Safari at Samara

Children Bush Painting


Where The Whole Family is Welcome

Children of all ages are welcome at Samara. We are passionate about educating the next generation of conservationists and opening their eyes to the wonders of the wild.

During the school holidays in June, we run a special Aardvark Programme catering exclusively to children and young teenagers. Qualified staff will take your brood off your hands and engage them in a variety of fun and educational adventures whilst you relax and unwind. Activities include spoor identification, African crafts, painting like a Bushman, dung spitting, orienteering and storytelling, amongst others.

The recommended age range for this programme is 8-14 years, at the discretion of Lodge managers. Programme dates are available on request.

Children younger than 8 must be placed under the care of qualified babysitters when parents are away from the Lodge. We encourage them to take part in ‘active babysitting’, including activities such as walks, collecting bugs and playing in the dedicated children’s area. Babysitting for infants and toddlers is also available. The babysitting fee is R100 per hour, and is available all year round.



Children of all ages are welcome at Samara (by special arrangement at Mountain Retreat).

Dedicated children’s programme on offer during school holidays in June at Karoo Lodge.

Dedicated children’s menu available all year round.

Only children aged 8 years and older are allowed on scheduled game drives with other guests at the Lodge.

All children before their third birthday, sharing with adults, are free of charge at Karoo Lodge, the Manor and Mountain Retreat.

3rd birthday to 14th birthday, sharing with adults, pay 50% of adult rate.

All guests aged 14 or older are required to take their own room at adult rates.

A maximum of 2 children can be accommodated in Karoo Suites and a maximum of 1 child in Lodge Suites.

Third adults are not permitted to share rooms.

Children on Safari


Reservations: +27 (0) 31-262 0324 | Lodge: +27 (0) 49 891 0880 |

Samara Private Game Reserve, Petersburg Road, off the R63 to Pearston, near Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, 6280

Photos courtesy of Etienne Ooshuizen, Marolien Marais, Dook, Joy Bromilow as well as Samara Private Game Reserve Guests and Staff. Copyright Applies.

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