Karoo Lodge

Your home away from home

Encircled by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, Karoo Lodge sits in complete serenity with its wild surrounds.

The lovingly renovated farmhouse lies on the first property bought by the Tompkins family when they started Samara in 1997. Combining colonial comforts and modern day luxuries with a rustic and welcoming feel, Karoo Lodge is the perfect place to relax and allow the tranquillity of the Karoo to envelop you – on the wide verandah in summer or by the cosy fire in winter.

With nine double rooms of varying sizes, Karoo Lodge caters for individual travellers, couples and families. It can also be booked on an exclusive-use basis for up to 18 guests.

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Karoo Suites

Three Karoo Suites are standalone cottages a short distance from the main homestead.

Each has a fireplace, air-conditioning and luxury en-suite bathroom with large separate bath and shower and two washbasins. Private covered patios with outdoor seating provide the ideal location for morning coffee or a nightcap under the stars. These suites even have outdoor showers fashioned out of a Karoo architectural staple – corrugated iron, offering an authentic al fresco experience with beautiful views.

Lodge Suites

Four Lodge Suites are found inside the main homestead.

They are spacious, light and airy, with air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with large freestanding bath and shower. These suites open onto the wide wraparound verandah with outdoor seating synonymous with traditional Karoo farmhouses.

One of the Lodge Suites is wheelchair-accessible. The bathroom contains grab bars by the loo and in the shower as well as a shower seat. If you are in need of an accessible room, please make sure to request it at the time of booking.

Sibella Suites

We named our two final rooms in honour of Sibella, our famous cheetah.

The Sibella Suites are located a little walk away by a waterhole where birdlife abounds in the thick reed beds and antelope, rhino and buffalo slake their thirst in the early morning and late afternoon. These suites are interleading and provide ideal accommodation for families with young children. Each suite has a shower, basin and air-conditioning. The shared deck provides welcome shade during hot summer days. These suites were renovated in October 2018.

Within the homestead

Antiques, family heirlooms and vintage books permeate the décor throughout.

Karoo Lodge offers a warm and inviting living room with a fireplace as well as a cosy bar area. There is a small TV area off the bar. A large dining room with fireplace is used for indoor crystal dinners. When the weather is clement, candlelit dinners are set up on the verandah, on the lawn under the stars, or in the boma, a traditional reed enclosure warmed by a roaring fire.

Extra beds for children can be accommodated in all rooms except the Sibella Suites. A curio shop is located near the reception. All the rooms and communal areas have Wifi access.

In the Lodge grounds

The perimeter of Karoo Lodge is fenced for safety reasons and to allow the team's indigenous flowers to grow undisturbed by antelope!

Karoo Lodge is fenced with a low-angled electrified fence designed to keep large wildlife out. The pool is fenced off from the spacious main lawn and has a covered gazebo area for warm summer evenings. There is also a children’s outdoor play area – the Cheetah Cubs’ Den – where our kids programme activities take place.

Guests can also choose to strike out on the Sibella Trail which meanders the grounds of Karoo Lodge, ending at a bench overlooking the koppie which Sibella herself used as a vantage point over the valley.

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