Welcome to ROAM, a private game reserve for those with a deeper and more profound connection to nature.
ROAM PRIVATE GAME RESERVE has been set-up to create a safe haven for wildlife to enjoy the open space of the Karoo.
Steeped in history and diverse wildlife, the game reserve encompasses more than 5000 hectares of pristine Karoo veld. ROAM is now a sanctuary for many of the species which historically roamed the vast Karoo plains.
Set in a magnificent landscape ideal for world class photography, game and bird sightings and genuine eco-tourism.
Today ROAM offers traditional bush luxury accommodation in a 5-bedroom catered lodge, a 3-bedroom self-catered manor and a 12 sleeper tented camp. Enjoy early morning game drives or for those who struggle to stay still for too long, there are a number of outdoor activities and adventures to choose from.
It’s not known to many that over a century ago, you would have found huge herds of antelope (in particular the famous trekbokke which were herds of migrating springbok in the hundreds of thousands), elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros traversing the great Karoo followed by major predators and scavengers such as lion, cheetah, Cape leopard and brown hyena.
Sadly, when the colonialists and voortrekkers (Dutch settlers) arrived and moved North from the Cape in-land, they hunted all the game which they came across to the point that almost all of the natural game in the area was near to extinct.
As these groups settled along their journey they realized the natural succulent shrub and good ground water made for perfect conditions to farm sheep, which provided the famous Karoo lamb. As delicious as the lamb may be, the over stocking of sheep and subsequent over grazing of the land, destroyed the Karoo’s natural flora.
Thankfully, the last sheep was removed from reserve 15 years ago and the land has since then had an opportunity to rehabilitate the veld back to its natural state.
This is one of the reasons the reserve has such magnificent flora and fauna. ROAM is already home to over 500 head of game including buffalo, giraffe, zebra and 13 species of antelope as well as small predators such as the black backed jackal, caracal, Cape fox and bat eared fox.
It is the vision at ROAM to continue on this path and work tirelessly with conservationists and specialists in their various fields to continue the rehabilitation of veld and flora, and introduce various endangered species in the coming years. Cheetah introduction is planned for late 2017.
ROAM offers three types of accommodation to suit every traveller and each stay can be tailor made to your needs.
ROAM Lodge offers the quintessential in Karoo deluxe comfort.
Rooms at ROAM lodge include 4 twin/double rooms with en-suite bathroom units with shower and 1 suite with Kingsize bed with en-suite bathroom with luxury free standing bath and shower. Other facilities include a dining and lounge area with satellite TV, a secluded lounge with fireplace, braai and outside dining area and an outside deck with swimming pool and loungers looking over a small watering hole.
Make the Groot Karoo your home away from home at ROAM Manor.
ROAM Manor is a three bedroom house with sweeping views of the Swartberg Mountains. This self-catered holiday allows your family to experience the Karoo from the comfort of home. ROAM Manor is pet friendly and boasts a large grassy garden in which pets can run free while the family enjoys the swimming pool. Settle down under the stars around the firepit while watching animals come to drink before heading up onto the veranda for a braai. The open plan kitchen/dinning/lounge area allows the family to be together in comfort.
The main bedroom is set up with a Kingsize bed and en-suite bathroom fitted with a large bath and a shower. The double bedded western room has an en-suite bathroom with shower while the twin bedded eastern room has an en-suite bathroom with large bath and shower. Two additional beds can be added to the eastern room to accommodate children.
ROAM Manor is situated in the section of reserve where no dangerous game are present allowing families to explore the Groot Karoo on foot or by bike. ROAM Manor is also perfectly situated for day trips to see what the rest of the Groot Karoo has to offer. Take a trip to Karoo National Park or wind your way over the Swartberg pass to the Cango Caves.
The explorer mobile tents are large dome tents set on your own private wooden deck and come standard with 2 sleeping stretches made up with puffy camping mattress, white sheet, blanket and pillow (your own sleeping bag is required), with lazy chairs looking into the riverbed acacia thickets.
2 separate private areas house showers and toilets for men and women with views of the famous Karoo stars and our beautiful dry river bed and bush thicket.
You will have 2 dedicated staff members who will ensure the camp and your tent remains clean and will be served 3 delicious meals daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We will send you a few options for the menu before your stay in order that you can choose what suits your group best.
We take a minimum booking of 6 people and a minimum of 2 nights’ stay is required. The camp can sleep a maximum of 12 people in 6 tents.
All rates are quoted in South African Rands and are inclusive of VAT.
*Includes: One game drive and one guided walk per day.
|Per Person Sharing||Single Sup||child 6 -12|
|Fully Catered Room||R 1 950.00||R 2 925.00||R 975.00|
|Fully Catered Suite||R 2 050.00||R 3 075.00||R 1 025.00|
*Game drives or walks can be arranged at an additional fee.
|Min 4 people||PP extra||Child 2 -12||Child under 2|
|Self-catering||R 4 200.00||R 1 050.00||R 525.00||Free|
ROAM EXPLORER CAMP
*Includes: One game drive and one guided walk per day.
|Min 6 people||PP extra||Child 6 -12|
|Fully Catered||R 8 700.00||R 1 450.00||R 725.00|
Additional Game Drive / Walk: R450
ROAM Private Game Reserve is situated at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains in the very heart of the Great Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa.
Download a map and directions to our reserve.
ROAM is a malaria free game reserve and is close to Cape Town, Oudtshoorn and the N2 Garden Route.
Tourists, visiting the iconic Cape region, and Western Cape locals now have the opportunity to experience an authentic big game wildlife experience as ROAM is ideally located 550km’s away from the centre of Cape Town.
For visitors from Johannesburg, ROAM is 1000km’s from the centre of Sandton.
GPS: co-ordinates: S 32.91834′ E 022.54525′.