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Retreat to a place unlike any other in South Africa : covering a magnificent 28000 hectares of breathtaking landscape, Samara isn't just a game reserve, it's an experience. It is here that the serenity of the Karoo nurtures the soul, leaving guests feeling relaxed, renewed and rejuvenated. Samara is located in a Malaria free environment and is perfect for families.Nestled at the bottom of the majestic mountain range that descends into the vast Plains of Camdeboo, Karoo Valley Lodge lives in perfect harmony with its wild surrounds.Samara has very successfully reintroduced wild Cheetah onto the reserve and provides an ideal haven for cheetah breeding in a natural environment. With a focus on endangered species, Samara also has a healthy population of Black Wildebeest, herds of Cape Mountain Zebra and large flocks of South Africa’s national bird, The Blue Crane are seen regularly in the reserve.
Savour Samara from the comfort of your private porch or sip champagne from a mountain top location while you watch the sun disappear behind the horizon. For the more energetic there is a swimming pool, tennis courts and also there are many walks you can do including a walk to the ancient fossil site for example.
Surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, Karoo Lodge sits in perfect serenity in the reserve’s pristine wilderness. Combining colonial comforts with the essence of Mother Nature, the lodge treats you with exceptional service, enabling you to relax and allow the tranquility of the Karoo to envelop your soul.If you choose, you can leave the game for another day and indulge in the luxury of your suite and let our experienced therapist ease your stress away with her aromatic oils and local charm.Three Lodge Suites are situated in the main homestead and are light and airy, all opening out on to the wide wrap-around veranda. Each has a luxury en-suite bathroom and is air-conditionedThe three Karoo Suites are individual Karoo style “cottages” in the garden and are larger than the Lodge Suites. Each has a luxury en-suite bathroom, is air-conditioned and has a fireplace. Refresh yourself in the outdoor shower while gazing at the magnificent viewsEchoing the pulse of the Karoo, the interiors seek to fuse the elegance of luxury colonial era with the untamed beauty of the African bush. Cradled in the softest linen, you can lose yourself in the sleepy rhythms of the land as the tranquil sounds of the Karoo lull you into the idyllic state of relaxation and contentment.Quiet but not silent, Africa’s voice whispers sweet nothings through the grasses.
Rates Include:Luxury en-suite accommodation, All meals, Tea & coffee, Two open Land Rover Safaris per day, Sundowners, Tourism Levies, House wines and local beverages, Return transfers from the Samara Airstrip to the lodge
Rates Exclude:Laundry services, Telephone and fax, Curio shop purchases, Imported wines and beverages, Gratuities, Transfers to and from the lodge
Children: Children under 12 years of age : less 50% of tariff, as a third person in the room. Extra beds can be arranged if necessary. Children under eight years of age may not go on Game Drives with the other Lodge guests. Special vehicles for families with children of this age can be arranged at an additional cost of R1000 per day.Check in at 14:00 pm Check out at 11:00 amGeneral Information: - Master Card, Visa Card & American Express are all accepted.- Full hospital, consultant and general medical services are available in Graaff-Reinet and/or Port Elizabeth- This area is free from malaria and other tropical diseases.==================================================================ChildrenSamara's Aardvark programme especially caters for children, taking them on adventure safaris, providing private dinners and hosting young children at the lodge while mom and dad take a break. Our team is well versed at looking after and entertaining 'future conservationists'and the rangers are excellent with inquisitive, hungry young minds. The exciting children’s programme centres on the AardvArk reed enclosure where children can cavort amongst giant and miniature wrought-iron cut-outs of animals found on the reserve – giraffe legs more than two metres high and a life-size family of motionless meerkats amongst them. There’s a sandpit to excavate and weird and wonderful trees and bushes. The programme caters to children of all ages, allowing parents to take game drives without interruption from tired small people who will be whisked away into a bush wonderland and be indulged in a myriad of thrills. During the evening, babysitters are available on request. Children’s activities: • Spoor Identification • Tracking • Orienteering – knowing your way home • Cheetah tales • Star naming and stories • Trampoline • Tennis • Croquet • Table tennis • Bushman paintings – paint you own • Face painting - camouflage • Play dough • Samara puzzles • Treasure hunts • Crafting with African beads • Spekboom plantingChildren of all ages are welcome at Samara. (By special arrangement at Mountain Retreat) Dedicated children’s programme on offer daily at Karoo Lodge Only children of age 8 and over are allowed on scheduled game drives. All children will experience a shortened, kiddies only Bumble game drive All children before 3rd birthday, sharing with adults, are free of charge at Karoo lodge, Manor house and Mountain Retreat 3rd birthday to 14th birthday, sharing with adults, pay 50% of adult rate All guests of age 14 or older are required to take their own room at adult rates A maximum of 2 children to be accommodated in Karoo Suites and a maximum of 1 child in Lodge Suites, sharing with two adults 3rd adults are not permitted to share rooms