A New Breed of Sustainable Development - uMfolozi Big Five Reserve

Mantis is proud to announce their association with the creation of the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve, a 6000-hectare tract of tribal land, currently being incorporated into the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu Natal. Opening in September 2018, the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve represents a future of forward-thinking sustainability as it blends past and present conservation models.

Named the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve as a tender nod to the early conservation pioneers who used to call the area uMfolozi, and also differentiate it from the main reserve. It is in these valleys where King Shaka of the Zulus, unbeknownst to the world, pioneered a culture of conservation before the concept was coined by European settlers, by proclaiming this area his royal hunting ground. This reserve is also where the very first steps with Operation Rhino were taken almost seventy years ago under the guidance of revered global conservationist, the late Dr Ian Player.

After extensive consultation between the tribal chiefs, their communities, and Ezemvelo (the public authority responsible for Hluhluwe iMfolozi), the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve was established. This landmark agreement, whereby tribal land is incorporated into protected government land, will increase the protected area to over 100,000 hectares and provide much needed employment.

The uMfolozi Big 5 Reserve epitomises what Mantis stands for: “Man And Nature Together Is Sustainable”. It also brings full circle, the friendship Adrian Gardiner, Founder of Mantis and Chairman of the Wilderness Foundation Global, had with Dr Ian Player. Dr Player was instrumental in saving the white rhino from extinction in the late 1950’s, at the very same reserve to which the uMfolozi Reserve has now been added.

In the words of Adrian “Mantis is honoured to have the opportunity to invest in and continue with conservation in the area where the monumental work of my friend and mentor, Dr Ian Player, began”

Currently, it is underutilized land plagued by unemployment in the indigenous communities. In its new format, more land will be protected for animals to roam free in and the surrounding communities will benefit economically through either direct employment at the lodges, or outsourced services such as the growing of vegetables and laundry to name only a few.

Game drives and walks on the 6000 hectares uMfolozi Big 5 Reserve will be exclusively for guests staying on the reserve. uMofolozi guests will also have the added benefit of game drives and walking safaris within the main reserve.

Two luxurious lodges (25 minutes from each other) are being built for the Mantis Collection. Named after the local chiefs who contributed their land, Mthembu Lodge will open its doors in September 2018 and Biyela Lodge will be ready to welcome guests from October 2018.

Biyela Lodge, nestled on a spectacular bend on the White iMfolozi River, will have 12 luxurious 1-bedroom Private Villas (100sqm in size) each with private pool, and two 2-bedroom Family Villas (155sqm in size), sleeping 32 guests in total. Spa and Gym facilities will also be on offer.

Mthembu Lodge, with panoramic views of the water and thickets, will comprise of 7 luxurious 1-bedroom Private Villas (112sqm in size) and two 2-bedroom Family Villas (155sqm in size), sleeping a total of 22 guests. Children aged 6 years and older will be allowed on game drives, with children 13 years and older being able to join on walking safaris.

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed protected Game Reserve area in South Africa, dating back to 1895. Stretching over 96,000 hectares, it is located approximately 190km (2.5 hours) north of Durban, in central Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The reserve is known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. The uMfolozi Big Five Reserve will be on the southwestern border of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, overlooking the wilderness area.

We encourage travelling to uMfolozi by transfer which can be arranged with reservations in order to allow guests to enjoy the scenic route dotted with important battlefields and prominent grave sites. The reserve is a 2.5-hour drive from King Shaka International Airport and 1.5 hours from Richards Bay.

ABOUT MANTIS

Whether small and intimate or vast and complex, on a sweeping African plain, bustling city, private tropical island or frozen snowscape, each is an exceptional place for guests to find themselves. While uniquely different in the experiences they offer, all are linked through a collective obsession to be extraordinary, to be rare in a world that mass-produces sameness. 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.

St Helena - a Landscape Photographer's Muse

Mantis St Helena is a brand new hotel on the mystic St Helena Island which is located in the middle of the South Atlantic. The hotel officially opened its doors on the 28th of October 2017, and Mantis Collection thought it the perfect time to commission the first professional photographer to capture its new gem. True to Mantis’ mission; Mantis St Helena is an example of the best St Helena has to offer and was built and developed in harmony with the culture, architecture, and environment of the island’s capital – Jamestown. 8 of the hotel’s 30 rooms are Heritage Rooms which are located in the East India Company’s old Officer’s Barracks constructed circa 1772. Lovingly and respectfully restored by Mantis, this building now forms part of the hotel and is the basis of the architectural style chosen when the building plans were drawn up.

When Mantis Collection’s Group Marketing Manager, Sasha Ella, and the GM of the hotel, Matt Joshua, set off searching for a photographer they decided it could not be someone focused on buildings and room photography. “We needed a photographer who could encapsulate all the characteristics of a St Helena island experience, because truly – it is like no other”. When the pair found Des Jacobs of Mpumalanga, South Africa, it was not his vast and impressive portfolio of the best lodges in South Africa that landed him this job; but rather the spark in his voice when he spoke about his great love for landscapes. “His passion was evident as our eyes picked up on minute details tentatively brought to life on stunning images of vast bodies of land, water, and air”.

Des was ready to leave the day he got the call confirming he would be photographing one of the world’s last virgin landscapes, he could have walked out the house that minute with just his hiking boots, his Canon 6D and a 17 – 40 mm lens. His flight was booked for Saturday 28th October, however, due to heavy mist causing zero visibility on the runway – SA Airlink could only fly out following Monday. The technology that allows us to travel safely to this remote island is one of the few differences between us 21st-century sojourners, and the pioneers who ‘discovered’ it in 1502.

With clear skies predicted for the tropical South Atlantic island on Monday 30th of October, Des Jacobs and many other excited tourists, businessmen, and Saints set off from Johannesburg to the island of St Helena. Des described the flight as pleasant and filled with excited angst which boiled over in the conversations between passengers as the dramatic landscape came into sight. The winds were calm, and the Embraer airplane landed smoothly into the brand new airport. The airport staff serviced the passengers with the highest efficiency and an uber friendly manner. One thing Des hopes for is that the genuine and friendly service never wanes as the airport gets busier – it’s a highlight he will never forget.

Des was met at St Helena Airport by Matt Joshua, GM of Mantis St Helena. They hopped into a local taxi and enjoyed a 30-minute drive into Jamestown. “The drive was so beautiful, its given me new meaning to the words scenic or picturesque,” Des recounts checking into the hotel, and once again being blown away by the friendliness of The Saints. The locals working at the hotel are naturally hospitable, they want to assist you, and make you feel at home – it’s just in their nature!

The hotel has 30 rooms and is the most luxurious one on the island, the rooms are very nicely done. I had the best fish dishes there, I think apart from breakfast – all I ate was fresh seafood. There is nothing like that in Mpumalanga, so how could I resist? I suppose it could be put down to South Africa and St Helena’s mutual history, but I found the food to be familiar and very much what I am used to eating at home. There were some interesting twists though, like Black Pudding on the breakfast menu which I just had to try, and was pleasantly surprised by!

Walking out the hotel and up and down the hilly streets of Jamestown was my favourite part the day on the Island, there was always someone coming up to me and having a chat. One guy saw I had a camera and he took me for a quick tour of Jamestown, showing me nooks and crannies I would have certainly missed. Everyone is just so friendly and always greeting with smiles in their eyes.

For a small place, there is so much happening, and nothing stays the same which meant I always had something new to find and do in each moment. I made the most of my time there by doing what was best in the moment. When the sun is shining and the winds are calm, quickly get to the dive centre because you don’t know when next you’ll be able to explore ancient ocean wrecks and lose yourself in the undersea caves. I loved how accessible every place is from Mantis St Helena hotel – I could walk out the door and find myself climbing Jacob’s Ladder, fishing, or shooting from Diana’s Peak, wherever the moment took me.

When asked what his favourite lookout point on St Helena is, Des unwaveringly said Blue Hill. He said standing at the ‘Man and Horse Cliffs’ kept him in total awe of the contrasting yet complimentary sects of land and water in one line of vision. “St Helena is not a typical island. When I told my family I was going there they immediately starting going on about white-sand beaches and palm trees. Even when I first read about it being a volcanic island I imagined a mixture of barren, dark soil and greenery. I was never ready for the variety in the land, and the environment. With every turn I took I saw something different; I was the proverbial kid in a candy shop. There are variations of beauty there – from the barren, rocky shores, the green pastoral hills, to the desert-like areas – all so very different. The tropical weather ebbed and flowed as the clock ticked through the day, and the skies consistently reset the mood. St Helena is my muse!”

Click here to see some Des Jacob’s photographs of Mantis St Helena and the island.

Book your spot on the next Mantis St Helena Photography Experience!

RESERVATIONS: +27 41 404 9300 | info@mantiscollection.com

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Mantis Collects some Exceptional Experiences in the UAE

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has unveiled that Mantis Collection will be managing all hospitality facilities under Shurooq’s Sharjah Collection brand. The joint venture was officiated and announced at the 38th World Travel Market London that was held in the UK from 6 to 8 November.

Shurooq is an independent government organisation that facilitates partnerships and connects investors with relevant opportunities. Established in 2009, Shurooq strives to encourage investment in Sharjah by adopting the best international standards in providing quality services that help attract investors from both the region and the world.

The selection of Mantis Collection by Shurooq came due to their expertise and experience in delivering and managing sustainable, boutique hospitality facilities worldwide. They were an obvious choice due to the similarity in the nature and scale of projects that Shurooq is building under the Sharjah Collection. The quality of hospitality options in Sharjah is expected to take a quantum leap forward with the Sharjah Collection.

The first phase of the Sharjah Collection’s portfolio of projects comprises four key developments; the Kingfisher Lodge in Kalba as part of the Kalba Eco-tourism project, Al Badayer Oasis Lodge at the Al Badayer desert, Bait Khalid bin Ibrahim at the Heart of Sharjah and the Fossil Rock Lodge at the Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism project.

Shurooq launched the Sharjah Collection, the first local luxury hospitality brand at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, as part of its ongoing strategy to promote the emirate as one of the region’s leading tourist destinations. The main focus of Sharjah Collection with its lodge- and B&B-style properties being developed in Sharjah’s eco-tourism and heritage sites will be to afford its guests unique and distinguished living experiences accented with an authentic taste of Arabian hospitality.

Sasha Ella, Group Marketing Manager of Mantis Collection is representing Sharjah Collection at the World Travel Market London 2017 which is running from 6-8 November. This is a stage where numerous major products and solutions are showcased, and a meeting place for experts in the travel and tourism sector in the Middle East. It enhances the region’s share of the global travel market, which is worth billions of dollars at the international level.

Nungwi Dreams by Mantis. Another Exceptional Place to Find Yourself.

The Mantis Collection has unearthed another exceptional place to find yourself; Nungwi Dreams on the North-East coast of Zanzibar. This is a brand new hotel, building has been completed, and quite a few guests have already experienced this wonderful oasis. The hotel is open to guests while Mantis Collection oversees the transition into managing, marketing and aligning the finishing touches and services to the Mantis standard. Nungwi Dreams will officially come under the Mantis banner in June 2018, at which stage there will be an official opening.

Nungwi Dreams is built for luxurious island living and gives guests the freedom and privacy to experience the essence of The Spice Island. True to Mantis form, Nungwi Dreams is a boutique hotel with only 28 rooms comprising 2 villas, deluxe and junior single suites, and 2-bedroom apartments. Each room is spacious and well-appointed with contemporary finishes. The rooms are designed for flexible living and can accommodate families and groups very well. There is Wi-Fi throughout and satellite television in each room. The Nungwi Dreams’ guest is spoilt with East-African cuisine and fresh seafood served in the on-site restaurant. The generous infinity pool looks out over a private white-sand beach and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean beyond.

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. Mantis’ approach in the development and management of Nungwi Dreams strives to preserve the authenticity of an island experience in Zanzibar.

Mantis has created flexible rooms and rates that encourage the Nungwi guest to go out and explore Nungwi Village and surroundings. Nungwi Village is characterised by wide, palm-lined, pristine beaches. It is home to the Mnarani Turtle Conservation Pond which protects green and hawksbill sea turtles in a tidal lagoon. There is a wide range of activities including fishing, diving, snorkelling, boating and kite surfing, spice tours, swimming with dolphins, and turtle conservation.  Nungwi is a 45-minute drive from the historical Stone Town which is the oldest part of Zanzibar City and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Baycation with Mantis

Come on Baycation with Mantis and we’ll make you fall in love with Nelson Mandela Bay! Heralded as South Africa’s friendliest city, Port Elizabeth is more than just a gateway to the iconic Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari experiences. This town has the makings of a wonderful getaway with plenty of culture, conservation and history to delve into.

We have partnered up with Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism to offer you the best accommodation and experiences in and around Port Elizabeth with the Baycation with Mantis package.

THIS OFFER INCLUDES:

  • 2 night’s accommodation for 2 at 2010 Villa by No 5, Villa Tuscana, or The Windermere by Mantis
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 dinner at The Jazz Room at No 5 by Mantis
  • 2 FREE Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism passes with over 70 free and discounted experiences around Port Elizabeth

THIS OFFER EXCLUDES: 

Flights, car rental, transfers and personal extras

VALIDITY:
06 November 2017 – 30 November 2018

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • R5 500 per person, per package applicable to 2 consecutive nights
  • Packages bookable via email only
  • Accommodation and dinner at The Jazz Room is subject to availability
  • This offer is not combinable with any other special offers or discounts
  • All activities offered on the pass must be booked with the respective suppliers
  • Baycation with Mantis excludes the suites at No 5 by Mantis hotel
  • Please quote Baycation with Mantis  when making a booking

RESERVATIONS CONTACT

041 404 9300 | reservations@mantiscollection.com

Please visit http://www.nelsonmandelabaypass.co.za/what-you-get to see all the activities offered on the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism Pass.

Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is officially open!

HELEN ZILLE OPENS PEARL VALLEY HOTEL BY MANTIS

 

Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier, officially opened the Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis on Friday 20 October 2018.

“The linkage between Val de Vie and Pearl Valley and the development of the land has a far-reaching effect on the community and the economic growth of the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. The hospitality industry has the ability to beat poverty and offer people crucial jobs,” said Helen Zille. She further added that: “The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is a visionary and beautiful hotel. Thank you for driving economic development in this valley and giving people a sense of hope.”

The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is a luxury establishment situated on Pearl Valley which forms part of the award-winning Val de Vie Estate; internationally recognised for its polo facilities, world-class amenities, and the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Pearl Valley. Set in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis affords guests easy access to the best food, wine and cultural experiences in the Cape Winelands.

The hotel has 38 fully equipped rooms of which 23 are one-bedroom suites, one is a wheelchair friendly one-bedroom suite and 7 are two-bedroom suites. Guests can look forward to all the classic comforts and conveniences expected of a luxury hotel along with the exceptional service that has become synonymous with the Mantis Collection. Pearl Valley has a fully operational restaurant and bar at its Clubhouse where guests are welcome to indulge in the chef’s signature dishes or enjoy a supreme selection of single-malt whiskies and award-winning wines. The hotel suites are easily accessible from the Clubhouse, located 100 metres away, by golf cart or a leisurely stroll.

Pearl Valley Hotel is developed, managed and marketed by The Mantis Collection; a family run collection of award winning, luxurious hotels and eco-escapes located on all 7 continents of the World. Each Mantis property is set off the beaten path and is an authentic celebration of the culture, gastronomy, architecture and nature of the location in which it is found.  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 diverse portfolio of handpicked properties link up to create exceptional journeys.

Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate distinguishes itself as the epitome of luxury living, with a variety of facilities that allow for a unique and unforgettable experience. Hotel guests will enjoy the world-class security and services that make this superior estate a hallmark of Winelands’ society.

 

Founder's Lodge gets new Leadership

Mantis Collection is proud to announce Michael and Leoni Mare have joined the team at Founder’s Lodge to lead as the new management couple.

Mike and Leoni have been married for 21 years and have worked together in the Marine industry since 2003, managing yachts as Captain and First Mate/Pursue, respectively. Together, they bring a unique combination of skills and a wealth of experience. Mike is a qualified mechanical engineer/Yachtsman and Leoni has years of experience as a Personal Assistant, ISO 9002 Document Controller, and stewardess on luxury yachts where she organised every detail of their guests’ experience.

“Both carried out their duties with professionalism, honesty and integrity at all times. The vessel was always kept in a clean, tidy and well-maintained condition. Both Mike and Leoni were very popular with our guests and generated many repeat bookings, testimonials and client recommendations.” Peter Scriven: former employer (2003 – 2006) and owner of the Arabian Sunset Charter Yacht.

This dynamic duo joins Founder’s Lodge to preserve and grow the guest experience. Their keen photography skills and eye for detail are a welcomed plus in the marketing department.  Mantis Collection’s Sales & Marketing Director, Ignus Le Roux said ‘Michael and Leoni’s wealth of experience make them key additions to Founder’s Lodge and we look forward to seeing them adding value to the property”

Founders Lodge is a character-filled 1940’s manor house, situated on a private 400-hectare reserve directly adjacent to the malaria-free Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve.  Used as the Gardiner family’s personal holiday home for 20 years, it has been newly renovated to accommodate guests in exquisite 5-star comfort. The Lodge is geared towards personal, tailor-made experiences – many based on the activities and adventures that the Gardiner family and their friends have enjoyed over the years. The reserve is filled with plains animals only, to allow guests the opportunity to explore the ruggedly beautiful landscape on foot.  Guests also have direct access to game drives at neighbouring malaria-free, Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve, where they can look forward to thrilling encounters with Africa’s famous Big 5.

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.