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Lalibela Game Reserve Mark's Camp
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About Lalibela Game Reserve Mark's Camp

Lalibela Game Reserve Mark's Camp is a family-friendly lodge featuring eight chalets made of stone and thatched platforms, in a relaxed Pan-African style, located on an Eastern Cape conservation initiative spanning 10,500 hectares. The reserve serves as the habitat for the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard), alongside other predators such as cheetah, hyena, jackal, and lynx, ensuring an all-rounded immersive safari experience. Mark's Camp can accommodate up to 18 adults and 8 children in a variety of chalets, including standard chalets that can accommodate 2 adults, family chalets designed for 2 adults and 2 children under 12, and a 6-sleeper Family suite comprising 2 en-suite rooms and a lounge area.

Each chalet is comfortably furnished with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, and ceiling fans for warm summer nights. All chalets open onto a private viewing deck. A notable feature of the camp is the abundance of birdlife visible from the rooms, pool deck (featuring two swimming pools), and central lounge area. Blessed with a large waterhole, Mark's Camp often provides guests with sightings of antelope, giraffes, elephants, and predators. To enhance the safari experience, Mark's Camp offers an outdoor dining "boma" for fireside dinners and open-air brunches, along with a cosy indoor dining area. A stay of 2 or 3 nights is recommended to fully enjoy all that's on offer.

Lalibela Game Reserve Mark's Camp Setting

Situated in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, Lalibela Game Reserve is an ideal continuation after a splendid journey from Cape Town along the Garden Route or as a weekend escapade for local residents. Unlike many other reserves, Lalibela takes a unique approach by not segregating lions, buffalos, and elephants into separate camps, fostering a harmonious natural environment. Notably, Lalibela stands out for having more lions than there are game viewers, and a strict vehicles-per-sighting policy guarantees unparalleled wildlife encounters devoid of distractions.

What further distinguishes Lalibela is its steadfast commitment to community and conservation. Every surplus bit of revenue is reinvested into these crucial areas, with a firm commitment that no profits will be extracted from the reserve. The landscape itself adds to Lalibela's uniqueness, as the prevalence of grassland savanna supports an exceptionally high density of game, surpassing other reserves in the Eastern Cape. This abundance and remarkable numbers of plains game species sustain an impressive predator population. Additionally, Lalibela stands as one of the rare Eastern Cape reserves without public roads traversing its expanse, ensuring an undisturbed and immersive experience in this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary.

What's included

  • 2 game drives per day
  • 3 meals a day
  • Tea and coffee
  • All drinks included (excluding premium brands)

Frequently asked questions

  • Is there a Spa?

  • Is there a conservation levy?

  • Is there as swimming pool?


  • Splendid

    The whole experience exceeded our expectations. The food is superb and the rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. They went through the trouble of making a separate meal for my partner to accommodate his food allergies. They also went to the trouble of setting up a screen and provided us with snacks to watch the rugby. We also got to see 4 of the Big 5 in one evening!

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    S. van de Wet

  • Great Returned Visit

    The staff were excellent, that great mix of friendly efficient and discreet. The game ranger Nell was really very good. She went the extra mile to fulfil our requests.

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    P. Duin

  • Full Safari Experience

    The lodge staff looked after us very well. The bed was extremely comfortable and the food was good and plentiful. The infinity pool is lovely and the longe fireside was welcoming after a game drive. The game drives were good, we saw 4 of the big 5 almost straight away plus 20-30 species of wildlife. We were fortunate to have a vehicle and ranger to ourselves half of the time, which was great. The cheetah with her cubs were so cute, it was easily our favourite sighting.

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    T. Renning

Lalibela Game Reserve Mark's Camp impact highlights

Lalibela epitomizes the ethos of "Conservation for conservation's sake," a commitment that extends across various facets of environmental stewardship. The preservation efforts at Lalibela encompass both indigenous flora and fauna, as well as a conscientious approach to waste reduction within the reserve. One ongoing project exemplifying this dedication involves the removal of alien wattle trees, a meticulous process where the extracted trees are burnt, and the resulting ash is reintegrated into the soil. Water conservation also takes center stage, as Lalibela boasts a water purification plant on-site. Through a sophisticated filtration process, water is efficiently utilized at the lodges, emphasizing sustainability in resource management. The commitment to wildlife conservation is underscored by a devoted team, actively engaged in safeguarding the reserve's biodiversity. Additionally, Lalibela's anti-poaching unit plays a crucial role in protecting endangered species from external threats. Beyond the environmental sphere, Lalibela's dedication extends to the local community, with staff hailing from the region. The establishment of various initiatives, ranging from feeding schemes to addressing primary healthcare needs, underscores Lalibela's holistic approach to conservation that extends beyond the reserve boundaries, positively impacting both the environment and the community.

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