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Samara offers an adventure for all ages. Family-owned and family-run, we are passionate about educating the next generation of conservationists and opening their eyes to the wonders of the wild. Inspiring educational activities combined with a breathtaking malaria-free setting make Samara the epitome of a child friendly safari.
Whilst scheduled game drives with other guests at Karoo Lodge can only accommodate children aged 8 and older, we have a number of options available to families:
Where possible, we will try to allocate families (even with children older than 8) to their own vehicle, or to a vehicle with another family. However please be advised that this is subject to availability, may not be for the entire duration of your stay and cannot be guaranteed.
Guests who book The Manor on an exclusive-use basis benefit from a private vehicle as part of the rate. In this instance, children of all ages are allowed on game drives. Your guide will put together a tailor-made programme of game drives and activities to take into account the shorter attention spans of little ones.
For safety reasons, children under 16 are not permitted on bush walks. This applies to both lodges.
Experienced staff will engage your children in a variety of age-appropriate, fun and educational activities whilst you relax and unwind.
When parents are away from the lodge, babies and toddlers younger than 2 years old must be placed under the care of the experienced childminders available. This babysitting is available during game drives and over dinner. The rate for this is R100/hour.
A dedicated children’s menu is available at both lodges, and special requests can be accommodated.
These activities cater to those already into the Big Outdoors as well as those who simply want to get that perfect ‘Insta-worthy’ picture to show friends back home.
The activities described above can also include parents, allowing you to reconnect as a family on an exciting wilderness adventure.
Karoo Lodge comprises 9 suites set within a restored farmstead, with several on-site cottages nearby. The perimeter of the grounds is fenced with a low electrified fence to prevent dangerous wildlife from entering. The swimming pool is fenced off from the main lawn. A children’s play area, the Cubs Den, is located near the pool. This lodge offers a choice between 3 room types, all of which are suitable to families of different sizes.
The Manor is a standalone villa comprising 4 suites located 7 minutes’ drive from Karoo Lodge. The perimeter of the grounds is fenced with a low electrified fence to prevent dangerous wildlife from entering. An unfenced swimming pool draws the eye from the lawn to the mountains beyond. Regrettably, children under the age of 14 are not permitted at The Manor unless it has been booked on an exclusive-use basis. When The Manor is booked exclusively, it provides the perfect accommodation for a multigenerational family, sleeping a maximum of 8 adults and a limited number of extra children.