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Samara Karoo Reserve

Petersburg Road Off the R63 to Pearston, Graaff-Reinet 6280 South Africa
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Reconnect with Nature in one of South Africa's most diverse safari destinations leading an ambitious rewilding vision.

Award-winning Samara Karoo Reserve is a conservation journey on 67,000 acres of born-again wilderness in South Africa’s heart-stoppingly beautiful Great Karoo region.

One of South Africa’s most diverse safari destinations, Samara comprises five vegetation biomes across strikingly varied topography, home to over 60 mammal species including the Big Five and cheetah, as well as 225 bird species. Three intimate lodges welcome guests for considered, meaningful and exceptional safari encounters.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Patio
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
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Internet
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
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Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
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Highchairs available
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

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Petersburg Road Off the R63 to Pearston, Graaff-Reinet 6280 South Africa
Samara Karoo Reserve
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Port Elizabeth Airport
194.8 km
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MDH19VS wrote a review 01 Apr
London, United Kingdom152 contributions57 helpful votes
We stayed for all four days in the tented camp which has four double tents and a dining/ seating tent. The tents are comfortable with proper loos and bucket showers. They have wonderful views across the reserve. Their sturdiness was tested on our second night when it rained stair rods followed by hail and winds gusting up to 100 kph. Despite this all was well and we remained dry. The game is excellent. The most exciting was the three cheetah sightings, when we were able to leave the vehicle and walk within 20 m. The reserve only has animals that are naturally indigenous to the Karoo. Our only disappointment was the comparative lack of particularly small birds, due, we were told, to baboons eating their eggs. Our guide Rulof and tracker Kevin were both first class. All in all the great stay.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If this your first Safari, I would probably recommend staying in the main lodge.
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Carsten wrote a review Mar 2024
Bonn, Germany1 contribution
We shared to rooms in the Manor. As the Manor has four rooms only there were only two other couples staying with us which made our stay a really private encounter. The Manor is huge and leaves enough space for everyone - in the rooms, on the private terraces, the large living room, the pool and garden. The service and food were exceptional and the safaris were the highlight of our trip to South Africa. We hope to return again.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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andreaswegerif wrote a review Mar 2024
Berlin, Germany6 contributions3 helpful votes
Samara Game Reserve is a once in a life game reserve and nature 5-star experience. Wonderful staff, excellent lodgings in a beautiful and tranquile environment. The lodge is luxurious, but modest in its beauty. The highlight of our 6 day stay here were the staff: highly professional, forthcoming and friendly and extremely knowledgeable of all aspects of our natural surroundings in the beautiful Karroo. We will certainly come again.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: Spend at least 3 nights here. It is worth it!
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Beate P wrote a review Mar 2024
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The setting at Samara is spectacular, the mountain landscape and vast plains are a feast for the eyes. My Karoo Suite was very spacious, comfortable and tastefully furnished. A real highlight were the meals, authentic Karoo cuisine served every time in a new surprise location and by super friendly staff with big smiles. Our ranger and tracker were excellent and very knowledgeable. For a bucket list experience guests can spend a night in the star bed or try the Plains Camp, an authentic off-the-grid safari camp. Samara can be easily combined with a visit to Graaff-Reinet, a historic town with many quaint shops and restaurants.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Angela F wrote a review Feb 2024
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg101 contributions35 helpful votes
Had a wonderful stay at Samara. From the moment we arrived we really felt like family, all the staff are so friendly and welcoming. The main house of the lodge is lovely, beautifully laid out and very tastefully furnished. Our room was so comfortable and the bed was just amazing, beautiful linen, had a great sleep. Loved the bathroom! The food was delicious, excellent buffet breakfast and every evening an amazing 5 star meal. The safari drives morning and evening were a delight. M-zi our guide was wonderful, so knowledgeable about everything, animals, birds, plants, rocks and with the help of Rohan tracked all the animals for us. Truly a great experience. I can’t recommend Samara enough. It’s an amazing place to stay and their conservation efforts are to be applauded.
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Richard H wrote a review Jan 2024
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The passion for conservation shines through in this mammoth rewinding project. It is a five star bush experience in a unique setting with a wide variety of game over 5 biospheres. The surrounding mountains give the park a wonderfully unique feel. The staff are very knowledgeable and competent. I highly recommend Samara as a must see destination.
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Ashley F wrote a review Dec 2023
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Exceeded all expectations. Accomodations were homey, clean and the service was 10/10. The staff was so warm, always attentive - the food was 10/10. They were intentional about creating an experience from the time we arrived to the time we left. Now let's talk about the game drives!! Getting to see the animals by vehicle and by foot was special. The tracker & the guide were such good energy & very knoweldgeable.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Ian C wrote a review Nov 2023
Heysham, United Kingdom194 contributions101 helpful votes
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This was our second visit to Samara ( last visit Oct 2019) and we were allocated the same room in the Manor House. The staff at the Manor House were all friendly, welcoming and professional which made our stay even more relaxing. The quality and choice of meals was perfect and the staff accommodated our special requests. Thank you. The game drives were first class and our Ranger Ze and Tracker Enrico were extremely knowledgeable about the reserve animals. What a surprise when we met Ze for the second time - his care and driving skills were exceptional especially when driving up to the mountains. During our bush walks we experienced some very close encounters with Rhinos, Baby Rhinos and Cheetahs and Springbok and witnessed a Cheeta attempting a chase to catch his lunch. Fortunately the springbok evaded capture.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: Staying for four nights or more is advisable in order to really absorb the joys of Samara.
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Rene W wrote a review Oct 2023
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An exhilarating experience from the moment we arrived until we left! At the Eco-luxe tented camp we were greeted with great enthusiasm by the ever-so-friendly staff. The accommodation was impeccable. A great “Africa-only” experience with luxury interweaved! The “bucket shower” was a first for me and I really enjoyed having a hot shower after the game drives and bush walks. The abundance of wildlife was everywhere. We enjoyed spotting a variety of birds as we are keen birdwatchers. The huge variety of antelopes, the giraffes, the awesome backdrop of the Karoo scenery and then the highlight of tracking the cheetahs and the lions just made our stay one to remember for ever! The wildlife experience filled our souls and the delicious Al fresco dining filled our tummies! A huge thank you to all of you at Samara – you are really making the Karoo wildlife experience worth it!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Room Tip: Just relax and enjoy the sounds of Africa!
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Passport57020509369 wrote a review Oct 2023
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Excellent facilities. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wonderfull food. Management obviously very well informed and highly capable. Highly recommended for an experience that is very exceptional!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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R 22,812 - R 28,748 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Samara Karoo Reserve
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South AfricaEastern CapeGraaff-Reinet
NUMBER OF ROOMS
26
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Frequently Asked Questions about Samara Karoo Reserve
What are some of the property amenities at Samara Karoo Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Samara Karoo Reserve?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Samara Karoo Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Samara Karoo Reserve?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Samara Karoo Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Samara Karoo Reserve have airport transportation?
Yes, Samara Karoo Reserve offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Samara Karoo Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Does Samara Karoo Reserve have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Samara Karoo Reserve accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.