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Samara Private Game Reserve

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Petersburg Road, Graaff-Reinet 6280, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

great property. very beautiful. manor very comfortable. outstanding staff, who could not do enough. the game viewing was outstanding. the walking was brilliant. delicious food. Jan, the ranger, was very special. very charming, humorous, entertaining, hard working and knowledgable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wow!!! We have just had the most incredible bush experience and family holiday at Samara. We came right up close to white rhino while walking with our ranger and watched a very busy aardvark for half an hour. The buck and antelope sighting were so varied and discovering a grazing eland while going on a sunset walk was very special.... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

what a perfect choice for my mom's 80th birthday treat, tracking cheetah on foot, game viewing, spa treatment, cozy fireplace dinners, and 5 star accomodation to enjoy and relax for 2 days! it was just amazing to see the successful breeding of cheetah after our visit 8 years ago! My game ranger was really very experienced and i learnt so... More 

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

Thank you so much for visiting Samara and for your wonderful feedback! We are so happy that we were able to help make your mom's 80th birthday a memorable experience and we do hope to welcome you all back again very soon. Best Regards Team Samara More 

Omaha, Arkansas
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We wanted to enjoy some luxury in a safari experience without breaking the bank. This location offered plains-facing suitesw that were a very affordable off-season find. The staff were tremendously helpful and accommodating. Our room provided air-conditioned comfort, a private bath, and a gorgeous veranda. The food was top notch, making you feel you were far from the wilderness. We... More 

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

Dear nikoskkotsos, Thank you so much for visiting Samara and for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that we were able to help make the experience here, a memorable one for you. We do hope to welcome you back again soon. Best Regards Team Samara More 

Wokingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Another perfect stay (my third one). Staying at this time of year was in some ways even better than the summer months (October-January). With the highlights of lots of walks, great to see the rhino and cheetah up so close. Food, accommodation and staff were superb as always. I will definitely return again

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

Dear Walawton, Thank you so much for visiting Samara and for the wonderful feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you back again soon. Best Regards Team Samara More 

Hove, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

We wanted our first Afrika experience to be amazing and so it was... We visted during winter because of the schoolholidays of our children (9,12 and 16). The staff was excellent,spoiling our children with hot chocolad when it was cold even filling our bathtub when we were soaking wet after one of our excellent safaris. Temba our guide showed us... More 

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

Dear nvh72, Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. We are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your holiday at Samara and that we were able to help make your South African experience a memorable one. We do hope to welcome you back again very soon! Best Wishes Team Samara More 

Stellenbosch, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

We had an amazing weekend at Samara. It the lodge situated in the picaresque Karoo with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. We saw a diverse amount of wildlife -with seeing a cheetah on foot being the highlight of the trip. A picnic lunch on the top of the mountain was also very special. The staff were friendly and the... More 

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

Dear Ross, Thank you so much for visiting Samara and the great feedback. We are so happy that we were able to help make your stay with us a memorable one and hope to welcome you back again soon. Best Regards Team Samara More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

I visited Samara in March, the staff are all exceptionally friendly and accommodating while the food is great and the accommodation very comfortable. I thoroughly enjoyed eating out on the verandah with a view of the mountains. It is when heading out on on the game viewing vehicle that one can really appreciate the landscape and diversity of wildlife at... More 

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

Dear Andre, Thank you so much for staying at Samara and for taking the time to write this wonderful review for us! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed all the aspects of your holiday with us and we do hope to welcome you back again soon. Best Regards Team Samara More 

Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

It could be the best kept secret of the Cape, but not too far out of Graaff Reinet we found something close to Paradise in the wilderness where the plains of the Cambdeboo meet mountain. We stayed at Karoo lodge at Samara which has been exquisitely furnished with old Cape antiques, although old Karoo farmhouses could never have been so... More 

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

Thank you for the fantastic feedback and for visiting Samara, Maureen. We are so pleased that we were able to assist in making your experience here a memorable one and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Best Regards Team Samara More 

Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

“A piece of heaven on earth” 5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago This is our fifth visit to Samara and what a joy to see the wildlife thriving in a environment where they belong. We spent four days in the amazing Manor House which accommodates eight people and nothing is too much for the wonderful, caring staff - every... More 

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

Dear Noelle, Thank you for visiting Samara and for your wonderful feedback. We are so pleased that we could help make your experience here a memorable one and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Team Samara More 

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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 

Additional Information about Samara Private Game Reserve

Address: Petersburg Road, Graaff-Reinet 6280, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Graaff-Reinet
Price Range: $309 - $689 (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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