Providence by Mantis, Lagos, Nigeria

The Providence by Mantis is a 5 star boutique hotel in Ikeja, the Capital city of Lagos due to open late 2017.

The understated luxury and class is complimented by the service on offer.

Set in a sprawling suburban backdrop, away from the energy and excitement of Lagos, the hotel has a modern design, elegant lines and bold colors. Providence boasts 79 Luxury Rooms and 3 Suites, all furnished with stylish amenities and a modern finish. Facilities include all day buffet restaurant, Conference room and boardroom, secluded pool area, luxurious spa, elegant bar, modern gym and safe parking with good security.

Nyosi Camp re-opening mid August 2017

Just 20 minutes from the heart of Port Elizabeth, Nyosi Camp offers the nature enthusiast a unique base from which to explore this spectacular conservation area.

Nyosi Explorer Camp represents a modern contemporary trails camp nestled in the most sheltered valley, deep in the Hopewell Conservation Estate.

  • 5 Contemporary tents
  • Private ablution facilities
  • Fully inclusive
  • Dining deck & fire pit

R2 500 per tent per night.

Reopening mid August 2017. Email reservation inquires to


World Travel Awards Winner 2017

The Mantis Collection is very proud to announce the following World Travel Awards Winner:

Seychelles’ Leading Boutique Hotel 2017: MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa

Seychelles’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2017: MAIA Signature Villa @ MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa

World Travel Awards™ is voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, and this accolade recognises the commitment to excellence which MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa has demonstrated in the last twelve months.

The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. The glitzy ceremony revealed all the magnificent, global-hospitality champions on the glamorous Sun Aqua Vilu Reef in The Maldives, 8th July 2017. The World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality.

Kasane Airport in Botswana Opens New Terminal

The NEW Kasane International Airport opened its doors for the first time on 27th June 2017.

This new world class airport is the gateway to the infamous Chobe National Park where safari adventures await!

The new terminal building measures 7 800sqm compared with the original airport at 1 300sqm. The next phase of construction involves the blending and refurbishment of the existing terminal and other buildings, and is due for completion in November. Airport authorities stated that the official opening is expected to be around October this year. The dates have yet to be announced.

Mantis Zambezi Queen Collection is located on the great Chobe River that borders Namibia and the Chobe National Park in Botswana, just minutes from Kasane International Airport. The Zambezi Queen Collection is made up of four houseboats; the ever elegant Zambezi Queen and her three Chobe Princesses as well as the secluded tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge.

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!

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.

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.


Tel: +27 (0) 21 867 8000


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:

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


Mantis Owners Collection is the latest addition to Mantis, joining the well-established Mantis Collection and Mantis eXtreme portfolios. Launching this month, all of the handpicked properties in the Owners Collection represent the finest examples of their kind and celebrate the culture, gastronomy, architecture and nature of the locations in which they are found.

The spectacular selection of exclusive-use homes, villas and boats can be found across the globe in countries such as South Africa, Scotland, Seychelles, France and even Sri Lanka to mention but a few.

Each of the properties are offered with an understanding from the owner – an insight into how they came to have homes in the various locations and their passion for the destination, its people and culture.

In house services include daily housekeeping and a House Manager who is available to make necessary arrangements and bookings in and around the area in which you find yourself.  Amongst other services unique to each property, a private chef and attentive butler can also be arranged at any one of the properties for those who wish to be catered for.

Travellers can choose from a private lodge in Africa to a country home in the Scottish highlands.  Select beach homes in Sri Lanka and Seychelles are also included in the group.  Each destination has been carefully selected for its unique qualities and exception experience that awaits each guest.

Founder of the Mantis Owners Collection, Adrian Gardiner comments:  “The Mantis Collection, and subsequently The Owners Collection, was born from an African conservation dream and my lifelong wish to have my own piece of Africa.  I feel honoured to be able to share this dream with like-minded travellers and peers by including one of my own private homes in the portfolio, that being Founders Lodge in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.”

The exceptional list of homes around the world uphold the Mantis philosophy of recognising the importance of nature, culture and beauty whilst offering guests the ultimate in bespoke accommodation.