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Samara Game Reserve (Eastern Cape) South Africa

 
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Let us take you back in time to an Africa of old, where herds of Eland and Springbok roam the Plains of Camdeboo and the majestic Cheetah reigns supreme.
Heart-stopping beautiful, is how award-winning Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape is best described. Elegant lodges provide luxury accommodation nestled between an amphitheater of mountains on 70,000 acres, where wildlife roams again. An amazing life-changing and wonderfully relaxing experience awaits, so come and walk with the 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.

Samara is located in the Eastern Cape, near Graaff Reinet; about 2 1/2 hours drive from Port Elizabeth. Guest 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.


 

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Accommodation:
Karoo Lodge

Surrounded by a natural amphitheater of mountains, Karoo Lodge sits in perfect serenity in the reserve's pristine wilderness. Combining colonial comforts with the essence of Mother Nature, the Lodge treats you to exceptional service, enabling you to relax and allow the tranquility of the Karoo to envelop your soul.
If you choose, you can leave the game for another day and indulge in the luxury of your suite and let our experienced therapist ease your stress away with her aromatic oils and local charm.

Our Lodge Suites are situated in the main homestead and 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.

 

 

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Our Karoo Suites are individual Karoo style "cottages" in the garden 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!

Our Sibella Suites are two delightful suites each with an en-suite shower and sharing a wooden deck overlooking the waterhole with abundant birdlife. They are both air-conditioned.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Manor at Samara

The Manor at Samara is for the exclusive use of up to 8 guests in ultimate luxury and total privacy with every whim being anticipated by friendly but unobtrusive staff. Mark and Sarah Tompkins built the Manor on the site of an old house with title deeds dating back to Lord Charles Somerset. The Manor House is available for rental when the Tompkins family are not in residence.

You will arrive at this historic homestead and upon entering, breathtaking views of this extraordinary Karoo mountain landscape will unfold over a 21m infinity pool which descends into a waterhole at which game can be present in the early morning and late afternoon.

 

 

 

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The Manor is unique in its warm design which reflects the local landscape and traditions whilst retaining a lovely light twist. The style of the Manor is the inspiration of well known South African designer, John Zwiegelaar of John Jacob Interiors.

Relax in four spacious luxury air-conditioned suites. Beds are made up with the softest linen that lulls you to sleep and all suites have large en-suite bathrooms with separate showers and free standing baths. Unwind in the large comfortable lounge where a crackling fire burns in the winter months and the large glass doors to the patio are cast wide open in the summer. Take time to read an interesting book from the library in the cozy reading nooks.

Dining experiences include boma, veranda, dining-room and breakfast room as well as various bush dining experiences. Services include a personal ranger, chef and butler.

 

 
 
Samara Game Reserve (Eastern Cape) South Africa - www.africansafaris.travelMountain Retreat

Secluded, wild and remote, Samara’s Mountain Retreat offers you the experience of yesteryear and the opportunity to reconnect with nature in its purest form. /p>

The Mountain Retreat is an exclusive use self catering venue accommodating up to 10 guests. There are three delightful double en-suite bedrooms in the main homestead and a further two en-suite bedrooms are situated in the beautifully restored Victorian barn. A comfortable living room with fireplace and dining room complete the indoor facilities. A wide wrap-around veranda provides the perfect area for relaxing while contemplating the awesome view and a jacuzzi on the veranda affords an ideal cooling-off spot. A Karoo-style plunge pool is situated a short distance away from the house. Essential power is provided by a generator.

Take leisurely walks to explore the ancient valley landscape where rare rock art paintings of cheetah are preserved. Guests will be accompanied on walks by an experienced ranger who will be able to point out all the small but unique things one may miss on a game drive. Game drives are an optional extra.

 

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Play Scrabble or Monopoly, challenge your loved ones to a game of chess, or simply absorb the silky night skies under the Milky Way, so close you can almost reach out and touch the stars.

The Mountain Retreat is the perfect getaway for a family or group of friends wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of city living, to return to a slower pace of life and experience the true wilderness.

 

 

 

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Cheetah in the wild

Privileged to be home to the highly endangered Cheetah, Samara also hosts a remarkable individual. Born a wild Cheetah, Sibella’s life nearly ended at the hands of hunters. After being savagely treated in captivity, she was fortunate enough to be rescued and underwent life-saving surgery and rehabilitation at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust.

In December 2003, Sibella started a new chapter in her life when she, along with two males, was released into Samara. Despite suffering the occasional twinge from her previous injuries, Sibella has proved herself to be a capable hunter and has successfully reared 18 cubs in the time she has been at Samara. As such, she epitomizes the spirit of Samara as she plays a vital role in the rejuvenation of a once endangered existence. This exceptional cat has now contributed to 2% of the wild Cheetah population in South Africa.

 

 

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It has been estimated that the last wild Cheetah in the area was seen 125 years ago. Cheetahs were heavily hunted in the Great Karoo and Eastern Cape areas and the Samara Cheetahs made conservation history as the first to return to the area after 125 years.
Part of Sibella’s and Samara’s Cheetah conservation success is the fact that Samara is free of the predator competition found in Big Five reserves. Without the pressure of natural predators such as lion and spotted hyena, the Samara Cheetah populations have been able to thrive.

Samara works closely with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to ensure that this highly endangered species is given the best chance of survival. To this effect Samara swops its Cheetah populations with other reserves, thus ensuring that the gene pool is as wide as possible.

 

 

 
 
Aardvark at Samara Game Reserve (Eastern Cape) South Africa - www.africansafaris.travelOn Safari at Samara:

Unparalleled and humbling experiences await you at Samara. With four of the country’s seven biomes, Samara’s abundant wilderness preserves a complex and diverse ecosystem, providing habitat for over 60 mammal species. Among more common species, such as the Kudu and Duiker, the secretive Aardvark and the once-endangered White Rhino roam. Giraffes can be seen peeking over the thorny Acacia canopy, while Cheetah crouch, hidden in the grass, waiting for an opportunity to stretch their legs and test the speed of the Hartebeest.

Whether ensconced in the comfort of an open game viewer, or trekking through the fragrant Karoo bush, you will feel the deep pulse of the Karoo that makes Samara truly magical.

Discover the secrets of Samara as you explore the untouched Plains of Camdeboo that once staged massive migrations of millions of Springbok. Fossils that predate the dinosaurs and well-preserved Khoisan paintings offer a fascinating insight into some of the historical intricacies of our Earth’s past.

Begin the journey of revitalization on your 'birding safari', where you can witness the hauntingly beautiful Blue Crane mating dance, soaring pairs of Black Eagles near Eagle Rock, witness the strutting Secretary Bird and marvel at the wing span of the Kori Bustard - also plant a spekboom and explore the ancient rock art before relaxing for an afternoon of indulgence with spa treatments, Karoo cuisine and sunset game drives.

Thinking Safari:

A different approach to the usual Safari - be a part of something more. Learn about our conservation efforts and plant a spekboom to off-set your carbon footprint. Read animal tracks as if reading a book, or simply let your imagination go back in time as you view the ancient bushman paintings.

 

 

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Biome Walks:

Samara Private Game Reserve is unique in that the property consists of four Biomes - Nama-Karoo, Plateau Grassveld, open Savannah and Thicket. You will be taken on a memorable walk accompanied by one of our highly qualified rangers, who will share his extensive knowledge of the individual characteristics of each of these biomes.

Walking Safaris:

Our Walking Safaris specialize in all aspects of getting closer to nature and learning to track animals and approach them 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. Whether walking through a river, up the mountains, or on the open plains of the Karoo, we have something for every hiker.

 

 

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A Safari that gives you the feeling of being on top of the world. Travel up the steep mountain pass in a 4x4 vehicle and enjoy truly breathtaking scenery. View our pristine landscape which will leave a picture in your mind that lasts forever. Surrounded by mountains with the Plains of Camdeboo spread out below you, imagine the largest migration of Springbok which used to take place across the Karoo. p>

Aardvark Safaris:

The Aardvark is one of the most widespread mammals in Africa, but also one of the most unseen creatures that Africa has to offer. Take this rare opportunity to experience these amazing creatures in their natural environment by joining us on a Night Safari at Samara.

Bird Watching:

There are just over 200 species of birds recorded on Samara Private Game Reserve, so this is a bird watcher’s paradise. In August you are most likely to view the endangered Blue Crane flocks of 250 – 300 birds, and may be lucky enough to see Black Eagles soaring below you from Eagles’ Rock, one of our magnificent view points.

 

  Accommodation Rates: From $425 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary 

 

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