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Staying in the Great Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Vicki Tester


Samara Private Game Reserve has grown to 70,000 acres of former agricultural land that is being returned to the eco-system that supported so much wildlife before the advent of European arrival. The herds of springbok, wildebeest, zebra, eland and blesbok are increasing and rhino and cheetah have been re-introduced successfully.

Making this part of your self drive bespoke holiday is well worth the extra miles that it could add. As well as the wildlife the scenery here is amazing with views from the mountains that overlook the plains. The lodges are the kind of place you want to be to celebrate a special occasion or for a place to relax completely but with plenty for you to do and see if you are so inclined.

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

The staff ensure your stay here is special and the guides will delight in showing you want can be achieved when wildlife is given a chance to recover. You will have the opportunity to see cheetah up close and the much talked about and elusive aardvark is seen regularly. Join a walking trip to see the smaller animals, birds and flora that can easily be missed when in a vehicle.

Your guide’s knowledge of all that you see makes this a memorable way of learning about the Great Karoo. Finish your game drive with a sundowner overlooking the plains and watch the sun disappear at the end of an exciting day. It is wonderful to see the return of so much wildlife and to see the dream of dedicated people coming to fruition. Definitely consider making this part of your bespoke, tailor made experience of South Africa.

To start planning your holiday please call us on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve


Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

Picture courtesy of Samara Private Game Reserve

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