Fri, May 24, 2019
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Fun Time Tours & Safaris have a wide range of packages available for every different taste and adventure. For getaways with a difference we can offer you vast knowledge and experience in the industry.

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One of the largest private reserves (28 000 hectares/70 000 acres) in South Africa, Samara has a wonderful sense of space, a reminder of the insignificance of humans in comparison to the vast beauty of the Karoo.  The reserve encompasses the southern flank of the Sneeuberg mountain range and Karoo Lodge is nestled below the escarpment.

Samara is situated 55km outside Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa, full of charm and history as well as shops, museums, restaurants and friendly people.  Just 258km from Port Elizabeth, a city with good transportation links, Samara can be accessed by both air and road.



Karoo Lodge is a lovingly restored homestead reflecting its colonial past but pampering guests with modern day luxuries.  The Lodge caters for individual travellers and families but can also be booked on an exclusive use basis for up to 12 guests.

Karoo Lodge offers the following facilities:

  • A warm and inviting living room with fireplace
  • Cosy stocked pub area
  • Dining room with large fireplace
  • Private TV room.
  • Curio and necessity shop room
  • Business centre with internet and fax facilities
  • Fenced swimming pool with manicured lawns and covered lounging/dining area next to the pool.
  • Tennis court
  • Karoo style traditional boma
  • Children’s fenced off outdoor and indoor play area
  • Very spacious manicured lawns where under the stars dining and blanket picnics can happen.  

Dining experiences:

  • Dining Room
  • Veranda
  • Traditional Boma
  • Pool Side
  • Lawn picnics
  • Various Bush Dining Experiences


By Road:  The recommended route from Port Elizabeth is the R75 towards Graaff-Reinet for 258km.  Turn right and take the R63 towards Pearston / Somerset East for 7km.  Turn left onto the Petersburg gravel road and drive 23km to reach Karoo Lodge. 

By Air:  Daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.  Air charters from Port Elizabeth to Samara (gravel airstrip) can be arranged on request.


Winter Months

The Karoo experiences winter between May and September.  During these months temperatures are between a minimum of 0 degrees celcius and a maximum of 20 degrees celcius around midday.

We provide you with fleeces and hot water bottles on all game drives.  We do however advise you to bring a warm jacket and warm clothing suitable for the game drives which all take place on open safari vehicles.  It is advisable to bring some light clothing as the temperature can rise considerably during the day.

Summer Months

The summer in the Karoo can be extremely hot with temperatures reaching over 35 degrees celcius.  We recommend people bring light-weight clothing for day-wear as well as sun screen, but also include a few warmer items as the evenings can become quite chilly, dropping to lows of 10 degrees celcius.


Samara contains 4 of South Africa’s recognised Biomes (Thicket, Savanna, Grassland and Nama Karoo).  This diversity allows a wide variety of flora and fauna to thrive.

Flora includes, ancient Shepherd’s Trees, Wild Olives, Karoo Sage and Camphor bushes, amongst others.

During their stay, visitors to Samara may be privileged to see many of the natural inhabitants of these biomes, such as:

  • Cheetah
  • Buffalo
  • Wildebeest
  • White Rhino
  • Cape Mountain Zebra
  • Herds of Antelope
  • Giraffe
  • Aardvark
  • Meerkat
  • Leopard Tortoise

200 species of birds

Tariffs Include:

  • Luxury en-suite accommodation
  • Three meals
  • Tea and coffee
  • Two game drives daily in open game viewing vehicle with experienced  rangers
  • Nature walks with experienced rangers
  • AardvARK children’s programme
  • Local spirits, beers, soft drinks and house wines
  • Laundry services
  • Return transfers from the Samara Airstrip to the lodge
  • VAT and Tourism Levies

Tariffs Exclude:

  • Telephone calls and Fax
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Premium wines & beverages
  • Gratuities.
  • Transfers to and from the lodge from off the Samara property


  • Children of all ages are welcome at Samara
  • Dedicated children’s programme on offer daily at Karoo Lodge
  • Only children of age 8 and over are allowed on scheduled game drives
  • All children before 3rd birthday, sharing with adults, are free of charge at Karoo Lodge
  • 3rd birthday to 8th birthday, sharing with adults, pay 25% of adult rate at Karoo Lodge
  • 8th birthday to 14th birthday, sharing with adults, pay 50% of adult rate at Karoo Lodge
  • All guests of age 14 and over are required to take their own room at adult rates
  • A maximum of 2 children to be accommodated in Karoo Suites and a maximum of 1 child in Lodge Suites, sharing with two adults
  • 3rd adults are not permitted to share rooms


Our recommended arrival time is 14h00.  Suites must be vacated by 11h00 to allow ample opportunity for them to be made perfect for incoming guests.  Late departures can be arranged with the lodge, subject to availability of a suite for daytime use.


  • Three Karoo Suites- individual Karoo style “cottages” with fireplace and air-conditioning, luxury en-suite bathroom with large separate bath and shower and 2 wash basins and an outdoor shower situated in the garden. Private covered patios with outdoor seating to enjoy the karoo views.

  • Three Lodge Suite situated in the main homestead – spacious, air-conditioned, light and airy, opening onto the wide wrap-around veranda with outdoor sofas to enjoy the views, luxury en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower.

Malaria Free

The area is free from malaria and other tropical diseases.

Medical Facilities:

Full hospital, consultant and general medical services are available in Graaff-Reinet and / or Port Elizabeth.