Relaxed Pan-African style and a friendly atmosphere welcome guests to Mark’s Camp at Lalibela Game Reserve. Tucked into the bushveld on a hillside overlooking a waterhole, the stone and thatch lodge is perfectly placed for Big Five game-viewing in this family-owned private game reserve in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape. Mark’s Camp has a dedicated and well thought out children’s safari programme for kids from 2-11, plenty of space to run around in the fenced lodge gardens and two swimming pools. A safari here would be the highlight of a family vacation in South Africa.
Eight very comfortable thatched chalets have private viewing decks looking out over the surrounding bush. Four of them are family rooms sleeping two adults and two children and all have en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, as well as efficient heating and electric blankets for chilly winter nights. The main lodge building has soaring thatched ceilings, a comfortable lounge and dining room with roaring fires in winter and an open boma for eating outside beside the camp fire in summer.
Two game drives a day explore the 7,500ha reserve where all the Big 5 are to be found, including lions, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe and cheetah as well as prolific bird life and smaller mammals. The private reserve is dedicated to conservation, restoring what was once farmland to the original varied habitat that now encompasses five different biomes supporting a wide variety of wildlife.
Children of 8 and over can join the main game drives exploring off-road, while there is a dedicated closed-sided children’s safari vehicle for under 8s, offering shorter drives tailored for their interest levels. There are plenty of children’s activities back at the lodge, with baby-sitting at the times of the main game drives and adult meals included, making the whole family experience excellent value for money. Children under 8 have their own menus and earlier meal times too, while older children are welcome to join the main dinner table with their parents.
Altogether Mark’s Camp offers a wonderful safari experience and introduction to the African bush for families travelling with children of all ages.
- 24-hour Security
- Kiddies Club
- Malaria Free
- Secure Parking
- Airport Shuttles
- Babysitting Service
- Chauffer Service
- Credit Card
- Laundry Service