Borne of Africa - Inspiring The Globe
Borne of Africa and created by Adrian Gardner in 2000, Mantis was grown from an audacious passion to create something exceptional.
Mantis grew from Adrian’s vision to restore and rewild degraded farmland which he developed into the widely-acclaimed Shamwari Private Game Reserve. This was the first private game reserve in the Eastern Cape and the beginning of eco-tourism in a poverty-stricken province which had few opportunities outside of commercial farming.
Adrian and the Mantis team had successfully created a place where man and nature could co-exist sustainably. Since then, Mantis has unearthed destinations for travellers who are searching for transformative experiences to fulfil their curious spirit. Mantis is a collection of unique destinations that offer access to personalized experiences and rare moments. Lead by this pioneering spirit, Mantis curates hotels, eco-escapes and waterways that celebrate the essence of the place, people and culture around them to give people access to something truly life-changing.
We have unearthed a collection of curated destinations inspired by sustainable adventures
We are the Trailblazers
This speaks to the adventurous, audacious and purposeful explorer which is strongly represented within our brand.
We are the Nurturers
This speaks to our heart. We identify, cultivate and protect rare experiences and destinations. This is demonstrated by our staff, and through our conservation efforts.
We believe that sustainable tourism and community participation will protect the sanctity of the natural world for future generations.
Our guests know us, and we know them. Our purpose is to unearth destinations for experience collectors and purposeful travellers who are searching for transformative experiences. We create impactful experiences to fulfil their curious spirit, and leave them feeling awakened and fulfilled. Our hotels, eco-escapes and waterways enable travellers to make a meaningful impact on the places they visit with us.
Mantis strives to become a hotel brand that is known for its positive impact on communities and sustainable conservation through sustainable hospitality management.
We attract two types of travellers
The Experience Collector
Those seeking their next ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience. From adventure, to cultural tours, they select travel experiences which stir the soul.
The Purposeful & Curious Traveller
Those with a hunger to explore, always looking for a new experience, while keeping the environment and community in mind. These travellers enjoy luxury, but chose destinations which are environmentally sensitive
We believe that sustainable tourism, education and community participation will protect the sanctity of the natural world for future generations.
Mantis constantly curates, collects and discovers destinations and experiences that stir the soul, defy expectation and live in the heart forever. We will do anything in our power to advance the cause of sustainability and to promote further appreciation of the land, its creatures and our communities.
We believe that the truly rare needs to be looked after and protected for future generations and are wholly committed to Legacy Creation.
In our hotels; we strive to procure responsibly, and where possible, transact with suppliers that invest in conservation and community upliftment.
Mantis Eco-escapes are built to leave almost no footprint. They are found on new concessions attached to thriving game parks in order to increase free-roaming land for wildlife, we even give you access to an Antarctica eco-experience. We place eco-escapes in the greatest Big Five territories, rural countrysides and next to community settlements that will benefit from new prospects that we bring.
The Mantis Waterways cruise through Africa’s great rivers and lakes; spreading the reach of tourism to remote tribes and rare wilderness phenomenon.