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.

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