Welcome to Samara

Luxury private game reserve in South Africa's Eastern Cape

"Thank you for acquiring so special and unique land in the beloved Karoo. You have saved part of the soul of South Africa so that others will experience the heartbeat of the wilderness."


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 and a must-visit destination.

'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 game 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, wilderness picnics, birding, mountain hikes in the Karoo, indoor and outdoor dining 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.

Our safari game lodges offer the unique experience to appreciate and savour this sacred and serene landscape. We look forward to sharing this Eastern Cape accommodation with you. Samara forms part of a greater vision to create South Africa’s third largest protected area in a global biodiversity hotspot.

Join us in our efforts to preserve this irreplaceable part of our natural heritage

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Some Samara highlights:

Why drive to Samara when you can fly?

NEW! Daily shuttle from Plettenberg Bay

Why drive when you can fly?

Plett Air Safaris offers daily shuttle flights between Plett and Samara, offering a seamless connection to guests using the scheduled Fly CemAir service into Plett from Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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Explore our five-star lodges:

Karoo Lodge: your home away from home

Karoo Lodge

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

The Manor

Luxury exclusive-use villa

Contemporary style meets Karoo living in this private manor house, ideal for families and small groups.