Luxury Private Game Reserve in South Africa's Eastern Cape

Spanning 67,000 acres of malaria-free wilderness in the Great Karoo, award-winning Samara offers a Big Five safari with a difference just 2.5 hours by car from Port Elizabeth.
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Consisting of 11 former livestock farms assembled since 1997, Samara’s vision is nothing less than the rewilding of an entire landscape in the Great Karoo, South Africa’s magical heartland. Key to the Samara experience is the concept of co-creation, where every guest plays a role in safeguarding the landscape in perpetuity.

The landscape itself is unique – an unexpected and diverse semi-arid paradise of mountains and grasslands, where thousands of wild animals, from cheetah to elephant to springbok, roam once more. A total of 26 guests at any one time are invited to join this conservation journey, a guest-to-land ratio almost unparalleled in Africa.

Easily accessible from the Garden Route, Samara is also just 40 minutes from the historical town of Graaff-Reinet, rich in culture and heritage.

A spectacular destination for discerning travellers seeking a holiday with purpose and genuine hospitality, Samara offers a safari for the soul.

A Unique African Safari Experience

Family Safari

Nurturing eco-warriors

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Romantic Getaways

Honeymoons & more

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Cheetah tracking

Unrivalled viewing on foot

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Star Bed

A magical sleep-out

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Luxury Safari Accommodation

Karoo Lodge: your home away from home

Karoo Lodge

Lovingly-restored original homestead

Five-star Karoo Lodge sleeps 18 guests in a homely and comfortable farmstead overlooking an amphitheatre of mountains.

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The Manor: haven of peace and tranquillity

The Manor

Luxury Karoo villa

Contemporary style meets Karoo living in this manor house sleeping 8, which can also be rented on an exclusive-use basis.

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"Thank you for acquiring this 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."

- THE LATE DR IAN PLAYER, CONSERVATIONIST & FOUNDER OF THE WILDERNESS MOVEMENT

Make the Great Karoo your post-lockdown escape

4 Reasons the Karoo is the perfect post-COVID escape

#TravelLocal after lockdown

Now that local tourism is starting to open up, we'll soon be able to give in to those itchy feet, with the Great Karoo top of our list for a post-lockdown escape.

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We are proud to be a Fellow Member of The Long Run, a collection of the world’s most sustainable nature-based travel destinations. Collectively, The Long Run helps conserve over 20 million acres of biodiversity and improves the lives of 750,000 people. By joining the movement, we have committed to a continuous journey of improvement towards excellence in sustainability by achieving a balance in the 4Cs — Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce.

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