The famous for its cheetahs the Samara Private Game Reserve is in the Eastern Cape north of Port Elizabeth in the Karoo, South Africa. The exclusive Lodge enjoys the tranquillity of the reserve's natural wilderness.
This malaria-free Samara reserve encompasses the southern flank of the Sneeuberg mountain range, and the Samara Karoo Lodge is below this magnificent mountain. The Reserve is 55km outside of Graaff-Reinet, and it is 258 km away from Port Elizabeth, therefore providing access either by air or road.
Samara guests staying here are invited to relax in colonial comforts amidst the most beautiful surroundings. Reflecting the essence of the landscape, the interiors of the Samara Karoo Lodge combines the elegance of luxury colonial style cottages with the untamed beauty of the African bush.
Whether guests choose to dine in the boma, on the verandah, in the river, in the bush under the stars or picnic while admiring the scenic views, they will savour the flavours of the delicious cuisine provided by the lodge. The delightful bush scents of Wild Rosemary and Fynbos are combined with traditional Karoo Lamb and Springbok Loin to create a mouth-watering gastronomic delight.
With four of South Africa's seven biomes found at this reserve, the abundant wilderness preserves a complex and diverse ecosystem which is home to over 60 mammal species. Kudu and Duiker, the secretive Aardvark and the once-endangered White Rhino roam freely in this reserve. Giraffes, Cheetahs and Hartebeest, can also be observed on safari drives.
Guests have the opportunity to discover the wildlife as well as the well-preserved Bushman paintings in this spectacular reserve. Early morning and late afternoon safari drives are available to guests. The evening drive ends with a spotlight search for the elusive Aardvark. Guided bush walks and visits to sites of historical and paleontological interest are also available to visitors.
The children's program that takes place on the Aardvark reed enclosure is where children of all ages may have a lot of fun amongst giant and small wrought-iron cut-outs of animals found on the reserve.
As this Reserve in South Africa features a wide variety of habitats, it is home to many animal species. Focused on reintroducing protected animals, the Reserve has a healthy population of Cheetah, Cape Mountain Zebra, White Rhino, Giraffe, Black Wildebeest, Eland, Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Red Hartebeest and a range of other smaller mammals, including Vervet Monkeys and Meerkats. The reserve also works in close collaboration with De Wild Cheetah and the Wildlife Trust to ensure that this a magnificent endangered animal in South Africa is given the best chance of survival.