Encircled by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, Karoo Lodge sits in perfect serenity with its wild surrounds. The lovingly renovated farmhouse sits on the first property bought by the Tompkins family when they started Samara 20 years ago. Combining colonial comforts and modern day luxuries with a rustic and welcoming feel, our Eastern Cape Karoo Lodge is the perfect place to relax and allow the tranquillity of the Karoo to envelop you – on the wide verandah in summer or by the cosy fire in winter.
The Five star Karoo Lodge caters for individual travellers, couples and families. It can also be booked on an exclusive-use basis for up to 26 guests.
Three Karoo Suites are standalone cottages a short distance from the main homestead. Each has a fireplace, air-conditioning and luxury en-suite bathroom with large separate bath and shower and two washbasins. Private covered patios with outdoor seating provide the perfect location for morning coffee or a nightcap under the stars. They even have outdoor showers with magnificent views!
Four Lodge Suites can be found inside the main homestead. They are spacious, light and airy, with air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom with large freestanding bath and shower. These suites open onto the wide wraparound verandah with outdoor seating to take in the tranquil Karoo views.
We named our two final rooms in honour of Sibella, our famous cheetah. The Sibella Suites are located a little walk away by the waterhole where birdlife abounds and antelope, rhino and buffalo slake their thirst in the early morning and late afternoon. These suites are interleading so provide ideal accommodation for families with young children. Each suite has a shower, basin and air-conditioning. The shared wooden deck provides welcome shade during hot summers’ days.
Within the homestead, Karoo Lodge offers a warm and inviting living room with a fireplace as well as a cosy bar area. There is a small TV area off the bar. A large dining room with fireplace is used for indoor crystal dinners. When the weather is clement, candlelit dinners are set up on the verandah, on the lawn under the stars, or in the boma, a traditional reed enclosure warmed by a roaring fire. The pool is fenced off from the spacious main lawn and has a covered gazebo area for warm summer evenings. There is also a fenced off children’s outdoor play area with sandpit, swings and other activities. Extra beds for children can be accommodated in all rooms except the Sibella Suites. A curio shop is located near the reception. Wifi is available within the main homestead. All the rooms have a telephone except for the Sibella Suites, where a radio is provided instead.
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.