Helen Grange
4 minute read
21 Oct 2019
5:06 pm

Samara Game Reserve is a treasure trove of wildlife conservation stories

Helen Grange

If game drives aren’t your thing, you can do guided walks, wilderness picnics, birding, mountain hikes and mountain biking.

Cheetah mother and her cubs resting in the shade.

Truth be told, game reserves are not everyone’s cup of tea, and five-hour game drives may be exhilarating for some but a tad tedious for others, especially if the drive sets off before dawn or extends into a cold night, navigating dirt road tracks edged by steep mountain drops worthy of an episode of Ice Road Trucker. The trick to bringing the bush and its denizens to life, beyond their immediate reality in a bucolic if stark landscape, is to tell stories that chart the lives of these animals, National Geographic style, with all the attendant drama of loss and...