Lalibela is a Big Five Game Reserve located in the Eastern Cape which means it is not only malaria-free, but spans 5 ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna.

Lalibela Game Lodge consists of 7,500 hectares (approximately 18,500 acres) and with the recent release of lion is home to the Big 5.


 Lalibela is unique in the Eastern Cape in that it has no public roads running through it, all of the animals including the predators, are free-roaming throughout the entire reserve.

African wild dogs and spotted hyena were released in 2006 and July 2008 saw the birth of Cheetah Cubs making Lalibela a rare and truly exciting wildlife experience.


Lalibela has three Game Lodges - Lentaba Lodge, Mark’s Camp and Tree Tops, all offering decor that is infused with the essence of Africa, as well as warm and friendly service and unforgettable game viewing. 

All three lodges are built to the same standard, each with its own unique appeal. Each en suite unit has a private observation deck to make the most of the surrounding views.

Each of the lodges boasts a large lounge, viewing deck and a sunny swimming pool. Three family suites are available at one of the lodges as well as an exciting children’s programme.


Lentaba Lodge: 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.

All chalets also have a ceiling fan. The main lodge, decorated in traditional safari style, 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.

Mark’s Camp: The stone and thatch chalets and main lodge of Mark’s Camp are decorated in a relaxed Pan-African style. This lodge sleeps up to 20 guests in four individual chalets and three family chalets.

Each comfortably furnished chalet has an en-suite bathroom and there is a ceiling fan for those warm summer nights. The chalets open up onto a private deck with views over the waterhole. Between game drives, guests can relax in the large lounge, bird watch from the viewing decks or laze around the swimming pool.

Mark’s Camp has an outdoor dining “boma” for fireside dinners and open-air brunches, as well as a gracious indoor dining area.

Tree Tops: differs from the 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 room has a private veranda where guests can sit and relax in privacy.

As with our other lodges, Tree Tops has a large lounge and open-air dining deck with a view over a small waterhole. Guests can sun themselves around the swimming pool or relax in the shaded gazebo.

Game Viewing:
With the recent release of the African lion into the reserve, Lalibela now offers the ultimate Big 5 game viewing experience.

 Early morning and sunset game drives in an open vehicle with an experienced game ranger bring you face to face with a multitude of game species including the Big 5, ranging from mighty elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah and buffalo to tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax.

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


Escorted bush walks open up the intriguing world of the smaller animals and plants found at Lalibela and offer an opportunity for some great bird watching.

On thrilling night drives under the vast African sky, your ranger will search for the elusive bat-eared fox, leopard, aarvark, black-backed jackal, aardwolf and the curious spring hare.

Lalibela guests enjoy excellent cuisine in a relaxed environment.

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Courses Nearby

  • Bushman Sands Golf Course
  • Port Alfred Golf Course
  • Fish River Sun Golf Course
  • Port Elizabeth Golf Course
  • Humewood Golf Course

Sights and Activities

  • Port Alfred
  • Kenton on Sea
  • Port Elizabeth


  • This is an excellent Game Reserve that has everything you could need for your exciting Wildlife Safari