What’s better than one fantastic getaway? Three!

Are you looking for a supremely perfect way to experience the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast Meander?

Our fabulous Eastern Cape trio- No. 5 By Mantis; Founders Lodge and Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve- have teamed up to provide the ultimate city, beach and wildlife experience. This unique 3-in-1 experience can’t be missed.

Founder’s Lodge, hidden away from prying eyes, lies nestled adjacent to Shamwari Game reserve. With daily game drives, It is the perfect base from which to plot your Big 5 experience, and walk in the natural beauty of the Eastern Cape Bush.

No. 5 By Mantis, set in the affluent beach suburb of Summerstrand, offers you a discreet and elegant boutique hotel to act as your home whilst you explore the bustle of Port Elizabeths markets, nightlife and surrounds.

Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve, perched on a vast and pristine private beach allows you the opportunity to indulge in luxury, bask in the warmth of the beach, or explore the watersports and local wildlife in the midst of this exotic reserve.

The best of three worlds lies at your fingertips. What happens when you dare to go big and combine all three? A thrilling adventure packed with water sports, land adventures; biking trails; warm beach days and vibrant city nights.

Spend the day getting up close and personal with this unique corner of Africa’s natural fauna and flora, your nights partying it up with the locals or retreat to your private paradise to relax and unwind .

The full stretch of the magnificent Wild Coast meander lies at your fingertips – Book today, before you miss out, and experience the adventure of a lifetime.

This can’t-miss combo comes with a added special offer, contact reservations liezl.meyer@mantiscollection.com to find out more.

Celebrate 25 years of dedicated conservation

25 years ago, Mantis founder Adrian Gardiner acquired swathes of farmland in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, re-introduced the game that had long since disappeared, and established Shamwari, “one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa”.

When he sold the game reserve in 2008, Gardiner retained the 400ha alongside Shamwari that had always been his personal sanctuary. Founders Lodge was recently opened to guests who can now enjoy the privacy of this private retreat. It is stocked with plains animals only, so guests can safely explore the ruggedly beautiful landscape on foot. Daily guided game drives at neighbouring Shamwari Game Reserve offer the chance to spot the Big 5, as well as the herds of other game and abundant birdlife that live in this malaria-free paradise.

Whether you’re hosting your family, friends or business colleagues, you’re assured of superior service and the epitome of safari-lodge luxury, just an hour’s drive from the  Port Elizabeth airport in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The six double en-suite rooms each boast their own veranda.  There are two outdoor swimming pools, a billiard room, library with business-centre facilities, gym and steam room, boma, casual dining terrace and elevated viewing deck. And, of course, there is complimentary wireless connectivity throughout the lodge.

Experience the freedom and privacy of your own game lodge. When booking ask about our Mantis Madness Special: book 3 nights at Founders and get 2 nights free at any The Last Word property, at No5 By Mantis or Windermere.

Mantis Owners Collections’ family friendly villas

Planning a family holiday with toddlers or teens? We’ve got you covered with our range of family villas.

Jembisa Bush Lodge

Children love Jembisa, enjoy a thrilling safari adventure while being educated in some of the wonders of the natural world and leave as mini-game trackers. For families to share this experience is a never-to–be forgotten holiday.

At Jembisa family safaris are our speciality and we offer a very wide range of unique activities designed for all age groups to give a full and rounded depth to the safari. As we are small we are flexible with our safari programme to cater to the ages and interests of each family group.  Our tailor made children programs like the game ranger course for kids, tracking and sleeping under the stars.  With no predators on this game reserve it allows for many activities on land. Explore property: http://mantisownerscollection.com/property/jembisa-bush-lodge/

Boulders Beach Villa

Children love Jembisa, enjoy a thrilling safari adventure while being educated in some of the wonders of the natural world and leave as mini-game trackers. For families to share this experience is a never-to–be forgotten holiday.

At Jembisa family safaris are our speciality and we offer a very wide range of unique activities designed for all age groups to give a full and rounded depth to the safari. As we are small we are flexible with our safari programme to cater to the ages and interests of each family group.  Our tailor made children programs like the game ranger course for kids, tracking and sleeping under the stars.  With no predators on this game reserve it allows for many activities on land. Explore property: http://mantisownerscollection.com/property/boulders-beach-villa/

Hopewell Private Game Reserve

The secluded and spacious main lodge is perfectly positioned for panoramic views over the reserve. Perched above the elephants’ favourite watering hole, the deck is the ideal spot for relaxation and some idle game-viewing. Two stylishly decorated en suite Executive Suites with separate outside showers overlooking the indigenous bush are available in the Main Lodge.

These rooms would also be suitable for a family of four and all activities at Hopewell Private Game Reserve are tailored to the family needs. Explore property: http://mantisownerscollection.com/property/hopewell-private-game-reserve/

Birds, Bears & Belugas

What could be better than seeing the legendary polar bears up close, in their natural summer habitat? How about swimming with beluga whales? Or spotting over a hundred bird species, many of them so-called ‘lifers’? All while staying in a luxury eco lodge in Canada, with a spectacular backdrop of warm weather tundra..

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Oman: A Visitor’s Guide

Oman is undoubtedly one of the world’s undiscovered travel gems. From a traveller’s perspective, it has so many of the advantages of its middle eastern neighbours with none of the crowds, the development without the decline. Like Morocco, it offers a warm welcome and rich cultural and culinary experiences, but without the cheerful chaos that marks a weekend in Marrakech, for example.

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Ruin Lust: From Exhibition to Reality

‘Ruin Lust’ is the slightly offbeat title of the latest exhibition at the Tate in London, “a guide to the mournful, thrilling, comic and perverse uses of ruins in art from the seventeenth century to the present day”. It’s a title translated directly from a German term for the aesthetic appreciation of ruins, Ruinelust.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Humpback Whales

There’s something visceral about seeing a whale, whether it’s for the first time, or just the latest in a string of whale watching adventures (the activity has a large fan club – don’t be surprised if you become a bit of an enthusiast yourself). Perhaps it’s their sheer size – humbling and wonderful as looking up at the stars – or their innate curiosity and even friendliness, despite the danger humans have long presented to them.

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Wildlife of the Arctic: An Introduction

Far above the northernmost regions that your average tourist will ever travel, on a vast, ice-encrusted ocean surrounded by treeless permafrost, is the land of the polar night and the midnight sun – the magical kingdom of the Arctic. Average temperatures here never venture higher than 10 °C, and can dip as low as an astonishing -40 °C, seemingly making it one of the least hospitable places on earth.

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Glamping in British Columbia

Ah, camping. The lure of the great outdoors. Cooking sausages over a crackling fire and telling stories late into the night. Sleeping under the stars, with just a sturdy bit of canvas between you and the wilderness beyond. Leaving the city behind you, and embracing nature at its most pure. Fresh air, exercise, the sun on your face. There’s nothing quite like it.

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A Book Lover’s Amalfi

It’s hard to resist the Amalfi Coast, blessed as it is with crayon coloured houses on rugged cliffs reaching down through terraces of citrus groves to the sparkling sea. Fall in love with this stretch of coast along the Sorrentine Peninsula in Italy’s Campania region and you would hardly be the first – it has housed and inspired artists and writers from Byron, Shelley and Keats to Virginia Woolf, DH Lawrence, John Steinbeck and Gore Vidal. Simply breathing in the air of lemon and jasmine is a kind of poetry, as visitors to our luxury boutique hotel in Sorrento, Villa dei D’Armiento, would attest.

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