Conservation Journey

Every guest that stays at Samara embarks on a holiday with purpose. You help us to achieve our conservation vision simply by choosing to support us. We also offer active participation in our various conservation projects.

For those who want to delve a little deeper, to understand how a game reserve truly operates behind the scenes, we offer hands-on conservation sessions and personalised tours of our rewilding projects. These can be pre-booked at the time of reservation, or you can opt for our Conservation Journey package – a thoughtfully-crafted itinerary that enables participants to develop a meaningful understanding of Samara’s conservation efforts, without compromising on 5-star comforts.

Why Samara?

You might wonder what makes Samara special. Aren’t all game reserves beacons of conservation achievement? The reality is a little more complex. Samara’s focus on conservation is not a fashionable marketing tactic – it is in our DNA. Samara was founded in 1997 with the vision of rewilding 67,000 acres across eleven former livestock farms, restoring degraded landscapes and returning wildlife which had been absent from the region for centuries.

Since the very start we have been guided by expert ecologists and the best available science. We have celebrated a number of ‘firsts’ – reintroducing the first cheetah, black rhino, elephant and lion back in the region in more than 100 years, and providing the land for the first government-accredited tracking school in the country.

We have been privileged and humbled to witness the cascading effects of sound land management after decades of overgrazing – from the return of dung beetles and Cape vultures to the re-establishment of ecosystem processes. We see Samara as a ‘living laboratory’ – a hub for research and learning at multiple levels – and accordingly we host universities, volunteers, community and school groups on the reserve.

Our vision does not stop at Samara’s boundaries – we are working with stakeholders in the region to create South Africa’s third largest protected area, by linking national parks with private land in an ecological corridor.

Unique collaborative conservation journey

Who is the Conservation Journey for?

Families, couples & groups

This itinerary is perfect for those with an interest in conservation and a desire to travel responsibly, as well as a curious mind and a willingness to get your hands dirty.

Unique collaborative conservation journey

What activities are included?

Daily hands-on conservation sessions

Your personalised programme could include wildlife monitoring, camera trapping, land rehabilitation, Spekboom planting, research assistance, ecosystem management and community projects.

Unique collaborative conservation journey

What about game drives?

Yes, game drives and bush walks are on offer too

Equipped with a private vehicle and dedicated guide, you will explore Samara's diverse landscapes on foot and in a vehicle, benefiting from a tracking lesson with the Tracker Academy and a fly camping experience.

Unique collaborative conservation journey

Where will I stay?

In one of Samara's luxury lodges

No need to skimp on 5-star comforts during your conservation journey - you'll feel right at home in our intimate lodges where meals will be served.

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What’s included?

  • 5 nights in luxury 5-star accommodation
  • Daily hands-on conservation session (subject to reserve needs at the time. This could include wildlife monitoring, anti-poaching, land rehabilitation, reserve clear-up, fence maintenance, wildlife translocations, Spekboom planting, research assistance, community visits)
  • Traditional game drives and/or bush walks
  • 1 tracking lesson with the SA College for Tourism Tracker Academy (subject to availability and the Academy’s term dates)
  • 1 wilderness hike culminating in a fly-camping sleep-out under the stars (minimum age 14 years, maximum 6 guests, weather-dependent)
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