Located in the birthplace of conservation in the Eastern Cape, the Founders Lodge Experience revolves around intimate interaction with the natural environment. When Shamwari was established by the founder of Mantis, Adrian Gardiner, big game was re-introduced to the area. So too were all the ecological health workers in the chain of life. More than 20 years on, these little creatures remain the stars of the Founders Lodge nature walk – an experience that delves into the workings of everyday life on the reserve.
A critical creature in the rewilding of Shamwari in the 1990s were the Addo Flightless Dung Beetles. These environmentally friendly bugs help to aerate the soil and fertilize the ground. Their busy work made a huge contribution to Shamwari’s rehabilitation, from degraded farm land into the conservation success story it is today.