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


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)


  • 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


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

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

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:
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. 


  • 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


  • 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.

No. 5 Hotel by Mantis awarded: Best Boutique Hotel - Port Elizabeth & Excellence Award for South African Fusion Cuisine 2017

The Travel & Tour Awards 2017 shines a light on the companies and business who work tirelessly to ensure they achieve great success within the hospitality industry. From all corners of this dynamic industry, the commitment shown by these inimitable high flyers, they believe is truly deserving of great recognition.

We are so pleased to announce that No. 5 Hotel by Mantis has been awarded: Best Boutique Hotel – Port Elizabeth & Excellence Award for South African Fusion Cuisine 2017.

Nestled in the upmarket beachfront suburb of Summerstrand, No5 by Mantis is less than ten minutes from the airport and within 100 metres of the Indian Ocean.

No stone was left unturned to ensure that our ten exquisite suites are masterpieces of comfort and opulence. No5 by Mantis is superb accommodation for business conferences or pleasure, offering the service excellence that the Mantis Group is renowned for the world over.


What’s better than one fantastic getaway? Three!

Are you looking for a supremely perfect way to experience the Eastern Cape’s Coast Meander?

Our fabulous Eastern Cape trio- No. 5 By Mantis; Founders Lodge and Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve- have teamed up to provide the ultimate city, beach and wildlife experience. This unique 3-in-1 experience can’t be missed.

Founder’s Lodge, hidden away from prying eyes, lies nestled adjacent to Shamwari Game reserve. With daily game drives, It is the perfect base from which to plot your Big 5 experience, and walk in the natural beauty of the Eastern Cape Bush.

No. 5 By Mantis, set in the affluent beach suburb of Summerstrand, offers you a discreet and elegant boutique hotel to act as your home whilst you explore the bustle of Port Elizabeths markets, nightlife and surrounds.

Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve, perched on a vast and pristine private beach allows you the opportunity to indulge in luxury, bask in the warmth of the beach, or explore the watersports and local wildlife in the midst of this exotic reserve.

The best of three worlds lies at your fingertips. What happens when you dare to go big and combine all three? A thrilling adventure packed with water sports, land adventures; biking trails; warm beach days and vibrant city nights.

Spend the day getting up close and personal with this unique corner of Africa’s natural fauna and flora, your nights partying it up with the locals or retreat to your private paradise to relax and unwind .

The full stretch of the magnificent Wild Coast meander lies at your fingertips – Book today, before you miss out, and experience the adventure of a lifetime.

This can’t-miss combo comes with a added special offer, contact reservations to find out more.

Bring your family to The Sherry, and enjoy a New York getaway!

Valid on a two-night minimum stay and priced from $1,199 per night for a family of four (two adults and two children), the package includes four tickets to the Central Park Zoo; a keepsake plush Louis the Giraffe, named after Louis Sherry, the hotel’s founder; children’s city-themed memorabilia; four $10 MetroCards; and a Central Park map. In addition, all guests receive a 20% discount when dining at the hotel’s Harry Cipriani restaurant.

Kids are encouraged to take Louis around town with them, and post photos of their adventures on the hotel’s Facebook page. Where would you take Louis first?

To book this offer at The Sherry-Netherland Hotel , get in touch with

Package Includes:

Four Tickets to the Central Park Zoo

‘Louis the Giraffe’ — The newest member of The Sherry Family, a plush keepsake giraffe

Four Tickets to the Central Park Carousel

Children’s NYC Themed Memorabilia

Four $10 MetroCard’s, good for travel on the NYC public transit system

Central Park Map — A beautiful map that enables guests to explore this magnificent landmark

Up to two rollaway beds can be added to the room

2017 Rates, plus applicable taxes:

Suite: $1,199/night

Rates include complimentary wireless Internet access, newspaper of choice daily, sodas and mineral waters in the refrigerator in each room, fresh flowers in each room, a welcome gift of Louis Sherry chocolates, local calls, use of our Fitness Center and our Business Center.

Please note that The Sherry-Netherland is a smoke-free hotel.

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”.