Daily Archives: July 4, 2017

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!

The ultimate conservation voluntour

To celebrate 15 years’ expertise in the voluntourism space, Worldwide Experience has packaged a bouquet of Mantis properties with 15 adventure-packed days of hands-on wildlife & marine conservation experiences. Starting in Cape Town on 13 August 2017 and moving along South Africa’s famous Garden Route until 28 August 2017, this tour of a lifetime is aimed at those looking for a gap year, holiday with a difference or career break by volunteering abroad.

The Ultimate Conservation Voluntour offers adventurous conservationists the opportunity to get close to the “Big 7” – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, southern right whales and great white sharks. Besides face-to-face experiences while shark-cage diving, whale-watching, experiencing a game-capture operation and wildlife sanctuary visits, you’ll enjoy hiking, game-drives and overnighting opportunities in conservation areas, and will be addressed by experts working at the forefront of conservation efforts. You will also be involved in tree-planting programmes and the Berg River rehabilitation programme.

In-between, expect to experience the diversity of South Africa’s hospitality from luxury Mantis hotels to tented camps, fine dining to community restaurants and boma barbecues. To ensure you don’t miss out on the full South African experience, you will also visit the winelands, Table Mountain, the Tsitsikama treetop canopy tour, Kowie River canoe adventure…and more.

Most importantly, you will learn about conservation threats and be a part of the efforts to conserve endangered species and their habitats. Make a real impact, leave a legacy, experience the adventure holiday of a lifetime.

Last chance to book this exciting tour! Contact enquiries@worldwideexperience.com to book your spot.

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.

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.

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.

Website: www.pearlvalleyhotel.com

Tel: +27 (0) 21 867 8000

E-mail: pearlvalleyhotel@mantiscollection.com

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/

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

For more information visit: http://www.white-desert.com/adventures/greatest-day/

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.

Mantis St Helena heralds new age of tourism for the island

Excitement is mounting on St Helena as the island gears up to welcome an end to isolation and more tourists than ever before. After an initial hitch, the winner of the tender for commercial flights will be announced in May and flights are expected to commence before the end of 2017.

In anticipation of the influx, Mantis Development, is restoring three beautiful old Georgian buildings on the island. When complete, these will form the Mantis St Helena, a luxury hotel comprising 30 en-suite bedrooms and attractive dining and bar facilities.

“We’re so proud to be associated with this new and exciting venture,” said Adrian Gardiner, founder and chairman of Mantis. “Mantis always seeks to unearth the exceptional and we’ve undoubtedly achieved that here – not many people have visited this remote part of the globe and we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to open up the doors to this new destination.”

As Gardiner notes, St Helena is one of the world’s last “undiscovered” destinations. The island is 2 000 kilometres from Africa, the nearest landmass, and boasts a spectacular variety of landscapes and vistas. With between 400 and 502 endemic species, and impressive marine biodiversity, it is on the United Kingdom’s list for possible future UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Last chance to experience the RMS St Helena

Until the airport was built, a Royal Mail Ship was the only way visitors and St Helenians could travel between the island and the UK, Ascension Island and South Africa. Once regular commercial flights are instituted, the ship will be decommissioned.

There is therefore a short window for travelers to enjoy a voyage on one of two remaining Royal Mail Ships, be among the first guests at the new Mantis St Helena hotel, and discover this unique destination.

St Helena is part of the British Overseas Territory and inhabitants of the 16km-by-8km volcanic island are English speaking; Jamestown is quintessentially British, with Georgian architecture, English-style Bobbies and red post boxes. The island also boasts the world’s most remote golf course and most remote distillery.

St Helena’s mild, tropical climate, friendly people and unique culture are extremely attractive to those looking for a unique, “unplugged” escape. A variety of walks allows visitors to explore the island’s ecosystems, which range from cloud forest to desert. There are also good diving opportunities and excellent sport-fishing options.

History buffs will be fascinated by the island’s nautical and military heritage, famous visitors and temporary residents. These include King Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo (banished here for seven years after leading an army against the British), more than 6 000 Boer prisoners of war and, of course, Napoleon (who lived here in exile from 1815 until his death in 1821). The coffee that Napoleon praised is still grown here and considered by many to be the best in the world.

Start planning your visit now

Mantis St Helena is looking forward to opening its doors to visitors in a few months’ time. “We are confident that we can meet the planned completion date of September this year,” confirmed Graham Vass, Development Director for Mantis St Helena.

“An exceptional chef has been appointed. He has always wanted to live on the island with his family and will be arriving in May to secure his local suppliers. Other than the chef, we are employing a completely St Helenian staff complement. Matt Joshua, a well-known and well-respected St Helenian, will be our General Manager.”

When the hotel opens, visitors will be assured of international luxury standards and the warm welcome St Helenians have always extended to visitors.

For more information on Mantis St Helena, contact Mantis on +27 (0)41 404 9300. To find out more about the RMS St Helena, visit http://rms-st-helena.com/