Founders Lodge by Mantis

Unearthing a Conservation Legacy

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Founders Lodge by Mantis

Founders Lodge and the greater Eastern Cape is a malaria-free zone

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.

Our Suites

Founders Lodge offers 6 Luxury Double / Twin Suites, which sleep a maximum of 2 adults each.  The newly renovated Lodge is built around a landscaped courtyard.

4 Contemporary Suites lead from the courtyard, while the 2 Traditional Suites are located in the original residence.  The various public spaces and guest facilities are all easily accessible from the Suites and courtyard. All Suites feature a private veranda, offering breathtaking views across the cliffs, valleys and sprawling natural bushveld.


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Social Responsibility

The Wilderness Foundation Africa works from its base in South Africa to protect and sustain wildlife and wilderness through integrated conservation and education programmes. Whether it is direct action anti-poaching in the field, large landscape wilderness management, or developing rising young leaders from disadvantaged communities for a career in conservation, the Wilderness Foundation has over 40 years of results.

News & Specials

our latest specials and stories

Winter Special:

  • R5 250 per person per night from 1 May to 30 September 2017

Mantis Madness:

Founders lodge will be included in Mantis Madness for 2017 (May & Sept) whereby guests can book 3 nights at a lodge and get 2 nights free at any of the The Last Word Hotels and No 5 by Mantis.

Contact Us

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South African Marketing Office
PO Box 113
Port Elizabeth
Tel: +27 (0) 27 41 404 9316