Surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains, Samara Manor House is an exceptional way to experience the vast plains of the Karoo. Eland, buffalo and aardvark may wander unimpeded to your veranda, while giraffe graze in the distance as you are served high tea. A true refuge, with relaxation granted as much cachet as game viewing, Samara has a very different feel and look from the bushveld of the north. Views are far more expansive, and a sense of peace permeates everything. Purpose-designed as the private family home of the owners, the Manor House has a wonderfully lived-in feel, eschewing colonial stuffiness in favour of the contemporary eclecticism of Afro-chic.
With voluminous rooms and bathrooms, a luxurious lounge and sun-kissed verandas, it echoes the unfolding space of the landscape, yet retains a sense of intimacy. And even without elephant or lion, the game viewing - of which tracking cheetah on foot is unreservedly the highlight - is so extraordinary that it was rated one of 15 greatest safari experiences in Africa. Like the great herds that stir up the dust at twilight, you will be back.
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