Caught in the shadows of some of the Great Karoo’s romantic mountain ranges, sits Samara Private Game Reserve. Staking its claim of nearly 70 000 acres of the Great Karoo’s natural landscape, Samara is made of seemingly never-ending plains, rugged mountains and blankets of clear skies… which at night are lit up by thousands of stars dotted across the horizon.
The characteristics of the Great Karoo lend Samara a beauty of which very few parts of the world can boast. These endless horizons, cloudless skies, table-topped hills, snow peaked mountain ranges and vast spaces gave birth to a love of this region which was the start of Samara. We offer guests the opportunity to explore the Great Karoo without the scars of human interference. Standing upon ancient mountains that loom over vast open plains, staring into the horizon that shimmers and shakes in the dying heat of the day, you’ll look up in wonder on darkening skies and wait for the magic of the Karoo night to begin.
Look out over our unending landscape and watch how the endless plains fall away with the setting of the sun, how the cloudless skies turn into countless stars and witness this African nirvana boast its greatest magic. The noise of the day drops and the stillness of the night becomes all encompassing, free from city light pollution,drawing you into the show above… one by one they appear, dim at first and growing brighter and brighter. Before you have time to realise it, the stars have taken over the sky and you’re watching the Southern Hemisphere’s constellations form as the sun disappears.
On a clear night, Samara can easily rival Sutherland; the closest town to the location of the South African Large Telescope (SALT), as the Milky Way is clearly visible across the night sky. Being one of the darkest places on earth, one can easily see the magnificent Magellanic Clouds, a duo of irregular dwarf galaxies which are best seen from the Southern Hemisphere, shining brightly on the far left of the Milky Way.
Stargazers and celestial photographers are awe-inspired by the experience of seeing these incredible constellations lighting up the ink-black sky. At times Omega Centauri, the largest globular cluster known in the Milky Way, can also be seen. Our guides are masterful storytellers of these astronomical wonders, as the Southern Cross, Orion’s Belt, all have ancient tales to be told. The Milky Way shines so bright and fills so much of our night sky that you find yourself tempted to reach out and touch it.
Samara Private Game Reserve in the Great Karoo is one of few places in the world where you can truly capture an ever changing canvas. It’s the ideal winter getaway, day or night it doesn’t matter… there’s a magic to be captured in both.