Samara Private Game Reserve

Accommodation in Samara Private Game Reserve

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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.  

Heart-stoppingly beautiful, is how award-winning Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, is ultimately described. Elegant lodges provide luxury accommodation nestled between an amphitheatre of mountains on 70,000 acres, where wildlife roams again. An amazing life changing and intensely calming experience awaits, so come walk with the cheetah as you celebrate the rebirth of a unique piece of Africa and experience a luxury safari in the Graaff Reinet region of the Eastern Cape.

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Karoo Lodge

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-conditioned

The 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 views

Echoing 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. 

Manor House

The Manor at Samara is for the exclusive use of up to 8 guests in ultimate luxury and total privacy with every whim being anticipated by friendly but unobtrusive staff.

Mark and Sarah Tompkins built the Manor on the site of an old house with title deeds dating back to Lord Charles Somerset. The Manor House is available for rental when the Tompkins family are not in residence.

You will arrive at this historic homestead and upon entering, breathtaking views of this extraordinary Karoo mountain landscape will unfold over a 21m infinity pool which descents into a waterhole at which game can be present in the early morning and late afternoon.

The Manor is unique in its warm design which reflects the local landscape and traditions whilst retaining a lovely light twist. The style of the Manor is the inspiration of well known South African designer, John Zwiegelaar of John Jacob Interiors.

Relax in four spacious luxury air-conditioned suites. Beds are made up with the softest linen that lulls you to sleep and all suites have large en-suite bathrooms with separate showers and free standing baths.

Unwind in the large comfortable lounge where a crackling fire burns in the winter months and the large glass doors to the patio are cast wide open in the summer. Take time to read an interesting book from the library in the cosy reading nooks.

Dining experiences include boma, veranda, dining-room and breakfast room as well as various bush dining experiences

Services include a personal ranger, chef and butler.

Mountain Retreat

Secluded, wild and remote, Samara’s Mountain Retreat offers you the experience of yesteryear and the opportunity to re-connect with nature in its purest form.

The Mountain Retreat is an exclusive use venue accommodating up to 10 guests. There are three delightful double en-suite bedrooms in the main homestead and a further two en-suite bedrooms are situated in the beautifully restored Victorian barn. A comfortable living room with fireplace and dining room complete the indoor facilities. A wide wrap-around veranda provides the perfect area for relaxing while contemplating the awesome view. A jacuzzi on the veranda affords an ideal cooling-off spot. A Karoo-style plunge pool is situated a little away from the house. Essential power is provided by a generator.

Take leisurely walks to explore the ancient valley landscape where rare rock art paintings of cheetah are preserved. Guests will be accompanied on walks by an experienced ranger who will be able to point out all the little things one may miss on a game drive. Game drives are an optional extra.

Delicious home-cooked meals are served in various venues – the dining-room, under the stars in the boma or on the veranda.

Play Scrabble or Monopoly or challenge your loved ones to a game of chess or simply absorb the silky night skies under the Milky Way, so close you can almost reach out and touch it.

The Mountain Retreat is the perfect getaway for a family or group of friends wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle and return to a slower pace and experience the true wilderness.


Inclusions / Exclusions

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


Extra information

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 am

General 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.

Samara'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 planting

Children 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