Nestled among 70,000 acres of achingly beautiful wilderness, Samara Private Game Reserve is located in a hidden valley deep in the Karoo Mountains of South Africa's Eastern Cape. Owners Sarah and Mark Tompkins opened the reserve in 2005 with a promise to return former farmland to its natural state. The malaria-free reserve now encompasses 11 former farms and is home to a variety of protected species that have been reintroduced, including cheetah, Cape mountain zebra, white
rhino, giraffe, black wildebeest, and a variety of antelope; there are even meerkats and aardvarks. Because there aren't predators to pose a threat, rangers stop the trucks often and guests get a completely different safari experience on foot. The lack of predators also makes this a great place for families with children.