We all dream of the perfect trip to Africa: jeep safaris across the expansive plains with close encounters with the Big 5, thatched-roof lodges overlooking watering holes, majestic lions wrestling with their cubs in the glow of sunset. And while these romantic notions stir the soul, there are certain precautions one must take when traveling in South Africa, in particular regard to those annoying malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Personal safety becomes a priority and while anti-malarial drugs are available, their efficacy and nasty side effects (nightmares, vomiting and possible tooth enamel discoloration) make them less than comforting! While some of South Africa’s best game parks are unfortunately not in the malaria-free zone (like Kruger National Park and others in the Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal regions) the Eastern Cape area offers malaria-free, family owned and operated private game reserves. One of the finest is Samara.
This valuable heritage, one of the largest private reserves in the country, is a magical place in the Great Karoo where visitors can really get close to the land and spirit of Africa. Imagine over 70,000 acres of verdant plains, magnificent plateaus and dramatic mountains, replete with endangered species (from the cheetah to the giraffe)—and all of it transformed into the private reserve with an exotic edge. Owners Mark and Sarah Tompkins started Samara with a dream. A decade later, this exquisite, remote game reserve, which spans five different eco-systems (riverine forest, valley bushveld, savannah grasslands, fynbos and acacia woodlands), is an enduring testament to their vision.
A unique feature is the ability to walk freely and safely amongst the game. Unlike many game reserves, you can get close enough to smell the majestic giraffes and the mountain zebras. Nestled in the remote Great Karoo, this veld, a wide open rural space, provides a safe sanctuary for a healthy wildlife population of threatened species including Kudu, eland, black wildebeest, mountain zebra, once-endangered white rhino and elusive, aardvark.
With colonial comfort and first-class service, Samara is a retreat quite unlike any other in South Africa. (There are never more than 18 guests at the Samara.) The breathtaking Samara isn’t just a game reserve it’s an exhilarating experience. It is here that the Karoo nurtures the soul, leaving you relaxed, renewed and rejuvenated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A heart-stoppingly beautiful African setting awaits at the award-winning Samara Private Game Reserve. Two elegant lodges on open plains between an amphitheater of mountains. The 70,000 acres of private Karoo bushveld offer breathtaking and far-reaching views, 4 biomes, dramatic mountains, complex and diverse eco-systems, 60 mammal species. The Lodges offer exceptionally elegant accommodation with outstanding service and Karoo cuisine. Dine under the stars, picnic on a cliff top or simply enjoy private meals in a variety of secluded locations. Indulge in relaxing spa treatments in the Samara spa or on the waters edge, visit ancient fossil and rock art sites. ... more less
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