Fully immerse yourself in a Great Karoo experience by visiting Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet, the gem of this special area. The reserve spans 27,000 hectares of wilderness and has many activities on offer to ensure you get the most out of your Great Karoo visit.
1. Experience the Karoo… on foot
Feel the crunch of the earth beneath your feet as you discover a hidden world which most safari-goers don’t get to experience from high up in a Land Cruiser. Samara is a reserve where the focus is on getting off the vehicle and up close to nature, offering walking safaris and the chance to track wildlife on foot.
A highlight of any walking safari at Samara has to be tracking Africa’s most endangered big cat – the cheetah. You also might cross paths with desert-adapted black rhino, towering giraffe, Cape mountain zebra and many other species present on the property, including the elusive aardvark.
2. Experience the Karoo… under starry night skies
In a region almost entirely free of light pollution, the Milky Way could not be a more dazzling spectacle. At Samara, you’ll have front row seats.
Our Milky Way Star Bed is the latest addition to the Samara portfolio, offering you the chance to lie back and take in the expansive view of the sky above. Cuddle up next to your loved one in a bespoke four poster bed after a romantic picnic dinner, and watch as the Karoo sunset transforms into the starriest of night skies. A Great Karoo experience you’ll never forget.
3. Experience the Karoo… from a unique vantage point
With a plethora of breathtaking settings, dining al fresco at Samara is an obvious choice for meal times. Our delicious picnics taste just that much better when paired with the stunning views and fresh air of the Karoo.
Whether you’re enjoying your lunch from a vantage point overlooking the Samara Mara, or with your feet submerged in a gently flowing river, Samara’s wilderness picnics will keep all your senses satisfied.
4. Experience the Karoo… alongside nature
Set within 4 distinct vegetation types and located in a Global Biodiversity Hotspot, conservation is at the forefront of the Samara experience. Guests are invited to enquire about the ecology of the rich flora and fauna, and you can even get your hands dirty while helping to conserve it.
Become an active part of a bigger purpose by combining your luxury getaway with one of our conservation activities. Choose to help restore indigenous landscapes on our Spekboom planting project, or go behind-the-scenes on our Conservation Volunteer Programme for up to 3 months.
4. Experience the Karoo… with the ones you love
Samara was born of one family’s dream – to conserve and share this unique part of the world with others. Long dinners around the campfire, plenty of good food and laughter and a strong emphasis on family are concepts at the core of the Samara experience.
As such, we take great pride in creating spaces where you can reconnect with the ones you love. From our dedicated children’s programme, designed to inspire our youngest conservationists, to our spacious Manor House (perfect for families and groups of friends), the Samara experience enables you to unwind and experience the Karoo’s magic with your nearest and dearest.