A welcoming traditional African safari experience awaits guests to Lentaba Safari Lodge, perched on a secluded hillside in Lalibela private game reserve. Conveniently located in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape, at the end of the renowned Garden Route, it offers a wonderful introduction to the Big Five and a host of fascinating wildlife. The unfenced thatched lodge opens onto a sunny swimming pool and several viewing decks looking over a waterhole, so that game-viewing starts even before you go out on a drive and a warthog or elephant may even stroll past your chalet.
Just eight intimate thatched chalets are set in beautiful indigenous gardens and have private viewing decks looking out over the surrounding bush. Ensuite bathrooms, wi-fi and air-conditioning, as well as heating for chilly winter nights, provide all the comforts, and the decor is warm and friendly with classic African elements. While there is a certain grandeur to the soaring thatched roof of the spacious main lodge lounge and dining room, the whole ambience of Lentaba is unpretentious and relaxed with friendly and attentive service throughout. Balmy summer nights see delicious meals served outside in the boma and evenings spent chatting around the camp fire.
With 7,500ha (18,500 acres) dedicated to conservation, Lalibela is a small private reserve, but has an amazing diversity of habitats and terrain within its boundaries, so that animal sightings are plentiful but never automatic. The thrill of the safari, on the two daily drives at sunrise and sunset, is genuine, and the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides track down the best, so you might see a lion kill or spend time with an elephant herd, as well as viewing cheetah, giraffe, hippo, rhino and perhaps even the elusive leopard.
Hearty safari cuisine is served at one long dining table, inside in the dining room in winter or outdoors on warm summer nights. Lavish brunches await on the viewing deck on your return from a drive and all meals and drinks are included. Overall Lentaba Safari Lodge offers very good value for money and a relaxed introduction to the wonders of an African safari.