Samara Private Game Reserve is located in the Great Karoo area, generally regarded as the magical heartland of South Africa. Travellers opting to venture to this part of the Eastern Cape, will not be disappointed as the unique landscape offers a rewarding adventure. Previously a network of 11 livestock farms, Samara was created in 1997 with the vision to restore the area to its natural state and has since grown to encompass more than 67,000 acres.
This growth has been achieved by slowly rehabilitating the land and reintroducing natural biodiversity. The astonishing semi-arid landscape, dotted with mountains and grasslands, is home to a vast array of species. These include a great variety of birds as well as elephants and springbok that roam this malaria-free wilderness.
Samara Private Game Reserve can easily be reached by air and by road. There is a local airport in Port Elizabeth that is serviced by daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Guests can then either hire a vehicle and drive the two and a half hours to the reserve or arrange for a transfer.
Yes. Those choosing to experience Samara Private Game Reserve can expect to see all members of the Big Five roaming around the 67,000 acres.
There are two lodges on Samara Private Game Reserve, sleeping a maximum of 26 people. Whether guests choose to stay at Karoo Lodge or The Manor, they can expect an exclusive and intimate experience.
An ambitious reintroduction programme has filled Samara Private Game Reserve with an abundance of species. This vast area is home to more than 65 mammal species, including the Big Five (leopard, lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant) and cheetah. The oryx is specially adapted to the semi-arid landscape. Roughly 220 different birds and around 50 reptile and amphibian species can also be spotted.
Visitors to Samara Private Game Reserve will experience tempered weather between March and May and again between September and November. The best time for game viewing is in the shoulder period from September to November. The first rains arrive and bring with them the wonderful sight of many newborn antelopes.
Apart from game drives, Samara Private Game Reserve also caters to those intending to get their hands ‘dirty’ with conservation-related activities. There is also the option of child-friendly safaris and even specifically created romantic getaways.
There are just two lodges on the Game Reserve sleeping a maximum of 26 people. Whether guests choose to stay at Karoo Lodge or The Manor, it will be an exclusive and intimate experience.