MANTIS OWNERS COLLECTION LAUNCHES

Mantis Owners Collection is the latest addition to Mantis, joining the well-established Mantis Collection and Mantis eXtreme portfolios. Launching this month, all of the handpicked properties in the Owners Collection represent the finest examples of their kind and celebrate the culture, gastronomy, architecture and nature of the locations in which they are found.

The spectacular selection of exclusive-use homes, villas and boats can be found across the globe in countries such as South Africa, Scotland, Seychelles, France and even Sri Lanka to mention but a few.

Each of the properties are offered with an understanding from the owner – an insight into how they came to have homes in the various locations and their passion for the destination, its people and culture.

In house services include daily housekeeping and a House Manager who is available to make necessary arrangements and bookings in and around the area in which you find yourself.  Amongst other services unique to each property, a private chef and attentive butler can also be arranged at any one of the properties for those who wish to be catered for.

Travellers can choose from a private lodge in Africa to a country home in the Scottish highlands.  Select beach homes in Sri Lanka and Seychelles are also included in the group.  Each destination has been carefully selected for its unique qualities and exception experience that awaits each guest.

Founder of the Mantis Owners Collection, Adrian Gardiner comments:  “The Mantis Collection, and subsequently The Owners Collection, was born from an African conservation dream and my lifelong wish to have my own piece of Africa.  I feel honoured to be able to share this dream with like-minded travellers and peers by including one of my own private homes in the portfolio, that being Founders Lodge in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.”

The exceptional list of homes around the world uphold the Mantis philosophy of recognising the importance of nature, culture and beauty whilst offering guests the ultimate in bespoke accommodation.

Congratulations to Monarch Hotel!

Once the iconic 1930’s Saxonwold Post Office, the Monarch hotel, located in Rosebank, a prestigious suburb of Johannesburg, is a sophisticated, lavishly styled hotel, has been awarded with a 2016 Certificate of Excellence.

The TripAdvisor Exceptional Service Awards are a celebration of excellent service – a way for travelers to recognize those dedicated service professionals whose above-and-beyond actions have improved travel experiences.

Through this award, TripAdvisor express their thanks to The Monarch for their commitment to making a memorable difference in travelers’ lives.

To read more about The Monarch Hotel, click here.

SANTA CRUZ II COMPLETES HER MAIDEN VOYAGE!

We are happy to announce that our new expedition vessel, Santa Cruz II, has just completed her maiden voyage on October 10-14, with 81 explorer guests, nine staff support members from different areas of the company, 50 crew members and eight Naturalist Guides on board. The voyage was an Eastern Islands itinerary, starting at San Cristóbal Island and ending at Baltra airport.

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Bear Grylls race for rhino survival

The ‘Race for Rhino Survival’ race is to be hosted by Bear Grylls this October – an event that will test and develop the tenacity and adventurous spirit of all entrants.

As part of the effort to raise awareness and funding for rhino populations around the globe, one race heat will be dedicated to four charities focused on the plight of rhinos: Helping Rhinos, Tusk Trust, Wilderness Foundation and Rooting for Rhino.

Bear, who is patron of Helping Rhinos and Tusk, said: “I am passionate about protecting the world’s remaining rhinos and am really pleased to have a dedicated heat in my inaugural Survival Race to help such a worthy cause”.

The 10K Survival Race is designed to test the more accomplished survivor. Natural obstacles, survival challenges and a host of surprises are all part of the course along the way.

Due to take place on the 3rd October at Trent Park, London, the Race for Rhino Survival heat is free to enter for anyone who is willing to raise a minimum of £150 for the rhino charities and capable of running the challenging course.

Excitingly, the Race for Rhino Survival heat is one of only three heats that will be started by Bear himself, which is expected to draw in a large crowd of fans and advocates.

Simon Jones, founder and chairman of Helping Rhinos, said: “Having a heat of the inaugural Bear Grylls Survival Race dedicated to help rhino conservation is a fantastic gesture from Bear.  By raising money and competing in this heat, runners will be helping to make a real difference in the rhino’s own battle for survival against poachers.”

To get involved please register at https://www.rhinoalliance.org/bear-grylls-race-for-rhino-survival/