Also, one of the things I love about the Reserve is the location, which is near Graaff-Reinet in Eastern Cape and being a three-hour drive away from the buzzing city noise of Port Elizabeth, it makes Samara a “true getaway”.
The house boasts a perfect pool- side area with mountain views and not forgetting the wildlife. The staff at Samara is amazing, as they genuinely build a relationship with guest. Literally with everyone that visits and they make delicious food, all with good portions too.
I was invited inside the kitchen for some tasting and boy did I enjoy the food. In fact, ever heard of rice pies? Yum, I tell you! Candice made it a point to feed me more and kept saying “you need to eat all of this because in Cape Town all you guys eat is fish”. Classic.
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Global offering, sharing common ground
Samara Private Game Reserve accommodates people from all over the world. I found this so interesting as I got to engage with some of the staff, sharing our future plans and realising that we all have something in common.
On our second game drive, being out in the mountains and doing the whole safari thing, I got to see the beauty of the Karoo through the eyes of those that were also visiting for their very first time.
We did some sundowners, took some pictures - this was definitely one of my best times and I couldn't help but fall in love with the place.
Speaking to owner, Sarah Tompkins, she pointed out how her experiences as a traveller led to her seeing a gap for a conservation corridor. Taking us on a journey about the Reserve pointing out how and why it was established 20 years ago and the future plans going forward as she describes it as a place which is more than just about animals, but also the people. Her passion for people and ensuring that they get the best out of their stay at Samara is certainly admirable.
Manor House caters for a full experience:
The house is huge with 4 bedrooms with bathrooms in each.
There is a dining room and entertainment room so there's no excuse not want to have people around.
You can book a full spa treatment where only 100% essentials oils and natural plants extracts are used.
Enjoy good food cooked by personal chef accompanied by outstanding variety of drinks straight from the in-house bar.
There is more than one outside sections to enjoy the breeze and each room has its own mountain view with baboons and duku's roamining around.
A swimming pool and a personal massues are also on offer.