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lali.jpg This Big Five private game reserve’s location in the Eastern Cape means it is not only malaria free but spans five eco-systems (valley bushveld, savannah grassland, fynbos, riverine forest and acacia woodland), resulting in a breathtaking diversity of plants, animals and birds.
Lalibela brings you the charm of authentic Africa and is a perfect blend of the formal and informal. Lalibela has four lodges, all offering décor that is infused with the essence of Africa, as well as warm and friendly service, exciting safari cuisine and unforgettable game viewing.

The Game Reserve now consists of 7,500 hectares (approximately 18,500 acres) and is home to the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard). Lalibela is unique in the Eastern Cape in that there are no public roads running through the property. All of the animals, including the predators, are free-roaming throughout the entire reserve.

• From Port Elizabeth to Port Elizabeth
• Drive in: 3 days, 2 nights

The location in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa makes us a perfect extention to the Garden Route and Cape Town. Cape Town and Port Elizabeth airports allow visitors to South Africa to save precious holiday time - many of our guests fly into Cape Town, drive along the Garden Route and end with a safari at Lalibela.

Check out time at Lalibela allows for guests to fly out of Port Elizabeth and connect with international flights from either Cape Town or Johannesburg, which depart in the evenings.

There are currently four lodges - Lentaba Lodge, Mark's Camp, Tree Tops and Idwala Lodge - all offering decor that is infused with the essence of Africa, as well as warm and friendly service and unforgettable game viewing. Lalibela brings you the charm of authentic Africa and is a perfect blend of the formal and informal. At Lalibela, food is true safari cuisine with an emphasis on local specialties, ranging from centuries-old recipes to exciting contemporary African dishes.

Of the 6 vegetation types in South Africa, 5 occur naturally on Lalibela. Of these, the Valley Bushveld biome, which only occurs in the Eastern Cape, has the highest carrying capacity of game in South Africa. For this reason Lalibela is able to sustain a dense population of wildlife. Big5 sightings occur regularly and other game such as zebra, giraffe, antelope, hippo, cheetah etc are abundant.

Lalibela's location makes it ideal for adults travelling with children who want to combine a family safari with the Garden Route and Cape Town. Over the last 12 months we have looked at various programmes catering for families and have come up with a children's programme which they feel optimizes the safari experience with quality family time.

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. An overview of our children's programme is as follows: In the early morning Lalibela’s child minders come on duty so that parents can leave for their morning game drive. The children are given a chance to wake up, get dressed and be ready for the day.

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 is also home to cheetah, hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope, such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest.

On thrilling night drives under the vast African sky, they search for the elusive bat-eared fox, aardvark, black-backed jackal, aardwolf and the curious spring hare. You get two game drives for each night that you stay at Lalibela: one in the late afternoon and one early the following morning.

The extremely rare and endangered Ground Hornbill has been seen at Lalibela. Head of conservation, Bruce Meikle, reports that the rare and endangered Ground Hornbill was spotted at Lalibela on 14 October 2005. The Lalibela dancers play their marimba music at reception every day to welcome guests and it appears that the sound of the base is what attracted the bird. Ken Munro, chairman of Birdlife Eastern Cape, says that Ground Hornbills number approximately 1500 in South Africa and he says it is extremely good news for bird enthusiasts that one has been spotted in the Eastern Cape. They are similar to wild dogs in that only the alpha-female mates so what often happens is that non-alpha-female birds will go out and search for a mate. The bird spotted at Lalibela is definitely a female as it has the characteristic blue skin on its neck. Ground hornbills thrive in open grassland areas but nest and roost in tall trees - Lalibela is blessed with both of these vegetation types so it makes sense that the bird has been seen at Lalibela.


Day 1
Meet your driver and depart Port Elizabeth for Lalibela. Port Elizabeth Airport is only 90 kms from the Game Reserve. Enjoy the afternoon game drive, followed by sundowners and dinner.

Day 2
Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle over the rolling hills and valleys. If you have a particular species you would like to see, please mention it to your ranger; he will be happy to merge your plans into the group. In the early morning (if you are keen) you will leave, spending approximately 3 hours game viewing before returning to your lodge for a hearty breakfast. Blankets are supplied for those cold morning starts!

The heat of the day is usually spent in the shade, playing tennis, swimming, reading and, of course, enjoying a delicious lunch. Late afternoon, you assemble again for the evening drive. As the animals emerge from their midday cover, you may see elephants browsing, rhino drinking at a waterhole, or perhaps the shy bushbuck motionless in the dense bushveld.

The evening and night is spend back at your lodge where a drink in the bar with your ranger, amid cheerful recollections of the day's discoveries is followed either by another great meal expertly prepared by our chefs, or a barbecue next to a roaring fire. Finally, a hot shower and a well-earned sleep. Before repeating it again the next day!

Generally, you may not leave your vehicle when it is in the reserve. Guided walks can be arranged in the company of your armed ranger, in search of rare animals. These hikes can often be the highlight of your African trip, for it is really only then that you gain a perspective of this great continent.

Day 3
Following the morning game drive and breakfast, you will be met and transferred to Port Elizabeth.

Lalibela Game Reserve Information
Meals Full Board and 2 Game drives daily, Guided Bush Walks
Luxury Wilderness Reserve
Departure Dates
On request
Transport Luxury, air conditioned vehicle.
Price Includes All meals, Accommodation, 2 game drives daily, Local beverages, Tourism Levy and VAT, Transfers
Price Excludes Private bar, Imported beverages, Laundry, Shop purchases, Spa treatments, Telephone calls
Minimum Number
Climate Hot, humid and wet summers with dry cold winters.
Best time to go Game viewing is excellent throughout the year.
Health Requirements None. Sun block essential for most of the year. Malaria free.
Combines well with Garden Route
Other Ideas Easily added to any of our longer escorted or self-drive tours
Child Policy Children of all ages are welcome at Mark’s Camp.
Rate includes all meals, entertainment, baby-sitting, game drives & activities
Children U/8yrs are not allowed on the adults’ Big 5 game drive
A detailed children’s programme is available on request
Children under 12 years of age, if sharing with 2 adults pay, 50% of adult sharing rate
Children 12 years & older are considered adults & pay the per person sharing rate, if sharing with 2 other adults
Lentaba Lodge & Tree Tops only accommodate children of 12 years of age & older
Clothing Comfortable Safari clothing for day-time activities.
Smart-casual clothing for evenings.
A warm jacket for night drives. Binoculars, sunscreen, sunglasses for game drives.Summer: lightweight clothing and swim wear, warm clothing for game drives. Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats. Cover yourself from the African sun.
Winter: Warm jackets, long trousers
Things to remember Camera, binoculars, sunglasses.

Price Indication
Per person sharing Single supplement
Drive-in: (Port Elizabeth to Port Elizabeth) R7 950 R3 150
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Susan, Wales.
I was going to email you anyway, to thank you for all your help and for booking such a wonderful trip for us. We were all really pleased with how it worked out. The travel went very smoothly and all 4 internal flights went well. Madikwe was wonderful and more than met our expectations! The ranger guide was highly informed and we saw more big animals that we had hoped for: each of us had named two that we REALLY wanted to see! All three of us had our wishes granted, including Niamh, who wanted to see 3 male cheetahs! We really enjoyed out trip. I have passed your details on to three other people already! All the best and [hopefully] until the next time.
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