Unique African safari in the Great Karoo

Samara Private Game Reserve is a 70,000-acre reserve in the heart of the Great Karoo, near Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa. It is a place of history and magic and the endless blue skies and dusty plains of the semi-desert Karoo will captivate you. The main lodge, Karoo Lodge, opened in 2005 and welcomes guests with its wide veranda providing panoramic vistas of the surrounds. There is a comfortable living room complete with roaring fireplace as well as a bar and elegant dining room. You can also wine and dine at the open boma, soak up the sun beside the swimming pool and there is a tennis court for the sports lovers. There are three Lodge Suites in the main building and three Karoo Suites, which are more private and exclusive, scattered around the lush gardens. All suites have private en-suite bathrooms, Internet connections and there is satellite TV, Internet and fax facilities in the main lodge to boot.The Manor at Samara is the newest addition to the portfolio, offering the discerning traveller the utmost in luxury and privacy. The house hosts a maximum of 8 guests, ensuring you and your loved ones can have the whole place to yourselves! There are four spacious, airconditioned en-suite bedrooms, each with free-standing baths and wonderful views over the Great Karoo. There is a sparkling infinity pool and you can view game at the natural waterhole in front of the house. And if you don't feel pampered enough, a personal ranger, chef and butler will cater for your every need!

Where do we start? A choice of two accommodations, each one offering the utmost in luxury. Spoil yourself with a spa treatment at Karoo Lodge and spot game from your deckchair at the private Manor House. And a personal ranger, chef and butler will ensure your holiday really does exceed all your expectations. The reserve itself is stunning, comprising 70000 acres of teeming wilderness populated by over 60 mammal species. Spot the once-endangered White Rhino, cheetah, giraffe, a variety of antelope and bird species - and much more! Samara is home to four of South Africa’s seven biomes and the landscape is simply stunning. Take a step back in time by seeing prehistoric fossils and Bushman paintings, a reminder of the people and animals that once roamed this land.


  • Spa treatments are available in your room 
  • Children over eight are allowed on game drives, while those under 8 can be cared for by professional child minders
  • The Aardvark Kids Programme runs during the school holidays 
  • Children accommodated with special menu and optional extra bed in Lodge Suites
  • Activities include game drives, aardvark safaris, bird watching tours, biome walks, and walking safaris


Karoo Lodge, Petersburg Road

Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, 6280

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  • Laundry Service Available
  • Curio Shop
  • Spa
  • Children's Programme

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