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SAMARA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Few private game reserves boast the same extensive list of wildlife as Samara does whilst advocating an equally outstanding conservation scheme. The owners, Mark and Sarah Tompkins are passionate about maintaining this awesome expanse of land as well as the endangered species that live here, such as the Cape Mountain Zebra and South Africa's national bird, the Blue Crane. All three lodges: Karoo Lodge, the Mountain Retreat and the Manor House have spectacular views over the Karoo enjoyed from vast verandas. Rooms are elegantly appointed and are perfectly suited for those seeking privacy, romance and authentic charm.

Few private game reserves boast the same extensive list of wildlife as Samara does whilst advocating an equally outstanding conservation scheme. The owners, Mark and Sarah Tompkins are passionate about maintaining this awesome expanse of land as well as the endangered species that live here, such as the Cape Mountain Zebra and South Africa's national bird, the Blue Crane. All three lodges: Karoo Lodge, the Mountain Retreat and the Manor House have spectacular views over the Karoo enjoyed from vast verandas. Rooms are elegantly appointed and are perfectly suited for those seeking privacy, romance and authentic charm.

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SUITABLE FOR:

  • Couples & families
  • Groups of friends
  • Private parties & special occasions
  • Those interested in conservation initiatives

KAROO LODGE:

The largest of the lodges on the reserve, Karoo Lodge offers Lodge Suites in the main homestead, private Karoo Suites in individual cottages in the garden and two Sibella Suites sharing a wooden deck overlooking a waterhole.

MANOR HOUE:

Available for exclusive-use when the owners are absent, Manor House offers four elegant en-suite rooms in a delightfully private homestead with attendant staff. A 21m infinity pool overlooks a waterhole frequented by visiting game. The large living room is beautifully cosy in winter when the fireplace blazes, and light and airy in the summer time when the patio doors are opened onto the shaded terrace. Dining venue is your choice from the dining room, boma, veranda or dining al fresco in the bush.

MOUNTAIN RETREAT:

Delightfully remote, this secluded retreat comprises three bedrooms in the main house and two further bedrooms in a converted barn. A veranda extends around the main house and makes the perfect venue for sundowners followed by dinner. Alternatively dine in the boma or dining room. This is African wilderness living at its best.

THINGS TO DO ON THE RESERVE:

  • Enjoy a massage with aromatic oils (excluding Mountain Retreat)
  • Enjoy uninterrupted views from the veranda as the sun sets
  • Explore ancient landscapes on foot and check out the rare Khoisanrock paintings of cheetahs
  • Go on a game drive and see if you can spot Sibella, Samaras's rescued cheetah
  • Go bird watching and spot South Africa's national bird, the endangered Blue Crane
  • Go on a walking safari with a highly qualified ranger
  • Travel up a steep mountain pass in a 4X4 vehicle to enjoy the spectacular views
  • Go on a Night Safari and look out for aardvarks
  • Dine under the stars in the boma

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FEATURES

  • Private Pool
  • WiFi
  • Spa Facilities
  • A/C
  • Cinema/Media Room
  • Children's Play Area
  • Fully Staffed Incl.
  • Cook/Chef Incl.
££££

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SAMANTHA GEE

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LOCATION

Approximate location.

NEARBY

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    Sightseeing

    Wildlife in the private game reserve

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    Spa

    In-house spa

TRANSPORT

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    Port Elizabeth Airport

    30 minute light aircraft transfer

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