Friends of Mantis

The Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation is a conservation and leadership organisation that embodies the planning, management and experience of wilderness and wild lands. In doing so, it uplifts the knowledge and lives of its historically disadvantaged citizens. The Wilderness Foundation is a project-driven organisation and achieves its mission by initiating and implementing various educational programmes.

TUSK Trust

TUSK Trust, founded in 1990, has gained considerable experience initiating and funding a large number of conservation and community development programmes across Africa.

The Charity, whose Royal Patron is HRH The Duke of Cambridge, seeks to combine the protection of endangered species with initiatives to alleviate poverty and stimulate sustainable development and education amongst the rural communities who live alongside wildlife. Tusk is a registered charity in both the UK and USA.

Mantis Media

Mantis Media brings innovation to the “experience, entertainment and leisure” sectors of the industry through multimedia, television and film production, location based entertainment, and working with and developing new talent from across the globe.

Bear Grylls Survival Academy

The world’s most recognizable face of survival and outdoor adventure brings the ultimate in self-rescue skills, delivered by his handpicked team of highly trained experts . This is a rare chance for lucky outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe to be taught Bear’s extreme survival techniques on ‘the most challenging but empowering survival courses on the planet.’

Stenden South Africa

Stenden South Africa is a campus site of Stenden University in The Netherlands. As a private Higher Education provider registered with the Department of Education of South Africa, Stenden University offers a Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality Management as well as different minor specialisations for Grand Tour students of Stenden University.

Situated in the beautiful seaside town of Port Alfred, it is identified as one of the leading hotel management schools in South Africa.

Els for Autism Foundation

Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009 to help create a Center of Excellence, a model for the world of what should be available to children on the autism spectrum. The Center will launch a global digital learning platform that will make best practices in education and therapy available to thousands of children around the world on the autism spectrum. The Center will also have on site education for ages 3-21, professional and medical services, research and transition to adulthood. We’re working with some of the best experts in the world to make the Center a reality.

Worldwide Experience

Worldwide Experience provides self-funding volunteers and eco tourists access to conservation and community placements throughout Africa and other parts of the world. Apart from gaining incredible life experiences from such tours, they also prepare gap year students, school, college and university students and veterinarians the skills they will require later in life when venturing into the real world.

Legacy Ventures

Legacy Ventures specialises in the design, organisation and management of emerging market study tour programmes for top tier business schools and companies around the world. Their successful track record and formidable international network saves clients time and money by combining the right ingredients to create memorable and unique learning experiences.


IAPF is a non-profit organisation founded by Australian Damien Mander. Its mission is to protect and preserve wildlife, which is done through two simple mandates – ‘Conservation and Communities’. This no nonsense approach understands that problems must be addressed at the core, making education a key focus. Operating with ranger training academies in Zimbabwe and South Africa, the IAPF has proven methods that counter the ongoing threat our wildlife is under.

The Make a Difference Charitable Foundation

The Make a Difference Charitable Foundation (MAD) was founded in 2003 by Francois Pienaar and a group of friends. MAD provides exceptional educational and related opportunities for academically talented yet financially disadvantaged youngsters in South Africa. Youngsters who might otherwise never have been given the opportunity to reach their full potential. MAD seeks to develop these youngsters to become future role models and an inspiration to others, while supporting each other, becoming the future members of MAD, giving back to their community and their country, South Africa.

Jack Hanna

Mantis is proud to partner with Jack Hanna, a world-renowned conservationist and advocate for animals. Hanna educates and inspires millions of people each year through his television appearances, speeches, and books. Both Hanna and Mantis strive to protect and sustain conservation and wildlife around the world.

The Wilds

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centres in the world. It is home to rare and endangered species from around the world as well as hundreds of indigenous species and habitats, creating a living laboratory for in-depth science, educational programs and visitor experiences.

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild takes viewers on excursions around the world through the eyes of America’s most beloved animal adventurer and his family. Into the Wild provides insight into the protection and conservation of some of our planet’s most precious and endangered species.

Jack Hanna’s Heroes

Jack Hanna’s Heroes. Whenever you see an animal, there is almost always a hardworking person looking out for its best interest (Whether in a zoo, sanctuary, reserve or the wild).

The mission of Jack Hanna’s Heroes is to support the people and organizations that are working everyday to help make the world a better place for animals.

The Ithemba Trust

The Ithemba trust was founded in 2008 as a non-profit custodian of the community vision based on Orange Grove Farm, just 6kms outside of Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape. While the vision includes many different aspects, the current growth is centered on Plumb Line Christian Academy, a school based on Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) principles that is dramatically impacting the lives of many children in the surrounding rural community.

Born Free Foundation

Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity founded by Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers following their starring roles in the Classic Film Born Free. The charity is devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering.

Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos.

They rescue animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care.

National Airways Corporation

NAC offers a range of aviation services to the civilian and military fixed and rotary wing markets – aircraft sales, maintenance, parts, charter, international operations, pilot and technical training.

NAC’s highly accredited operations division includes charter, specialised flight operations, international ACMI leasing solutions, aircraft management and pilot, ATC and technical training.

NAC subsidiaries include 43 Air School, Placo, NAC Helicopters Cape Town and Awesome Flight Logistics.

Cape Cobra Leathercraft

Founded in 1972 by Lothar & Denise Schäfer and Walter Schoch, Cape Cobra leathercraft is a three generation family-run organization that has become a leader in the design and development of exotic leather goods. The timelessly elegant range includes handbags, evening bags, briefcases, belts, wallets and smaller leather accessories.
The luxury products are intimately handcrafted from materials such as genuine Nile Crocodile, Ostrich and Python, obtained strictly under the regulations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Cape Cobra Leathercraft is internationally recognized for offering unsurpassed quality and has been spotted in both the British and Monegasque Royal families. The organization has also become the supplier of choice for top international design houses and labels; worn in the hands of Debra Messing, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez and Anne Hathaway.
Despite the growth of Cape Cobra Leathercraft, it has remained intimately and pervasively connected to age-old handcraft traditions and an unwavering commitment to quality, innovation and people. Today, Cape Cobra Leathercraft has a fully integrated design and manufacturing facility based in Cape Town. The team draws on the founders’ tradition; the highly specialized art of Leathercraft, which spanned more than six decades. The master craftsmen engage their apprentices in age-old techniques of the finest leathercraft, and so the tradition lives on.

SATIB Insurance Brokers

Pioneers to Leaders

The importance of having a specialist broker in Tourism and Hospitality is undeniable. SATIB pioneered cover for this industry nearly 25 years ago and continues to stay ahead through innovation and regular consultations with clients and cover providers across Africa.

Our established relationships with international and local insurers, our intimate understanding of the industry, A+ rated insurer security, prompt claims settlement and efficient, personal service allows us to provide tailored products that ensure your business issecure.

In addition to exceptional products and premier service, SATIB also provides clients with unique benefits such as the SATIB24 Crisis Call facility, specialist risk surveys, property valuations and access to capacity building and legal assistance.

Ken Forrester Vineyards

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa’s most famous wine region Stellenbosch, our vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years our range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades over the last 21 years and is broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe.

Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

The flagship wines are our special vineyard selections from specific old parcels of vines. The FMC is primarily from a vineyard planted in 1970, with no trellis system, goblet or bush vines produce very limited yields and by passing through the vineyard to make 5 selections of fruit across a 4/5 week window we truly capture the essence of this fantastic site. The wine is all fermented with native yeasts, spontaneously in large 400 litre French oak barrels and aged for 14/15 months before careful selection of the best barrels.

Avis Luxury Cars

You do not have to queue at Avis Luxury Cars. Avis will personally meet you for your next rental; whether it is with a name board inside the arrivals hall, at the train station, hotel lobby, at the game farm, or simply at your home address, office or anywhere else in South Africa.

Allow Avis to spoil you and enjoy red carpet treatment to make each rental a memorable one. Avis Luxury Cars’ staff thrive on special requests from Customers and invite you to trust us with your special requirements, i.e.: flowers, champagne, wedding ribbon, whether it is a surprise or a unique and unusual request, allow us to assist in exceeding your expectations.

Luxury Cars provides you with a chance to drive your dream in a vehicle ranging from luxury sedans to SUVs, including convertibles and 2 seater roadsters.

Avis Luxury Cars, it’s the way we make you feel!

Charlotte Rhys

Charlotte Rhys brings a fresh approach to excellence by combining luxury with the purest cruelty free, botanical ingredients to leave hair, body and skin refreshed.

Our unique formulations are eco-friendly,  biodegradable, vegan friendly and we are proud to be the only brand of hotel toiletries in Southern Africa accredited by Beauty Without Cruelty.

Enjoy superb quality without compromising your environmental and ethical concerns.

The Valuator Group

The Valuator Group offers a complete package of valuation services from business, brand, entire spectrum on the property side – commercial, retail, industrial & residential , plant/machinery/equipment, fine art/antiques/contents and many other specialist assets – in fact we value all ASSETS.

We offer our valuation services, which includes advisory, for both insurance (Estimated New Replacement Cost) and financial (Open Market Value) purposes. We offer unique cost effective options like our 5 year Long Term Assistance Plan amongst others.

We operate throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. We further work for clients internationally at their request. We respect the confidentiality and personal aspect of valuation work. Our Group is regulated by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Exclusive Hospitality Sourcing Services

EHSS delivers turnkey procurement and logistics services for the hospitality industry, specialising in solutions within challenging environments throughout Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and the Middle East.

Graham Beck Wines

Graham Beck’s Robertson estate, Madeba, is situated in the breathtaking Breede River Valley. The farm is located on the celebrated Route 62, a meandering country road which takes visitors on an unforgettable tour of the region’s plentiful attractions. At our Robertson Cellar we focus on minimal intervention, allowing instead the authentic essence of the fruit and terroir to shine through in the final wine. The unique climate of the Robertson region combined with the rich limestone soils produce wines with universal appeal and star quality. At our state-of-the-art Cap Classique cellar the team crafts Méthode Champenoise style wines worthy of their reputation as amongst the best in the world. With its distinctive hues this unique cellar blends effortlessly into the surrounding Klein Karoo veld, reflecting the beauty of the indigenous fynbos, soils and rocky outcrops of this stark yet spectacular environment.

An integral cornerstone of Graham Beck Wines’ unswerving passion for excellence is their commitment to farming in harmony with nature. The unique The Game Reserve Range is an innovative collection of premium wines celebrating this deeply entrenched dedication to conservation and the preservation of South Africa’s precious natural heritage. Each wine depicts one of the many fascinating plant and animal species which occur in the Graham Beck Private Nature Reserve on their Robertson estate. By supporting this environmentally responsible inspired wine brand consumers can make a tangible contribution to this groundbreaking initiative. With its powerful message of “Planet first, it’s in our nature”, this distinctive range has captivated wine lovers around the globe.

Ardmore Ceramics

Ardmore Ceramic Art was established by Fée Halsted on Ardmore Farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal, where she lived after obtaining her BA (Fine Arts) Honours degree and lecturing at Natal Technikon. Here she met Bonnie Ntshalintshali, daughter of their housekeeper, whose polio meant that she was unable to work in the fields. Fée and Bonnie quickly developed a synergy and under Fée’s mentorship, Bonnie’s natural skills as an artist blossomed. Five years later, in 1990, Fée and Bonnie were jointly awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, the first such artistic partnership to be recognised. With this success came the demands of creating ceramics for their exhibition, so Fée offered other local women the opportunity to train at Ardmore, producing pieces to generate income for the fledgling studio.

The artists from the Ardmore studio are given training, direction, materials, a studio and a guaranteed market for their work, supported by a skilled marketing and administrative team. Over the years, Ardmore’s artists have won numerous awards and exhibited widely in South Africa and around the world. Ardmore artworks feature in leading galleries and collections, including the Museum of Art & Design in New York, the Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The acclaimed auction house Christie’s has acknowledged Ardmore artworks as “modern day collectibles”

Investec Asset Management

Established in South Africa in 1991, Investec Asset Management has grown from a start-up into a global investment manager managing in excess of $120 billion. Our clients include some of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, private and public sector pension funds, insurers, and mutual fund investors. Our aim is to manage our clients’ money to the highest possible standard and to exceed their expectations.

Investec Asset Management is still managed by its founding members and is part of the London and Johannesburg listed Investec Group.

Southern Africa Travel

Southern Africa Travel is an award-winning tour operator specialising in luxury travel & tailor-made safari holidays to Southern Africa, East Africa as well as the Indian Ocean Islands. From self-drive itineraries to fly in safaris, game lodge experiences & luxury accommodation Southern Africa Travel will work with you to put together an unforgettable trip.

Established in 1976, with offices in both Cape Town & the United States, you simply will not find a better expert team to help with your next african vacation.

Eco Planet Bamboo

EcoPlanet Bamboo is leading the industrialization of bamboo as a viable and environmentally attractive alternative fiber. The conversion of degraded land into certified bamboo farms and bamboo plantations is coupled with investment into development of innovative technology to provide turnkey solutions for products and markets that currently contribute to the deforestation of our world’s natural forests.


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