Reviews of Samara Karoo Lodge
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Great Safari at Samara Karoo Lodge
This was our second safari experience and we enjoyed the variations from our first. The game and landscape are very different in the Karoo. When the ranger was happy we could get out of the vehicle and go on foot. Seeing cheetah close up on foot was an unforgettable experience. Wildlife very diverse and interesting. Our ranger Tendi was another very knowledgeable guide.
We also enjoyed the fact that it is a small game lodge and the location with spectacular views from our "lodge" difficult to beat.
We realised after moving in, that due to a lapse our room had not been cleaned but this was quickly sorted out by the manager.
We would have appreciated advance warning we were expected to pay a conservation/volunteer fee, albeit a modest amount.
The food was excellent. Overall a wonderful experience.
Samara Private Game Reserve review
Very friendly, we liked the fact it was small so few other people there. Beautiful setting, well away from the rest of the world. Room was great, food excellent and plenty of local wildlife to interest us.
The weather was poor and we were telephoned by the lodge when we arrived in PE to advise not to travel up that day. We appreciated their thought and it was the right call.
Having arrived in the reserve we had a burst tyre. The Lodge managers organised a replacement and took all the hassle out of the problem.
Samara Sensational Scenery
After the long drive from Cape Town Semara came as a revelation. Set in an amphitheatre of mountains, the old farmhouse and surrounding cottages provide breathtaking scenery every time one steps out of the door. We had sun and clear visibility which allowed us to see the mountains in great detail.
The staff, rooms and facilities in the main lodge are simply wonderful. As a place to spend time in the high veldt it must be approaching the unbeatable. It is however a huge reserve and the animals seem both elusive and nervous. The same is true of the birds which while numerous rarely seem willing to be approached even by vehicle. This is not so in any camp we have visited in Botswana or indeed in Kwandwe which was our next stop.
It almost seems as if hunting is still going on in the reserve and making all the wildlife very nervous of any approaching vehicle. Taken to the top of one of the local mountains we were faced with yet another fantastic film set where the clear visibility allowed us to see mountains reportedly over 100 miles away. We walked to see cheetah but the penalty was the nerve jangling cold - it had been -2C at the lodge that morning!
A wonderful place to visit but not yet a top reserve for game or bird viewing.