Walking through big five country and sleeping out in the wild
So you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary. A little more adventurous. Something special. And as we so often do (boast, boast), we’ve done all the hard work and found something spectacular for you to experience. An authentic wilderness adventure, where you can experience the beauty of the bush on foot and sleep out in the wild. A fly camping safari experience is the latest activity offered at Samara Private Game Reserve in the Great Karoo – arguably one of the most extraordinary areas of South Africa.
Taking its name from the original safari days 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.
WIth a maximum of six guests, your adventure begins with a guided bush walk through Big Five territory … fret not … the rangers are armed and they, and the trackers, are hugely experienced. Come dusk, you’ll arrive at your private camp, where your tents have already been set up (thank heavens … imagine having to do that yourself after a long day walking in the bush!), and the fire ready to be lit. You’ll have (massively welcome, we’re sure) sundowners followed by a traditional South African braai – think boerewors, roosterbrood and grilled pineapple – cooked by the ranger and tracker team. You’ll spend the evening sitting round the campfire, sharing safari stories and listening to the starlit chorus of jackals, night birds and the occasional lion roar, before retreating to bed. The next morning, you can continue your walk or drive back to the lodge.
This fly camping safari is only available from October to May (excluding December 15 to January 10) and is limited to guests who’ve booked a minimum three-night stay in one of Samara’s lodges. A R7000 a 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. You do need to be 16 or older.