Samara Private Game Reserve
- Karoo Lodge
KAROO LODGESamara Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
Samara Private Game Reserve is in the malaria free Eastern Cape situated within 27,000 ha of indigenous wilderness, Karoo Lodge offers guests the traditional luxury of a colonial family-owned homestead. Encounter the magnificent wildlife of the Karoo with its abundant game species and endangered birds. Free of the restrictions of the Big 5 reserves, here your professional guide will introduce you to the highly endangered Cheetah, enabling you to participate in an exclusive interaction with these graceful predators. An unforgettable experience that will leave you yearning to return.
At a Glance
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Karoo Lodge, a luxurious lodge within the Samara Private Game Reserve, boasts world class Eastern Cape accommodation in 3 Lodge Suites set in the main lodge building, with an additional 3 Karoo Suites located in the grounds. Deep wrap-around verandas overlook the scenic game reserve, where you can relax and let the sights and sounds of Mother Nature inspire your senses. Guests at this Eastern Cape accommodation can also relax in the comfortable living rooms, at the snug bar or in the dining room. Inspiration for the decor was drawn from the traditional colonial style of the Karoo, with modern influences of Africa. All suites feature private en suite bathrooms and are fully equipped. Spa treatments are also available in the privacy of your suite. There is an a swimming pool and tennis court, for those wishing to exercise and have fun. Samara caters for families, groups and single travellers. Karoo Lodge boasts internet connection in all rooms and in the lodge. Satellite TV and fax facilities are also available.
Whether comfortably ensconced in an open game drive vehicle, or hiking through the fragrant Karoo scrub, you will feel the deep pulse of the Karoo that is what makes Samara truly special. Discover Samara as you explore the Plains of Camdeboo that once staged the massive migrations of millions of Springbok. Fossils that predate dinosaurs, well-preserved Bushman paintings, all offer a fascinating insight into some of the historical significance of our Country's history.
Seeking to rehabilitate the once lost magnificence of this Eastern Cape part of the Great Karoo, the Samara dream, now a lifelong commitment for the owners. The once locally extinct Cape Mountain Zebra now roam the plateau pastures once again, the rare Blue Crane - South Africa's National Bird, no longer persecuted here, soar in the skies overhead. With four of the country's seven biomes, Samara's abundant wilderness preserves a complex and diverse ecosystem, providing 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 free. Cheetah to have been returned, to crouch, hidden in the scrub, waiting for an opportunity to stretch their legs and test the speed of the Hartebeest and other prey.
Samara Private Game Reserve is situated on the Malaria-free Plains of Camdeboo, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Guests can access Samara by car (approximately 3 hour drive from Port Elizabeth), or via a chartered flight to our private airstrip (45 min from the Port Elizabeth Airport).
Children of all ages are welcome at Karoo Lodge; however, children under the age of 6 may not accompany parents on game drives unless the family has exclusive use of the vehicle. There is also a special programme suitable for families with young children at Karoo Lodge.
There is 24 hour electricity to all rooms.