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Samara Karoo Reserve in the Eastern Cape is a magnificent destination known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich biodiversity. Situated in the heart of the Great Karoo, the reserve offers a unique blend of rugged mountains, vast plains, and a diversity of flora and fauna.


  • Exclusivity and Privacy
  • Family-Friendly Activities
  • Rich in Cultural History
  • Exceptional Stargazing Destination
  • Close Encounters with Wildlife
  • Luxurious Accommodation
  • Magical Sleep-Out Experience

You Should Know

Child Policy

Karoo Lodge

Karoo Lodge welcomes guests of all ages. However, for those under 8 years old, scheduled game drives with other guests are not an option. Instead, families with younger children can enjoy shorter, mid-morning "bumble" drives, which are arranged once the regular game drives have concluded. Additionally, a children's programme and access to the Cubs' Den are available for kids of all ages. For families desiring a more personalized experience, a private vehicle can be arranged in advance, subject to availability and at an additional cost.

The Manor

At The Manor, families with children of any age are welcome to stay when the entire villa is booked exclusively. In this case, a personalized program of activities will be tailored for you by your private guide. 

If you book a Manor Suite on a shared-use basis, children under the age of 12 are not allowed to stay. Additionally, the policy does not allow for three or more adults to share a single room.

Plains Camp

Due to the unique setup of Plains Camp as an unfenced, explorer-style camp concentrating on bush walks and wildlife tracking in an area with the Big Five, it is not suitable for children under 16 years of age. Additionally, the tents at Plains Camp cannot accommodate more than two adults, as sharing with three or more adults is not permitted.

The Details

Samara Karoo Reserve offers three distinct accommodation types, each offering a unique experience in the heart of the South African wilderness.

Karoo Lodge

Set amidst a natural mountain amphitheatre, this beautifully restored farmstead merges seamlessly with the serene, wild landscape. Karoo Lodge will offer 10 suites capable of accommodating up to 24 guests. It's an ideal choice for those seeking a tranquil and authentic Karoo experience.
Closed during the high season ( 1 November - 14 December)

The Manor

As a striking oasis in the semi-desert terrain of the Karoo, The Manor presents an elegant villa that combines contemporary Karoo style with luxury. It comprises 4 suites, accommodating up to 8 guests, and requires a minimum stay of two nights. The Manor is perfect for guests looking for an exclusive and upscale retreat in the wilderness.

Plains Camp

In search of adventure closer to nature? Plains Camp offers an explorer-style experience reminiscent of mobile safaris, where 'wildness as luxury' is the theme. This off-grid safari camp focuses on walking safaris and reconnecting with nature, offering 4 tented suites for up to 8 guests, also with a minimum stay of two nights. Plains Camp is ideal for guests eager to immerse themselves in the raw beauty of the Karoo while enjoying elegant simplicity.

Price Includes

Access to 67,000 acres of exclusive born-again wilderness, Luxury en-suite accommodation as specified, Twice daily game drives with experienced guide and tracker, Spekboom planting experience, Guided bush walks and wildlife tracking and Transfers between lodges and Samara's airstrip

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Rates & Pricing

All promotions for this lodge are shown below, you can also view all current safari specials here.
Last minute SPECIAL
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$ 770 USD
$ 770 USD
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Rates are starting prices per person, per night sharing.
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