Vision to reality
Adrian Gardiner had a vision to re-wild wilderness areas and to preserve wildlife, the environment and our natural resources through sustainable tourism and education. And so, on July 25, 2000, Mantis was born. 22 years on we are a leading conservation-driven hotel group, with a collection of hotels, eco-lodges and waterways across the globe.
The Gardiner’s original family homestead, set within a private game reserve, was later converted into a destination for guests to enjoy and aptly named Founders Lodge. It remains a celebration of the beginning of sustainable tourism, conservation, culture and community inclusion. It is an exceptional place to find yourself.
We curate travel experiences for guests from all walks of life: Eco-adventurers and experience collectors, made up of families, honeymooners, solo or business travellers.
Most travellers to Africa are keen on a safari to see the Big 5. Whether you visit South Africa, Botswana, Namibia or Rwanda this special continent, with its different habitats, landscapes and abundance of wildlife is life altering. It may be a photographer’s dream but nothing prepares you for seeing iconic creatures up close, living in their natural environment. Whether it’s a lanky giraffe sashaying past your vehicle, zebra’s crossing your path or, a lion roaring or yawning, these encounters are exciting and exceptional. The animal sightings change with morning and evening game drives or bush walks through rare and distinct flora and fauna.