28 Mar 2023

Coming soon... Plains Camp at Samara Karoo Reserve - a grounding, humbling experience in Nature


No Wifi, no electricity, no high-tech distractions - just a grounding, humbling experience in Nature. This is the ethos of Samara Karoo Reserve's brand-new ecotourism offering, Plains Camp, due to open its canvas doors on 15 June 2023.

Four luxury tents will welcome 8 guests for an off-grid safari experience evoking the time of mobile expeditions with a focus on the ultimate luxuries - time and space. Located in a remote part of the reserve with spellbinding views and abundant wildlife including the Big Five, this unpretentious eco-conscious camp lets the landscape do the talking, allowing guests to disconnect from their busy lives in soothing solitude. A slow and considered safari experience focusing on guided walking safaris is designed to bring the semi-arid ecosystem to life.

Nestled against a low hill with sweeping views of plains and dolerite-capped mountains, Plains Camp blends into its natural surroundings whilst providing a front row view to this piece of paradise and its plentiful wildlife. Zebra, black wildebeest, springbok and gemsbok meander these plains, alongside giraffe, ostrich and cheetah - the tableau only further enhanced by the unmistakable call of the ground-dwelling korhaan bird.

Designed to touch the ground lightly and with sustainability in mind, the camp echoes the semi-permanence of mobile camps set up during safaris of yore. A communal mess tent houses an indoor dining and lounge space with open sides for soaking up the views. Antique and locally-made furnishings add a touch of authenticity to the setting without compromising on comfort, creating the perfect spot to cosy up with a book or binoculars. Lit by candlelight and oil lanterns, the camp has no electricity, but plenty of atmosphere. A small farm-style plunge pool provides respite from the midday heat.

A slow and considered experience focusing on guided walking safaris is designed to bring the semi-arid ecosystem to life. Twice-daily bush walks focus on the little things so often ignored or unseen from the vehicle. Tracks, flowering Karoo bossies, ostrich eggs and beetles - all these natural wonders form part of the day's sightings. Big game tracking provides an undeniable thrill as guests are able to get up close with cheetah, rhinoceros and giraffe under the supervision of expert guides and trackers. As the coolness of evening approaches, a short game drive for sundowners is just what the doctor ordered, followed by a night drive and stargazing.

Four deluxe guest tents are positioned to enjoy spectacular undisturbed mountain views, providing a tranquil sanctuary to return to after a long day of exploring. There's nothing quite like "champagne air" to make for a restful night's sleep! Tastefully furnished with all the essentials, the intimate bedroom and seating area are warmed by a small fireplace in winter and cooled by a fan in summer. A simple en-suite bathroom at the back of the tent contains an indoor loo, a washbasin and a separate open-air "bucket" shower - filled from the outside with hot water on request. Meals are cooked around the communal campfire and taken either in the mess tent or under a canopy of stars. 

For more information visit www.samara.co.za.