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Mantis Founder’s Lodge

A Mantis Eco-Lodge Experience


A wildlife safari at where it all began

The birthplace of conservation in the Eastern Cape

A wildlife safari in the Eastern Cape. If the walls of Founder’s Lodge could speak; they would tell tales of late-night conversations between Adrian Gardiner and the late Dr Ian Player. The land you see around Founder’s was nurtured back to life after centuries of abuse. From cornerstone species to Dung Beetles; an entire ecosystem was worked back into place – this was the pioneering work of Adrian and the Mantis team, and the beginning of ecotourism in the Eastern Cape. Mantis Founder’s Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge set on a private concession near Port Elizabeth.

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Mantis Founder’s Lodge offers classic hospitality that is focused on detailed service. This 6 suite wildlife safari lodge is in the Eastern Cape, just one hour from Port Elizabeth. Founder’s offers a luxurious safari experience with a flair of romance for couples, and an intimate social environment for families and friends travelling together.

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Mantis Founder’s Lodge is situated alongside the world-renowned Shamwari Private Game Reserve which Adrian Gardiner created. Founder’s guests enjoy full access to Big Five game viewing on the 20 000-hectare reserve as well as intimate bushwalks in the 400-hectare Founder’s concession.

Founder’s Lodge is a celebration of essential beginnings in sustainable tourism, culture, conservation, and community inclusion. This lodge is a monument to conservation history, and it offers soul-reviving safaris in the place where Adrian Gardiner pioneered private game reserves and eco-tourism in the Eastern Cape.

Book from R6850 per person sharing per night.

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Founder’s Lodge is intimate with only 6 suites that are accessed easily 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 of our rare biome with distinct flora and fauna. This is how you ‘earth’ yourself, and it’s best done with a cup of tea and our Chef’s homemade biscuits – you’ll find a fresh batch in your room.





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Nestled between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, Mantis 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, where Founders’ guests experience Big Five Game Drives.

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

(Visited 4,122 times, 13 visits today)
Sidbury, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 6131


Founder's Rhino Conservation

Munu the Blind Rhino

Mantis Founder's Lodge is a sanctuary where vulnerable species are protected around-the-clock by state-of-the-art technology and anti-poaching teams. Founder's is also home to Munu the blind rhino. Munu is a...
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Founder's Safari Adventure

A plethora of species to spot

Enjoy daily morning and evening game drives, on the adjacent Shamwari Game Reserve. Our open game vehicles bring you closer to nature, adds to the excitement and makes it easy...
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Big Seven Safari

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

The coast of Port Elizabeth is home to mega dolphin pods and was named the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the world.
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Isipho Charity Trust

Mantis Impact

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination.
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