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Founder’s Lodge by Mantis



Founder’s Lodge, where Mantis was born, was the private residence of Adrian Gardiner, founder and visionary of Mantis Collection. The Lodge is situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape on a private 400-hectare reserve with direct access and traversing rights on Shamwari Game Reserve.

The lodge allows for intimate experiences in nature with no predators on the rare and almost extinct biome, found here exclusively.

Experience the world of Mr Gardiner, where he dreamed up the vision that is now an internationally recognised brand. See historical treasures of the past decorating the walls of Founder’s Lodge, and embark on a journey through history and nature while being treated to a luxury stay.


Originally the residence of Adrian Gardiner, it will surely let you feel at home in this historical luxury. With rooms designed for the very founder of Mantis, you can be sure to find the true essence of Mantis in these walls. Enjoy intimate privacy in these modern rooms. While large David Yarrow pictures and traditional art adorn the walls throughout the Lodge.

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Nestled between Port Elizabeth and East London, Founder’s Lodge is the perfect escape into the wilderness. Enjoy tranquillity away from the bustling city and be reminded of the pristine beauty of the natural world. Situated adjacent to Shamwari Game Reserve, guests have the opportunity to experience game drives in the heart of Eastern Cape conservation.
Address: Sidbury, 6131
Phone: 041 404 9303
Access: Follow the N2 east out of Port Elizabeth, heading towards Grahamstown bypassing the R342 turn-off
Continue along the N2, cross the Bushman’s River until you reach the Sidbury sign
Turn left on the gravel road and follow this road for approximately 15km until you reach a T-junction
At the T-junction, turn left and travel 500m
Turn left and follow sign boards to Founder’s Lodge

Sidbury, 6131, Port Elizabeth, South Africa


Founder's Safari Adventure

Founder’s Lodge is an eco-hub of various biomes explored on foot or by vehicle to reveal different aspects of nature at work. Enjoy the spectacular showcase the mighty Big 5,...
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