Samara Mountain Retreat

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Set in the spectacular landscapes of the Karoo mountains, Samara Private Game Reserve introduces you to the Africa of old and offers a unique safari experience that focuses on the natural diversity of the area and its wildlife, with dramatic mountain vistas and sweeping plains. The main lodge is a lovingly restored homestead with spacious rooms and an intimate, luxurious ambience. Situated near Graaff-Reinet in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape, Samara is a great choice for the discerning traveller who wants a glimpse into the majesty of the Karoo and an authentic introduction to its indigenous wildlife.

Karoo Lodge offers a choice of ten luxury suites, both within the homestead and in spacious garden cottages.  The Lodge suites are spacious, airy and beautifully furnished in timeless style, looking out onto the wraparound verandah. The Karoo suites have even more space and privacy, with tubs and separate shower in the ensuite bathrooms as well as an outdoor shower. The simpler Sibella Suites look out over waterhole slightly away from the lodge, and guests are escorted between all the garden suites and the main lodge at night, often with extra nocturnal game-viewings en route.  The swimming pool and a separate children’s play area are fenced and surrounded by manicured lawns, as is the tennis court.

Manor House is an additional luxury lodge available on an exclusive use basis for groups of friends with four luxurious en-suite rooms and its own chef, butler and guide. Then there is Mountain Retreat a simpler but still extremely comfortable farm-house with five en-suite rooms set high in the mountains for a complete escape.

This 27,000 ha reserve plays a vital conservation role in re-establishing the game that once roamed freely over the Greater Karoo area and is now home to herds of Cape Mountain zebra, wildebeest and many other plains game as well as the cheetah, giraffe and rhino. Don’t expect the Big 5 here, but enjoy the antics of the aardvark, meerkat and superb cheetah sightings. Samara reveals the mystery and magic of the Karoo and is a memorable addition to a South African vacation.

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