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Lalibela Game Reserve is a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

The 10,500-hectare expanse offers Big 5 adventures and luxury accommodation for all its guests. In addition to its safari adventures, a stay at Lalibela is also the perfect way to round up a Garden Route adventure.

Game drives are a treat at Lalibela. An expert ranger escorts guests through the Eastern Cape vastness as they search for the Big 5 through plains, acacia forests and lush valleys. Additionally, antelope, giraffe and a plethora of other animals also roam the reserve. Besides conventional wildlife, Lalibela plays host to a range of birdlife, perfect for birdwatchers. Game drives are offered early in the morning and in the late afternoon, when wildlife is most active.

Luxury Tented Camp

Tree Tops ★★★★

Tree Top Safari Lodge has various raised walkways connect the main lodge area to luxurious tented suites. Each of these suites provides the perfect blend between rustic décor and modern furnishings. There is no television at Tree Tops Lodge. Instead, guests enjoy ‘bush television’ – a breath-taking panoramic view of the valley and the watering hole visited by resident elephants and nyala.

Lalibela Tree Tops Lodge prides itself on the comfort offered by its five tented suites. Each one sleeps two guests and is styled in the vein of expedition tents of the golden age of safari. The tents come equipped with a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom. There is also a small sitting deck attached to each suite. Moreover, meals come courtesy of the lodge’s in-house chef and are enjoyed in the open-air boma. The lodge’s pool deck ensures a picturesque cool-off from daily game drives and the ideal setting for a cocktail. Additionally, the lounge offers a comfy setting for an afternoon read, or just an afternoon nap.

sophisticated safari experience

Lentaba ★★★★

Besides the views it provides of Lentaba’s many hills, the lodge also overlooks a waterhole. Hippo and elephant regularly visit this watering hole, making sundowners and lunches at Lentaba a sight to remember. Additionally, the swimming pool and outdoor bar make for the perfect summertime spot. In winter, the lodge’s many fireplaces promise a cosy refuge after a late afternoon game drive.

The lodge has 10 spacious stone-and-thatch chalets. Each one comes equipped with air-conditioning and a ceiling fan. In addition to its en-suite bathroom and king-size bed, each chalet also comes equipped with its own shaded veranda that overlooks the valleys of Lalibela. Meal times take place in either the extensive open- air boma or in the intimacy of the dining room. Moreover, the deck overlooking the watering hole provides an idyllic setting for a sundowner or two.

luxury bush camp

Kichaka ★★★★★

Kichaka Lodge is found in the Lalibela Game Reserve, the exclusive lodge promises intimate accommodation set on the banks of a frequently-visited watering hole in the heart of the Adventure Province. Everything at the lodge has been constructed in order to offer the best possible views of the surrounding expansive plains. The main lodge extends onto a small island, making sundowners and star-lit dinners both a delicious and wildlife-filled experience. There are ten stone-and- thatch suites at Kichaka Lodge. Each one comes decorated with African tones and flourishes of colonial-chic design. Besides the spacious living area and plunge pool deck, each suite comes equipped with an en suite bathroom complete with ‘his’ and ‘hers’ basins.

A rim-flow swimming pool adjacent to the waterhole is perfectly placed and makes an ideal place to enjoy sun, cocktails and to admire the glorious views. A rim-flow swimming pool adjacent to the waterhole is perfectly placed and makes an ideal place to enjoy sun, cocktails and to admire the glorious views.

private lodge experience

Mark's ★★★★

Lobengula Lodge offers guests the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive paradise in the African bush. Families as well as tour groups can book the lodge for an exclusive, private holiday. Modelled after a traditional African kraal, Lobengula promises the sense of centuries old tradition, only with modern amenities. The shaded lodge area ensures that time between safari activities is as comfortable as possible. Dedicated staff will do their utmost to make this a reality.

private lodge experience

Mills Manor ★★★★

Lobengula Lodge offers guests the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive paradise in the African bush. Families as well as tour groups can book the lodge for an exclusive, private holiday. Modelled after a traditional African kraal, Lobengula promises the sense of centuries old tradition, only with modern amenities. The shaded lodge area ensures that time between safari activities is as comfortable as possible. Dedicated staff will do their utmost to make this a reality.

Wildlife Experience

While Amakhala is home to the Big 5 and a variety of other game, it also plays host to lesser known species such as the curious spring hare. Our rangers delight in showing our visitors all that the reserve has to offer! There is also a plethora of birdlife in the reserve that promises to amaze both the avid birdwatcher and novice alike.
Early morning and sunset game drives reveal a multitude of game on Amakhala’s private 7,500 hectares, from the mighty elephant to the nocturnal aardvark.

Children at Lalibela Game Reserve

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.
We have devised a flexible children’s programme which we feel optimises the safari experience with quality family time. A completely safe, child friendly game drive, combined with activities such as arts and crafts and bush skills will keep your little ones busy and entertained.

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.

FAQ

What is included in the rate?

The rates at Lalibela include accommodation, all meals and drinks and two daily game drives.

What does a typical day at the reserve entail?

Guests will wake early for a light breakfast before setting out on a morning game drive. Upon your return from the bush, you will be treated to a sumptuous brunch. Its then time to relax poolside with a book or enjoy a nap in your suite. This is followed by an afternoon tea and then a sunset game drive. The safari vehicle will then return to your lodge where you will enjoy a hearty dinner and some fireside safari stories.

What is the dresscode and what do I need to pack?

There is no dress code at Lalibela but neutral coloured clothes are recommended for game drives. Colours like white or black are not recommended as they do not blend as well into the bush as greens and browns. Beside your own personal medication, be sure to bring the following:
– Cameras, lenses and binoculars
– Bathing suits for the pool areas
– Walking shoes
– Sunscreen and hats
– Warmer clothing for winter stays

Other than safaris, what activities are there?

All of Lalibela’s lodges are ideal for simply sitting back and relaxing in. Excursions to the attractions within the surrounding area can also be organised.

Is the reserve a malaria-free area?

Yes. Lalibela is located in the malaria–free Eastern Cape.

What wildlife can I expect to see?

Besides the Big 5, you can expect to see hyena, giraffe, cheetah, hippo, zebra and a plethora of antelope. Lalibela is also home to an abundance of birdlife.Lalibela is approximately 9000 hectares.

Are children allowed in the reserve?

Yes. Children are welcome at Lalibela but only at Mark’s Camp. Children aged 8 and up are allowed on game drives.

Does the reserve cater for weddings, honeymoons etc?

Yes. Lalibela can cater for weddings and honeymoons. The staff can help you with everything you may need to make your special day unforgettable.

What type of food is offered?

Lalibela’s cuisine fuses western fare with local specialities. All dietary types can be catered for. Kosher and halal meals can be outsourced at an additional cost for guests who do not want the vegetarian option. There is also a children’s menu available at Mark’s Camp.

Which lodge within the reserve is the best for game viewing?

Mark’s Camp, Lentaba lodge and Treetops Lodge all have their own watering hole, which are often visited by elephant, giraffe and even predators.

What is the climate like?

The climate at Lalibela Game Reserve boasts a blend of Mediterranean and sub-tropical weather. The reserve is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, with the dry seasons running from September until March. The moderate to colder seasons follow until August, however the winter period has pleasant 22°C mid-day temperatures.

Does the reserve take part in conservation efforts?

Yes. Lalibela has recently embarked on a project to rid the reserve of alien tree and plant life.

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