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Mantis Founder’s Lodge

A Mantis Eco-Lodge Experience



The birthplace of conservation in the Eastern Cape

Mantis Founder’s Lodge offers classic hospitality that is focused on tailored service. This 6 suite wildlife safari lodge is in the Eastern Cape, just one hour from Gqeberha. 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.

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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classic or contemporary

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 the 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.

In 2021, Founders Lodge, lovingly restored and upgraded the family coach once belonging to Adrian Gardiner. The 4 berth coach is stationed atop a hill, overlooking a magnificent valley, within the Founders private reserve, the exclusive use coach comes with a private chef, butler and guide, allowing guests to set the pace, whether it is an early morning walk, leisurely brunch, lounging by the pool or late nights around the boma fire, recollecting the sightings of the day. Bookable from October 2021.

Needing some pampering whilst on safari? Founders Lodge offers in-room treatments that promise to leave you rejuvenated and restored by our experienced in-house therapist.

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Nestled between Gqeberha 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 Gqeberha, 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

GPS 33°27’27”S  26°7’28”Enload

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(Visited 9,901 times, 32 visits today)
Sidbury, Gqeberha, South Africa, 6131


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