- THE LATE DR IAN PLAYER, FOUNDER OF THE WILDERNESS MOVEMENT
Samara Private Game Reserve is a passionate conservation undertaking, the leader in its area and a catalyst for change in the Great Karoo region of South Africa. Described as ‘heart-stoppingly beautiful’, the award-winning malaria-free reserve encompasses 70,000 acres of wilderness in the Great Karoo – South Africa’s magical heartland.
'Heart-stoppingly beautiful' is how Samara is best described
A 2.5-hour drive from Port Elizabeth, Samara is ideally situated at the end of the Garden Route and just 40 minutes from the historical town of Graaff-Reinet, rich in culture and heritage. A maximum of 30 guests stay in two five star luxury lodges: Karoo Lodge, a renovated farmstead overlooking an amphitheatre of mountains; and The Manor, an exclusive-use villa with private pool, chef, butler and ranger.
Activities on offer include game drives, guided walks, luxury star bed, spa treatments, wilderness picnics, birding, mountain hikes, indoor and outdoor dining, stargazing and conservation activities. Children of all ages are welcome and we offer a children’s programme dedicated to making conservationists out of even our youngest guests.
Samara forms part of a greater vision to create South Africa’s third largest protected area in a global biodiversity hotspot.
Karoo Lodge: your home away from home
Lovingly-restored 1800s homestead
Encircled by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, five-star Karoo Lodge sits in perfect harmony with its wild surrounds.
The Manor: haven of peace and tranquillity
Luxury exclusive-use villa
Contemporary style meets Karoo living in this private manor house, ideal for families and small groups.