site zip: AF ZA 0036 | neighborhood: Eastern Cape, Route 62 - Klein Karoo, Cape Overberg, Garden Route | region: South Africa

Samara Private Game reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa Link to Samara website

Samara Private Game Reserve

A Truly Unique African Experience

Unique within South Africa, Samara offers something for everyone - whether it’s wildlife, landscape, adventure, geology, photography, culture, cuisine or entertainment just for the kids - Samara has this and much more on offer to guests! Samara is distinctive in many respects not  least of which is the fact that it is “family-orientated” and one of the only few places in Southern Africa that welcomes children of all ages.

This internationally renowned multi-award winning private game reserve comprises 70,000 dramatic acres of Karoo, and home to cheetahs, white rhinos, zebras, giraffes, springbok, black wildebeests, aardvark and other species.

Samara - cheetah and luxury accommodation

Samara is the perfect Karoo destination, whether you are looking for a romantic break or a family getaway. Whatever your needs, you will find their personal attention unrivalled and will leave Samara feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and treasuring lasting memories.

Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa

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Samara Private Game Reserve is renowned for successfully re-introducing the cheetah to South Africa. Its stunningly diverse terrain is also home to such endangered species as the white rhino and cape mountain zebra.

Enjoy magnificent surroundings, exclusive service and close encounters with some of the world's most amazing wildlife at this unique game reserve. At Samara you'll experience all the wonders of South Africa.


Children's Paradise
Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge as it provides special arrangements to ensure that children too get to experience the magnificence of the Karoo, rare game and environs that Samara has to offer its visitors.

Apart from the swimming pool and tennis courts, there are many walks in which they can participate, including visiting the ancient fossil site and going on bug hunts. Educational games aimed at fueling the enthusiasm of youngsters for the Karoo and nature can be arranged. Special arrangements can also be made for game drives accompanied by Samara’s highly skilled and enthusiastic rangers who will ensure that your children enjoy the hour-long drive without tiring and returning with a renewed love for nature.

A paradise for children of all ages, Samara offers a range of activities to keep families and their children busy with days of fun and adventure.  Whether its spoor identification or poo throwing, star-naming or spekboom planting, or making animals from seeds and thorns, Samara promises to fill your family photo album to bursting!

Karoo Lodge
The luxurious Karoo Lodge has a wide veranda from which to enjoy the stunning surrounds, along with a comfortable living room, snug bar and dining room.  Whether you dine in the boma, under the stars or picnic overlooking the romantic Plains of Camdeboo, you will savour the flavours of mouth-watering cuisine hand selected and produced from Samara’s Karoo Kitchen. Spa treatments are available in the privacy of your own suite. With three Lodge Suites within the main lodge building and an additional three Karoo Suites, located in the grounds, Samara caters for families, groups and individuals. The décor is a tasteful fusion of traditional Karoo style and modern African influences. All suites have private en-suite bathrooms and are fully equipped.

The Manor House
The Manor House is for the exclusive use of 8 guests in luxury, air-conditioned en suite rooms with views over the extraordinary Karoo landscape. Relax in four spacious suites with indoor and outdoor showers, free-standing baths and be cradled in the luxury of beds that lull you to sleep. You will arrive at this historic homestead and upon entering breathtaking views will unfold over an infinity pool which descends into a natural water hole at which game is present in the early morning and late afternoon.

The Manor House at Samara

The Manor House is unique in its warm design that reflects the local landscape and traditions while retaining a lovely modern twist. Up and coming Cape Town designer, John Zwiegelaar was contracted to do the décor for the Manor House. Exclusive dining experiences include a boma, veranda, dining room and breakfast room with services including a personal ranger, chef and butler.

Mountain Retreat
Secluded, wild and very remote with no electricity are the exact ingredients needed for the perfect romantic getaway! Leisurely walks to explore the ancient landscape overlooking the Valley of the Bushman, where rare Khoisan paintings of cheetah preside provides the ideal getaway for couples and families looking for a wilderness experience of note.

Situated in an isolated part of the reserve, solitude and privacy are the flavours of the day at the Mountain Retreat. Check in is handled at the Karoo Lodge where guests are treated to a 30 minute drive through the Karoo landscape enroute to the Mountain Retreat.

Mountain Retreat - Samara Private Game Reserve

The 250 year old Barn and this Victorian homestead offer five beautiful suites including a veranda with a Jacuzzi overlooking the endless and breathtaking views of the Karoo. For your dining pleasure, the boma is sure to meet your needs and more, with a rustic, outdoor feel sure to make you feel right at home in this bush getaway! With an experienced ranger on hand for the guided walks, a Karoo style chef to tantalize those tastebuds and a housekeeper to see to all your requirements, all you have to do is to sit back and enjoy the spectacular surroundings and treasure the memories of your special Samara experience.

Weddings and Honeymoons at Samara
For your important day, Samara offers a unique location for intimate weddings, being situated at the base of the Sneeuberg Mountains and on the edge of the legendary Plains of Camdeboo. There is a choice of venues to suit the style of your special event and perfection is ensured by our professional team who offer you and your guests’ personal, but unobtrusive service. For the most romantic honeymoon, Samara Game Reserve invites you to unwind, relax and rediscover old-fashioned romance amongst the timeless beauty of the Great Karoo. You will be treated to the most luxurious accommodation and special treatment on your honeymoon.

Samara Spa and Cocktails

Samara is home to a luxurious colonial style Karoo Lodge and Manor House that features contemporary African décor, comfort, space and style, finished off by verandas with never-ending vistas and the newly added Mountain Retreat which secluded, wild and very remote with limited electricity - all the right ingredients needed for the perfect romantic getaway! Dine under the stars or picnic overlooking the romantic plains while indulging in delicious cuisine and quality wines. Whether you are a food lover, eager to try new dishes, or simply hungry, you will not be disappointed at Samara. The Karoo Kitchen offers a wide variety for everyone to enjoy

Cheetah Conservation at Samara
Samara’s magic lies not only in its vast, diverse landscape or vibrant history of the Plains of Camdeboo, but in a challenging programme of wildlife reintroduction and protection for endangered species. As part of their land restoration dream, Sarah and Mark have reintroduced the springbok, blesbok, black wildebeest, eland, oryx, rhino and giraffe that once roamed the area.

Cheetah The Cheetah is the world's fastest land mammal, which needs a large area of land to survive and the Samara Private Game reserve has taken great strides to alleviate the dwindling habitats and species integration through a pro-active Cheetah rehabilitation project.

The Samara Private Game Reserve made conservation history with the introduction of Sibella in 2003, the first back in the area after 125 years. Sibella’s life nearly ended at the hands of hunters, but she was fortunate enough to be rescued and underwent life-saving surgery and rehabilitation at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust. Released into Samara together with two males, Sibella has proved herself to be a capable hunter and has to date successfully reared 18 cubs. As such, she epitomizes the spirit of Samara as she plays a vital role in the rejuvenation of a once endangered existence.

Samara Spekboom Project
In an effort to encourage guests to invest in climate-friendly projects, Samara has instigated a project to help reduce their carbon debts. Each visitor at the Reserve has the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint through a contribution of R300.00 per cutting of Spekboom, which is then planted into an area covering almost 30% the reserve.

Keeping Track with Samara
Tracking in the Karoo has been a traditional method of locating animals, birds and reptiles for many years.  The SA College of Tourism Tracker Academy is a partnership between the SACT, Samara and renowned Senior Tracker, Alex van den Heever.  Alex holds the highest qualification for a guide in South Africa, one of only 18 Senior Trackers. His passion in tracking has given him the unbelievable opportunity of tracking jaguars in the Amazon jungle, bears in California and the black-mane lions of Botswana.

The person leading and training the trackers at Samara is Master Tracker, Karel “Pokkie” Benadie. Master Tracker status is higher than that of Senior Tracker and there are only 2 in South Africa thus making Pokkie Benadie is an exceptional tracker. Pokkie has highly developed veld and tracking skills and has had a thesis published on the Black Rhino. A rare individual with extraordinary talent, ex the Karoo National Park is also an expert on medicinal plants.

The programme at Samara endeavours to contribute significantly to the preservation of indigenous knowledge in South Africa by creating passionate African naturalists.

Volunteer Programme
Alongside the Tracker Academy, is the Volunteer Programme. The volunteer programme offers students the opportunity to experience the incredible and unique landscape of the Great Karoo and contribute to the conservation of this land and the many plants and animals it supports. Samara’s vision is to re-introduce the large diversity of animals that roamed these plains prior to European settlement 200 years ago. By volunteering at Samara students are able to make a valuable contribution to this ambitious and worthy cause.

Getting to Samara
Samara is located in the Eastern Cape, near Graaff Reinet; about 2.5 hours drive from Port Elizabeth. Guest can self-drive directly to Samara or fly into Port Elizabeth from where the lodge can assist with transfers. Samara also boasts a private landing strip for direct charter to the lodge.

Samara Karoo landscapes and picnics


Jean Haupt
Account Executive
Lloyd Orr Communications on behalf of Samara Private Game Reserve
Tel: +27 11 702 9601 Fax: +27 11 463 4830
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Samara Private Game Reserve is located in the Eastern Cape, near Graaff Reinet, in South Africa's Great Karoo.

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