Samara’s malaria-free Big Five wilderness offers an exciting new world just waiting to be discovered. Upon arrival, kids are enrolled in the Samara Cubs Programme, jam-packed with fun activities and inspiring educational experiences, for all ages from toddlers to teens. Parents can opt to relax and unwind or join in, creating opportunities for the whole family to reconnect — with Nature and with each other.
Activities for young kids aged 3-12
Experienced staff will engage your kids in a variety of age-appropriate activities, including track identification, painting like the Khoi-San people, walking stick carving, storytelling, T-shirt painting, Spekboom planting, orienteering and navigating. Children receive a goodie bag with activities and treats to enhance the magic of their Samara stay. Using the bush as an outdoor classroom, kids will learn about the multitude of other creatures we share our planet with – from bugs and beetles to the “Funny Five”.
Activities for teens & young adults
The discerning tastes of older children are catered for with more grown-up adventures, designed to showcase the beauty and thrill of the Great Outdoors. Activities include air rifle target practice, bush walks, sleep-outs, conservation activities and overnight trails. Walks in Big Five territory have a minimum age limit of 16 years. These activities can also include parents, allowing the whole family to reconnect on an exciting wilderness adventure.
Activities for babies & toddlers
High chairs and cots are available for infants and toddlers. When parents are away from the lodge on game drives, babies under 3 years of age must be placed under the care of Samara's experienced child-minders. Whenever possible, our preference is for “active babysitting” – meeting the tortoises that meander onto the lodge lawn and exploring the garden. This service is also available over meal times.
Exclusive-use of The Manor
The Manor offers the ideal safari villa for families, sleeping up to 8 adults and a limited number of extra children in four spacious suites. When booked exclusively, guests benefit from a private vehicle, guide, tracker and chef – a team that will put together a tailor-made programme of activities and meals to satisfy the different tastes (and taste buds) of the group.Explore
Karoo Family Suite
Karoo Lodge offers family-friendly accommodation, including in the Karoo Family Suites — two standalone cottages comprising two inter-leading suites, each with fireplace, air-conditioning and luxury en-suite bathroom with large separate bath, shower, outdoor shower and two wash basins. These suites are well suited to families with three children, as two can be accommodated in one of the suites whilst a third child under 12 years of age can be accommodated on an extra bed in the shared living area.Explore
Karoo Suite en famille
Karoo Suites are individual cottages located a short walk from the main Karoo Lodge homestead. A limited number of these suites can accommodate one extra bed to sleep one children under 12 years of age.Explore
Age limits, private vehicles & more
Game drive policy
Children aged 8 and over are welcome to join their parents on twice-daily scheduled game drives. Younger children will enjoy shorter family "bumble" drives near the lodge once the scheduled drive has returned. Private vehicles for families can also be booked, subject to availability and at extra cost. Guests booked into a Karoo Family Suite for a minimum of 3 nights benefit from the complimentary use of a private vehicle, subject to availability.
Catering for hungry tummies
Food & mealtimes
A dedicated children's menu is available at both Karoo Lodge and The Manor to cater for individual preferences, including firm favourites like spaghetti bolognese and fun options like home-made DIY pizzas. The emphasis is on healthy, nutritious, comfort food lovingly prepared in our Karoo Kitchen. Mealtimes are flexible, and high chairs are available.