Location of Samara Karoo Reserve

Samara Karoo Reserve is situated near Graaff-Reinet in the scenic Eastern Cape, South Africa on the edge of a semi-desert area called the Great Karoo.

Samara Karoo Reserve is located in the Great Karoo semi-desert area in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is close to Graaf-Reinet and just 2.5 hours' drive from Port Elizabeth or 40 minutes by plane to the Samara airstrip. At the juncture of 2 biodiversity hotspots, Samara hosts endangered species amongst a variety of wildlife. The owners of this family run reserve manage an active portfolio of conservation and community programmes and participate in various research projects.

This private Karoo game reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, is one of the largest and sits on lush wilderness on the southern flank of the Sneeuberg Mountains. Parts of the reserve encompass vast tracts of Great Karoo plains. The Karoo experiences a short winter from May to September when the temperature drops to 0 degrees at night but rises again during the day. Summers are very hot with cool evenings.

Samara Karoo Reserve offers 70 000 acres of private land. Here, the historic Springbok Migration used to happen. This was the world’s greatest migration, written about by Dr David Livingston and other explorers.

Directions to Samara Karoo Reserve

This Karoo game reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, is situated 55 kilometres (34.2 miles) outside charming and historic Graaf-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa, and 258 kilometres (160.3 miles) from Port Elizabeth.

By Road

The recommended route is via Port Elizabeth on the R75 towards Graaf-Reinet for 258 kilometres (160.3 miles). Turn right and take the R63 towards Pearson / Somerset East for 7 kilometres (4.3 miles). Turn left onto the Petersburg gravel road and drive for another 23 kilometres (14.3 miles) to the Karoo Lodge.

By Air

There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, from where Samara staff can assist with road transfers to the lodge. Air charters from Port Elizabeth to Samara (gravel airstrip) can also be arranged, further details on request.

GPS co-ordinates of the airstrip at Samara

24:45:48 E

32:26:34 S

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South Africa Nature Reserves : Game Reserves and National Parks