Welcome to Samara
- THE LATE DR IAN PLAYER, LEGENDARY CONSERVATIONIST
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. 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. Described as ‘heart-stoppingly beautiful’, the award-winning malaria-free reserve encompasses tens of thousands acres of wilderness in the Great Karoo – South Africa’s magical heartland and a must-visit destination in the Eastern Cape.
'Heart-stoppingly beautiful' is how Samara is best described
Samara’s safari game lodges offer unique experiences to savour this serene landscape in the Eastern Cape. Activities on offer include:
Children of all ages are welcome and we offer a children’s programme dedicated to making conservationists out of even our youngest guests.
Safari accommodation is provided in two intimate five-star luxury game lodges. Karoo Lodge, a homely and comfortable renovated farmstead overlooking an amphitheatre of mountains, sleeps 18. The Manor, a striking yet understated villa, sleeps 8, and can also be rented on an exclusive-use basis for families and small groups.
Samara forms part of a greater vision to create South Africa’s third largest protected area in a global biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern Cape. In staying with us you help achieve this vision.
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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 Karoo villa
Contemporary style meets Karoo living in this manor house, ideal for families and small groups.