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Feb 16, 2013

Samara Private Game – Reserve – The Great Karoo – Eastern Cape



“It’s amazing what you can do with twenty energetic, young people who hail from all over the world. I had always thought that Samara’s clientele had been either the more mature (like me!) or the very young and their parents! However, we recently gave our daughter, Isabelle’s, 21st birthday at Samara over 6 nights just prior to the busy Christmas season and discovered that 20 young adults, who had flown from Paris, London, the United States and were joined by friends from South Africa, celebrated Isabelle’s 21st by participating in every activity that was on offer to them over the six days and were still ready for more by day 6.

The most popular activities over that period were, in no particular order, as each one was so special:

Walking with Cheetah; Eco-challenge; A Rave in the Stone Age Bush dinner; Mad Hatter’s tea party on the Manor lawns; Picnicking in the River; Moroccan tents next to the pool; Black Tie dinner with speeches; Boma dinner; Bloody Mary brunches; game drives; lying on the lawn under the Milky Way. Possibly the highlight was a visit to Vuyani Safe Haven in Graaff-Reinet where all these youngsters met 18 abused and abandoned children that they had helped support by bringing each child a gift and helping transport gifts from mothers from my son’s prep school in the UK.

Combining the Manor and Karoo Lodge worked perfectly as parents and godparents could stay in different venues ten minutes apart, not cramping each other’s style, but coming together for the evening festivities or joining in the brunches as and when they felt like it!

The success of the party got me thinking: “What a great venue for ‘twenty-somethings’! or those who love fun and activity-filled holidays. Prompted by a friend in London, I thought that I had better write to all of you and share some of the great activities and photographs. If you would like to offer something similar, please contact your tour operator or me and they/we can help you plan a truly special occasion.

For further information on our services, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us – Dave @ dave@africantravelsolutions.com / Tele: + 44 (0) 1476 530927 / Mobile: + 44 (0) 7780 579306 for further details and bookings

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