It is malaria free - which ticks a big box for many families with younger children – and combines well with a beach stay in the Eastern Cape such as Plettenberg Bay or Cape St Francis - or after exploring the Garden Route. 

Lalibela has a family-friendly lodge called MARK'S CAMP that can accommodate a total of 18 adults plus 8 children under the age of 12.  Families will love the large lounge, swimming pool and open-air dining decks with breath taking views over waterholes. Rooms 5, 6 & 7 are family rooms which can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children each whilst Room 8, their family suite, can comfortably sleep 4 adults and 2 children (under 12) in two bedrooms and a lounge with 2 day beds. All family rooms are on the opposite side of the lodge to the other 4 twin rooms so that families don't need to be conscious of making noise.

Lalibela runs a special children's programme including much shorter game drives which stay on the main roads and focus on plains game for kids ages 2 – 7 years as well as fun activities for ages 4-9 years between 11h00 and 13h00 including arts and crafts, painting t-shirts, bush skills, playing bongo drums and listening to African stories.  Special child-friendly meals are served at convenient times for families - and babysitting is available at certain times, such as while adults are enjoying their dinner or during adult game drives.

Rates start from R4,650pppns for Marks Camp. Rates include accommodation, all meals, drinks at the lodge and 2 game drives per night (excludes premium brands). When sharing with 2 adults kids under 12 pay 50% of the rate. 

Later this year Lalibela will also be opening its brand new Owners Private Villa which has 5 ensuite bedrooms – so ideal for families wanting to book out a whole lodge for exclusive use.

Lalibela comprises over 10,500 hectares spanning 5 ecosystems and is home to the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard) as well as the highest density of free-roaming predators in the Eastern Cape including cheetah, hyena, jackal & lynx. There is also a separate breeding area of over 6,000 acres which has been stocked with non-dangerous game and is ideal for fun activities such as “fauna and flora walks” (12yrs+)  and older mountain biking, canoeing and fishing. Since the new owners took over in July 2016, so much has been done on the conservation side to extend the reserve, restock it with game, eradicate areas where there was alien invasive vegetation and return the endemic bushveld to its original pristine state. 

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