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August 19, 2014

Award-Winning Samara Introduces A Lifetime Photographic Safari Experience

By Zahra Al-Kateb

Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s beautiful Eastern Cape, is delighted to announce a new five day photographic safari trip which promises to introduce its participants to the stunning Karoo landscape and its fascinating inhabitants.

Monkey Valley in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Great Karoo became the first farm that formed the nucleus of the Samara Private Game Reserve, bought by Mark and Sarah Tompkins in 1997. Their dream was to amass enough land to have a self-sustaining eco-system that would carry game, the herds of antelope that used to inhabit this area, and the predators to keep the balance that helps maintain these fragile eco-systems.

This unique tour has been designed and managed by Africa Geographic and led by experienced guide and a photographer Mark Drysdale. Participants will get a rare opportunity to observe and photograph some of the rarest animals and endangered species. Let the South Africa’s Great Karoo, the land of raw beauty, vast landscapes and overwhelming starry skies, steal your breath away.

Full Board Accommodation: Samara Karoo Lodge

Karoo Lodge is a lovingly restored homestead reflecting its colonial past but pampering guests with modern day luxuries. The Lodge caters for individual travellers and families but can also be booked on an exclusive use basis for up to 20 guests.

Karoo Lodge lives in perfect harmony with its wild surrounds, nestling in colonial splendour overlooking a vast amphitheatre of mountains. Each suite is traditionally decorated and exquisitely styled to create an ideal balance between comfort and the beauty of the African bush. Relax, unwind and enjoy your front row of magnificent wildlife.

To book a place on this great photographic safari experience with Mark Drysdale, please email

(Source: Samara Private Game Reserve)

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