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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Cape Town
Reviewed 1 December 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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Leonding, Austria
Reviewed 23 November 2016

What a wonderful place to be! You can choose a room in the main building , the very pricy chalets or the smaller chalets at the waterhole. Unfortunately they were fully booked so we had to choose the pricy alternative and as we were there we found out that the cheaper chalets at the waterhole were not booked. Thats the...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 November 2016

The setting is terrific and the staff make you feel welcome from the outset. The game drives with our ranger were fascinating and memorable for the animals, birds and flora and the history and conservation of the area. He was very knowledgeable and worked very hard to give us a great experience and reflect our particular interests. Our room in...

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

Dear jean333, Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed Samara and hope you will be able to visit us again one day! Best wishes, Team Samara

Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had a wonderful experience and will definitely return. The staff are warm and friendly and they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Our game ranger Jan was excellent; informative about the geology, fauna, flora, the uniqueness of the particular environment and went out of his way to make our visit memorable. Thank you to the...

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

Dear Jennifer W, Thank you for your kind words about Samara and our team. We will pass on your compliments to Jan. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to welcome you again soon! Best wishes, Team Samara

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This was our second trip to Samara. Our first trip was a year ago and we were so inspired by the work that Samara is doing that we brought our children back to experience it with us. We stayed in the Karoo suites. We would come back from game drives to find hot baths run and candles lit. Veronica and...

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

Dear burridgeh, Thank you for your kind words - we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. We agree that the baby rhino is a particular highlight :) We will be sure to pass on your compliments to Veronica and Tendai, and hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Team Samara

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 October 2016

"On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces to it" (Jules Renard) Everything about this place is fantastic, from the absolutely breathtaking nature, to the service received and the friendliness of all the staff. The rooms are decorated with true authenticity and character, allowing to really relax after a day taking in the beauty of nature and the...

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

Dear Cora X, Thank you for your wonderful review - we are thrilled that you have enjoyed your stays at Samara, and we look forward to welcoming you back in just a few months' time! Kind regards, Team Samara

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 14 October 2016

My family and I returned to visit Samara Private Game Reserve 1-4/9/2016 after having visited 8 years previously. We were expecting a very special experience to match what we had experienced before. The lodge was run-down and tatty, with no management presence or supervison. The tennis court was cracked and overgrown with weeds. We were pretty much left in the...

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

Dear jamesandmargotg, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We always regret when we fall short of guests’ expectations but your input assists us in working towards improving in the future. As you will know from your first visit to Samara, the Lodge is housed in one of the original farmhouses and does therefore need constant love...

Reviewed 4 October 2016

Best accommodation in the Eastern Cape for a group of family and friends. Our host, Candice, is a real gem and she made our stay a memorable one. Our guide Jan is dubbed the "energizer bunny" and for good reason – his enthusiasm is unparallelled. The Manor House is spacious with several seating options around every corner – ideal for...

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

Dear Deirde, Thank you for your kind words about Samara and our team. Jan and Candice are gems indeed! As for the many seating options at the Manor, we had that in mind when we designed it ;) We are so glad you enjoyed your third stay with us and we hope to welcome you soon for the fourth! Best...

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  • Breakfast included
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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
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Graaff-Reinet
Price Range: $470 - $1,753 (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 travellers prefer

“Karoo Lodge has more accomm options than Manor House (more for families and groups i believe).”
 of 5 bubbles , 24 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Make sure its not the room facing the car park.”
 of 5 bubbles Cally81, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Sibella rooms quite small but overlook the waterhole, lodge rooms spacious, Karoo rooms are individual chalets.”
 of 5 bubbles jean333, 5 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Suites are amazing because you have privacy and are able to view a water hole from your verandah”
 of 5 bubbles , 3 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Choose the Karoo suites. Views over a water hole and large in size”
 of 5 bubbles burridgeh, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
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