Award-winning Samara Karoo Reserve is a conservation journey on 67,000 acres of born-again wilderness in South Africa’s heart-stoppingly beautiful Great Karoo region. Founded in 1997, Samara has pioneered the rewilding of this semi-arid yet uniquely biodiverse landscape, catalysing an ambitious vision to expand the conservation estate to a 3-million-acre footprint in a Global Biodiversity Hotspot.
Today the reserve is one of South Africa’s most diverse safari destinations, comprising 5 vegetation biomes across strikingly varied topography, home to over 60 mammal species including the Big Five and cheetah, as well as 225 bird species. Two intimate lodges welcome just 26 guests at a time for slow, meaningful and exceptional safari encounters.
ACCESSIBLE WITH A HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLE
VENUE / TRAIL MAP
GUIDED WALKING TRAILS
GUIDED GAME DRIVES
FIELD GUIDE BOOKS
INFORMATION FOR BIRDERS:
Located in an Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBA) designated by Birdlife International, Samara is home to 225 species of bird which can be encountered in a variety of habitats. Expert guides, a dedicated bird hide, frequent bush walks and the ability to book a private vehicle make Samara ideal for birders. A suite overlooking a waterhole offers photographic opportunities from the comfort of the lodge.
Blue crane, Verraux's eagle, Kori Bustard, Ludwig's Bustard, Ant-eating chat, Southern black korhaan, southernmost range of the White-browed sparrow-weaver, Olive bush shrike, Bokmakkierie, Cape longclaw, Black-headed canary, Black cuckooshrike
67,000 acres comprising 5 of South Africa’s 9 vegetation biomes: Nama Karoo, Grassland, Thicket, Savannah and Forest, as well as transition habitats between the biomes.