Samara Karoo Reserve

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Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, pool loungers
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, pool loungers
Karoo Superior Suite | Terrace/patio
Karoo Family Suite | Terrace/patio

Overview of Samara Karoo Reserve

Samara Karoo Reserve

5.0 star property
All-inclusive lodge with safari, near Samara Private Game Reserve

10.0/10 Exceptional

7 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
Petersburg Road, Off the R63 to Pearston, Blue Crane Route, Eastern Cape, 6280
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free children's club
  • Free supervised childcare
  • Pool bar
  • Room service
  • Spa services
  • In-room childcare
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Feel at home
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Playground on site
  • Children's club (free)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Separate sitting area
  • Garden

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About this area

Getting around

  • Port Elizabeth (PLZ) - 120.7 miles/194.3 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Samara Karoo Reserve

5-star luxury lodge in the mountains, rejuvenated in 2019
Take advantage of free full breakfast, game and wildlife viewing and a round-trip airport shuttle at Samara Karoo Reserve. Adventurous travellers may like the spelunking, mountain biking and ecotours at this lodge. Treat yourself to a deep-tissue massage or other spa services. In addition to a poolside bar and a terrace, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
Other perks at this lodge include:
  • An outdoor pool with sunloungers and pool umbrellas
  • Free self-parking
  • A safari, a gift shop and a front desk safe
  • Game drive on site, a water dispenser and a TV in the lobby
  • Guest reviews speak well of the helpful staff
Room features
All 13 individually furnished rooms boast comforts, such as premium bedding and furnished patios, in addition to thoughtful touches, such as air conditioning and separate sitting areas.
More conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Highchairs, children's books and art supplies
  • Free toiletries and hairdryers
  • Wardrobes/cupboards, separate sitting areas and mini fridges


This lodge is all-inclusive. On-site food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).


Afrikaans, English, Xhosa

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Individually wrapped food options available through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 13 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Babysitting*
  • Free supervised childcare
  • Free children's club


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free secured, covered on-site self-parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning 7 AM–11:00 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Water dispenser

Travelling with children

  • Free children's club
  • Playground
  • Free supervised childcare/activities
  • Children's games
  • Toys
  • Art supplies
  • Children's books
  • Pool gate

What to do

  • Ecotours
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Safari
  • Cave exploring
  • Golfing nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Fishing nearby

Working away

  • Meeting room


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 2005
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
  • Communal living room
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Xhosa

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Dressing gowns and slippers

Sleep well

  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage
  • Furnished patio
  • Individually furnished and decorated
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Mini fridge
  • High chair


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


This lodge is all-inclusive. On-site food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the on-site spa services. Services include deep-tissue massages and Swedish massages.

Awards and affiliations

Samara Karoo Reserve is listed in the 2015 Condé Nast Traveller Gold List of the world's best places to stay.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 3900 per person (roundtrip)

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from July 1 2021 to September 1 2022 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities
  • Shuttle services

Children & extra beds

  • In-room babysitting is available for an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests.

Individually wrapped food options are available through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and window guards on site.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Karoo Lodge Samara Graaff-Reinet
Karoo Samara Graaff-Reinet
Samara Private Game Reserve Lodge Blue Crane Route
Samara Private Game Reserve Blue Crane Route
Samara Private Game Reserve B
Samara Karoo Reserve Lodge
Samara Private Game Reserve
Samara Karoo Reserve Blue Crane Route
Samara Karoo Reserve Lodge Blue Crane Route

Frequently asked questions

Does Samara Karoo Reserve offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Samara Karoo Reserve does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Samara Karoo Reserve?
As of 28 September 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Samara Karoo Reserve on 29 September 2022 start from €821, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Samara Karoo Reserve?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Samara Karoo Reserve?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Samara Karoo Reserve?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Samara Karoo Reserve?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Samara Karoo Reserve?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 3900 per person roundtrip.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Samara Karoo Reserve?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
What is there to do at Samara Karoo Reserve and nearby?
Have fun with on-site activities such as mountain biking and hiking. Additional recreation on-site includes ecotours, game viewing and a wildlife and game drive. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the lodge's other amenities, which include spa services and a picnic area. Samara Karoo Reserve also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Samara Karoo Reserve?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant. The dining venue will be unavailable from 1 July 2021 to 1 September 2022 (dates subject to change).
Does Samara Karoo Reserve have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished patio.
What's the area around Samara Karoo Reserve like?
Samara Karoo Reserve is located a short 1-minute walk from Samara Private Game Reserve.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

10/10 Exceptional

We couldn't recommend this place more. Everything was perfect! From the warm welcome of the attentive staff, who made us feel home during our stay - to our knowledgeable animal tracker Ben who went out of his way to find the big five during our 4 game drives. A hot filled bath waiting for us after the game drive to refresh before our dinner outside under millions of starts and next to an open fire - just magic. A big birthday cake for our daughter topped off our unforgettable experience. Thank you Samara for a wonderful stay! We will be back!
2-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Superb facility Vast property therefore Game viewing sparse which was purpose of visit Road to the Reserve atrocious where our tire was cut by stones Smaller vehicles would have a very difficult time reaching the Reserve
3-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Fantastic Game Lodge in the Karoo
We loved Samara. We were treated to an upgrade to a delightful suite in the gardens. The staff were all charming, the food very good and the game drives excellent. We would certainly stay again.
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Tolle Lage der Lodge, Zimmer sind sauber, sehr geräumig, das Personal ist sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Das Essen ist abwechslungsreich und ausreichend - inkl. Überraschungspicknick am 1. Weihnachtsfeiertag. Die Pirschfahrten sind informativ und spannend. Rundum ein gelungener Aufenthalt! Eine Oase fernab des Alltagsstress und der Hektik der Großstädte - Samara Private Game Reserve ist absolut eine Reise wert !!!
5-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Melhor Safari privado da região fora do Kruger.
Eu fui com um grupo de oito pessoas. Tudo foi surreal. A estrutura, os quartos, a casa principal, os jantares e cafés da manhã, tudo sensacional. Os funcionários são super atenciosos e prestativos. Inclusive tive um problema com pneu furado e os próprios funcionários trocaram, consertaram e ainda ligaram para a locadora do veículo para resolver tudo. Tivemos um almoço inesquecível em cima da montanha com vista para toda a Savana africana. Vale cada centavo se hospedar aqui. No Safari vimos varios animais bem de perto, os guias são atenciosos, sabem de cada animal com detalhes e respondem a todas as perguntas.
Tarcisio, 2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Wunderbare Lodge, - warm und herzlich!
Samara ist eine Oase der Ruhe und Entspannung in einem riesigen Gebiet wundervoller und abwechslungsreicher Landschaft. Exzellente Safari-Drives mit kompetenten Guides. Die Atmosphäre ist sehr persönlich und herzlich. Der Manager kümmert sich um jedes Detail; auch alle anderen Angestellten. Samara ist ein unvergessliches und fantastisches Erlebnis.
hmw, 2-night trip
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