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Mantis Founders Lodge

A Mantis Eco Escape Experience



Where it all began

Founder’s Lodge offers the perfect balance between barefoot luxury and Big Five adventures; individual privacy and homely comfort. It is an exceptional place to find yourself

Founder’s Lodge is a celebration of essential beginnings in sustainable tourism, culture, conservation, and community inclusion. A piece of Mantis history that offers soul-reviving safaris in the place where Adrian Gardiner pioneered private game reserves and eco-tourism in the Eastern Cape. Founder’s Lodge was designed to give guests a sense of Mantis-ness. isiXhosa artefacts from centuries ago, and artistic displays of the evolution of indigenous species which Adrian Gardiner brought back over the years.

Standing at the heart of Founder’s Lodge, take a moment to place yourself in this piece of Africa. Breathe in the smell of indigenous plants, hear the calming water feature and birdsong. This is the tranquil courtyard garden that connects the social spaces and six guest suites.



classic or contemporary

Founder’s lodge is intimate with only 6 suites that are easily accessed from the main guest areas, each is a gateway to privacy and exclusive down-time. Earth yourself! Take off your shoes, step off your private patio and onto the lush grass with your eyes fixed on hilly horizons. This is how you ‘earth’ yourself, and it’s best done with a cup of tea and Chef Louis’ homemade biscuits – you’ll find a fresh batch in your room.

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Nestled between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, 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.

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


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