Samara Karoo Lodge
Karoo Suite Lodge Suite
Karoo Suite
Lodge Suite

Samara Karoo Lodge

Samara Private Game Reserve is a passionate conservation undertaking, a leader in its area and a catalyst for change in the Great Karoo region of South Africa. 70,000 acres have been restored over 20 years in the area that previously witnessed one of the world’s largest migrations – when millions of springbok would roam these plains in search of new pastures. As well as the multitude of antelope, herds of elephant moved through the verdant river systems, special desert- adapted black rhino thrived in the dense thickets, and the predators – Cape lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, even wild dog – accompanied the melee of prey species across this breathtaking landscape. Resurrecting this malaria-free ‘Serengeti of the South’ and returning the landscape to its former glory forms an integral part of our vision. 

Surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, Karoo Lodge sits in perfect harmony with the reserve's pristine wilderness. Combining colonial comforts with the essence of Mother Nature, this converted farmstead treats you to exceptional service, enabling you to relax and allow the tranquillity of the Karoo to envelop your senses.


South Africa


  • 70,000 acres of wilderness
  • Landscapes to take your breath away
  • Conservation commitment
  • Wilderness picnics
  • Walking safaris
  • Be part of the Samara vision

Need to Know

"Heart-stoppingly beautiful" is how award-winning Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape is best described. Elegant lodges provide luxury accommodation nestled between an amphitheatre of mountains on 70,000 acres, where wildlife roams again. An amazing life-changing and wonderfully relaxing experience awaits, so come and walk with wild cheetah as you celebrate the rebirth of a unique piece of Africa and experience a luxury safari in the Graaff-Reinet region of the Eastern Cape.


Tracking Wild Cheetah and Rhino on foot

Experience an exhilarating walking safari by tracking wild cheetah and rhino on foot - both black and white. Get within metres of these endangered and iconic species in their natural environment.

Bush Walks and Fly-Camping

We encourage getting off the vehicle and getting close to nature by exploring it on foot. Study the finer detail of the bush and experience the feeling of wide open spaces around you - no vehicles, no noise, no rush. Day-long hikes to fly-camps set up in the wilderness can be arranged on request.

Bird Watching

There are over 220 species of birds recorded on the reserve, with new additions being discovered on a monthly basis, so this is a bird watcher’s paradise. In winter you are most likely to view the endangered Blue Crane in flocks of up to 200 individuals and may be lucky enough to see Black Eagles soaring below you from Eagles’ Rock, one of our magnificent view points.

Tracker Academy

Samara is home to the Tracker Academy, a division of the SA College for Tourism and funded by the Peace Parks Foundation, which trains 16 young individuals per year in the ancient art of tracking. Accompany the trainee trackers on their morning walks, led by Master Tracker Pokkie Benadie, and learn about the secrets of the bush. Subject to availability.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Cheetah - the first wild cheetah back in the region in 125 years

White Rhino & Desert-Adapted Black Rhino (1 of only 2 private reserves in SA to be home to the latter subspecies)

Aardvark - daytime sightings are more likely during winter 

Buffalo, Black Wildebeest, Cape Mountain Zebra, Plains Zebra, Giraffe, amongst others

Animals you cannot find in Kruger, e.g. Springbok, Red Hartebeest, Eland

Over 200 species of bird

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Experience the local town of Graaff-Reinet, a 45 min drive away. The 4th oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet is rich in heritage, with many museums and historical buildings. Enquire about our 6-night package with the newly-renovated Drostdy Hotel

Also nearby: Camdeboo National Park, Valley of Desolation, Nieu Bethesda (Owl House), Mountain Zebra National Park.

Excursions in the region will incur extra cost. Transfer costs available on request.


A warm and inviting living room with fireplace
Cosy bar area
Dining room with large fireplace
Small TV area off the bar
Curio shop
Fenced swimming pool with lawns and covered dining area next to the pool
Karoo style traditional boma for outdoor dining
Children's fenced off outdoor play area
Spacious lawns for under-the-stars dining, or a game of croquet


Four Lodge Suites situated in the main homestead are light and airy, all opening out on to the wide wrap-around veranda. Each has a luxury en-suite bathroom and is air-conditioned. One extra bed can be accommodated for families with a child.

Three Karoo Suites are individual Karoo-style "cottages" situated a short walk from the main house, offering a bit more privacy. Each has a luxury en-suite bathroom, is air-conditioned and has a fireplace. They even have outdoor showers with magnificent views!

In honour of Sibella, our legendary female cheetah, we also have the Sibella Suites - two en-suite interleading rooms overlooking a waterhole where birdlife abounds and animals come to slake their thirst. Perfect for families with small children.


Samara has received many awards over the years, including Top 50 Romantic Destinations in the World (Travel + Leisure), Conde Nast Traveler Hot Spots, and Top 101 Hotels in the World (Tatler).

Our most recent awards include:

Condé Nast Traveller - Gold Standard Award (2015)

Best for Wildlife Spotting - i-esape Best for Kids Awards (2014)

Twelve Most Romantic Places in the World - Hello! Magazine (2014)

Best Places in the World to Propose - Yahoo! Travel (2014)


Standard Low Season - 1 May 2016 – 31 August 2016

Standard High Season - 1st September 2016 - 30 October 2016

Standard High Season - 1 November 2016 - 30 April 2017


Summer in the Karoo can be very hot, with temperatures reaching over 35 degrees Celsius. The height of summer is the period December-February. Expect hot sunny days with the occasional afternoon thunderstorm, with temperatures dropping after dark.

The Karoo experiences winter during the months of June, July and August. Temperatures fall significantly and it is not unusual for there to be snow on the highest mountain peaks. Daytime temperatures are mostly mild and balmy, though evenings and early mornings are cold.  

The transition months are some of the most beautiful and underrated, both in terms of weather and game-viewing. From the end of March through to May, daytime temperatures are typically milder than in summer, although the mercury begins to drop at sunset. 

Spring time is from September to November, and the weather is similar to that of Autumn, except that the days start to get longer and the temperatures warmer as Summer approaches. 

Average StayAverage Stay

3-4 nights recommended

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Standard High Season Rate - 1 November 2016 - 30 April 2017

Karoo Suite - per person per night sharing - R5 530

Lodge Suite - per person per night sharing - R4 380

Sibella Suite - per person per night sharing - R2 880

Standard Low Season Rate - 1 May 2017 - 31 August 2017

Karoo Suite - per person per night sharing - R3 055

Lodge Suite - per person per night sharing - R2 880

Sibella Suite - per person per night sharing - R2 535

Standard High Season Rate - 1 September 2017 - 31 October 2017

Karoo Suite - per person per night sharing - R5 530

Lodge Suite - per person per night sharing - R4 380

Sibella Suite - per person per night sharing - R2 880

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children of all ages are welcome at Samara

Game drives

Scheduled game drives with other guests at Karoo Lodge can only accommodate children aged 8 and older. Private vehicles to accommodate younger children can be arranged on request, depending on availability, and at extra cost. Shorter ‘bumble’ game drives and/or bush walks can also be organised during the middle of the day when other guests are not on drives.

Dedicated Aardvark Children's Programme on offer at Karoo Lodge during school holidays in June, July and August. 

It caters exclusively to children and young teenagers. Qualified staff will take your brood off your hands and engage them in a variety of fun and educational activities whilst you relax and unwind. 

Activities include, amongst others:

  • Bushwalks
  • Spoor identification
  • Rock painting like a Bushman
  • Dung spitting competitions
  • African crafts
  • Orienteering and navigating
  • Storytelling
  • Sleep-outs (weather-dependent). These can also be organised for the whole family!

Programme dates available on request. Facilities for football, croquet and table tennis are available all year round. The swimming pool at Karoo Lodge is fenced off for safety reasons.


Children 0-3 years are free of charge (excluding Sibella Suites). Children from 3rd to 14th birthday pay 50% of adult rate (excluding Sibella Suites). Children 14 and older must take their own room at adult rates.

A maximum of 2 children can be accommodated in Karoo Suites, and a maximum of 1 child in Lodge Suites, sharing with 2 adults.


When their parents are on a game drive or otherwise away from the lodges, children younger than 8 must be placed under the care of the experienced childminders available. We encourage them to take part in ‘active babysitting’, involving activities such as short walks, collecting bugs and playing in the dedicated children’s play area with sandpit, swing and slide fenced off from the main lawn (Karoo Lodge only). Babysitting for infants and toddlers is also available. The fee is R100 per hour, available all year round.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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