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New Cheetah Trail to open at Samara Karoo Reserve


Samara Karoo Reserve launches its new 3-night Cheetah Trail this September.

Synonymous with the iconic cheetah, Africa’s most endangered big cat and the reserve’s signature species, Samara is widely regarded as one of the best places on the continent to view wild cheetah.

The award-winning, Big 5 game reserve – a conservation journey on 67 000 acres (27 000 hectares) of born-again wilderness in the breathtakingly beautiful Great Karoo in the Eastern Cape – is situated in a global biodiversity hotspot. It is an astonishing, semi-arid paradise of vast landscapes, dramatic escarpments, mountains and grasslands and aside from the iconic cheetah, is home to the ‘Big Five’ – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Other wildlife includes vast herds of springbok, black wildebeest and Cape Mountain zebra, eland and blesbok and flocks of endangered blue crane (South Africa’s national bird), Cape vultures and black eagles swooping overhead.

The Cheetah Trail in this magnificent reserve is for those who appreciate the delights of a safari with a difference – a walking safari that offers the opportunity of exploring the diversity of the reserve’s rich plant and wild-life on foot. The hiking is not too strenuous and every walk focuses on tracks and signs, flora and fauna and the geology of the area.

The Cheetah Trail in the magnificent Samara Karoo Reserve – a 3-night, 4-day guided hiking adventure:

  • Slackpacking 10 -15 kms per day, fully qualified guides/trackers will walk you through Samara’s various biomes;
  • Learn how 67 000 acres were and continue to be rewilded;
  • Breathe in the sense of space that restores the soul;
  • Learn about the reserve’s 66 mammal species and 225 bird species and about the hundreds of little veld grasses, succulents and Karoo bushes;
  • Renowned as Samara is for its cheetah tracking/viewing on foot, you’ll learn first-hand all about the cheetah, and other tracks/signs along the trail from the expert guides and trackers;
  • Camp out under the stars around a campfire – you’ll learn about ‘Khoisan candles’ and ancient springbok migratory routes and fall asleep under the Milky Way.

The Samara Cheetah Trail Package includes:

  • Accommodation at:
  • Plains Camp – off grid, luxury tented camp (1st & 3rd night) | Mobile fly camp  (2nd night)
  • All meals and selected drinks
  • Fully guided
  • Samara branded day pack
  • SADC launch rate – R14 995 per person for the 3-night trail, valid until 15 December 2024.
  • Ts & Cs apply. Guests must be 16 and older.

From September 2024 |No Cheetah Trail over peak season (Christmas and New Year) | Booking  is essential.

Easily accessible from Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Cape Town and Johannesburg, Samara Karoo Reserve is just 40 minutes from the historical town of Graaff-Reinet.

To make your reservations contact:
Samara Karoo Reserve
Reservations: +27 (0) 49 940 1111 | reservations@samara.co.za |www.samara.co.za
Facebook & Instagram: @SamaraKaroo

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