Samara Lodge

Breathtaking views, wildlife and African style

The name ‘Karoo’ comes from an ancient San word meaning ‘Land of Great Thirst’. This semi-arid region at the heart of South Africa covers an area the size of Germany. Since time immemorial the Karoo has held a special place in the hearts of many South Africans, its stark and desolate beauty securing its place firmly in the pages of South African history books and novels.
Samara is a passionate conservation undertaking, started in 1997 by Mark and Sarah Tompkins. 67,000 acres of land have been restored over 20 years, and Samara is working with local stakeholders to create South Africa’s 3rd largest protected area of 1.3 million acres in a Global Biodiversity Hotspot. This was the area that previously witnessed one of the world’s largest migrations – when millions of springbok, wildebeest, eland and quagga, a now-extinct type of zebra, roamed these plains in search of new pastures. Herds of elephant moved through the verdant river systems, black rhino were so plentiful they were shot on sight, and the predators – Cape lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, even wild dog – accompanied the melee of prey species across this breathtaking landscape. Samara is an enterprise where every tourist dollar spent on ecotourism goes straight back into achieving our objectives.
In an area hitherto unknown to the South African public, let alone the international market, we have campaigned tirelessly to put the Great Karoo on the map. We see immense potential in the land and in the people of this region – potential that can only be realised when we all work together. In reaching our goals, we partner with like-minded universities, NGOs, governments, corporations and individuals – like you.

Included:

  • fans and heater panels in every room
  • terrace and garden
  • WiFi Internet and cable TV
  • DVD player and an armed response alarm system on both levels, with surround sound system and air conditioning/central heating in the living and dining areas of the House.
  • Minimum 3 nights stay

Reviews

  • Leonard H.
    Thank you, Voyemo. I had a fantastic time in South Africa and Zanzibar because of you. After a first proposal, Riccardo took time to understand my style of travel and planned it for me. The choice of hotels was exquisite, and the travel design was on point. All along with my trip, Riccardo made sure I was enjoying it and that everything was ok. Do not hesitate and travel with Voyemo
    Leonard H.
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    Piero L.
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    Angela R.
  • Rebecca S.
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    Rebecca S.

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