For our first trip to Lalibela Game Reserve we only had enough time to spend one spontaneous night, but we had an incredible time! It was mid winter so the weather was a bit temperamental, we got caught in the rain on our evening game drive, got soaked (we were provided with cozy ponchos and hot water bottles) and loved every minute of it! The lions were rather close to camp as we could hear them roar from inside our rooms! The following morning we were treated to a lion hunt talk about an experience! In the short time there we were able to witness a very diverse and lush landscape rich in plant and animal life! Our first guide Ticha was very knowledgeable.
I can’t believe this gem is only 90km out of Gqeberha. We couldn’t resist returning to explore your beautiful reserve for a little longer!
When we returned for our second time we were blessed with fantastic weather (especially considering it was winter!) so I spent my mid mornings lounging by the pool gazing at the hippo lazing in the waterhole.
We were fortunate enough to go on a private night drive and happened to come across 2 pairs of brown hynena (they are one of my favorite animals so naturally I was over the moon)
The morning and evening games drives didn’t disappoint either we were lucky enough to catch the mum cheetah and her 2 cubs in 2 hunts as well as a sneaky pair of male lions stalking a family of warthogs. Our guide on our second trip,Ruan, went above and beyond to make this trip for my mum’s birthday memorable. His knowledge about bird life and his passion for his job is what truly stood out! Will highly recommend a trip to Lalibela!
I spent 3 nights at Mark's Camp in chalet 1 which is very close to the main lodge area but very private. Sadly it didn't have a view.
When I arrived at the main gate of Lalibela someone was waiting to show me the way to Reception where check in was quick and easy. I was then transported to Mark's Camp and my car left under cover near reception.
My room was very comfortable and I was pleased to have a hand held shower head as well as the dreaded rain shower. There was air conditioning and when returning to the room after dinner the staff had switched it on and the room was lovely and warm. Wifi was not available in the room, only in the communal areas.
The food was mostly very good, plentiful and varied. However, I was surprised to see it served buffet style although there were staff actually serving the food. I found most guests queued for food ignoring any distancing but I waited until no one else was being served.
Drinks were not included in my deal but were very reasonably priced.
There were 2 comfortable lounge areas both with roaring fires and it was easy to find a space away from other guests.
There are two swimming pools at Mark's and the lower one is for over 16s only. It overlooks a waterhole but there were no animals to be seen there whilst I lounged by the pool.
I was very lucky to have most of my game drives alone with the ranger. My guide was Ticha and he was an excellent and knowledgable guide. Many thanks to him! The game viewing was good
Mark's Camp is child friendly and I am not! That is the reason for my rating of 4 stars instead of 5. One does not get a choice of camp if on the SA residents special. If any children are booked, Mark's Camp gets filled before allocating guests to Lentaba Camp. Unfortunately for me, a couple with a young baby arrived on my 3rd day and the baby grizzled and cried during lunch. In my opinion, parents should take a crying baby away from a meal table, especially a communal one. Thankfully the baby was not on the game drive.
The final really nice touch was to be presented with a beautiful coffee table book with lovely pictures of the staff, the reserve and the animals. A great souvenir.
I really enjoyed my stay at Lalibela apart from the baby blip and will certainly return if the opportunity presents itself. Hopefully next time will be to a non child friendly camp!!!
We visited Marks Camp at the end of october and once again the experience was amazing. Our guide, Carrie Ann, made the experience so interesting for all of us, from showing us various animal tracks to tasting termites, even stopping to show us an African Land snail ,she kept all of us, and especially our children engaged. We saw the big 4 and enjoyed 4 spectacular game drives.
The highlight was definitely swimming in the pool while elephants drank at the watering hole below us.
Bongi and Wendy kept us entertained and so well looked after in the dining room
And hats off to the chef as the food was amazing
My son is still talking about the kudu steak!
Thank you Lalibela team for a fantastic 2 day stay. We will definitely be back.
Dylan and Tamaryn Cox
This is my third time at Lalibela Game Reserve. I can only sing high praises for this reserve. From the very helpful admin when making my booking to each staff member I cannot praise them highly enough. The rooms were large and the bed was the most comfortable bed ever. My daughter in law wanted to pack it up and take it home with her (LOL) Rooms were extremely well equipped with a real powerful hairdryer. Much attention to detail. Even a night treat on your bed.
Food was excellent, Pre breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner. snacks and drinks on the game dives. So much to eat!!
Two 3 hour Game drives everyday, nice warm blankets for the chilly mornings and evenings. A welcome warm drink on return from your evening game drive.
While it is a small private game reserve it nevertheless has the big five and a nice amount of Game to see. We saw everything even a freshly taken cheetah kill and the new born lion cub were the highlights of our trip.
Our experience of the wonderful game life, birds and nature was magical and memorable. Our Game ranger was such a star, going the extra mile in making sure we saw all we wanted to see and particularly accommodating and making the children's experience fun. They learned so much.
Very experienced and knowledgeable Game rangers. Staff are so friendly and so kind and playful with children. They have programmes for the young ones. Our children (8 and 5) had a most wonderful experience. So much fun.
The setting at Marks Camp is very peaceful, a lovely outside bar, a pool near a water hole and another children's pool by the main dinning area. We were treated with a visit from the buffalos at Mark's Camp water hole.
All in all cannot rate this highly enough from the comfort of the rooms, to the food and especially to the genuinely friendly staff, not one downside. Have been to several Game Reserves in the area, all of which were wonderful but in my experience Lalibela is tops. Lalibela offers Luxury accommodation at affordable prices
A wonderful two night stay at Marks Camp! The game drives were great - the cheetah did a little catwalk for us, the lion roared and walked right past us. Also saw various bird species, yellow mongoose, zebra, giraffe - too many to mention. The cutest was the little rhino calf falling asleep after a drink of milk from mom. And then there was the fabulous food! The staff was super friendly and helpful. There are two pools - one overlooking a water hole where we saw a hippo cooling itself down. The lockdown blues were long forgotten by the time we left! We will be back!