Samara Private Game Reserve joins a global community of leading nature-based tourism businesses advocating a sustainable tourism recovery post-COVID19.
The Great Karoo, South Africa (25 September 2020) – Samara Private Game Reserve is delighted to announce its acceptance as a Fellow Member of The Long Run – a global community of nature-based tourism businesses committed to meeting the highest standards of sustainability encompassing the 4 Cs: Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce.
Award-winning, Big 5 reserve – Samara Private Game Reserve is located on 70,000 acres of wilderness in the Great Karoo, offering breathtaking views over the Plains of Camdeboo. Situated approximately 270km from Port Elizabeth and 53km from the nearest town of Graaff Reinet, Samara offers easy access to visitors on excellent roads.
Samara Private Game Reserve is a passionate conservation undertaking – the leader in its area and a catalyst for change in the Great Karoo region of South Africa. The abundant land – which has been allowed to rest over a period of 20 years – preserves a complex and diverse ecosystem. Four vegetation biomes provide habitat for over 60 mammal species, including: lion, elephant, cheetah, black and white rhino, buffalo, Cape mountain zebra, giraffe, eland, gemsbok and aardvark to name but a few. Samara forms part of a greater vision – to create South Africa’s third-largest protected area in a global biodiversity hotspot. The driving force behind this vision is the desire to preserve this irreplaceable part of South Africa’s natural heritage.
“We find ourselves in excellent company with more than 70 partners from 22 different countries, collectively safeguarding over 21 million acres of nature, protecting 30,000 plant and animal species, supporting 6,300 jobs, celebrating 120 cultures and improving the lives of 175,000 people,” says Sarah Tompkins, founder of Samara.
Established in 1997, Samara is an award-winning Big 5 reserve located on 67,000 acres of born-again wilderness in the Great Karoo near Graaff-Reinet. A passionate conservation undertaking, Samara has pioneered land-use change in the region, painstakingly restoring 11 former livestock farms across 5 vegetation biomes and reintroducing threatened wildlife including cheetah, lion and elephant.
Samara engages in rehabilitating degraded landscapes, managing water catchments and regenerating carbon sinks, all the while functioning as a ‘living laboratory’ for researchers from around the world. This conservation commitment is underpinned by a strong sense of social responsibility. Samara employs 60 mostly local staff and is involved in skills training, community development and the preservation of indigenous knowledge.
Just 26 guests at a time are invited to join Samara’s ongoing journey, with an emphasis on active participation in Samara’s projects. Accordingly, as well as the usual safari game drives, bush walks and wilderness picnics, Samara offers hands-on conservation sessions, personalised tours of rewilding projects and immersive experiences such as fly camping.
“We believe in the positive and lasting impact of ecotourism, when done conscientiously and sustainably,” adds Tompkins. “It is our vision that the recovery of tourism post-COVID19 will usher in a new paradigm of travel founded on responsible, ethical experiences that benefit their local spheres of influence. We are excited to work with The Long Run in pursuit of this goal.”
For more information, visit www.samara.co.za and www.thelongrun.org.