Karoo Lodge, Samara

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With accommodation spread across a settler homestead and delightful cottages in the garden, Karoo Lodge offers good, old-fashioned Karoo hospitality in a setting that reminds you both of the history and the wildlife that surrounds you. Traditional colonial furnishings are paired with African prints and artefacts and always with an eye for style and comfort.

At nearly 30,000 hectares, Samara Private Game Reserve is an enormous piece of land (over half the size of the Isle of Man), and home to some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery in the country. Vast expanses of veld unroll beneath the huge Karoo skies, and the focus is on understanding and appreciating the conservation efforts here. So there are walks with experts through the various biomes, the chance to try and find aardvarks: widely spread but hardly ever seen in most of the country, as well as more traditional game drives to see the bigger game (including cheetah). So this isn’t a place to come and tick off the Big Five, but more for those who want something unusual in their safari, and want the chance to really escape for a few days to a beautiful, enriching corner of South Africa,

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