About Samara Private Game Reserve
“Heart-stoppingly beautiful” is how award-winning Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape is ultimately described. 3 elegant lodges provide luxury accommodation nestled between an amphitheatre of mountains on 70,000 acres, where wildlife roam. An amazing life-changing and intensely calming experience awaits, so come walk with the cheetah as you celebrate a unique piece of Africa and experience a luxury safari like no other in the Graaff Reinet region of the Eastern Cape.
Our impact on the local community and more
Made up of 11 farms, Samara forms an essential part of the area’s heritage and as such, plays an important role within the local community. Not only are 90% of the staff from Graaff-Reinet and surrounding areas, but children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are invited on a regular basis to explore Samara. In association with the mayor of Graaff-Reinet, Daantjies Jafta, educational visits are arranged for local schools, during which time the children experience the magic of the wilderness and learn about South Africa’s growing eco-tourism industry.
Samara encourages all its visitors to particpate in these worthwhile causes, including “Pack for a Purpose.” We are collecting books and DVDs on birds, wildlife, flora, etc. for our Tracker Academy and the Student Volunteers as well as books, pencils, soccer balls, etc. for the previously disadvantaged schoolchildren in Graaff-Reinet.
Conservation also means acknowledging the people that have lived in this area for generations. The majority of Samara staff are employed from the local community.
We have developed a relationship with the Vuyani Safe Haven in Graaff Reinet, who cares for girls and boys up to the age of 14 who cannot live at home or who have been removed from their parents by the courts or social workers. We organize environmental days for the children at Samara, and volunteers are also welcome to donate any new or used clothes, stationary, money, etc. to the Haven. Visit their website at http://vuyanisafehaven.co.za/
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