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Samara Private Game Reserve

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed March 10, 2017

I spent 2 nights at Samara Private Game Reserve just last week and it was unbelievable! The staff were great. Our ranger, Tendai absolutely went out of his way to find us everything we so badly wanted to see. His wife, Nomsa met us as we arrived. What a wonderful, friendly young lady. The food was yummy and the accommodation...

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

Dear LizlWeasel, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. What a special accolade to say that Samara is the best cheetah experience in the Eastern Cape. Thank you! We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Team Samara

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed February 24, 2017

Samara is very special. We stayed in the beautiful old farmhouse (Karoo Lodge) that has 4 spacious bedrooms and a warp around veranda. Beautiful mountain views and scenery is hauntingly beautiful. the vegetation is different from the other game reserves (such as Kruger Park, Madikwe etc). The game viewing is not typical of safaris, sometimes need to drive all the...

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

Dear FedBatz, thank you for your lovely and detailed review. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kind regards, Team Samara

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed February 14, 2017

We visited Samara in August 2015. The Spring was just breaking making for excellent weather and wildlife viewing. This is a beautiful place with breathtaking landscapes, healthy wildlife and excellent staff. The lodging was great and the food was delicious. We were celebrating a special occasion and the staff helped with spoiling us making it an event we will always...

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

Dear underthepines, thank you for the lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your special occasion with us, and hope to welcome you back for more! Kind regards, Team Samara

Mellor, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 13, 2017

A unique reserve with stunning landscapes and some fascinating game. We just spent three nights here and enjoyed every moment. Our room was in the main farmhouse, spacious and comfortable. The food was homely, unsophisticated...and delicious. The service was friendly and welcoming. We had wonderful game drives with Jan who was one of the best rangers we've come across. The...

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

Dear elpee182, thank you for the review. We are thrilled that you had such a good time with us in our unique part of the world! Hoping to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Team Samara

Cologne, Germany
Reviewed February 2, 2017

We stayed in the Sibella Suites and were not satisfied with the comfort offered. That was far off a fair value for the money. Our waiter at dinner and breakfast was very nice and friendly, but the manger was not pleasant! Game drives are very interesting as the landscape is different than from reserves closer to the sea or the...

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Reviewed January 29, 2017

Conservation in action, Samara is one of a kind - unique for having such an collective of species, despite it's pocket-size. Credit to the team, it truly is conservation in action, with such a diverse ranges of habitats, it's a haven within the Karoo... nothing shall match following Chilli their cheetah to witness only days old cubs. Incredible.

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

Dear Annabel, thank you for the lovely review. What a special experience it must have been to discover Chilli's cubs, only a few days old! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Team Samara

Reviewed January 25, 2017 via mobile

Total relaxation in a spectacular game lodge with a difference - top class food, service and accomodation in an unspoiled environment. A breath of fresh air compared to the usual South African game lodge servings - different but exceptional - we loved it.

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

Dear Mike, we are so pleased that you had a relaxing time with us in our unique part of South Africa. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards, Team Samara

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

We stopped over at Samara on our way to Plettenberg Bay. It was our second stay at Samara and will definitely become a traditional stay for us on our way to the coast. The staff are welcoming and warm - small personal touches like remembering the guests names throughout the stay are a special touch. The rooms were large and...

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

Dear Gilly, thank you for the lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you and the family to the Manor House soon! Kind regards, Team Samara

Reviewed December 24, 2016

If in search of history, remoteness, landscape, niche wildlife...in a luxurious setting with a pool, where kids are welcomed, and even entertained (ive never taken advantage before, so was at a bit of a loss when my 7 yr-old went off for a swim then a bush-walk with our tracker)...this is seriously yr spot.

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

Dear Angus, thank you for your lovely review. We are always happy to welcome children of all ages, and we are thrilled that your son enjoyed his time with us too. Kind regards, Team Samara

Cape Town
Reviewed December 1, 2016

We were so looking forward to our treat at Samara and unfortunately it didn't meet our expectations. We were given a room in the main house facing the car park. The lamp shade was falling off its base, holes in the curtains, leaking bath.. so generally the room was tired and needs a revamp. The accommodation was not worth the...

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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: $315 - $1,326 (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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“Try to get a room inside the actual Karoo Lodge, not in one of the external chalets.”
687mikailb, 6 days 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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