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."


Spanning 70,000 acres of breathtaking malaria-free wilderness, award-winning Samara Private Game Reserve offers a Big Five safari with a difference. Consisting of 11 former livestock farms assembled since 1997, Samara’s vision is nothing less than the rehabilitation 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.

Located in the Eastern Cape, 2.5 hours from Port Elizabeth by car, Samara is easily accessible from the Garden Route. It 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

'Heart-stoppingly beautiful' - Financial Times

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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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.