Reviews of Karoo Lodge
Wildlife sightings and reviews
5 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Karoo Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Samara - A Second Look"
Fast forward 9 years and if anything the game and birds are even more nervous with almost everything taking to the hills at the slightest sound of the vehicle. Moreover the lodge, rooms and food were very tired with urgently needed management attention.
Housekeeping was especially weak needing daily comment to the manager about quite basic failings. Room maintenance seemed to be left to the guests to note work required rather than being checked and rectified before we arrived. Samara is still a spectacular place to holiday but now needs urgent management attention to the lodge and food.
Whether anything can be done about the nerves of the birds and animals remains to be seen. " See all these reviews: 11n in South Africa
"Samara Karoo Lodge review"
Our room was comfortable, staff friendly and the food we had was good. However in spite of confirming they knew of Jane’s cheese allergy there was no attempt to provide any alternatives to dishes containing cheese which we thought disappointing. Grounds were well maintained and the pool looked inviting.
Jan was a good guide who we concluded must be part gazelle the way he scrambled up and down kopjes trying to track cheetah! We didn’t get to see any cheetah but we did have an excellent sighting of black rhino, though why a male rhino is named Beatrice is a mystery! A trip up the mountain provided some lovely views and new species of antelope but the drive up is very steep and close to the edge at some points. We had planned to go out late one evening in search of aardvark but in the end we had heavy rain that day and agreed to cancel it.
" See all these reviews: 17n in South Africa
"Great Safari at Samara Karoo Lodge"
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." See all these reviews: 34n in South Africa
"Samara Private Game Reserve review"
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." See all these reviews: 7n in South Africa
"Samara Sensational Scenery"
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." See all these reviews: 12n in South Africa
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