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Petersburg Road, Graaff-Reinet 6280 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#1 of 2 hotels in Graaff-Reinet
2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
A heart-stoppingly beautiful African setting awaits at the award-winning Big Five malaria-free Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet. Two elegant lodges lie nestled between an amphitheatre of mountains on 67,000 acres of Great Karoo landscape with breathtaking views. Samara encompasses 4 vegetation biomes, dramatic mountains and the unique ‘Samara Mara’ - vast plateau grasslands resembling the East African Serengeti. Renowned for tracking safaris with the endangered cheetah, white & black rhino, giraffe and aardvark, other activities include birding, hiking, mountain biking & a children’s programme. We specialise in outdoor dining, whether under the stars, a picnic in the river or lunch on the mountain-top. A luxury star bed is the perfect romantic getaway. Samara also has greater purpose – the creation of a sustainable ecosystem and a landscape-scale conservation project - your support helps achieve this grand vision. Recommended minimum stay 3 nights. A safari for the soul.
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Free parking
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Petersburg Road, Graaff-Reinet 6280 South Africa
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Forkit wrote a review 18 Jul
Cape Town Central, South Africa5 contributions
Fabulous! We visited as a family of 4 for a short 4-day holiday. The staff were exceptionally friendly and attentive without leaving you feeling “crowded”. The accommodations and lodge were beautifully decorated in an old world Karoo farm chic, and one felt spoiled being able to sit on the large open stoep, having a chilled glass of wine and enjoying the sights and sounds of a traditional Karoo Farmstead, whilst being entertained by warthogs and baboons grazing on the lawn. The food served by the restaurant was scrumptious and delicious and invoked memories of large family gatherings and Sunday roasts. The game viewing and Karoo veld is unmatched in its beauty, and the dichotomy of abundance and barrenness never ceased to amaze. Samara has managed what few can achieve, making it child and family friendly without losing its charm to a theme-park feel. The guides and trackers are very well trained and very attuned to each visitor’s wishlist of game they would like to see, and are able to engage with the children in an educating and informative way, keeping their attention effortlessly. A true gem!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Adrian T wrote a review Jan 2020
Winchester, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
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Our 5th visit to Samara and it never fails to take my breathe away and this visit was no exception It’s not often we revisit somewhere so often but Samara gets into your soul in so many ways. So here are 5 reasons for us why we return: The Karoo itself is a landscape on its own which takes your breathe away Saying it’s a semi arid paradise of mountains and grasslands doesn’t do it justice. The views from the mountain alone are simply stunning The commitment to conservation is outstanding and goes back to 1997 when the land began to be assembled from farmsteads. This journey continues and is the cornerstone of Samara’s culture. Every time we have visited there is always a new strategy, action or plan to support conservation in a meaningful way which includes the guests It always feels like returning to family when we visit. There is genuine warmth which we feel from everyone we come in contact with and a feeling that we are part of the journey and family. The game drives are so exhilarating whether you are driving up the mountain pass at dawn, walking with the cheetahs or giraffe, searching for the elephants or lions or bird watching. This time we were privileged to be the first guests to see Sikelele and her 3 cubs. Truly a once in a lifetime moment not only for us but also for Xoli and Roan our guide and tracker and the whole Samara family. Last but definitely not least the team of people who make it happen for the guests particularly those behind the scenes who prepare the delicious food, clean and maintain the rooms, maintain the roads and fences etc Looking forward to our next visit 👍
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SAtravel wrote a review Jun 2021
Sutton, United Kingdom11 contributions2 helpful votes
What an amazing experience walking with cheetah, would loved to have done more than one walk, but we are doing 10 properties in the Eastern Cape in 30 days. so time is limited .Facilities were first class and staff attentive.
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Date of stay: May 2021
FrazerAround wrote a review May 2021
Franschhoek, South Africa4 contributions
We loved our stay at Samara at the beginning of May! Thank you to the whole team for making sure we had the best experiences like walking with the cheetahs twice, walking near rhinos and the wonderful lunch at the top of the hill. Our stay definitely showed us how beautiful the Karoo is , that there is so much to see in our beautiful country and no need to catch a plane to go overseas. Even the monkey visits were a treat to watch! Warthogs scratching in the grass around the hotel and watching the giraffe while having breakfast! Amazing!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: Room 3 with water hole in front - we saw the cheetahs here once
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Rudi Lo wrote a review Apr 2021
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The place is magic, the lodge incredibly charming, the service perfect, food wonderful. Probably the best lodge we have ever been to. At the same time one gets the good feeling of supporting a great project, which the owners have been pursuing over the past 25 years, I.e. bringing wildlife back to the Karoo.
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Date of stay: April 2021
US$340 - US$839 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Samara Private Game Reserve
What are some of the property amenities at Samara Private Game Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Samara Private Game Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Samara Private Game Reserve?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Samara Private Game Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Samara Private Game Reserve have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Samara Private Game Reserve offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Samara Private Game Reserve have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Samara Private Game Reserve accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.