Lodges

Samara Karoo Lodge

Grand dame of the Great Karoo

Samara Karoo Lodge

This elegant country house is situated in a historical farming area of the friendly Eastern Cape. The special region, known as the Great Karoo, was once settler country, discovered by the Dutch in the late 1800s. The vast expanse of farmland, which previously supported dense herds of springbok and wildebeest, has once again been reclaimed for conservation. Settle into the lovingly restored homestead for a relaxing “bush” experience.

At the lodge

The hotel

This tastefully decorated farmhouse is representative of its Karoo roots. The black and white colour palette of the guest lounge is contemporary. Here you can enjoy a cup of tea on one of the comfy couches or a nightcap after dinner. The dining area is elegant with white tablecloths and silver service. For the hot summer days there is a swimming pool and for the chilly winter nights, the fireplaces in the lounge and dining room add warmth and atmosphere.

The rooms

There are a few different room types at the lodge. They all embrace the colonial-style farmhouse ambiance but have been elevated to a five-star experience with elegant furnishings, four poster beds, antiques and stand-alone bathtubs. If you’re looking for something a little more “African”, book the Sibella suite with a wooden deck overlooking the waterhole.

On safari

Experiences

Samara is passionate about wildlife and conservation and the rangers share their enthusiasm with guests making an invigorating safari experience. Head out on morning and evening game drive with your ranger where you could see plains game and some of Africa’s impressive creatures like the lightning-fast cheetah, endangered rhino and mind-bogglingly tall giraffe. Enjoy bush picnics and ‘cheers-ing’ to another successful day in the bush from a scenic koppie.

When to go

Eastern Cape by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Dry

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Wet

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

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