Experiences at Samara Karoo Reserve

Guests on their Great Karoo safari holiday in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, can experience exciting game-drives, walking safaris, visit Bushmen Rock Art and send the kids on children safaris.

At Samara Karoo Reserve you can enjoy early morning and evening game drives, informative and thrilling walks through the fragrant Great Karoo bush and visits to fossils and Bushmen Rock Art sites.

Guests staying at the Manor at Samara Karoo Reserve have a personal ranger or private game drives can be arranged on request. Learn about the land, the soil, the vegetation, the rocks and all the African wildlife in this beautiful semi-desert area.

Expert guides will highlight the wonders of the Great Karoo in the Eastern Cape of South Africa as well as the elusive nocturnal African wildlife of Samara Karoo Reserve.

Samara Karoo Reserve Activities

  • Game drives
  • Bird-watching
  • Walking safaris
  • Wilderness picnics
  • Cheetah tracking

Samara Walking Safari

Samara Karoo Reserve is home to an impressive range of African wildlife including the Big Five and cheetah due to its diverse variety of habitats. Samara believes in a tread lightly policy, so walking safaris are an awesome way of preserving the environment while seeing wildlife and learning about the 5 vegetation biomes.

This area boasts a substantial population of  Elephants Eland, Cheetah, White Rhino, Giraffe, Black Wildebeest, Cape Mountain Zebra, Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Red Hartebeest, as well as a variety of small mammals like Vervet Monkey and Meerkat. The Blue Crane is also a resident of the reserve.

Tracking Cheetah on Foot

An unforgettable experience at Samara is tracking cheetahs on foot. Many cheetahs on the reserve have radio collars for research and monitoring, which also allows for tracking cheetahs on foot. Your guide will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about Africa's fastest land mammal.

Romantic Star Bed Sleepout

Imagine sleeping out on a raised platform in a luxury four-poster bed surrounded by breathtaking wilderness. Fall asleep under a canopy of stars and awaken to a magical sunrise. 

This romantic sleep-out experience is available to guests staying at Karoo Lodge and the Manor at Samara. 

Included in your Star Bed sleep-out are a picnic-style dinner and a bottle of local wine, hot water bottles, simple ablutions, soft drinks, tea, coffee and rusks for sunrise. A delicious cooked breakfast and a hot shower will be available on the return to your lodge.

Children on Safari at Samara

Children are welcome at Samara Karoo Reserve. An exciting programme of safari activities for children and other things to do is always on the go and guaranteed to enthrall children of all ages, leaving the parents free to explore this reserve during their safari holiday in the Karoo, South Africa. Babysitters are available on request.

Samara Kids Programme

  • Spoor identification and animal tracking
  • Orienteering – navigating your way home
  • Cheetah tales, star naming and stories
  • Trampoline, tennis, croquet and table tennis
  • Bushman paintings – paint your own
  • Face painting - camouflage
  • Play dough, Samara puzzles and treasure hunts
  • Crafting with African beads and Spekboom planting

Booking Samara Karoo Reserve

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