The Samara Mara: A Unique Landscape

"We find ourselves on a high plateau of open savannah marooned in the sky. Wherever I look there are animals."


Herd of Black wildebeest on the Samara Mara, Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa

You’ve heard of the Maasai Mara, but have you heard of the Samara Mara? Every inch of Samara has a special beauty, but there is a particular piece that is quite unique. Perched high on a mountain plateau with 360 degree views, our very own ‘Serengeti of the South’ unfurls over mile upon mile of golden grasslands, framed by purple mountains and teeming with game – Black wildebeest, endangered Cape Mountain zebra, eland and gemsbok.

This remarkable landscape is not only beautiful – it represents a significant portion of a highly diverse yet under-conserved vegetation biome. The grasslands biome is one of South Africa’s most biodiverse – second only to the Cape Floristic Kingdom.

Whilst at Samara you can enjoy this stunning landscape – rivalling even the Serengeti and Masaai Mara for splendour, and a personal favourite of Samara guests and staff alike – during game drives, guided walks and mountain picnics. Lookout points from the plateau offer panoramic views stretching 180km to the south across the Plains of Camdeboo.

Sip your G&T to this view

On the unique Samara Mara
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