Samara Private Game Reserve introduces authentic new safari experience

Samara Private Game Reserve is excited to announce the addition of fly camping to its array of safari activities.

Ranger and tracker at the braai

This adventurous experience has guests exploring the diverse 70,000-acre wilderness on foot before spending the night in an intimate mobile camp. The practice takes its name from the safari days of yore when explorers set up camp in big game country with little more than a fly sheet protecting them from the elements.

Samara’s fly camping activity remains true to these origins, providing an experience that is simple yet spectacular. The adventure begins with a guided bush walk through Big Five territory with an armed ranger and tracker. At dusk, guests arrive at their private camp, where tents have been set up and the fire is ready to be lit. Here they are treated to sundowners and a traditional South Africa braai – think boerewors, roosterbrood and grilled pineapple – cooked by their ranger and tracker team. The evening is spent around the campfire, sharing safari stories and listening to the nightly chorus of jackals, nightingales and the occasional lion roar, before retreating to bed. The next morning, the group can opt to walk or drive back to their lodge.

“We wanted to offer guests an authentic and convivial wilderness adventure, where they have the opportunity to experience the beauty of Samara on foot and to sleep out in the wild”, says Samara’s co-founder Sarah Tompkins.

Fly camping in Samara Private Game Reserve

The fly camp offering is available from October to May (excluding 15 December to 10 January) for guests who have booked a minimum three-night stay in one of Samara’s lodges. A R7 000 per night camping surcharge applies, although this charge is included in the cost if guests book a five-night conservation package. Prices include the services of a fully armed ranger and tracker. Please note that a limit of six guests applies, and participants must be 16 or older. For more information, visit

Giraffe tracking bush walk in Samara Private Game Reserve

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