Whether it’s your first visit to Africa or your third time at Samara, it’s always helpful to have a bank of pertinent information at your fingertips, from the best seasons in which to visit us to our recommendations for packing essentials, and not forgetting those all-important driving directions. If you need any assistance or guidance in planning your stay, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help.
A visit to Samara and the Great Karoo is a great addition to a Cape Town-Kruger or Garden Route itinerary. For first time visitors to South Africa keen to spot the Big Five, we recommend pairing Samara with another reserve that offers lion viewing (Samara is currently home to 4 of the Big Five – elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard – but plans are afoot to reintroduce lions in 2018). There are plenty across South Africa, including in the Eastern Cape just a few hours’ drive from Samara. A minimum of 3 nights at Samara is recommended in order to experience all that the reserve has to offer.
Many of our guests choose Samara as a destination in its own right, spending up to a week with us – and becoming part of the extended family! Longer stays provide ample time to both relax into the slower Karoo way of life and explore the diversity of the landscape. We can also help arrange tours to surrounding attractions, such as the historical town of Graaff-Reinet, the Valley of Desolation and the artistic hamlet of Nieu-Bethesda.