Ground Breaking Agreement on Certified Bamboo for Sustainable Tourism

Deep rooted backgrounds in African conservation, as well as shared visions for sustainability and a world in which people and animals can co-exist came to light during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mantis and EcoPlanet Bamboo last month. The executive management teams of both companies, which included Camille Rebelo COO of EcoPlanet Bamboo and Adrian Gardiner CEO of Mantis, met at No5 by Mantis, in Port Elizabeth.

EcoPlanet Bamboo, a leader in the industrialization of bamboo as a commercial fibre through the restoration of degraded land into sustainability certified global bamboo plantations, and Mantis Collection, a family run collection of award winning, privately owned, five star properties located around the world, signed a ground-breaking agreement with far reaching benefits for both the environment and for the global movement towards sustainable tourism.

During the discussions, both companies recognized a shared set of environmental values, inherent in the philosophies and daily operations of each. EcoPlanet Bamboo and Mantis Collection both recognised the necessity to develop business based solutions to contribute to the conservation and preservation of the world’s natural resources and developed business models around a deep culture of operating in a sustainable and responsible manner. Although deeply rooted in South Africa, the agreement has a global and far reaching scope.

EcoPlanet Bamboo has restored thousands of hectares of severely degraded land into sustainably certified bamboo plantations in some of the poorest parts of the globe, while providing secure livelihoods to hundreds of families thereby reducing pressure on surrounding natural resources. However it is the combination of this truly renewable bamboo resource with a commitment to the development and utilization of clean and closed loop technology in the manufacture of a suite of products that aligns itself with the goals and commitments of the Mantis Collection. This innovative group of hotels is working hard to reduce environmental footprints and maximize the positive contribution of each individual hotel across all five continents.

EcoPlanet Bamboo and Mantis are kick starting this long term relationship with the utilization of a unique bamboo charcoal air purifier in all Mantis hotel rooms aimed at improving the quality of indoor air and reducing moisture in humid locations and a specialized bamboo charcoal for the filtration of water, thereby reducing the use of plastic water bottles. Short term commitments are to move the hotel collection’s use of packaging for cosmetics, food and drinks to a renewable and compostable bamboo alternative, while the partnership’s longer term commitment is aimed at the provision of a tree free, deforestation free toilet paper and eventually the utilization of EcoPlanet’s bamboo fiber and clean pulping technology for the production of luxury textiles.

“We are thrilled to be launching this partnership with the Mantis Collection” says EcoPlanet Bamboo CEO Troy Wiseman. “Mr. Gardiner is a pioneer in the conservation of natural resources, and his family run business is an inspiration for any entrepreneur”.

Mantis awarded Best Global Luxury Hotel Group - Africa & LUX Excellence Award for Eco-Tourism 2017

We are very pleased to announce that the Mantis Collection has been awarded: Best Global Luxury Hotel Group – Africa & LUX Excellence Award for Eco-Tourism 2017.

At LUX, through this awards programme, they reward the hard-work and efforts companies within the Hospitality industry give and by hosting these awards it gives us a chance to recognise the tireless work of the firms and individuals behind the success of quality service, professionalism and growth in this challenging market.
To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated establishments that have been selected for them, please visit where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

Providence by Mantis, Lagos, Nigeria

The Providence by Mantis is a 5 star boutique hotel in Ikeja, the Capital city of Lagos due to open late 2017.

The understated luxury and class is complimented by the service on offer.

Set in a sprawling suburban backdrop, away from the energy and excitement of Lagos, the hotel has a modern design, elegant lines and bold colors. Providence boasts 79 Luxury Rooms and 3 Suites, all furnished with stylish amenities and a modern finish. Facilities include all day buffet restaurant, Conference room and boardroom, secluded pool area, luxurious spa, elegant bar, modern gym and safe parking with good security.

Nyosi Camp re-opening mid August 2017

Just 20 minutes from the heart of Port Elizabeth, Nyosi Camp offers the nature enthusiast a unique base from which to explore this spectacular conservation area.

Nyosi Explorer Camp represents a modern contemporary trails camp nestled in the most sheltered valley, deep in the Hopewell Conservation Estate.

  • 5 Contemporary tents
  • Private ablution facilities
  • Fully inclusive
  • Dining deck & fire pit

R2 500 per tent per night.

Reopening mid August 2017. Email reservation inquires to


World Travel Awards Winner 2017

The Mantis Collection is very proud to announce the following World Travel Awards Winner:

Seychelles’ Leading Boutique Hotel 2017: MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa

Seychelles’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2017: MAIA Signature Villa @ MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa

World Travel Awards™ is voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, and this accolade recognises the commitment to excellence which MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa has demonstrated in the last twelve months.

The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. The glitzy ceremony revealed all the magnificent, global-hospitality champions on the glamorous Sun Aqua Vilu Reef in The Maldives, 8th July 2017. The World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality.

Kasane Airport in Botswana Opens New Terminal

The NEW Kasane International Airport opened its doors for the first time on 27th June 2017.

This new world class airport is the gateway to the infamous Chobe National Park where safari adventures await!

The new terminal building measures 7 800sqm compared with the original airport at 1 300sqm. The next phase of construction involves the blending and refurbishment of the existing terminal and other buildings, and is due for completion in November. Airport authorities stated that the official opening is expected to be around October this year. The dates have yet to be announced.

Mantis Zambezi Queen Collection is located on the great Chobe River that borders Namibia and the Chobe National Park in Botswana, just minutes from Kasane International Airport. The Zambezi Queen Collection is made up of four houseboats; the ever elegant Zambezi Queen and her three Chobe Princesses as well as the secluded tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge.

Meet our new Sales Manager

Rosie Brossy has joined the Mantis team as our new Sales Manager. She has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry and we wish her long and fulfilling time with our happy team. “I look forward to being part of the Mantis family,” says Rosie. “I have been in the industry for many years and I believe that building warm, personal relationships is the best way to build foundations of trust and integrity.” Sounds like she’s going to fit right in!

Your own piece of Ballito


Take a secure eco estate and a prestigious golf course on South Africa’s warm Indian Ocean coast. Add a contemporary, luxury hotel with exceptional facilities including an upmarket restaurant, business centre, spa and concierge services. This is Simbithi Hotel.

Now, assign management of Simbithi to Mantis, and open up ownership to private investors. Guarantee an above-average return for the first two years while keeping levies low and you have an astounding investment opportunity, just 15 minutes from King Shaka International Airport on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast.

No wonder 65% of the luxury suites, family suites and penthouses were sold prior to the official launch due to take place on 17 April 2017.  In fact, 57% of the Hotel Suites were purchased on the day the opportunity was launched to investors.

Simbithi Hotel is expected to open in 2019.

Holiday in the Valley of Grapes, Golf & Polo

Great news for all those who’ve always yearned to visit the Cape Winelands, watch polo at Val de Vie and play golf at Pearl Valley : a new Mantis hotel has opened at the 1000ha secure Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate at Val de Vie,  just 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.

The 80-bed luxury Pearl Valley Hotel is set in the beautiful Berg River valley, ringed by the Simonsig Mountains, and all suites (24 one-bedroom suites and 8 two-bedroom suites) take full advantage of the magnificent views.

Where’s something for everyone at Pearl Valley Hotel. Guests enjoy full access to the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, golf driving range, putting green, and chipping practice areas, as well as to the equestrian centre. There are wide-ranging hiking and biking trails, a fully equipped gym, swimming pools, tennis and boules court. And of course, nearby are prestigious wine estates and the quaint towns of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch to visit.

“Standing on a balcony here, watching the mountains fade from pink to indigo, you realise what an incredible setting we have here. Add to that the wellness-golf-and-equestrian offering of the Pearl Valley Estate at Val de Vie and there’s no question: this is truly a world-class destination. We are very proud of the Pearl Valley Hotel,” said founder of Mantis, Adrian Gardiner.

Book your break now and be one of the first to experience the latest jewel in the Mantis crown.


Tel: +27 (0) 21 867 8000


The Greatest Day - Experience the real interior of Antarctica

Experience the real interior of Antarctica in a single day with the ultimate day trip to Antarctica – The Greatest Day!

Your trip will start in Cape Town, South Africa, known as the ‘Mother City’, to the locals, this city nestled at the bottom of Table Mountain, at the Southern tip of Africa is a melting pot of cultures and history. Home to award-winning vineyards and stunning ocean vistas, it is often tipped as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

This is where your Antarctic adventure begins as you head out across the mighty Southern Ocean. The 5.5hrs journey transports guests from the African night, over thousands of icebergs and passes into 24hrs of continuous sunshine.

The Ilyushin IL-76 TD aircraft is used predominantly by the scientific community to access Antarctica. Fly across the mighty Southern ocean over hundreds of icebergs and into 24hr continuous sunshine.

Landing at the specially prepared ice runway of “Novo”, you will transfer in 4x4s to the magnificent Schirmacher Oasis. This is a land of cliffs, lakes and science bases, all of which you shall explore on the ultimate day trip.

We aim to spend 8 hours on the ground, allowing you to partake in a host of activities that can be as gentle or adrenaline-fuelled as you wish. Expert guides will be on hand every step of the way. The day culminates in a gourmet champagne dinner to celebrate your visit to such a spectacular location.

Flight time – 5.5 hrs

Cost per seat – $10,000

Date – 28 Nov 2017 ONLY

Time in Antarctica – Approx 8hrs

Fitness – no specific fitness required

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Mantis Collection becomes an ATTA member

The African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta) is a member-driven trade association that promotes tourism to Africa from all corners of the world. Recognized as the Voice of African Tourism, Atta serves and supports businesses in Africa representing buyers and suppliers of tourism product across 22 African countries. With over 550 members, Atta acts as Pan-Africa’s largest network of tourism product covering not only accommodation, transport and travel specialists in Africa, but a formidable selection of tour operators, representation and PR companies worldwide promoting tourism to Africa.

The Atta platform offers extensive opportunities for networking, marketing, education, and the dissemination of information to our members and the media. Atta represents African tourism interests at the highest levels, in a continuing dialogue with many tourism ministries, tourist authorities and associations across the African continent.

Leading role at trade shows around the world

Networking opportunities at regional events, debates and seminars

Industry representation on international committees and the media

Network of specialist consultants

Interactive platform for information exchange

Daily News Service

The Atta brand is recognized throughout the industry as the definitive authority on all matters concerning tourism to Africa. Our members proudly display the internationally recognized Atta logo, showing their commitment to African tourism.