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Samara Private Game Reserve

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06/11/2017 06/12/2017
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I’ve had dreams of vast, brown plains sprawling with dense thickets; mountains and their shadows sheltering teaming communities of wild animals. Somewhere, out there in South Africa, the Great Karoo is enduring, standing the test of time despite the invasion of the human race. Along the Eastern Cape’s coast, Addo Elephant National Park boasts unforgettable big five experiences. Lying further...

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SamaraReserve, Owner at Samara Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Mikail B, thank you for your detailed and poetic review! We are delighted that you believe Samara to be a quintessential South African experience. Thank you for conveying part of Samara's magic, and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards, the Samara Team

Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed April 1, 2017

Samara is special in all respects. The setting, in the mountains and rolling hills of the Karoo Desert, is outstanding. The lodge is well kept and inviting. The meal venues (sometimes on the veranda, sometimes on the lawn, sometimes in the dining room) are chosen with care. The food is excellent and well presented. The accommodations are spacious and comfortable....

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Dear terrymarc, thank you for the high praise. We are thrilled that your stay at Samara was a highlight of your trip to Africa. We hope to welcome you back one day! Kind regards, Team Samara

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at Samara for 5 nights (in the Sibella suites) and were thoroughly looked after from start to finish. The views are fantastic; you get a true safari experience and can get really close to the wild animals, all brilliantly overseen and explained by the guides (who are extraordinarily knowledgeable!) The food is superb and served in the dining...

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SamaraReserve, Owner at Samara Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear visitor, thank you for your lovely review of Samara. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time at Samara and were able to get an insight into the history and vision of the reserve. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, the Samara Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Totally breathtaking. Be warned - you will fall in love with this place: the landscapes are unbeatable, the sunsets fantastic, and the stars...! Just the best. The highlight of our stay was the game drives and we had some incredibly special sightings, the memories of which will stay with us forever. The rangers' knowledge is so impressive and all the...

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SamaraReserve, Owner at Samara Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Laura D, Thank you for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you both to stay with us. Looking forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kind regards, Team Samara

Reviewed April 19, 2017

It is impossible to describe the tranquility felt at this South African gem. The staff really go out of their way to make you feel special and pampered, I honestly cannot recall one member of the Samara team without a smile on their face. The game drives were unbelievable, from the surreal views (enjoyed with a G&T) on top of...

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SamaraReserve, Owner at Samara Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Richard H, many thanks for your lovely review. We are thrilled that you managed to see Chilli and her cubs and that you enjoyed our famous Karoo hospitality. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Team Samara

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed April 5, 2017

We were looking forward to a 5 Star experience and was deeply disappointed. Our room was NOT clean. There were dead flies in the room, a dying pot plant, a broken screen, bathroom floor was dirty, old tired towels. Tissues were stuck into one of the doors to prevent it from rattling. Curtains are dirty. We had to ask for...

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SamaraReserve, Owner at Samara Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear DrieneEwald, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, although we regret that we have fallen short of your expectations on this occasion. As mentioned in our email, we have been going through a handover period from our previous general manager to a new one over the past few weeks, which it seems has unfortunately had the...

Hastings, United Kingdom
Reviewed April 3, 2017

Our stay at Karoo Lodge was just magnificent. Samara is a bit out of the way in spectacular Karoo country, so It is important to have a decent car to navigate the roads but once there guests can simply relax and enjoy the luxurious accommodation and the game drives. Unfortunately we had been given an incorrect code for the entrance...

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SamaraReserve, Owner at Samara Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Janet, thank you so much for the very high praise! We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed Samara so much, and would love to welcome you back to our special part of the world in the future. Kind regards, Team Samara

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed April 3, 2017

The room location was Excellent, we felt totally secluded we could not see any other buildings of any kind. The rooms were extremely comfortable, and the design of the bathroom was excellent. We were overwhelmed by the greenness of the trees, and bush in the area. the main lodge was beautifully designed and comfortable, and we enjoyed the food and...

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Dear MunroBoutique, thank you for the lovely review. What an amazing sighting of Chilli and her cubs you must have had! We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Team Samara

CAPE TOWN
Reviewed April 2, 2017

SAMARA KAROO LODGE was our home for one night. Lunch, game drive, dinner, game drive (both times Jan Dunn, enjoyable)and superb servce by Nomsa, Sonia and staff included. Room was large two four poster beds pushed together. Bathroom with large claw bath, everything very comfortable and clean. I loved sitting on the huge veranda or stoep, looking at a large...

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SamaraReserve, Owner at Samara Private Game Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Margaret, thank you for the lovely words. We are delighted to hear that you felt so relaxed - that is exactly our aim! Hoping to welcome you back sometime soon. Kind regards, Team Samara

Norwich, Vermont
Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

We just had two days at Samara and are delighted with our experience. First, spending a half hour in early morning viewing mother cheetah cavorting with her 4 cubs - first the 3 of us plus guide from Land Rover, then on foot to within about 20 ft (hope the photos came out). Second, on afternoon drive...after 2 hours of...

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Dear Peter, we hope the photos came out too! :) Thank you for the lovely review. Hoping to welcome you back soon! Kind regards, Team Samara

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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 lie nestled between an amphitheatre of mountains. 70,000 acres of private Karoo bushveld offer breathtaking and far-reaching views, 4 vegetation biomes, dramatic mountains, complex and diverse eco-systems, 60 mammal and 200 bird species. Home to the endangered cheetah, white rhino, desert-adapted black rhino and Cape Mountain zebra, Samara is renowned for its walking and tracking safaris with these wild creatures. Karoo Lodge offers elegant accommodation within a renovated farmstead with dedicated, personal service and mouthwatering Karoo cuisine. The Manor is an exclusive use villa with private pool, ranger, chef and butler. We specialise in outdoor dining, whether it be under the stars, a picnic in the riverbed or lunch on the mountain top. The perfect place for a romantic getaway amongst landscapes that feed the soul. We also have a dedicated children's programme during school holidays. We are passionate about educating and inspiring the next generation of conservationists. Voted Conde Nast Traveller Gold Standard Award, 2015. ... more   less 

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Address: Petersburg Road, Graaff-Reinet 6280, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Graaff-Reinet
Price Range: $318 - $1,340 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Samara Private Game Reserve 5*
Number of rooms: 14
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See which rooms travelers prefer

“Try to get a room inside the actual Karoo Lodge, not in one of the external chalets.”
687mikailb, 1 week ago | Read review
“The fourposter bed room. Large airy. All rooms lead out to wide veranda”
755MARGARETB755, Apr 2, 2017 | Read review
“3 luxury chalets and 2 smaller ones - if privacy an issue for you rather select those. But I loved being in the main house”
FedBatz, Feb 24, 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in one of the cottages. Nice views.”
underthepines, Feb 14, 2017 | Read review
“Karoo Lodge has more accomm options than Manor House (more for families and groups i believe).”
, Dec 24, 2016 | Read review
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