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Bear Grylls Survival Academy Experience for Kids

Learn what it takes to survive in the wild

Mantis Founders Lodge is the ideal base for a family holiday with the Founders Lodge Kids Conservation Warriors programme, which includes a Bear Grylls Survival Academy experience, taking young survivors on a journey of dynamic self-rescue to find out if they have what it takes to survive the wild!

Mountain Biking

An off road adventure

Breathtaking, undulating landscapes best seen off road, on a mountain bike!

Inyambo Cows

The magnificent long-horn cattle

Inyambo or ‘sacred cows’ are the long-horn cattle that are seen in and around the Nyagatare District

Liberation History Tourism Trail

Rwanda’s Liberation Struggle

Visit key sites of where important events took place during the liberation struggle.

Traditional Cultural Troupe

Rwandese Dance Culture

Music and dance play an important role in many cultures – Rwanda is no different, with expressive dances being performed at every important occasion.

Nyagatare City Tour

A taste of local city life

An excursion into the city of Nyagatare.

Umuvumba River Nature Walk

A ‘twitters’ paradise along the riverine forest

A guided walk through the picturesque riverine forest along the Umuvumba River.
Wander through the Hotel’s vast vegetable garden and select your own fresh produce.

Mantis Safaris

Journeys through Africa

What makes an African Safari with Mantis? Your adventures with Mantis unfold on the great lakes and rivers of Africa, exclusive circuits through Rwanda, and in the most famous parks - we are in the quietest locations with few other vehicles.

River Cruises in Africa

Traverse across great lakes and powerful rivers

Mantis Waterways are like floating hotels that create sublime river cruises on Africa's Great Lakes and powerful rivers. There are unique adventures to be had while making your way to these floating boutique hospitality experiences; getting there is half the fun.

Romantic Holidays

A lifetime of adventures!

Romantic holidays with Mantis are dream vacations for couples that unfold in luxury hotels with fine food, remote eco-lodges, and sublime waterways that offer a whole new world to explore together.

Bird Watching

Find the most elusive feathers

Are you a citizen scientist, leisurely observer, chaser or twitcher? However you do it, we give you access to destinations where some of the most elusive feathers live and visit - you may just crush a lifer! Mantis Eco-lodges, Waterways and even some luxury hotels surrounded by nature where you can find bird life.

Trekking

Reconnect with nature

Come down to earth and share paths with the inhabitants of the plains, thickets and rivers of the natural world. Walking and immersing oneself in nature bring you into personal proximity with the ecosystem. On foot, you can taste, smell, and touch the most precious parts of of mother nature.

Ocean Safaris

Explore oceans near and far

Submerge yourself in a marine experience. Tamed by nothing, the ocean is a beast in its own right. We brave the tides in search of fascinating sights. From EPIC bait balls down the coast of Africa, the great water mammals that follow them, to remnants of yesteryear on the Atlantic sea bed.

History, Art & Culture

Experience the cultures of the world

Our understanding of the world’s heritage is key to legacy creation. The worldly seek deeper meaning and authentic experiences that broaden their horizons. History, art, and culture are common themes in many Mantis Luxury Hotels and Eco-lodges.

Beach Holidays with Mantis

Hotels a few steps from pristine beaches

Island destinations, Coastal hideaways and villas with private beaches, and feel-good spots on African shorelines. There are Mantis Luxury Hotels and Eco-Lodges on some of the world's most beautiful beaches.

Business Travel

Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions

Mantis hotels offer intuitive business-class hospitality. Meeting, Incentive Travel, Conferencing and Events are possible at most Mantis properties.

Golf Breaks

The Best Golf Destinations

Play your best game on greens and fairways made fairer by rare backdrops. From the red-rock hills of St Helena to majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, each offers a uniquely challenging terrain. Some offer an ocean view, while others are lined by vineyards. Each is an exceptional place to play.

Family Vacations

Exclusive Family Holidays

Africans say that when you want to go quickly, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together. The more the merrier, and better for the environment. Mantis invites your family to enjoy boutique hospitality and impeccable service that is focused on your family's well-being.

Destination Weddings

Exquisite celebrations

Destination weddings with Mantis can be arranged in the bush, by the beach and breathtaking estates. Mantis offers value and variety, and a team to help you weave your dreams together.

Guided Photography Tours

Inspire your inner photographer

A photographic safari in Africa is one of the best ways to live, breathe and capture your travel memories while immersing yourself in the natural surroundings.

Cuisine

Taste the world!

Enjoy the best cuisine at Mantis luxury hotels, eco-lodges and waterways, it is an important part of every holiday experience. International and local cuisine paired with magnificent wines and some of the best views in the world.

Founders Safari Adventure

A plethora of species to spot

Guests can enjoy 4×4 guided game drives on 25000ha of game reserve. Our open game vehicles bring you closer to nature, adds to the excitement, and makes it easy to spot the Big 5 as well as smaller animals and birdlife.

Nambian Cultural Tour

Experience Namibian culture

Explore a new culture, and leave feeling enriched from the experience of a local Namibian village, Ijambwe, situated on the floodplains of the East Caprivi.

Photography on the Chobe River

Custom-designed photographic safari boats

Approaching wildlife by boat allows you to see into a crucial time of the animal's day. Vulnerable, alert, and sometimes playful - unique behaviour patterns create incredible moments for you to capture.

Chobe River Birding

Over 450 species, for the birder's bucket list.

The Chobe River is an all-year-round birding destination. Listen to the calls of lesser-striped swallows and witness the majestic flight of fish eagles on river cruises aimed to seek out some of the over 450 bird species. Other species likely to be spotted include African skimmers, rock pratincoles and the African finfoot as well as cattle egrets, open-billed storks, pied kingfishers...

Tiger Fishing on the Chobe

The Zambezi Queen Collection offers all-year-round fishing expeditions on the Chobe River.

Hook and release Tigerfish, African pike, Tilapia, Catfish or Upper Zambezi Yellowfish. These true African fishing excursions are conducted by experienced guides who take you to the best fishing spots.

Cultural outdoor entertainment

Nungwi Dreams offers a cultural extravaganza

Experience a variety of out-door events organised by the hotel, depending on weather conditions and the tides, the events take place either on the beach, close to the beach or around the pool.

Big Seven Safari

The gateway to the only Big Seven Safari area in the world

The coast of Gqeberha (formally known as Port Elizabeth) is home to mega dolphin pods and was named the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the world.

Golf in the Cape Winelands

18 holes on a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

Book your golfing weekend at Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis and enjoy 18 holes on a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, sumptuous cuisine and the best wine in South Africa.

Right on Nungwi Beach Zanzibar

A pristine beach escape

There is a pristine and private setting on the most sought-after beach in Nungwi, Zanzibar.

St Helena History & Heritage Experience

Five hundred years of intrigue

St Helena has acquired a remarkable legacy in just over five hundred years of recorded history. The island’s strategic position meant it was a key staging point throughout the British Empire, controlled initially by the East India Company, and then the British Crown.

Dive the South Atlantic

Whale Sharks, Shipwrecks and plenty more

The clear, warm waters around St Helena make for enticing diving, snorkeling, and other aquatic activities. Nearly 750 marine species have been recorded in the island’s waters with at least 50 of these being endemic.

Hike St Helena

a celebration of diversity

St Helena Island is incredibly diverse, everywhere your eye touches; the landscape invites you to see it, touch it and explore on foot. St Helena is a rambler’s paradise, offering breath-taking views and an incredibly diverse selection of routes that take walkers through ever-changing biomes and microclimates, from stark coastal areas through rolling hills, past dense New Zealand flax, up into...

Golf on St Helena Island

The worlds most remote golf course

The St Helena Golf Club dates back to 1903 and offers visitors the chance to play at Longwood on a unique and challenging course – despite being just 4,783 yards long.

Napoleon Bonaparte

St Helena's most famous prisoner

Mantis St Helena offers easy access to Napoleonic museums & relics on St Helena island. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to St Helena by the British after his defeat at Waterloo in 1815. He spent the first two months on the island at Briars Pavilion, and the last five years before his death, on 5th May 1821, at Longwood House....

TITE Medi Spa by Camelot

Unwind during your stay at Mantis No5

TITE Medi Spa by Camelot at Mantis No5 Boutique Art Hotel, offers innovations in slimming and rejuvenation that transform skin health and body aesthetics. This hybrid of a relaxing spa experience with the procedures and expertise of an aesthetic clinic provides the best of both worlds.

Private Cinema Experience at Mantis No5

Book the Mountbatten Theatre

Gather your friends and family for a burger and a movie in a private venue where you choose what to watch, and how you watch it! No adverts, no strangers, just deluxe viewing pleasure.

Exclusive Art Tour at No5

Over 200 works of art

The magnificent collection of artworks at No5 by Mantis, as well as the 2010 Villa - is enhanced by not only what you see hanging on the walls, but also the architecture & fine pieces of furniture.

Chobe River Safaris

A unique game viewing experience

Whether you’re a guest on the ever-elegant Zambezi Queen houseboat, one of her three Chobe Princesses, or at the secluded tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, you’ll be able to experience unique water-based safaris on the Chobe River that borders Namibia and Botswana.

Authentic Mirama Village Walk

The essence of community living

Mirama is the closest village to the Hotel and an ideal opportunity to interact with locals.

Savannah Hiking

Exploring the Rwanda countryside

A relaxed, guided hiking tour of the beautiful, surrounding countryside.

Akagera National Park

Rwanda's only big five reserve

Akagera National Park is an inspiring conservation story. This safari park is managed by African Parks and being returned to its former glory. Akagera is home to the Big Five and nearly 500 bird species including the Shoebill and Papyrus Gonolek.

Rwanda Lake Kivu

Culture and Coffee Along Lake Kivu

The Kivu belt offers breath-taking scenery, exquisite weather, and many activities. It is rich with lakeside properties, flora and fauna, cultural heritage sites and nature trails. It is a popular tourist destination given its proximity to the Volcanoes National Park, home of the mountain gorillas.

Interactive Wildlife Tracks and Signs Experience

Contribute towards wildlife conservation

With the art of tracking perhaps being the oldest science, it innately captures our imagination, fuels our curiosity and inspires the urge to interpret the stories left in the sand.

Rhino Observation and Monitoring

Observe and record data on a species under threat

Rhino conservation is exceptionally important at Mantis Founders Lodge and in addition to providing top class security and a safe place in their natural habitat to thrive, we provide supplementary feed.

Star Bed at Feline Fields

A night under the Kalahari Desert Sky

The Star Bed at Feline Fields by Mantis is an exciting overnight experience. Spend a night in full view of the stars and the desert air tickling your skin.

Fat Biking at Feline Fields

Cycle Through the Kalahari

The exclusive safari lodge at Feline Fields by Mantis takes guests through the Kalahari on comfortable and sturdy fat bikes. This is a perfect encounter with nature that brings guests close enough to smell, touch and see the bush.

Learn from the Bushman of Botswana

A glimpse into their spirituality and partnership with nature

The luxury safari lodge at Feline Fields by Mantis is located in the heart of Bushman territory, surrounded by Ju-Huansi and Kung! communities. The Bushmen are also known as the San and they are the people of the Kalahari.