The Samara team


The Friends of Samara Trust is a registered charity (IT 51/2010) set up by Mark and Sarah Tompkins to act as a platform for like-minded individuals to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity in this globally-important ecological hotspot.

In light of the significant environmental and socio-economic need of the region, we decided to create a means by which guests, visitors and friends of Samara could contribute to causes dear to their own hearts. Contributors may donate a sum of their choice to any of the programmes and projects currently ongoing, including the reintroduction and conservation of endangered species, the fight against rhino poaching, and our various environmental educational projects. The pledge form also highlights the Trust's current wishlist.

We particularly encourage people to get involved at more than a solely financial level. Sponsoring a rhino collar for tracking purposes often involves a trip to watch the rhino darting process and the subsequent release back into the wild; deeper involvement with the Vuyani Safe Haven leads to frequent visits to evaluate the children's progress; and mentoring a member of staff is one hundred times more effective when conducted face to face. Seeing in-person how their contribution can alter the course of our projects has proved to be a life-changing experience for many of our donors.

Any contribution, no matter how small, is hugely appreciated. You can donate using the PayPal button above, by electronic bank transfer, or by credit card. Thank you.


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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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