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About Samara Private Game Reserve

Samara Private Game Reserve offers an unforgettable experience for discerning travelers. Set on 70,000 acres of heart-stoppingly beautiful restored wilderness, the award-winning malaria-free reserve encompasses 4 vegetation biomes, including the unique 'Samara Mara', and a diversity of wildlife. Two intimate lodges sleeping a maximum of 26 people lie nestled beneath an amphitheatre of mountains, offering guests the feeling of having this timeless landscape all to themselves.

Karoo Lodge is a lovingly-restored 1800s farmhouse catering for individual travellers, couples and families, sleeping up to 18 people. The Manor House is an elegant villa with 4 double bedrooms, which can also be booked exclusively. This option is ideal for families and groups seeking privacy, indulgence and complete relaxation.

Samara combines magnificent landscapes and wildlife viewing with understated luxury and a greater conservation purpose, delivering a safari for the soul. Recommended minimum stay 3 nights.

Safari: Samara is the largest private game reserve in the Eastern Cape. Two game activities per day allow you to explore 67,000 acres on foot or in a vehicle. Samara is renowned for tracking wild cheetah, aardvark, rhino and elephant on foot.

Golf: There is a 9-hole golf course in nearby Graaff-Reinet.

Wedding Venues: Samara is a stunning wedding venue, catering for small intimate ceremonies up to 30 guests. Alternatively we can organise larger celebrations working with outside catering, flower and wedding planning companies.

Family friendly: Children of all ages welcome at Karoo Lodge. Under-8s are not permitted on game drives with other guests. Dedicated kids programme on offer. Children under 14 are not permitted at The Manor (except for sole-use).

Romantic: The Great Karoo provides the ideal romantic background for a honeymoon or proposal and we provide a bottle of sparkling wine, a private dinner on the patio of your suite and a complimentary massage as a little treat.

Covid Safety Approved: Samara’s first priority is the health, safety and well-being of our guests and staff members. We have implemented new protocols designed to give you peace of mind without compromising on Samara’s authentic Karoo hospitality.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 34
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 11:00
  • Reviews: 2 Reviews


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Garden
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Vitality Collection
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Air conditioning
  • All inclusive
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bath
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • Full board
  • Lounge
  • Lunch
  • Mini fridge
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Special offers
  • Wake-Up service
  • Covid Safety Approved
  • Eastern Cape
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Samara Private Game Reserve

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Sean Holohan
15 February 2021

Everyone was extremely helpful and friendly, especially for my wife’s birthday. All positives, no negatives. Loved the cheetahs.

Jackie Taylor, England
29 February 2016

a very natural and unspoilt reserve with an abundance of wildlife, opportunities to get very close up and personal with rhinos and cheetahs, experiences not to forget....the service was great and the food was impeccable, nothing could be faulted....

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Samara Private Game Reserve is 27.5km from the centre of Graaff-Reinet , the nearest airport 197.3km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling