Akagera Game Lodge Joins Mantis Collection

On the 10th of October 2017, The Mantis Collection and the Rwanda Social Security Board signed a Hotel Management Agreement for Akagera Game Lodge in Rwanda. Akagera Game Lodge is a 2-hour drive from Kigali and comprises of 60 rooms and a conference centre.

Akagera Game Lodge is set within the Akagera National Park (ANP) in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, on the border of Tanzania. This is the only Big 5 park in Rwanda; it is Central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda. Akagera National Park is characterised by swamps, lakes, open savannahs and woodlands. The park is home to more than 482 bird species such as the rare Shoebill Stork and over 12 000 large mammals including zebras, giraffes, lions, black rhinos, and elephants. Crucial to the park’s ecosystem is the vast Lake Ihema which is home to hippos and crocodiles.  Akagera National Park is considered a strategic tourist attraction in Rwanda and offers unrivalled scenic beauty. Vigourous law enforcement has seen a drastic reduction in poaching and prospering wildlife since 2010.

The Mantis Collection is a family-run collection of award-winning, privately-owned hotels, and eco-escapes located on all 7 continents of the world. Each property in the Mantis portfolio represents the finest example of its kind and celebrates the culture, gastronomy, architecture, and nature of the location in which it is found; offering guests truly authentic experiences. Officially founded by Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment, and local community.

The Mantis Collection truly is the best choice for developing Akagera Game Lodge, and the tourism sector of Rwanda. The group’s global footprint lends extensive experience in tourism development, and as Mantis was also involved in formulating of the Wildlife Management plan for Akagera National Park in 2007 – it brings to the table a sound understanding of what the park has to offer.

The Mantis Collection will commence with the development, management, and marketing of Akagera Game Lodge before the end of 2017, with all renovations to be completed by the middle of 2018. Development at the lodge will start with a soft refurbishment, replacement of furniture and building maintenance, and it will remain open throughout. All operating systems will be modernised and service levels improved to the 5-star standard Mantis is renowned for. Plans for Akagera Game Lodge include the introduction of set departures from Kigali and positioning Akagera Lodge as a luxury experience in a circuit including Kigali, Lake Kivu, and the Volcanoes National Park. This is in line with the long-term strategy implemented by Rwanda Tourism.

Mantis Collection is Africa's Leading Hotel Brand in 2017

Mantis Collection’s Chairman, Adrian Gardiner attended the 24th annual World Travel Awards where the brand scooped a host of prestigious awards. The auspicious event was held on Tuesday, 10th October in Kigali, Rwanda.

World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Each year, World Travel Awards™ covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to celebrate the achievements and strengths of the travel industry, within each key geographical region.

As a leading portfolio of privately owned hotels and eco-escapes; Mantis Collection has a presence on all 7 continents of the world. This family-run luxury hospitality brand is entrenched in travel  through development, marketing, management, conservation and education. The Mantis property is almost always set off the beaten path, an example of the best of its kind, and an authentic celebration of that makes its location unique.

Mantis is honoured to receive the World Travel Award for being Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand. It is with great pride that we congratulate the other winners in our portfolio.

Ghana’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2017: Villa Monticello
Ghana’s Leading Hotel 2017: Villa Monticello
Ghana’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017: Kwame Nkrumah Suite @ Villa Monticello
Namibia’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2017: Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand 2017: Mantis Collection

Prince William Salutes Africa's Wildlife Heroes

Mantis Collection is extremely proud to have been part of this year’s TUSK awards which were held for the first time on the African continent. Conservation heroes from all over the African continent converged at the prestigious award ceremony in Cape town last night, 4th October 2017.

Tusk has been working since 1990 to build a sustainable future for the African continent and its wildlife. Since its formation in 1990 Tusk Trust has raised over £35m for a wide range of projects across Africa, which not only work to protect wildlife, particularly endangered species, but also help to alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside wildlife.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge became Royal Patron of Tusk Trust in December 2005 and he has actively supported the charity’s work both privately and publicly on many occasions. The Tusk Awards, which were devised with the personal involvement of the Duke, were first held at the Royal Society, London in September 2013 and became the focus of the TV documentary, “Prince William’s Passion: New Father, New Hope” broadcast by ITV and CNN around the world.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu presented The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa to Rian Labuschagne. This prestigious award sponsored by Investec Asset Management, goes to a man who has dedicated his life to the preservation of some of the world’s most endangered species and important wildlife reserves. Tusk CEO, Charlie Mayhew said, “Thanks to Rian, Chad has witnessed one of conservations’ great success stories unfold with the revival of Zakouma National park and its decimated elephant population.”

The Land Rover sponsored Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa was presented to Brighton Kumchedwa by Nelson Mandela’s widow and former first lady, Mrs Graça Machel. The award recognizes his ground-breaking work in Malawi, one of southern Africa’s major illegal wildlife trade routes.

The Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, introduced in 2015, and particularly close to Prince William’s heart, this year jointly honours the bravery and dedication of two men leading teams risking their lives day and night, on poaching’s front line. Former South African President, FW de Klerk presented the award to Solomon Chidunuka, based in Zambia’s Northern Province and to Lucky Ndlovu from Kruger National Park, South Africa.

With climate change and the increased pressure on land brought about by the growing human footprint, the threats to wildlife and wild areas are considerable.  The Prince said “I worry a great deal that our generation is not meeting our moral obligation to leave this planet in better shape than we inherited it.  Our children and grandchildren will not thank us if we fail in our duty to reverse the decline in so many species.

Hendrik du Toit, CEO of Investec Asset Management, the headline partner of the Tusk Awards, added “We congratulate each and every nominee for their outstanding achievements. Only by celebrating the successful efforts of these individuals will we inspire many more to join the struggle for the very survival of our planet as we know it.”

The USA's Leading Ranch: The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

We are very proud of The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana – 2017 winner of the World Travel Award for the United States’ Leading Ranch.

Nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers year-round unique vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. Offering a wholesome country experience; guests start the day with inspired ranch cuisine, learn t fly fish on a Blue Ribbon trout stream and experience awe-inspiring views on horseback.

29 one-of-a-kind accommodations on The Ranch include granite lodge suites, a converted historic barn, luxury homes and canvas cabins for glamping. The Ranch is more than a hotel – its deluxe amenities, custom furniture and decor make it a genuine showcases a distinctive western heritage. This is undoubtedly the reason it has been voted the leading ranch in the USA for 4 consecutive years.

Mantis Collection Receives the 'Signum Virtutis' Seal of Excellence

The Mantis Collection has received the prestigious ‘Signum Virtutis’ seal of excellence at the 2017 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards ceremony held in Athens, Greece on Saturday, 23rd of September. Mantis Collection is the only hotel brand to receive an award in the Seven Stars Luxury Eco Adventure Retreats sector. There are less than 200 recipients worldwide, and a maximum of 3 winners per country, per sector.

The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards is a global organisation which acts as the custodian of the SIGNUM VIRTUTIS seal of excellence, the most exclusive award for the pinnacle of luxury hospitality and lifestyle. The SSLHLA Luxury Panel  consists of high profile, well-travelled, affluent leaders and experts from within the Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle industry. This Luxury Panel was tasked with selecting and approving nominees. Voting for the SSLHLA took place online using the most transparent voting system across the awards industry.

Receiving the Signum Virtutis seal of excellence for our eco adventures is of special significance to Mantis as we strive to provide unique experiences in every corner of the globe. Mantis guests, in particular those who choose Mantis eXtreme experiences, get to journey off the beaten path and discover unique destinations through mind-blowing, eye-opening and body-stretching eco adventures. These luxury eco adventures are most true to our mantra: Man And Nature Together Is Sustainable. Each journey allowing our guests to reconnect with nature in the most enriching and the most sustainable way.

Magnificent Support for the 2017 Mantis Mini Indaba Series

Travel agents and tour operators came in their numbers to attend 3 trade workshops hosted by The Mantis Collection in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg during August and September.

Mantis is a family run collection of privately owned, award winning properties which offer luxurious experiences that allow guests to celebrate the culture, gastronomy, architecture and nature of unique locations around the world. Boutique hotels, game reserves, eco lodges, yachts, ski lodges and chalets which represent the finest example of their kind have been hand-picked to make up the Mantis Collection; offering guests truly authentic experiences.

The purpose of the Mantis Mini Indabas is to reintroduce the Mantis Collection to the travel trade, share on exciting developments taking place within the collection and create a space for agents to become acquainted with our Southern African properties. Each workshop started with an introduction to the soul and essence of Mantis as Chairman, Adrian Gardiner, took guests on his journey of moving to South Africa from Zimbabwe, to starting Shamwari Game Reserve and the birth of the Mantis brand. Chris Hoare, CRO of Airlink introduced guests to the Ambraer 190 aircraft which has been especially adapted to service the new St Helena route which will run from Cape Town and Johannesburg via Windhoek from the 14th of October 2017. New developments revealed at this year’s mini indabas included iMfolozi Private Big 5 Reserve due to open next year, and a sneak-peak at the Mantis brand make-over to be launched soon.

Agents took turns to sit with a general manager from each of our Southern African properties and hear from the experts how to include their properties in the perfect Mantis journey. The support we received from the trade was fantastic; and this proved to us the necessity to host these mini indabas on an annual basis. Rosie Brossy, Sales Manager for Mantis says that “these annual Mantis Mini Indabas are a vital demonstration of our principal of valuing the agents who are essentially an extension of the guests. Our aim is to retain this personal touch”.

Each event was wrapped up with a lucky draw where 3 lucky winners received amazing Mantis Journeys such as a 7-day trip to Mantis St Helena including flights from Airlink, an Eastern Cape Meander experience at Founder’s Lodge, Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve and No 5 by Mantis. Some lucky winners also received Winelands escapes including stays at one of the Last Word boutique hotels and the Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis.

Airlink Commences Flights to St Helena on 14th October 2017

Airlink will start operating the first and only flight schedule between St Helena and South Africa on Saturday, 14th October 2017. The Airlink flight will connect guests from Johannesburg and Cape Town, via Windhoek. The flight will operate on Saturdays in an Embraer 190 aircraft – the first prototype of an advanced aircraft which incorporates fly by wire technology. This aircraft model has performed many successful campaigns in some of the world’s most difficult airports, including London City. This carrier model has been approved for the St Helena Route by the UK Civil Aviation Authority as well as the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

The Embraer 190 has proven that a commercial operation in St Helena’s airport is viable and safe; this aircraft is perfectly suited to sail the winds of the Atlantic and land on the remote island with great precision. Airlink will ferry up to 114 passengers on their journey to unearthing the exceptional experiences awaiting discovery on St Helena.

The St Helena flight will be available on booking channels as soon as Airlink loads St Helena airport taxes; a process which has proven to be quite complex because St Helena has never been developed as a destination in any GDS.

The rates for the St Helena flights are projected by Airlink as follows:

Cape Town – St Helena return ZAR 15,300 / £847

Johannesburg – St Helena return ZAR 14,090/ £805

The flight rates will be all inclusive and terms & conditions will be available for viewing on the Airlink website.

Mantis Supports Rowing for Rubicon

A plucky team of 4 adventurers will set off rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in December 2017. This fantastic four includes Chris Shirley, an adventurer who set the world’s first record for the fastest marathon time while carrying a 100-pound (45kg) back pack. Chris is an endurance athlete who has completed 2 Ironman triathlons; and is also a former Royal Marines Commando Officer, and a disaster response volunteer.

This 3500 –mile (5, 633 km) row across the Atlantic Ocean is in support of Team Rubicon; a disaster response organisation that supports veterans by helping them to help others. Team Rubicon responds to emergencies on home turf and overseas; giving veterans a renewed purpose, a new community and self-worth.

As firm believers in stretching the possibilities; The Mantis Collection stands aptly in support of this great feat as one of Rowing for Rubicon’s sponsors. We are proud of this collaboration and wish Chris and his team fair winds and following seas.

The Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day 2017

The Nedbank South African Charity Golf Day tees off today, 15th September 2017 at the Burhill Golf Club in Surrey, UK. The Mantis Collection is proud to be a major sponsor of the Nedbank SA Charity Golf Day which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The patron of this prestigious charity golf day is Mr FW de Klerk, former State President of South Africa.

All proceeds go towards providing ongoing financial support for sustainable, multipurpose and life-changing projects that will simultaneously nurture holistic childhood development and help to end the poverty cycle in vulnerable communities in South Africa.

Over the past 19 years more than £1.8 Million has been raised for a number of worthy causes across South Africa including Afrika Tikkun, Food Forward SA, FW De Klerk Foundation, Saracens Foundation Kayamandi Project, LIV Village, Thuthuka and Warwick-in-Africa.

One lucky bidder will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to St Helena Island, including return flights on the new Airlink flight, 7 nights accommodation at Mantis St Helena hotel, a private dinner with the governor of St Helena and a plethora of adventures on the beautiful tropical island.

Another fortunate entrant will receive 2 nights at The Last Word Constantia in addition to experiencing the breath-taking Eastern Cape Meander which includes 2 nights at Founder’s Lodge adjacent to Shamwari Game Reserve, 2 nights at Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve just outside Port Alfred, and 2 nights at No 5 by Mantis in Port Elizabeth.

Mantis Madness 2018

Book 2 Nights at Founders Lodge by Mantis and get 2 Nights FREE or book 2 Nights at Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve and get 1 Night FREE

FREE NIGHTS REDEEMABLE AT ANY ONE OF THESE AMAZING PROPERTIES:

Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis, No5 by Mantis and The Windermere by Mantis, Villa Tuscana by Mantis & Royal St. Andrews Hotel & Spa – (excl. The Last Word Properties)

THIS OFFER INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation, all meals and daily game drives at either Founders Lodge by Mantis or Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve.
  • Free nights at participating hotels include accommodation and breakfast

THIS OFFER EXCLUDES:

Flights/Car Hire/Transfers/Any additional extras not described as inclusive

VALIDITY:
01 May 2018 – 30 September 2018 (Winter rates will apply)

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Packages bookable via email only.
Subject to the standard Terms & Conditions of the applicable Game Reserve and applicable hotels.
All extras at hotels (beverages, transfers, gratuities, spa, gym, telephone, laundry etc) must be settled upon departure from each establishment.
Package, including upgrade fees if applicable is payable to the Game Reserve booked.
All additional nights, extra to Mantis Madness can be booked directly with the hotel at the applicable rate.
All rooms and services are subject to availability at the time of booking.
The 2 FREE nights do not need to be consecutive nights but need to apply to the same booking.
This special is not combinable with any other special offers currently in the market place.
**Child policies are applicable to certain properties – please enquire.
Please quote: Mantis Madness when making Reservation:
For reservations please contact: info@mantiscollection.com
Mantis Madness excludes all three of The Last Word Properties.

Zambezi Queen Collection Honeymoon Safari

Book your honeymoon experience on one of our Zambezi Queen Collection properties and receive 10% discount on your stay. 

THIS OFFER INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, local beer and wine throughout your stay
  • Water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
  • A land-based cultural tour of a local village
  • A land-based game drive in the Chobe National Park on your day of departure (time permitting)
  • Tiger and bream fishing in season (tiger fishing is strictly catch and release)
  • Road transfers to and from Kasane Airport and Kasane Immigration Office located on the Botswana side of the Chobe river
  • Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration Office

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Valid for travel all year round
  • Not available in conjunction with another promotion and/or special rate
  • Based on two adults sharing on a double occupancy basis
  • A minimum stay of two nights applies
  • Quoted inclusive of 15% Namibian VAT and 1% Namibian Tourism Levy
  • Subject to availability and to change without prior notification

Celebrating 10 years of true African luxury at Oceana

Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve is the product of a man who had a vision about what true African Luxury should be. As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary we’ve put together what we consider to be the ultimate Luxury African Experience showcasing all that we and the local area has to offer. This really is the best of both, bush & beach.

The Basics

  • 6 Nights Accommodation for 4 people in either two Ocean Suites or the Private Ocean House because true luxury should be shared with those close to you
  • All meals and selected beverages including house wine and local spirits
  • Transfers from Port Elizabeth and back

 The Wild

  • A 3 hour horse riding adventure on the beach
  • A full day of deep sea fishing or whale watching out of the Kowie River
  • A full day Big 5 Safari excursion including boat trip and riverside lunch
  • Daily game drives in Oceana’s Private Wildlife Reserve experiencing over 30 different species

 The Wonderful

  • A day of rest and relaxation with Spa Treatments to value of R1 000 per person
  • An evenings private wine tasting with a special selection of food pairings
  • An evenings private in-suite dining with gourmet bubble bath
  • An evening starting with sundowners in the reserve followed by a private seafood barbeque on the beach deck
  • A luxurious and lazy beach picnic

This offer includes:

  • 6 Nights for 4 People
  • All Meals
  • Selected Beverages
  • Transfer to and from Port Elizabeth
  • Numerous Activities & Experiences

Terms and conditions

  • Valid August 2017 – December 2018
  • Package cost is in ZAR 126 000
  • Standard Agents Commission applies
  • All inclusions are subject to availability and weather conditions
  • Standard cancellation terms apply for off peak and non peak times.