In 2014 Samara Private Game Reserve was voted by Hello magazine as one of the twelve most romantic places in the world, Conde Nast Traveller named it one of the 25 best safari experiences in 2013 and in 2011 it was nominated as South Africa’s leading safari lodge by World Travel Awards. From enjoying delicious food and spa treatments to exploring wildlife, Samara offers unique experiences for the newlyweds.
With breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife, Samara is a real treat for couples that love travelling and exploring natural beauty. Located three hours ride away from Port Elizabeth, it is a tranquil place surrounded by mountains of Karoo where you can rest both body and soul while gazing across vast spaces reaching to distant horizons.
The private reserve consists of 70,000 acres of indigenous vegetation. Flora and fauna are very rich and includes endangered animal species such as the Cheetah and Cape Mountain Zebra. There are also more than 220 species of birds including Black Eagle, Kori Bustard and endangered Blue Crane. The best time to visit this part of the world is during spring (August to November) and autumn (March to May).
The accommodation at Samara combines luxury with nature and spoils you with exceptional service. Overlooking an amphitheatre of mountains, Lodge Suites are situated in the main homestead, each of them having access to the wide wrap-around veranda. If you want more privacy, you can stay at the Karoo Suites designed like individual cottages, or Sibella Suites, which open out onto the wooden deck overlooking the waterhole with rich birdlife.
Couples seeking ultimate luxury and total privacy can rent The Manor House with its unique, warm design, incredible views and friendly, unobtrusive staff, whereas those who want to reconnect with nature in its purest form can stay at the secluded, rustic-style Mountain Retreat.
If you just want to relax, why not indulge yourselves in rejuvenating spa treatments, marvellous food made from fresh local ingredients and superb wine from Samara’s cellar door. You can also play tennis or go for a swim in an outdoor pool, but if you want to discover the wildlife, we recommend a walking safari and bird watching. You can also book one of the themed trips such as the Nelson Mandela Tour or Photographic Expeditions and get familiar with wildlife conservation projects like saving the African rhino.
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