The Samara Game Reserve covers a huge area of 28 000 hectares and hosts a wide array of habitat types. Game drives are conducted in a 14 000 hectare section of the property where rhino, buffalo and cheetah roam whilst nature walks and hiking can be done on the other 14 000 hectare which does not host any dangerous game. Although not a big 5 reserve, Samara is home to small populations of rhino, buffalo and leopard (rarely seen). The true beauty of Samara lies in the continually changing vistas. The lodges are situated in lower lying areas of typical Nama Karoo dominated by its usual succulent plant species, dry river beds and beautiful shepherd trees. Herds of black wildebeest, blesbok and eland roam the plains. Samara is home to healthy populations of Plains and Cape Mountain Zebra which both naturally occur here. A highlight of any trip to Samara is the late night safari where guests search for unusual nocturnal creatures such as aardvark, spring hare and black footed cat.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 28 000 Ha
Reserve Type: Private Game Reserve
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Aardvark
Malaria Area: No
Nearest Town: Graaff-Reinet

Accommodation in Samara Game Reserve

The Manor at Samara

The Manor at Samara in the Samara Private Game reserve is an exclusive-use camp catering for private groups or families of 1 – 8 guests. The design and décor is modern and the interiors have an urban living feel. It is in stark contrast to the rugged terrain that surrounds the lodge. There are various lounge and relaxation areas. Guests…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Samara Karoo Lodge

The Samara Karoo Lodge on the Samara Private Game Reserve is a luxurious camp styled on a traditional Karoo farmhouse. There are thick patios around the entire exterior, offering guests the opportunity of relaxing on a farm porch and soaking up the magic of the Karoo. There are 6 suites in total, accommodating a maximum of 12 guests at a…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.
Species list Recent Sightings
Where

Lookout for

Aardvark
Springhare
Black-footed Cat
White Rhino
Cheetah
Brown Hyena
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Red Hartebeest
Springbok
Gemsbok
Blesbok
Waterbuck
Meerkat / Suricate

Key Species

MAMMALS
Aardvark
White Rhino
Cheetah


BRIDS
Blue Crane
Black Eagle
Ostrich
Pale Chanting Goshawk
Kori Bustard


REPTILES
Leopard Tortoise
Rock Monitor
Lizard
Cape Cobra


TREES
Karoo Sheperd's Tree
Sweet Thorn Acacia
Crassula


HABITAT TYPES
Grassland / Open Plains
Savanna
Thornveld
Mountains
Semi-Desert / Karoo


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 5
Mammals: 7
Birds: 6
Reptiles: 6
Trees: 8