Safari fun for the whole family

"We did not inherit the land from our forefathers. We have simply borrowed it from our children."


Family-owned and family-run, Samara places great emphasis on making all of our guests feel part of the Samara family. We are passionate about educating the next generation of conservationists and opening their eyes to the wonders of the wild on a child friendly safari.

Children of all ages are welcome at Samara. A dedicated children’s menu is available at both lodges and special requests can be accommodated. All children receive a welcome pack on arrival.

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Teaching kids about tracking at Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa

Game drives

Scheduled game drives with other guests at Karoo Lodge can only accommodate children aged 8 and older. Private vehicles to accommodate younger children can be arranged on request, depending on availability, and at extra cost. Shorter ‘bumble’ game drives and/or bush walks can also be organised during the middle of the day when other guests are not on drives.

At The Manor, which is an exclusive-use villa, children of all ages are allowed on game drives, although we would recommend shorter drives for the little ones as the longer game drives can be quite tiring. A full programme of game drives and activities for children at The Manor can be discussed with your dedicated ranger.

Meeting a tortoise at Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa

Kids Programme

The Samara Kids Programme, part of our child friendly safari activities, caters exclusively to children and young teenagers. Qualified staff will take your brood off your hands and engage them in a variety of fun and educational activities whilst you relax and unwind.

Activities include, amongst others:

Facilities for football, croquet and table tennis are available all year round. The swimming pool at Karoo Lodge is fenced off for safety reasons.

One of the youngest guests at Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa


When their parents are on a game drive or otherwise away from the lodges, children younger than 8 must be placed under the care of the experienced childminders available. We encourage them to take part in ‘active babysitting’, involving activities such as short walks, collecting bugs and playing in the dedicated children’s play area with sandpit, swing and slide fenced off from the main lawn (Karoo Lodge only). Babysitting for infants and toddlers is also available. The fee is R100 per hour, available all year round.

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