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Located in the Great Karoo in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, Samara is a private game reserve comprising 70,000 acres of beautiful landscapes.
The Great Karoo is the arid heartland of South Africa - a world of vast open spaces and distant horizons and the lodge is reached by a 3-hour drive from Port Elizabeth or a 45-minute flight to the reserve's airstrip.
The main Karoo Lodge is a colonial era homestead, situated on the malaria-free Plains of Camdeboo. There are just nine guest suites - four in the main lodge building, three in nearby cottages and two interleading suites by the waterhole - and all are decorated in an elegant colonial style. Enjoy guided game drives and walks by day, or relax by the swimming pool and take in the stunning views. By night, enjoy delicious South African food and wines under spectacular night skies.
The Manor at Samara accommodates up to eight guests in four air-conditioned suites and can also be booked out exclusively by groups. The Manor boasts a swimming pool, four en suite bedrooms (each bathroom has a shower and free-standing bathtub), lounge with fireplace for winter months, and large sliding glass doors to let in the summertime breeze. Dining options here include a boma, veranda, dining room and breakfast room, as well as bush dining experiences. The Manor at Samara is tended to by ahahah personal ranger, chef and butler.
Samara is somewhat of a success story in conservation. Rewilding the land and re-introducing wildlife that, due to farming, has been absent on the land for many years, the reserve is now home to the Big Five including the desert adapted black rhino. This is a sensationally beautiful part of South Africa in the more remote part of the Karoo.
Tom, Original Traveller