Founders Lodge by Mantis

Conserving a Legacy

Malaria free safari in the heart of Frontier country


Founders Lodge is a character-filled 1940’s manor house situated on a private 400 hectare reserve between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. The lodge is a scenic 1-hour drive from Port Elizabeth Airport. Guests pass some of the most amazing coastal adventures which can be enjoyed on the way to Founders.

Comprising of only 6 luxury suites, Founders Lodge offers personal experiences that give you time and space to revel in your natural surroundings. Expansive lawns that look out over the landscape, spacious lounges with homely comforts, and large suites to unwind and reconnect.

Founders Lodge was once the home of Adrian Gardiner who is seen by many as the founder of conservation tourism in the Eastern Cape.  Gardiner’s original vision connected the Garden Route with the Big Five, within driving distance from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and in a malaria-free region. Once preserved the natural beauty is meant to be enjoyed, and Founders Lodge allows guests to do just that. The Founders Lodge reserve is filled with plains animals only so that guests can explore the ruggedly beautiful landscape on foot. Founders’ guests have the added benefit of enjoying Big Five game drives in the place where it all began – Shamwari Game Reserve.

The Suite Life

Founders Lodge has 6 luxurious suites built around a courtyard with an indigenous garden and plunge pool.

2 Traditional Suites with colonial accents to keep to the character of the original residence.

4 Contemporary Suites off the courtyard , with easy access to the swimming pools, lounges and dining area.

Protect. Conserve. Appreciate


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 & Special Offers

Mantis Madness:

Founders lodge will be included in Mantis Madness for 2018 (May – Sept)

Book 2 nights at Founders Lodge and get 2 nights free at a Mantis hotel in Port Elizabeth or Cape Town

PARTICIPATING PROPERTIES IN PORT ELIZABETH: No 5 by Mantis, The Windermere by Mantis, Villa Tuscana by Mantis


PARTICIPATING PROPERTY IN CAPE WINELANDS: Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis (excl. The Last Word hotels)

Contact Us

CALL +27 41 404 9300

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