Mantis Founders Lodge is a seven-suite wildlife safari lodge that lies adjacent to the world renowned Shamwari Game Reserve. The lodge now boasts a new exclusive use Founders Railway Carriage that is permanently stationed on a hill overlooking a magnificent valley. The entire establishment offers opulent hospitality focused on bespoke service.
Nestled between Gqeberha and Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Mantis Founders Lodge is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the tranquility of the natural world. With sustainable tourism, culture, community inclusion and conservation at the forefront of their operation, your stay is bound to be a memorable one. Discover the 62000-acres of the reserve on guided 4×4 drives or feel revitalized by an in-room spa treatment by an experienced therapist. For a more adventurous experience, you can partake in a number of wildlife conservation experiences such as joining the guides in animal tracking, data capturing, rhino observation and monitoring. There is even a unique Bear Grylls Survival Academy Experience for kids.
With only seven suites, Founders Lodge is the ultimate in exclusivity, providing an intimate experience for guests. A seamless blend of contemporary and classic, each of the luxurious suites is easily accessible from the main guest area and boast their own private patios. Perhaps the highlight of this eco-lodge is a stay in the newly renovated Founders Railway Carriage, which offers exclusive-use accommodation in the most breathtaking setting and features a vast outdoor deck, private swimming pool and dining area. Guests staying on the carriage will have a dedicated staff member on hand to set the tone of their vacation – be it early morning wilderness walks, lounging by the pool, relaxed picnic lunches or late nights around the fire. Founders provides a luxurious safari experience with glamor for couples, and an intimate social environment for friends and families traveling together.
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