Deep in the South African Klein Karoo is South Africa`s famous IBAMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
. We at Ibamba are dedicated to providing you and your family with a luxurious African Safari experience. Ibamba is a stylish and elegant destination with 4 deluxe lodges, a luxury self catering house, highly trained staff and warm hospitality.
IBAMBA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE is located in the heart of the malaria free Ouderberg Mountains, known as Noorsveld in the Eastern Cape Karoo, only 2 hours drive from an international airport in Port Elizabeth. We are situated on 20,000 hectares of rich, unspoilt Karoo vegetation which offers a wide diversity of flora, sweeping valleys and breathtaking, unforgettable splendour. IBAMBA is a haven for African wildlife, home to over 45 species, including rare and exotic animals such as the Golden, Arabian, Scimitar and Painted Oryx, Golden Gnu and for night viewing the elusive ant-bear, lynx, porcupine, black-back jackal, bat-eared fox and brown hyena can be seen.
With highly trained and experienced Rangers and trackers explore IBAMBA on fascinating game drives, you are guaranteed to enjoy amazing wildlife viewing opportunities that can rarely be viewed at any other African reserve. Catch a glimpse of the shy Steenbuck, the gracious nyala and take pleasure in the plentiful African Plains game roaming the reserve, or track the movements of the magnificent African Elephant, Buffalo and endangered black or white rhino.
You can also look forward to the unique viewing of our Black Impala, Mountain Zebra, Yellow Blesbuck, Black, White and Copper springbuck as well as majestic Sables. Delight in the wide variety of prolific birdlife which includes National birds such as the Blue Crane and the secretary bird. Safari activities include guided sunrise safaris on foot, early morning and sunset game drives followed by spotlight night drives searching for those elusive nocturnal animals.
Accommodation at Ibamba Private Game Lodge:
3 Deluxe lodges, a luxury Safari Tented Camp and for safari guests who require their own privacy we offer an up-market self-catering house called White House in the middle of the Game Reserve surrounded by wildlife. Whether you want a more authentic bush experience or the luxury of all the home comforts, Ibamba caters for all these needs.
For those who feel the need to combine the bush experience with all the comforts of home the Alexandra Lodge with its 360 degree view over the landscape is on offer.
We offer a choice of the most exclusive luxurious safari accommodation in South Africa.
Lodges are secluded all over Ibamba Game Reserve amongst the Oudeberg Mountain range, all with wildlife and scenic views. It is ideal reconciliation of the luxury and challenging African nature.
is the most luxury and the highest located lodge in the Eastern Cape with a 360 Â° beautiful view with spa facilities and 7 en-suite rooms with private patios. You can select to swim either in the outside pool, enjoy the privacy of the inside heated pool and still adore a breath taking view of the surrounding nature.
Letaba One lodge
in a 19th century Cape Dutch style and antique safari interior with a library, 9 en-suite rooms with patio`s. You can breathe the atmosphere of the old Colonial style and hand selected Cape Dutch furniture. This experience will strengthen this unforgettable stay - so that you would like to return for more. Relax in the heated swimming pool with views over the rhino`s, giraffe, sable and other exotic animals.
, a modern Africa thatched style exclusive lodge with 3 en-suite rooms and one 2 bedroom suite with patio`s, beautiful gardens and a rim-flow pool with breathtaking wildlife views over the Oudeberg Mountain range. Enjoy the private lounges and wooden crafted ladies bar or relax at the lapa pool area.
Ibamba Safari Tented Camp
- set amongst trees on a hill with an ambience of tranquillity in the design of a Colonial feel safari tent camp that ensure an luxury authentic bush experience with lantern-lit walk way`s and spectacular views over the wild-life, valley & private patio`s. You will hear a lions roaring during the nights and examine the stars that have never been closer to you, so you will feel that you can almost touch them. To observe the lions from the stylish swimming pool during enjoying a cool drink is a must that one must have.
Cuisine at Ibamba Private Game Lodge:
Explore our masterful cuisine inspired by our wild African flavours. The Ibamba Private Game Reserve is renowned for its excellent service and fine cuisine, complemented by a selection of great South African wines.
Indulge yourself in our venison dishes cooked in any way you can imagine accompanied by an award winning South African wine or enjoy some fresh local seafood caught daily in the Algoa Bay area. After a satisfying afternoon at the pool area`s you can relax at the outside bar while your Buffalo steak is prepared with red wine sauce and juniper berries.
For a start taste some fried chilli garlic prawns smothered in a lemon butter sauce. Raymond - our executive Chefs have much more to surprise you with on Ibamba`s seasonal menu.
SUMMER MONTH DAILY PROGRAMME - October to April
As the saying goes "early bird catches the worm" so with a 5:00am wakeup call guests and guide will meet in the lapa area at 5:30am where a tea tray with an assortment pastries will be served.
At 6:00am the safari vehicle will depart for an approximate three hour game drive. Please remember to bring your camera, binoculars, hat, sun-block and a warm jacket.
After a morning of exploration guests will be returned to the lodge where refreshment towels and a fruit smoothie will await you. You will then have an opportunity to freshen up and join us for breakfast from 9:30am.
After breakfast we invite you to enjoy your luxurious surroundings or choose one of our many activities.
A delicious light lunch will be served from 12:30pm until 14:00pm giving you ample opportunity to enjoy activities without missing a mouthwatering meal.
At 15:30pm we will delight you with a high tea that will have your taste buds signing with the array of canapï¿½s served. At 16:30pm you will depart with your guide for your afternoon game drive for approximately three hours. Please remember to bring your camera, hat, binoculars and a warm jacket.
On your return to the lodge you will be met with one of our exotic cocktails, after which you will have time to freshen up before joining us for pre-dinner drinks and a mouthwatering three course meal from 19:30pm (Kitchen closes at 22:00pm).
WINTER MONTH DAILY PROGRAMME - May to September
As the saying goes "early bird catches the worm" so with a 6:30am wakeup call guests and guide will meet in the lapa area at 7:30am where a tea tray with an assortment pastries will be served.
At 8:30am the safari vehicle will depart for an approximate two to three hour game drive. Please remember to bring your camera, binoculars and a warm jacket.
After a morning of exploration guests will be returned to the lodge where refreshment towels and a fruit smoothie will await you. You will then have an opportunity to freshen up and join us for a brunch from 11:00am to 12:30pm.
After brunch we invite you to enjoy your luxurious surroundings or choose one of our many activities.
At 14:00pm we will delight you with a high tea that will have your taste buds signing with the array of canapï¿½s served.
At 15:00pm you will depart with your guide for your afternoon game drive for approximately three hours. Please remember to bring your camera, binoculars and a warm jacket.
On your return to the lodge you will be met with one of our exotic cocktails, after which you will have time to freshen up before joining us for pre-dinner drinks and a mouthwatering three course meal from 19:00pm (Kitchen closes at 22:00pm).