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Samara Private Game Reserve: good for the soul, good for the soil

This bush escape in the Eastern Cape has all the luxury you could wish for — with a fascinating eco-friendly twist, writes Stephen Haw

15 March 2020 - 00:00 By Stephen Haw

There are few better places to drink a cold beer than on a quiet patio overlooking a waterhole as evening starts to fall. Not that the big five make a special guest appearance, or that anything remotely dramatic happens. But the slow gathering of warthogs, baboons, a couple of zebra and one majestic kudu make for a fine spectacle. A cool breeze rifles through thorn trees, orange whorls of cloud turn slowly to bruise, and the night air is full of birdsong and the faint smell of wood smoke. 

Part of what makes the moment beautiful is that one's presence seems incidental to it. One is merely privy to a primal pantomime that has been playing out, according to its own brutal logic, for hundreds and thousands of years without any need of an audience. Everything seems as it should be, as it always has been ... And yet, this is not the case...

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