Lalibela Game Reserve Mills Manor stands as a unique gem among Eastern Cape game reserves, distinguished by its singular, contiguous, and fully self-sustaining block where all species roam freely. Enjoy private luxury at the five-star exclusive-use homestead, where stunning surrounds and comfort meet. Booked as a minimum two-night stay to ensure guests can fully experience the magic of the reserve, Mills Manor offers three beautifully appointed double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, sleeping up to 10 guests. The exclusive-use policy promises privacy and tranquillity, where every detail has been carefully considered to create an unforgettable escape for those seeking a breathtaking retreat in the African bush.
Please note: To maintain the serene ambience, no children under two years old are permitted.
Situated in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, Lalibela Game Reserve acts as the perfect next stop after a magnificent trip from Cape Town along the Garden Route, or as a weekend adventure for those living in the province. Unlike other reserves, Lalibela doesn't segregate lions, buffalos, and elephants into separate camps, allowing for a harmonious natural environment. Notably, Lalibela boasts the remarkable distinction of having more lions than game viewers, and a stringent vehicles-per-sighting policy ensures unparalleled wildlife encounters free from distractions.
What sets Lalibela apart further is its unwavering commitment to community and conservation; every bit of surplus revenue is reinvested back into these vital areas, with a firm resolve that no profits will ever be extracted from the reserve. The landscape itself contributes to Lalibela's uniqueness, as the predominance of grassland savanna supports an exceptionally high density of game, surpassing other Eastern Cape reserves. This abundance, coupled with truly remarkable numbers of plains game species, sustains an impressive predator load. Additionally, Lalibela stands out as one of the very few Eastern Cape reserves with no public roads traversing its expanse, ensuring an undisturbed and immersive experience in this extraordinary wildlife haven.
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.