Samara Private Game Reserve

"Eastern Cape"

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Consisting of 11 former livestock farms assembled since 1997, Samara’s vision is nothing less than the rewilding of an entire landscape in the Great Karoo, South Africa’s magical heartland. Key to the Samara experience is the concept of co-creation, where every guest plays a role in safeguarding the landscape in perpetuity.

The landscape itself is unique – an unexpected and diverse semi-arid paradise of mountains and grasslands, where thousands of wild animals, from cheetah to elephant to springbok, roam once more. A total of 26 guests at any one time are invited to join this conservation journey, a guest-to-land ratio almost unparalleled in Africa.

Easily accessible from the Garden Route, Samara is also just 40 minutes from the historical town of Graaff-Reinet, rich in culture and heritage.

With 67,000 acres of wilderness at your disposal, there are many ways to enjoy Samara, whatever the type of holiday you are planning. From romantic getaways to child-friendly safaris, adventure travel to milestone celebrations, Samara has something for everyone. Those with an interest in conservation can also choose to combine their luxury getaway with conservation activities during their stay.

Of course, if the pure Karoo air and serenity of our lodges compels you to simply relax and recharge by the pool, you’ll have no less of an enjoyable time. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, ‘adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience.’

Samara has received a host of romantic awards and accolades, and it’s easy to see why. Described as ‘heart-stoppingly beautiful’, Samara’s exquisite scenery lends itself perfectly to special romantic getaways. Whether you are planning a proposal, honeymoon, anniversary or even just a treat for your loved one, Samara is the ideal romantic escape.

Wake up to the sound of silence
Escape the stresses of city living by booking into our Honeymoon Suite at Karoo Lodge. Awaken in your four-poster bed to the sounds of the bush – quiet, gentle, soothing. Open the curtains to reveal views that stretch to the mountains beyond. Breathe in the fresh Karoo air. Unwind.

Contact Information

Petersburg Road, off the R63 to Pearston, near Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, 6280


Telephone - +27 (0) 49 940 0059