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Cheetahs & Cultivars – Wine in the Wilderness Weekends at Samara Karoo Reserve

This May, Samara Karoo Reserve is partnering with two celebrated South African winemakers to offer two unforgettable Cheetahs & Cultivars Wine in the Wilderness weekends, expressly curated for those who appreciate both the delights of safari and the sophistication of an expertly crafted wine.

Spend two nights at Samara’s recently redesigned Karoo Lodge at R6 550 per person per night (with an optional 3rd night at a 50% discount) for the:

  • Cheetahs & Shiraz Weekend – 17-19 May 2024: featuring one of South Africa’s pre-eminent Shiraz specialists Dewaldt Heyns, member of the Winemakers’ Guild and winemaker at Dewaldt Heyns Family Wines, showcasing his Weathered Hands collection.


  • Cheetahs & Chardonnay Weekend – 24-26 May 2024: featuring Jean-Claude Martin, co-owner and winemaker at Creation Wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, established from the ground up with a commitment to environmental and socio-economic sustainability, highlighting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

and enjoy

  • a Friday night wine tasting and pairing dinner hosted by Samara’s celebrated winemaker partner
  • Saturday admission to the popular Graaff-Reinet Stoep Tasting wine festival, now in its 10th year, including return transport
  • a Sunday morning wilderness breakfast picnic

plus – as Samara is widely regarded as one of the best places on the continent to view wild cheetah – each weekend includes a daily game drive to track these graceful predators, as well as the reserve’s other wild inhabitants – from the charismatic lion and black rhino to vast herds of springbok and flocks of Blue Crane.

Booking is essential – to make your reservations contact:

Samara Karoo Reserve

Reservations: +27 (0) 49 940 1111

Facebook | Instagram: @SamaraKaroo

The award-winning Samara Karoo Reserve is a conservation journey on 67,000 acres (27,000 hectares) of born-again wilderness in the heart-stoppingly beautiful Great Karoo. Located 270km from Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) and 53km from Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, Samara is easily accessible by road or by air yet retains a remote wilderness feel. Five vegetation biomes combine with strikingly varied topography to support over 60 mammal species, including the Big Five, cheetah, aardvark and vast herds of desert-adapted antelope, as well as 225 bird species. Three intimate lodges with a true sense of place welcome guests for slow, meaningful and exceptional safari encounters. Karoo Lodge, a lovingly renovated farmstead overlooking an amphitheatre of mountains, sleeps 24 guests. The Manor, an elegantly appointed villa in a Karoo contemporary style, sleeps eight. Plains Camp is an off-grid tented experience focusing on walking safaris for up to eight guests. Activities on offer include game drives, bush walks, wilderness picnics, conservation activities, a star bed, fly camping, mountain biking and photographic safaris. Children of all ages are welcomed with a dedicated children’s programme. A member of The Long Run, Samara strives to achieve sustainability across the “4Cs”: Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce. Staying at Samara acts as a direct contribution to this vision.

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