The Karoo is somewhere that time and space stand still, and is a true reminder of what a distinctive South African landscape looks like. After an almost two-hour flight to Port Elizabeth and a near three-hour drive, we arrived at Samara anticipating the vast expanse and silence of the Savanna — and we weren’t disappointed.
The 27 000ha estate is 45 minutes from Graaff-Reinet and is made up of three accommodation types, including The Manor House, which is where we spent our days. It’s decorated in a warm, neutral, plush style with a touch of African design, high ceilings, and open fireplaces throughout. The Karoo Lodge, the original renovated farmhouse, and the cottage suites, decorated in a similar style and adjacent to the lodge, complete the accommodation options. They all exude that old-world charm best associated with farm houses of the area. The four-bedroom Manor house can be rented for families or friends — with chef-prepared meals, butler, and personal ranger included. Milk tart, pastries, and G&Ts were a welcome treat before each afternoon game drive.