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Today we are excited to share with you the Samara 5 star private game reserve.
Not only are they an enthralling safari holiday but they also provide guests the chance to experience a serene oasis like no other with opportunities to star gaze, explore vast terrains, bird watch and pamper yourself with soothing spa treatments – the only downside is they don’t offer press visits at this time due to allocating funds to their conservation efforts but if you were considering a feature on exotic adventures then Samara is your destination!

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Heart-stoppingly beautiful, is how award-winning Samara Private Game Reserve, is ultimately described. Elegant lodges surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains, where wildlife roams again.

An amazing life changing and intensely calming experience awaits, so come walk with the cheetah as you celebrate the rebirth of a unique piece of Africa.

Location: 70 000 acres of pristine wilderness in the malaria-free Great Karoo, near Graaff-Reinet, South Africa.

Access: Port Elizabeth airport. 45 minutes by private air charter or just over 2,5 hours on good roads. Private 1500m gravel air strip on Samara. – co-ordinates: E24 45 min 48 sec S32 26 min 34 sec.

Accommodation: Karoo Lodge – 3 luxury suites within the homestead and 3 individual Karoo-style cottages in the garden.
The Manor at Samara – 4 luxury en-suite rooms within this historic homestead, for the exclusive use of up to 8 guests.

The Mountain Retreat – By special request. 5 en-suite rooms. Stand-by electricity available at Mountain Retreat.

Cuisine: Bush and boma dinners under the stars. Picnics freshly produced with a Karoo twist.

Spa: Overlooking a tranquil waterhole with abundant bird-life.
Great for a relaxing treatment at spa or in the privacy of your own suit.

Children: We welcome children of all ages. Under 8 years not allowed on game drives. Children’s programme on offer daily.

Activities: Morning & afternoon game drives in open game viewers; Cheetah tracking on foot; guided bush walks; bird watching; star gazing; Koisan paintings; fossil sites. Swimming pools, tennis court, croquet, table-tennis, library.

Recommended Length Of Stay: 3-7 nights. Combine Samara Lodges for a unique experience.

Species: Over 66 mammal species and 220 bird species recorded.

Climate: Winter from May to September. Summer hot with temperatures up to 40 °C and lows of 10°C during the night.
The Karoo is a summer rainfall area.

Communication Services: Internet and landline telephones, fax and postal services. We regret that there is no cell phone reception within the reserve.

Medical Facilities: Medical services are available in Graaff-Reinet and/or Port Elizabeth. All venues are equipped with first aid kits and all rangers are first aid qualified.

Karoo Lodge

Karoo Lodge lives in perfect harmony with its wild surrounds, nestling in colonial splendour overlooking a vast amphitheatre of mountains. Each suite is traditionally decorated and exquisitely styled to create an ideal balance between comfort and the beauty of the African bush. Relax, unwind and enjoy your front row of magnificent wildlife.

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The Manor

Chic and understated, this historic, exclusive use homestead features four luxury suites and overlooks a 21 metre infinity pool to a water hole at which game quench their thirst. African artefacts adorn this spectacular home. Luxury, comfort and true Karoo hospitality await you at The Manor.

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The Mountain Retreat

Secluded, wild and very remote, Samara’s Mountain Retreat surveys an ancient landscape, overlooking the Valley of the Bushman where rare Khoisan paintings of cheetah preside.
The 250 year old Barn and the Victorian homestead offer five beautiful suites. A perfect family getaway. Spend the night after a walking trail and dine by candlelight. Essential power by generator.

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The Samara Safari Experience

On game drives and guided walks you can witness the extraordinary behaviour of Samara’s dynamic wildlife. It is here that you will feel the pulse of the Karoo that makes Samara truly magical. Standing only a few feet from the highly endangered wild cheetah is an unparalleled and humbling experience.

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To find out more information about the Samara 5 Star Private Game Reserve visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Alternatively you can call them:
Reservations: +27 (0) 31-262 0324 | Lodge: +27 (0) 49 891 0880


About Charlotte

Charlotte is a work from home mummy of one from London. Since leaving the 9-5 working world in healthcare recruitment Charlotte now spends her time blogging, traveling, wishing she went to the gym more, watching reality TV and running after her hyper toddler son Hayden.


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