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
Is tipping/gratuities expected?
Gratuities are not expected but can be given at the end of one’s stay at Lalibela Game Reserve.
How long should you stay?
Guests should stay a minimum of 2-3 days to enjoy all that the reserve has to offer.
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.
How big is the reserve?
Lalibela is approximately 9000 hectares.
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.
Is there a range of accommodation?
Yes, Lalibela’s accommodation ranges from family-friendly lodges, to tented suites to sole-use farmhouses.
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.
What are the check-in/check-out times?
Check in time at Lalibela is between 12:00 and 14:00. Check out time is at 11:00.
Can I take a toddler on a game drive?
Unfortunately, not. Children aged 8 and up are allowed on normal game drives but Lalibela does offer children’s game drives for kids aged 3-7.
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.
Is there mobile coverage within the reserve?
Yes. There is mobile coverage at all of Lalibela’s lodges.
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 makes this reserve unique?
Lalibela’s perfect blend of wildlife, plush accommodation and cuisine is what distinguishes it from other game reserves.
Does the reserve offer animal encounters?
Is the reserve wheelchair friendly?
Does the reserve offer wi-fi?
Lalibela has recently upgraded their bandwidth. While internet connectivity may not extend all across Lalibela’s 10,255 hectares, wi-fi is readily available at Lentaba Lodge, Tree Tops and Mark’s Camp.
What is the currency used and language spoken?
The local currency is the South African Rand (R1=100 cents), which exchanges favourably with major international currencies. Take note that currency can be exchanged at banks, forex bureaus and at certain hotels. Foreign tourists can have their VAT (value-added tax at 14%) refunded at the point of departure, provided they present their original tax invoices. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa cards are widely accepted. South Africa has 11 official languages but English is widely spoken wherever you may travel.
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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