Samara Lodge

Breathtaking views, wildlife and African style

The name ‘Karoo’ means ‘Land of Great Thirst’. This semi-arid region at South Africa’s heart stretches over an area the size of Germany. For an eternity, Karoo always had special place in the hearts of many South Africans; with it’s bleak beauty, it has filled the pages of South African history books and novels.
Samara was established in 1997 by Mark and Sarah Tompkins, as a passionate conservation undertaking. Over 20 years, almost 70.000 acres of land have been restored which are part of a local preservation effort of several stakeholders and South Africa’s 3rd largest protected area of 1.3 million acres in a global hotspot of biodiversity.

Herds of elephants moved through the river systems surrounded by lush vegetation, black rhinos were so numerous that they were killed in large numbers, and predators such as Cape lion, leopard, spotted hyena, cheetah, and even wild dogs engaged in spectacular battles with prey in this breathtaking landscape. Samara ensures that every tourist dollar spent on ecotourism goes directly back into the conservation of the reserve.

As the Great Karoo area was previously unknown to the South African public, let alone the international market, there was a relentless struggle to bring it more into the public eye. There is immense potential in this country and in the people of this region that can only be realised through the cooperation of all. In order to achieve its goals, Samara works together with like-minded universities, NGOs, governments, companies and individuals.

Samara Lodge is a perfect place for those looking for a trip to the wildest and most authentic South Africa, located in a remote and fascinating corner of this beautiful country. You will find tranquility but at the same time you can enjoy one or more guided safaris every day and relax before dinner by the pool.
The ideal holiday for everyone: families, couples, and singles.


  • 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


  • Rebecca S.
    Anfang Juni waren wir für eine Woche in der wunderschönen Unterkunft in der Altstadt von Ostuni/Apulien/Italien. Exklusive Wohnung inmitten der historischen alten Gemäuer mit einem fantastischen Blick!!! Von der Terrasse aus sieht man das Meer und die lange Küste - einfach nur traumhaft. Die Wohnung ist durch ihre Bauweise und Gewölbe immer kühl und angenehm, sodass wir auch in heißen Nächten immer gut geschlafen haben. In der Nähe befinden sich viele tolle Bars, die romanische Kirche, die Piazza Sant'Oronzo und die ansässigen Dorfbewohner sind stets gastfreundlichen und für ein Gespräch sehr offen. An einem Vormittag hatten wir auch einen privaten Fotografen dabei, er hat uns begleitet und wunderbare Bilder von & für uns gemacht. Das Ganze wurde durch Voyemo organisiert und hat reibungslos geklappt. Dank Riccardo hat es uns an nichts gefehlt, es war alles perfekt organisiert und wir fühlten uns von Anfang an sehr wohl! Jederzeit wieder mit Voyemo - GRAZIE MILLE Ric 😉
    Rebecca S.
  • 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.
  • Angela R.
    We just finished what turned out to be an amazing 2 week stay in Florence and the surrounding areas. Where to begin…Riccardo made our time there a true Italian experience without any glitches. We were able to discover a few real treasures of the Florentine and Tuscan offerings.
    Angela R.
  • Piero L.
    Per la seconda volta abbiamo organizzato una vacanza con Voyemo: questa volta in Toscana, nel favoloso Resort “Borgo I Vicelli”. Appena rientrati! Un'altra meravigliosa avventura. Ciò che fa la differenza è che Voyemo riesce nel cogliere l'indole di viaggio dei clienti, delle loro famiglie, riuscendo a creare esperienze indimenticabili per tutti, adulti e bambini. Grandi!
    Piero L.

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