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Karoo Lodge, where our story began, has been lovingly renovated to pay homage to this special region we call home – the Great Karoo. The lodge has welcomed many years of Samara guests, and now it's time to share a new chapter in its journey.

Watch our video tribute to the old Karoo Lodge as we eagerly await its new incarnation with expanded and upgraded spaces for living, dining and learning.

We invite you to fall in love with the magic of the Karoo as we reopen the lodge doors on 15 December 2023.

Enquire here or through your travel planner to make it official.


Set within the Karoo Lodge garden, two Karoo Family Suites are standalone cottages comprising two inter-leading suites, each with fireplace, air-conditioning and luxury en-suite bathroom with large separate bath, shower, outdoor shower and two wash basins. A shared private covered verandah with outdoor seating provides the ideal location for morning coffee or a nightcap under the stars. The maximum capacity in each Karoo Family Suite is 4 adults plus one child under the age of 12 on an extra bed in the shared living area.

Eight Karoo Suites are standalone cottages a short distance from the main Karoo Lodge homestead. Ideal for couples, each spacious suite contains a four-poster bed, fireplace, air-conditioning and luxury en-suite bathroom with large separate bath and shower and two washbasins, and an outdoor shower. Private covered patios with outdoor seating look out over a waterhole, providing the ideal location for morning coffee or a nightcap under the stars.

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Conservation & Community

The Friends of Samara Trust is a registered charity set up as a platform for like-minded individuals and NGOs to contribute to biodiversity conservation in South Africa's Great Karoo - a globally-important ecological hotspot.

In light of the significant environmental and socio-economic need of the region, Samara created the Friends of Samara Trust – a means by which guests, visitors and friends can contribute to causes dear to their hearts. Projects include the reintroduction and conservation of endangered species, the fight against rhino poaching and our ongoing environmental education projects.

We particularly encourage donors to get involved at more than a solely financial level. Sponsoring a rhino collar for tracking and protection purposes often involves a trip to watch the rhino darting process and the subsequent release back into the wild – an emotional and humbling experience. Seeing in-person how their contribution can alter the course of our projects has proved to be a moving experience for many of our donors.

Any contribution, no matter the size, is hugely appreciated.


We are proud to be a Fellow Member of The Long Run, a collection of the world’s most sustainable nature-based travel destinations. Collectively, The Long Run members help conserve over 20 million acres of biodiversity and improve the lives of 750,000 people.

By joining the movement, we have committed to a continuous journey of improvement towards achieving a holistic balance of the “4Cs”: Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce.

Staying at one of Samara’s lodges acts as a direct contribution to this vision.


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