or relax in the shaded gazebo.
Special care and consideration was taken during the construction of Tree Tops to minimize the impact on the pristine vegetation in the valley.
Tree Tops Safari Lodge sleeps 10 people in 5 rooms. The overnight rate at Tree Tops Safari Lodge includes accommodation, 2 game drives (evening & morning), all meals and all drinks at Tree Tops and on game drives.
To get the most out of your African safari experience we
recommend that you spend 2 or 3 nights with us.
The stone and thatch chalets and main lodge of Mark’s Camp are decorated in a relaxed Pan-African style. This safari lodge sleeps up to 20 guests in four individual chalets and four family chalets. Each comfortably furnished chalet has an en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning for those warm summer nights. The chalets open up onto a private deck with views over the surrounding bush.
Between game drives, guests can relax in the large lounge, bird watch from the viewing decks or laze around a choice of two swimming pools. Mark’s Camp has an outdoor dining “boma” for fireside dinners and open-air brunches, as well as a gracious indoor dining area. Since Lalibela Game Reserve is in a malaria-free area, Mark’s Camp is perfect for families travelling with young children. The 3 family rooms & 1 family suite can sleep up to 10 adults and 8 children. An exciting children’s programme is offered at this lodge.
The overnight rate at Mark’s Camp includes accommodation, 2 game drives (evening & morning), all meals and all drinks at Mark’s Camp and on game drives. To get the most out of your safari experience we recommend that you spend 2 or 3 nights with us.
Children on Safari
There is a huge demand for families wanting a safari holiday in a malaria-free area, because of the risks associated with taking children to a malaria-infested area. Lalibela’s location makes us ideal for families travelling with children, who are wanting to combine a family safari with the Garden Route and Cape Town. We have devised a children’s programme which we feel optimizes the safari experience with quality family time.
There is a special game drive vehicle for children and they are taken by their own ranger for shorter game drives, where care is taken to avoid close encounters with dangerous game. Other features of the children’s programme include arts and crafts, bush skills, African stories, special child-friendly food and babysitting during certain hours (including adult dinner and game drives).
Each family is different and children require varying degrees of attention, which is why the emphasis at Lalibela is to be as flexible as possible to ensure memorable family holidays. Children of all ages are welcome at Mark’s Camp which has 4 twin rooms on one side of the lodge and 4 family rooms on the other side of the lodge.
The overnight rate for children under 12 includes accommodation, children’s programme & game drives, all meals and all drinks at Mark’s Camp and on game drives. To get the most out of your safari experience we recommend that you spend at least 2 nights with us. Children under 12 pay 50% of the adult rate.
Activities / Wildlife:
We pride ourselves on our ability to offer you the best in Big 5 game-viewing. Game drives in an open vehicle with an experienced game ranger bring you face to face with a multitude of game species, ranging from mighty elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo to tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. Lalibela Game Reserve is also home to cheetah, hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope, such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest. /p>
On thrilling night drives under the vast African sky, we search for the elusive bat-eared fox, aardvark, black-backed jackal, aardwolf and the curious spring hare.
Lalibela Game Reserve comprises 7,500 hectares (18,500 acres) of valley bushveld, savannah grassland, fynbos, riverine forest and acacia woodland, all coming together to make Lalibela the ideal home for the Big 5 in Southern Africa. There are no public roads running through the property and all the animals, including the predators, roam freely throughout the entire reserve.
Accommodation Rates:- Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary.