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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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