SAMARA private GAME Reserve 

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Where is it? 

Caught in the shadows of some of the Great Karoo’s romantic mountain ranges, sits Samara Private Game Reserve. Staking its claim of nearly 70 000 acres of the Great Karoo’s natural landscape, Samara is made of seemingly never-ending plains, rugged mountains and blankets of clear skies. 

Why go? 

Here, an amazing life-changing and wonderfully relaxing experience awaits. At Samara Private Game Reserve you can walk with a wild cheetah as you celebrate the rebirth of a unique piece of Africa and experience a luxury safari in the Graaff-Reinet region of the Eastern Cape. They have a range of accommodation to suite romantic getaways to group celebrations, offering luxury, unforgettable service and a learning experience as it is a hub of conservation and animal reintroduction efforts in the Great Karoo basin.

The Game Reserve cares as much about their guests as they do in restoring the biodiversity of the Great Karoo and its human and animal populations through land management, sound environmental policies and enlightened employment ethics with a view to sustainability for every generation to come.

The accommodation: 

The Karoo Lodge - Surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, Karoo Lodge sits in perfect serenity in the reserve's pristine wilderness. Combining colonial comforts with the essence of Mother Nature, the Lodge treats you to exceptional service, enabling you to relax and allow the tranquillity of the Karoo. 

The Lodge Suites are situated in the main homestead and are light and airy, all opening out on to the wide wrap-around veranda. Each has a luxury en-suite bathroom and is air-conditioned. The Karoo Suites are individual Karoo style "cottages" in the garden offering a bit more privacy. Each has a luxury en-suite bathroom, is air-conditioned and has a fireplace. They even have outdoor showers with magnificent views! Lastly, the Sibella Suites are two delightful suites each with an en-suite shower and sharing a wooden deck overlooking the waterhole with abundant birdlife. They are both air-conditioned.

The Manor -  at Samara is for the exclusive use of up to 8 guests in ultimate luxury and total privacy with every whim being anticipated by friendly but unobtrusive staff. You will arrive at this historic homestead and upon entering, breathtaking views of this extraordinary Karoo mountain landscape will unfold over a 21m infinity pool which descends into a waterhole at which game can be present in the early morning and late afternoon.
Relax in four spacious luxury air-conditioned suites. Beds are made up with the softest linen and all suites have large en-suite bathrooms with separate showers and free standing baths. Unwind in the large comfortable lounge where a crackling fire burns in the winter months and the large glass doors to the patio are cast wide open in the summer. Take time to read an interesting book from the library in the cosy reading nooks. Dining experiences include boma, veranda, dining-room and breakfast room as well as various bush dining experiences. Services include a personal ranger, chef and butler.

The Mountain Retreat - Secluded, wild and remote, the self-catering, exclusive use Mountain Retreat surveys an ancient landscape. There are 3 double en-suite bedrooms in the homestead and a further 2 en-suite bedrooms in the restored Victorian wagon house. A comfortable lounge with fireplace and dining room and fully equipped kitchen complete the indoor facilities. A wide, wrap-around veranda provides the perfect area for relaxing while contemplating the awesome view. A housekeeper/scullery person will be provided. You will have the opportunity to book game drives (as an optional extra). As an eco-lodge, there is no electricity therefore you’ll enjoy your evenings by lighting the provided oil lamps.

What can I do? 

  • Learn about their conservation efforts: Plant a spekboom, visit the Tracker Academy, learn about their research projects or visit the Khoisan Paintings
  • Biome Walks: Samara Private Game Reserve is unique in that the property consists of four Biomes on one piece of land - Nama-Karoo, Plateau Grassland, Savannah and Thicket.  One of the rangers can arrange a walk to enable you to experience this unusual bio-diversity as he shares his extensive knowledge of the individual characteristics of each of these biomes.
  • Walking Safaris:  Study the finer detail of the bush and experience the feeling of wide open spaces around you - no vehicles, no noise, no rush. 
  • Aardvark Safaris:  Samara, famous for their unusually high viewing incidences of these famously shy and elusive creatures, it’s an opportunity you cannot miss. A Night Safari at Samara will increase the opportunity of encountering one of them. 
  • Bird Watching: There are just over 220 species of birds recorded here, so this is a bird watcher’s paradise.  In August you are most likely to view the endangered Blue Crane and may be lucky enough to see Black Eagles soaring below you from Eagles’ Rock, one of our magnificent view points.
  • If you choose, you can leave the game for another day and indulge in the luxury of your suite and let the experienced therapist ease your stress away with her aromatic oils and local charm.
  • Star Gazing: On a clear night, Samara can easily rival Sutherland, as the Milky Way is clearly visible across the night sky. Stargazers and celestial photographers are awe inspired by the experience of seeing these incredible constellations so clearly. Read more on Samara's Star Gazing opportunities in our BLOG→