Samara Private Game Reserve
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Samara is located in the Eastern Cape, near Graaff Reinet; about 2 1/2 hours drive from Port Elizabeth. Guests can self-drive directly to Samara or fly into Port Elizabeth from where the lodge can assist with transfers. Samara also boasts a private landing strip for direct charter to the lodge.
Accessing Samara By Road:
The recommended route from Port Elizabeth takes the R75 towards Graaff-Reinet for 258km. Turn right and take the R63 towards Pearston/ Somerset East for 7km. Turn left onto the Petersburg gravel road and drive 23km to reach Karoo Lodge.
Accessing Samara By Air:
Daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Air charters from Port Elizabeth to Samara (gravel airstrip) can be arranged on request.
Samara Private Airstrip
- Co-ordinates: 24 45.48 E, 32 26.34S
- Length –1500 m
Graaff-Reinet, a 40-minute drive away, has a 1,500m tarred runway with landing lights which can accommodate a Gulf Stream jet. Transfers from Graaff-Reinet can then be made either by road (40 min) or by helicopter (15 min) directly to the lodge..
- Longitude: 24.861287
- Latitude: -32.353714
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Samara's Safari Rates and Packages 2018/19
1 Nov 2018 – 30 Apr 2019 Standard rate high season
1 May 2019 – 31 Aug 2019 Standard rate low season
1 Sep 2019 – 31 Oct 2019 Standard rate high season
Karoo Suite Per person sharing 1 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018 Standard rate high season R 6 630
1 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018 Standard rate low season R 3 750
1 Sep 2018 – 31 Oct 2018 Standard rate high seasonR 6 630
Per person sharing 1 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018 Standard rate high season R 5 250
1 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018 Standard rate low season R 3 455
1 Sep 2018 – 31 Oct 2018 Standard rate high season R 5 250
Per person sharing 1 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018 Standard rate high season R 3 455
1 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018 Standard rate low season R 2 900
1 Sep 2018 – 31 Oct 2018 Standard rate high season R 3 455
Manor SuitePer person sharing 1 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018 Standard rate high season R 6 630
1 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018 Standard rate low season R 3 750
1 Sep 2018 – 31 Oct 2018 Standard rate high season R 6 630
Exclusive Use 1st to 6th person 1 Apr 2018 – 30 Apr 2018 Standard rate high season R 35 600
1 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018 Standard rate low season R 22 640
1 Sep 2018 – 31 Oct 2018 Standard rate high season R 35 600
Exclusive Use Extra Person 7th & 8th person 1 Nov 2018 – 30 Apr 2019 Standard rate high season R 4 140
1 May 2019 – 31 Aug 2019 Standard rate low season R 3 040
1 Sep 2019 – 31 Oct 2019 Standard rate high season R 4 140
Access to 70,000 acres of private wildernessLuxury ensuite accommodation. All meals Tea and coffee. Two game activities (drive or walk) daily with experienced guides. Children’s programme (children under 8 years are not allowed on scheduled game drives). Selected local drinks during game activities. Wifi
VAT RATES EXCLUDE:
Telephone calls and faxCurio shop purchasesSpa treatmentsAll beverages not mentioned aboveLaundryGratuitiesTransfers to and from the Samara propertyConservation levy (see below)SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
Plus 50% of per person per night sharing rate applicable to single occupancy.This does not apply to The Manor when booked exclusively.
A conservation contribution is payable on departure. This contribution enables Samara to meet the costs of the running of the reserve.
From 1 Nov 2018 to 31 Oct 2019, the contribution is R75 per person per day for South African residents and R140 per person per day for international guests. Children pay 50%.
From 1 Nov 2019 to 31 Oct 2020, the contribution is R80 per person per day for South African residents and R150 per person per day for international guests. Children pay 50%.
- Rates may vary and reduced rates may apply to additional persons. All rates are indicative only, may be seasonal and are subject to change without notice.
About Samara Private Game Reserve
Spanning 70,000 acres of wilderness in the Great Karoo, malaria-free Samara Private Game Reserve offers a Big Five safari with a difference – a unique conservation passion project in a spectacular setting.
Consisting of 11 former livestock farms assembled since 1997, Samara's story is one of restoration. Over two decades vegetation has been rehabilitated and wildlife reintroduced, including the first cheetah, elephant and lion to return in over a century. Samara’s vision now extends beyond its borders to the creation of a landscape-scale conservation project spanning 1.3 million acres. Key to the Samara experience is the concept of co-creation, where every guest plays a role in safeguarding the landscape in perpetuity.
The landscape itself is breathtakingly beautiful. Samara encompasses four vegetation biomes offering a diversity of topographies and wildlife. Endangered cheetah, black rhino, elephant and springbok roam the extensive plains framed by dramatic purple mountains, whilst herds of Cape mountain zebra, wildebeest and eland cavort on the unique 'Samara Mara' - thousands of acres of plateau grasslands resembling the East African Serengeti.
A total of 26 guests at any one time are invited to join this conservation journey, a guest to land ratio almost unparalleled in Africa.
Karoo Lodge, a lovingly renovated farmhouse encircled by a natural amphitheatre of mountains. Combining colonial comforts and modern day luxuries with a rustic and welcoming feel, Karoo Lodge is the perfect place to relax and allow the tranquillity of the Karoo to envelop you – on the wide verandah in summer or by the cosy fire in winter. With nine double rooms of varying sizes, Karoo Lodge caters for individual travellers, couples and families.
The luxurious Manor House, a striking yet understated villa, unique in its warm design reflecting local landscapes and traditions with a light, modern twist. Upon arrival your eye is drawn through the glass double doors flanked by beaded African artwork and traditional Karoo antiques to the breathtaking views beyond. The scenic mountain landscape unfolds over a 21m infinity pool descending to a waterhole. The Manor comprises 4 luxury suites, which can be booked independently or the entire villa can be taken over on an exclusive-use basis. This option is popular with families and groups looking for privacy, indulgence and complete relaxation.
Food at Samara is served from the Karoo Kitchen, delivering lovingly-prepared fare rustled up by our local chefs. Expect mouthwatering meals using the freshest produce and recipes handed down from generation to generation, evoking that famous Karoo hospitality. Friendly yet unobtrusive service is a Samara hallmark, and the team will welcome you as part of the extended Samara family.
Activities include game drives, guided walks, wilderness picnics, cheetah tracking on foot, aardvark spotting (winter is best for daytime sightings), birding, hiking and a luxury star bed (open October to April). Samara is malaria-free and welcomes children of all ages with a dedicated children’s programme.
A spectacular destination for discerning travellers seeking a holiday with purpose with genuine Karoo hospitality, Samara offers a safari for the soul.
Room / Unit Features
- Air Conditioning
- En Suite Bathroom
- Hair Dryer In Room
- Heater In Room
On Site Features
- Bar (fully Licensed)
- Breakfast : Full English
- Business Facilities E.g. Photo Copying
- Childcare / Babysitting Service
- Child Friendly (all Ages)
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Guest Lounge
- Housekeeping (daily)
- Ice In Summer
- Iron / Trouser Press Available
- Laundry Service Available
- Parking (off Street)
- Pets Not Allowed
- Reception (business Hours Only)
- Swimming Pool
- Guest Transfers (others)
- Guest Transfers (airport)
- Picnic Baskets (by Arrangement)
Map and Directions to Samara Private Game Reserve
off the R63 to Pearston,