Founders Lodge by Mantis, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Discover Founders Lodge by Mantis

Founders Lodge is a character-filled 1940’s manor house, situated on a private 400 hectare reserve directly adjacent to the malaria free Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve.  Used as the Gardiner family’s personal holiday home for 20 years, it has been newly renovated to accommodate guests in exquisite 5-star comfort. The Lodge is geared towards personal, tailor-made experiences – many based on the activities and adventures that the Gardiner family and their friends have enjoyed over the years. The reserve is filled with plains animals only, to allow guests the opportunity to explore the ruggedly beautiful landscape on foot.  Guests also have direct access to game drives at the neighbouring malaria free, Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve, where they can look forward to thrilling encounters with Africa’s famous Big 5.

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The Founders Lodge Experience

Set on a 400 hectare reserve and surrounded by ever-flowing plains of Eastern Cape bushveld, Founder Lodge gives you the opportunity to make use of the exclusive lodge and its amenities, providing you with an African experience second to none.

Accommodation

All 6 suites sleep a maximum of 2 adults each. The lodge is built around a landscaped courtyard. 4 of the suites lead from the courtyard, and 2 of the suites are in the original residence. The various public spaces and guest facilities are all easily accessible from the rooms and courtyard.

Facilities

  • Billiard Table
  • Library
  • Gym facilities
  • Nature Walks
  • Boma
  • 2 outdoor swimming pools
  • Access to Shamwari Game Reserve
  • Game drives
  • Full-time dedicated staff

Activities

With 400 hectares of indigenous bush to explore, guests will delight in the opportunities to spot game, safari walks as no predators are being introduced to the reserve and learn more about the endemic bird species and plants to this region. Game drives can be taken at leisure each morning and evening and will take place by 4×4 on the adjacent Shamwari Game Reserve for which Founders Lodge has the traversing rights, while throughout the day, guests can relax at the pool or compete to see how many different birds they can identify.Other activities to keep you entertained:

  • Bush kitchen
  • Boma
  • Photographic safari
  • Night Safari
  • Camp outs
  • Flora and fauna
  • Walking safari

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