Great for kids and conservation
Samara is located in the Eastern Cape about 2 1/2 hours drive from Port Elizabeth. The private reserve forms part of the merged Camedoo National Park and Mountain Zebra National Park, an area with spectacular mountainous landscapes and panoramic views across vast tracks of land. Conservation plays a key role in this area with rare species such as Cape Mountain Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Cheetah and the Blue Crane studied and monitored for research and conservation purposes. Samara is also proud to be the home of many aardvarks and is one of very few places in South Africa where you are pretty much guaranteed to spot this elusive creature.
A stay at Samara is awe-inspiring due to the magnificent efforts of the owners to preserve the land for all to explore and enjoy. This combined with the stunning accommodation available, whether staying at exclusive Manor or the more traditional Karoo Lodge, makes a visit to Samara truly memorable.
The Manor is a private villa that houses 8 guests exclusively with its own chef, butler, complimentary house staff and professional safari guide.The Manor has a large lounge, bar and outdoor entertainment area all with breathtaking views of the table topped mountains which are typical to the Karoo. The hospitality is superb and the gourmet cuisine fresh, home styled and picking up the flavours of the Cape and the Karoo. All the rooms are styled beautifully, each with large en-suite bathrooms and verandahs and furnishings that are cosy and comfortable.
Activities are varied and include walks, game drives, insights into the conservation works and scenic all day drives that take you high up onto the plateaus where lazy picnics are had with a view of the world below. During June there is a special children's in the wild programme.
Why we like it
- Karoo scenery
- Aardvark & Cape Mountain zebra
- Gourmet food & picnic lunches
- Luxury accommodation
- Perfect for private groups