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Samara Private Game Reserve

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Restaurants

Dining at the Samara Karoo Lodge

Guests staying at the Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape may enjoy delicious meals in spectacular setting.  Dining experiences at Samara include:

  • Dining Room
  • Veranda
  • Traditional Boma
  • Pool Side
  • Lawn picnic
  • Various Bush Dining Experiences.
     

Activities, Sports & Leisure

Game viewing

The complex and diverse ecosystem at the Samara Private Game Reserve provides habitat for over 60 mammal species. Among more common species, such as the Kudu and Duiker, the secretive Aardvark and the once-endangered White Rhino roam. Giraffes can be seen, while Cheetah hides in the grass, waiting for an opportunity to stretch their legs and test the speed of the Hartebeest.

Guests have the opportunity to discover the secrets of the Samara Private Game Reserve as they explore the untouched Plains of Camdeboo. Fossils which predate the dinosaurs and well-preserved Khoisan paintings offer a fascinating insight into some of the historical intricacies of our Earth’s past.

Night Aardvark Safari

The Aardvark is one of the most widespread mammals in Africa, but also one of the most unseen creatures.  Guests may experience these amazing creatures in their natural environment by joining an exciting Night Safari through the Samara Private Game Reserve.

Walking Safaris

The Walking Safaris at the Samara Private Game Reserve specialise in getting closer to nature and learning to track animals and approach them on foot.   Guests can study the finer detail of the bush and experience the feeling of wide open spaces with its tranquillity and peace.

Biome Walks

The scenic Samara Private Game Reserve is unique as it is home to four Biomes: Nama-Karoo, Plateau Grassveld,  open Savannah and Thicket.   During the Biome Walks, guests are taken on a memorable walk accompanied by one of the lodge's highly qualified rangers, who shares his extensive knowledge of the individual characteristics of each of these biomes.

Landscape Safaris

The Landscape Safari at Samara provides guests with the feeling of being on top of the world.  Visitors travel up the steep mountain pass in a 4x4 vehicle and enjoy the magnificent scenery of this landscape. Surrounded by mountains with the Plains of Camdeboo spread out below,  one can imagine the largest migration of Springbok, which used to take place across the Karoo.

Cheetah encounters

The Samara Private Game Reserve is home to the endangered Cheetah. Born a wild Cheetah, Sibella’s life nearly ended at the hands of hunters. After being savagely treated in captivity, she was fortunate enough to be rescued and underwent life-saving surgery and rehabilitation at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust.

In December 2003, the Cheetah Sibella , together with two males, was released into the Samara Private Game Reserve, South Africa. Despite suffering the occasional twinge from her previous injuries, Sibella has proved herself to be a capable hunter and has successfully reared 18 cubs in the time she has been at Samara.

As such, this wonderful Cheetah epitomises the spirit of Samara as she plays a vital role in the rejuvenation of a once endangered existence.  This exceptional cat has contributed to 2% of the wild Cheetah population in South Africa.   It has been estimated that the last wild Cheetah in the area was seen 125 years ago.

Part of Sibella’s and Samara’s Cheetah conservation success is based on the fact that the Samara Private Game Reserve is free of predators.   Without the pressure of natural predators such as lion and spotted hyena, the Samara Cheetah populations have been able to thrive.

The Samara Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa works closely with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to ensure that this highly endangered species is given the best chance of survival.

Bird watching

Over 200 species of birds are home on the Samara Private Game Reserve, which makes it a beautiful bird watcher’s paradise.  In August, guests are most likely to view the endangered Blue Crane flocks of 250 – 300 birds, and may be lucky enough to observe Black Eagles soaring below from Eagles’ Rock, one of the reserves magnificent viewpoints.

Thinking Safari

Guests staying at the Samara Private Game Reserve, South Africa, have the opportunity to learn about the conservation efforts and plant a spekboom to off-set their carbon footprint.  Reading animal tracks and viewing ancient bushman paintings are also available to guests.

Children activities
  • Play dough
  • Samara puzzles
  • Treasure hunts
  • Crafting with African beads
  • Spekboom planting
  • Spoor Identification
  • Tracking
  • Orienteering – knowing your way home
  • Tennis
  • Croquet
  • Table tennis
  • Bushman paintings – paint your own
  • Face painting - camouflage
  • Cheetah tales
  • Star naming and stories
  • Trampoline

Conferences & Events

Conference at the Samara Private Game Reserve

The Samara Private Game Reserve does not have an official conference venue available, but small meetings can be held here.  The entire Karoo Lodge and the Manor House are to be booked out exclusively for the group. Possibly think-tanks, small team-building and meetings on a small scale are perfect for this location. Flip charts and whiteboards are available for delegates to use.

Services

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 11:00
Business Services
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
  • Internet access in rooms
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Safari drives
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • This region of South Africa in the Eastern Cape is free from malaria and other tropical diseases.  The Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa is home to a wide variety of wildlife including:

    • Cheetah
    • Buffalo
    • Wildebeest
    • White Rhino
    • Cape Mountain Zebra
    • Herds of Antelope
    • Giraffe
    • Aardvark
    • Meerkat
    • Leopard Tortoise
    • 200 species of birds.
       
Children Policy
    • Children of all ages are welcome at the Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa. (By special arrangement at Mountain Retreat.) 
    • A dedicated children’s programme is available daily at the Samara Karoo Lodge.
    • Only children eight years and older are allowed on game drives due to safety reasons.
    • Children staying at the Samara Game Reserve have the opportunity to experience a shortened, kiddies only Bumble game drive.
    • All children before their third 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 aged 14 or older are required to take their room at adult rates.
    • A maximum of 2 children can be accommodated in the Samara Karoo Suites and a maximum of 1 child in Lodge Suites, sharing with two adults.
    • Third adults are not permitted to share rooms.
Children Activities
  • Samara's Aardvark programme caters for children during their stay at the Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa.  Adventure safaris and private kiddies dinners are available to families. 

    The children’s programme takes place on the Aardvark reed enclosure where children can play 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. A sandpit to excavate and weird and wonderful trees and bushes are featured here.

    The children Safari programme at the Samara Private Game Reserve caters to kids of all ages, allowing parents to take game drives without interruption.  During the evening, babysitters are available on request.
     

Available Rooms

Karoo Suite

# Rooms:
3

The Karoo Lodge at the Samara Private Game Reserve is a lovingly restored homestead which reflects a unique colonial past while pampering guests with modern day luxuries. Samara's Karoo Lodge caters for individual travellers and families but can also be booked on an exclusive use basis for up to 20 guests.

The Karoo Suites are unique Karoo style "cottages" in the Garden of the Samara estate offering privacy. Each suite offers a luxury en-suite bathroom, is air-conditioned and has a fireplace. The Samara Game Lodge offers the following type of accommodation:

  •     3 Karoo Suites
  •     3 Lodge Suites
  •     Sibella Suites
  •     Camdeboo Suites
  •     The Manor House

The three Karoo Suites at the Samara Private Game Reserve are in the garden. These luxurious suites at Samara feature a fireplace and air-conditioning, a luxury en-suite bathroom with large separate bath and shower and two wash basins and an outdoor shower.  The private covered patios of each suite allow comfortable outdoor seating from where scenic views over the Karoo can be enjoyed.

Lodge Suite

# Rooms:
4

The Lodge Suites at the Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa are located in the main homestead of Samara.  These luxurious suites are light and airy and open out on to the wide wrap-around veranda. Each suite offers a luxury en-suite bathroom and is air-conditioned. One extra bed can be accommodated for families with a child.

Sibella Suite

# Rooms:
2

The Sibella Suites at Samara are well appointed with an en-suite shower.  These two delightful suites share a wooden deck which overlooks the waterhole where an abundance of bird life can be observed.  For comfort, both Sibella Suites provide air conditioning.

The Manor at Samara: King Suite

These luxurious suites have air-conditioning, a luxury en-suite bathroom with large separate bath and shower and an outdoor shower.  The private covered patios of each suite allow comfortable outdoor seating from where scenic views of the surrounding area can be viewed.

The Manor At Samara: Twin Suite

These luxurious suites have air-conditioning, a luxury en-suite bathroom with large separate bath and shower and an outdoor shower.  The private covered patios of each suite allow comfortable outdoor seating from where scenic views of the surrounding area can be viewed.

Karoo Retreat

Luxury 'mini-villa' sleeping max 2 guests.

Private verandah, waterhole, fireplace and outdoor shower. 

Single Room R10710
Double Room R14280

Family Suite

Two inter-leading rooms with private verandah, waterhole and outdoor shower.

The rate is per unit (Sleeps max 4 guests).

Single Room R22260
Double Room R22260

Homestead Luxury

Suite within the homestead.

Semi-private verandah with waterhole and mountain views.

Sleeps max 2 guests. 

Single Room R9450
Double Room R12600

Homestead Classic

Suite within the homestead.

Semi-private verandah with waterhole and garden views.

Sleeps 2 guests.

Single Room R8190
Double Room R10920

Manor Suite

Suite within the villa.

Private verandah with mountain and garden view. 

Sleeps max 2 guests.

Single Room R10080
Double Room R13440

Manor Sole-Use

Single Room R50390
Double Room R50390
 

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -32.372219

Longitude: 24.856415

Directions

The Samara Private Game Reserve nestles in the Eastern Cape of South Africa in proximity to the town Graaff-Reinet. This magnificent reserve is about a 2 1/2 hours drive away from Port Elizabeth. Guest may self-drive directly to the Samara Private Game Reserve or fly into Port Elizabeth from where the lodge can assist with transfers. The Samara Game Reserve also features a private landing strip for direct charter to the lodge.

Directions to Samara from Port Elizabeth Airport (Total distance 270km)

- Exit airport and turn right at the traffic circle into M11 Allister Miller Road
- 2km and at the traffic lights turn left into Forest Hill Drive
- 700 meters and at the traffic lights turn right into M7 Walmer Boulevard
- 500m and at the 3rd set of traffic lights turn left onto M4 Settler\\\'s Way
- 6km and exit left on 751A, keep right and exit right onto N2 Cape Town
- 1.5km and exit left on 748 off-ramp to R75 Commercial/Uitenhage Road
- 350m and turn right at the 2nd set of traffic lights onto R75 Uitenhage Road
- 14km and exit left onto R75 Uitenhage and follow R75 Graaff-Reinet Road
- 209km on R75 and turn right onto the R63 Pearston/Somerset East Road
- 7km and turn left onto Petersburg Road. (unpaved dirt road)
- 3km to the first electric gate. Please phone 049 891 0880 and inform the lodge that you are on the property
- 12.5km to the second double electric gate and then 2.2km to the Manor House Reception turn-off or 5.4km to the Karoo Lodge Reception turnoff. It is about a 30 minute drive on the unpaved dirt road

Accessing the Samara Private Game Reserve By Road:
The recommended route from Port Elizabeth takes the R75 towards Graaff-Reinet for 258km.
Turn right and take the R63 towards Pearston/ Somerset East for 7km.
Turn left onto the Petersburg gravel road and drive 23km to reach Karoo Lodge.

Accessing the Samara Private Game Reserve By Air:
Daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Port Elizabeth are available. Air charters from Port Elizabeth to Samara (gravel airstrip) can be arranged on request.

Samara Private Airstrip Co-ordinates:

E240 45min 48 sec
S320 26 min 34 sec
Length 1500 m

Arrival/Departure at Samara:

The recommended arrival time at the Samara Private Game Reserve is 14h00. Suites are to be vacated by 11h00 to allow ample opportunity for them to be made perfect for incoming guests. Late departures can be arranged with the lodge, subject to availability of a
suite for daytime use.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

Awards

  • Voted Conde Nast Travellers Hot Spots List May 2006 & May 2009
  • Voted Harpers Bazaar The 15 Greatest Safari experiences in Africa March 2008
  • Voted Tatler Top 101 Hotels in the World December 2007
  • Voted Travel and Leisure Top 50 Romantic Destinations in the World February 2006
  • Portfolio Collection Member

Memberships

  • ATTA (African Travel and Tourism Association)
  • Portfolio of Country Places City and Safari Collection