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Two generations of Tompkins family running Samara
Bought the first of now 11 farms in 1997, Monkey Valley
Donated their land to Africa’s first ‘Tracker Academy’
Originally from Johannesburg, Sarah and husband Mark Tompkins had known the Great Karoo as a desolate place that had lost all its wild beauty and abundant wildlife. In 1997, the Tompkins visited Monkey Valley farm and fell in love with its green and lush landscape following the recent rains. The couple decided to buy it, removed fencing and livestock and let the land recover for a few years before turning it into their rewilding passion project.
Today, 24 years later, Sarah runs the reserve with daughter Isabelle, who has inherited her parents’ drive to expand and protect the beautiful, semi-arid lands of the Great Karoo and holds the belief that humans should be “a part of nature, not apart from it”.
PRICE ON REQUEST
Based on two people sharing
Small group experience
Limited to FOURTEEN guests
OVERNIGHT IN CAPE TOWN
DOMESTIC CHARTER FLIGHTS
FULL BOARD THROUGHOUT
PRIVATE LODGE ON THE RESERVE
DAILY GAME DRIVES
EXTRAORDINARY TALKS BY LOCAL CONSERVATIONISTS
ENGAGEMENT WITH WILDLIFE SCIENTISTS
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Travel subject to application
Once a thriving, biodiverse ecosystem of grasslands, thicket, savannah, forest and Nama Karoo plains, South Africa’s Great Karoo was periodically roamed by epic herds of migrating Springbok and the mighty Cape Lion, before losing most of its wildlife to farming, fences and firearms. In 1997, The Tompkins founded Samara Karoo Reserve began their mission to restore the land to its former glory by regenerating the landscape and are engaging in an ambitious programme of animal reintroduction, including the first wild cheetah in 130 years, the first black rhinoceros and first elephants in 150 years and, most recently, the first lions in 180 years. Samara’s guests not only play a vital role in safeguarding the extraordinary landscape, but will leave truly empowered by the healing energy of nature and the impact of their visit on the ground.
This extraordinary wetland, the largest in Argentina, is home to 30% of the biodiversity in the country including endangered species such as the pampas and marsh deer, the maned wolf and grassland birds like the strange-tailed tyrant.
In 2005, what was to become one of the largest rewilding programs in the Americas was started, with the goal of restoring keystone species that had been extirpated from Iberá through hunting and habitat loss and were extinct in the region, the Province or, in some cases, the country.
As the rewilding program developed, the cultural identity of Iberá began to recover alongside the ecosystems and natural processes, impacting a total population of 100,000 people who surround the park.
Today, Iberá stands as one of the world’s most successful ongoing conservation missions.