Guests arrive on the lantern lit driveway

A Pioneering Conservation Journey

Samara Karoo Lodge

Karoo Lodge in the Samara Private Game Reserve, near the town of Graaff-Reinet, is an award-winning gem boasting Karoo hospitality, charm and cheetahs! Here the landscape is truly stunning: dramatic mountains cut into the sky and the blue/green colours blend with open plains and drier stretches of countryside. The colonial Karoo Lodge enjoys a warm authentic Cape feel, natural woods, fireplaces and antiques throughout the hotel. 4 Lodge suites are located in the main homestead and open onto a wrap-around verandah, while the 3 Karoo suites have a garden cottage feel and feature fireplaces and outdoor showers with views. Sharing a wooden deck, the 2 Sibella suites are ideal for small family groups. Renowned for its successful cheetah conservation endeavours and on foot cheetah tracking, in addition to its Spekboom planting and community projects. The Samara Reserve is privileged to extend over four of the country’s seven biomes, providing habitat for over 60 mammal species including the cheetah, aardvark and white rhino, as well as the endangered desert-adapted black rhino (one of only 2 private reserves to have these animals). Guests can partake in game drives, guided walks, wilderness picnics, birding, luxury star bed sleep-out.

The Manor at Samara

The Manor at Samara is for the exclusive use of up to eight guests in ultimate luxury and total privacy. Situated in the 27,000-hectare Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape’s Great Karoo, this historic homestead offers breathtaking views of this extra-ordinary mountain landscape. The four luxurious suites have large en-suite bathrooms with heated towel rails, separate showers and free-standing baths. All have under floor heating and air-conditioning, and the sitting areas open out to the verandah with views mountain landscape. The Manor is unique in its warm design which reflects the local surroundings and traditions while retaining a light twist. The lounge is large and comfortable with a fireplace to keep it warm in the cold winter months. Large glass doors lead out to the patio, there is a library, 21m infinity pool which descends into a waterhole, and dining options include the boma, verandah, dining room, breakfast room as well as various bush dining experiences.

Your stay is enhanced by the services of a personal ranger, chef and butler. The Samara Reserve is privileged to extend over four of the country’s seven biomes, providing habitat for over 60 mammal species including the cheetah, aardvark and white rhino, as well as the endangered desert-adapted black rhino (one of only 2 private reserves to have these animals). Guests can partake in game drives, guided walks, wilderness picnics, birding, luxury star bed sleep-out, mountain hikes, conservation activities, fossil walks and San rock art. A full programme of game drives and activities for children can also be arranged.

King Suite at the Manor
or for afternoon tea by the fire
Tracking giraffe through the wilderness
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Karoo Lodge sits nestled in an amphitheatre of mountains
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Details

Samara Karoo Lodge
• Dramatic landscape in Samara reserve, near the town of Graaff-Reinet
• 4 Lodge, 3 Karoo & 2 Sibella luxury suites all beautifully appointed
• Child-friendly, colonial lodge with exquisite scenery: rivers, plains & mountains
• Warm authentic Cape feel: natural woods, fireplaces & antiques throughout
• Cheetahs: conservation & cheetah tracking on foot
• Conservation, planting & community involvement (animals, people & environment)

The Manor at Samara
• Elegant historic homestead in Samara surrounded by dramatic landscape
• 4 spacious bedrooms, decorated in light neutral hues
• Unpretentious, contemporary design, African artworks & Karoo antiques
• High ceilings, double glass doors & large windows to maximise views
• Endless grasslands & beautiful scenery
• Authentic homestyle meals & warm staff

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Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

The Soloman Family, USA

My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

Tom Last, AU

Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

Paul & Wendy, UK

The trip was FANTASTIC, and our guide Marcus was absolutely superb! We took all of his recommendations for our last free day in the city and can’t thank him enough for the stellar suggestions.

Thomas & Mary Louise, Canada

Please convey my thanks to the Cape Town guiding teams! Without a doubt our most memorable moment of the trip was our visit to the Cape Peninsula with our guide, Chizzy. A major positive, thrilling time. The penguins, picnic and swim at the reservoir, continual birthday celebrations for Jack’s 18th Birthday were all home runs.

Suzanne, Jack & Family, USA

The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

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Well, we finished up Cape Town this evening, heading to safari tomorrow. We loved the country tour and winery tour, absolutely amazing. Also, our guide for both days, was one of the best we have ever had. We couldn’t imagine a better time and she couldn’t be more flexible. Thank you for setting up this first part of the vacation and setting us up with the tours.

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It was great! Everything worked out perfectly! We absolutely loved the Sidecar experience – wow, was that fun! We loved our guide in Cape Town, Josh, he was the BEST! He was so fun. We took him for dinners and played golf with him! We just thought Cape Town was fantastic. Wine Country was great. Fantastic.

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On Saturday, we met our guide, Charlene, who was OUTSTANDING. We had missed the Zeitz Museum, and she was happy to let us rearrange our schedule so that we could tour it as well as taking me to a beautiful craft market to buy gifts.  On arriving in the wine country, we enjoyed an amazing lunch at La Motte.  With Charlene's background in wines, she was able to recommend the best wineries to visit on the winetram, as well as several good restaurants in the area.

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Cape Town was so scenic and beautiful.  Had an interesting visit around town and to the houses of parliament with a very accommodating guide James.  James made that whole experience everything it was and deserves a lot of credit. What a great place to visit!  What phenomenal food!  What masters of hospitality they all are in Africa!

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