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. 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.

A True African Safari Experience

'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.

Luxury Safari Accommodation

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.

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

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Some Samara highlights:

Linger longer in the Karoo

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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 Karoo villa

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