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Mantis Founders Lodge

Sidbury Road Off N2, Adjacent to Shamwari, Paterson, Sundays River Valley 6131 South Africa
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#1 of 9 Speciality lodging in Paterson
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Mantis Founders Lodge was the private residence of Adrian Gardiner, founder and visionary of Mantis Collection. The lodge is situated on a 400 hectare reserve adjacent to and with direct access to Shamwari Game Reserve, in the malaria free Eastern Cape of South Africa. Game drives are on the adjacent Big 5 Shamwari and guided walks on the Founders private 400 hectare reserve.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Walking tours
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa


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Sidbury Road Off N2, Adjacent to Shamwari, Paterson, Sundays River Valley 6131 South Africa
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Jamie R wrote a review Jul 2019
5 contributions1 helpful vote
From the moment we arrived at Founder's Lodge for 3 nights we were treated like Royalty. We were greeted by all the staff accompanied by a huge welcome from Phillip and Suzie and Derick as if we were Family! The Lodge is exquisite in its appointment and location, you feel like you are in heaven. Our tracker Scambuzho was amazing tracking the animals and creating the most exciting drives! The safari's were complimented by the incredible cuisine prepared with love every day and the presentation was simply outstanding! The manager duo of Linda and Wayne gave us amazing insights into the animal conservation projects and were so kind and a huge shoutout to Derick who took such amazing care of us and sspolied us rotten. We love you guys! Thank you for making our dreams a reality!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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colton w wrote a review Jun 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada4 contributions
Hands down one of the best places I’ve ever been and experiences I’ve ever had. The love and warmth you receive while you are here is unreal and unmatched to anywhere else I have ever visited. We felt like we were home and so welcomed by every member of the staff and left with the feeling of leaving your families home. The property is beyond gorgeous with the most captivating sunsets and sunrises I’ve ever seen. You have access to the whole house and grounds many amenities. Dinner can be private but they do also a family style where you join other guests at the large dining table and enjoy everyone’s company over some of the most amazing food and desserts I’ve ever had. While at Founders Lodge you are on a massive game reserve and the game drives are breathtaking and
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Date of stay: June 2019
Afsaneh wrote a review Jun 2019
Tehran, Iran12 contributions2 helpful votes
Fabulous place Lovely staff Great people from manager to staff and the ranger Great dedication and knowledge of their work Peaceful with five star service in a way that you can literally feel it’s home And in whole a taste of heaven that will remain with me all my life Thank you everyone in Founders
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Date of stay: June 2019
Roving13402031267 wrote a review Jun 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution
Founders lodge is a very special property and you can feel that from the minute you walk in. The story behind the property is special and told beautifully in the art, photos as well as small but VERY interesting museum. This property is so much more than just a lodge, it's a home away from home, where you can feel special and spoilt in every way. We highly recommend Founders Lodge By Mantis.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Richard W wrote a review Jun 2019
Perth, Australia7 contributions
We stayed for 3 nights in June 2019. We were in room 3, a lovely large separate villa with a view of the waterhole, rhino, warthogs etc. The lodge has great 360 degree views of the countryside. The staff are very friendly and caring. The guides are friendly, knowledgeable and work incredibly hard to get you to the rarer game. On one drive we saw one male lion, 3 female lions and 4 cubs in 4 separate sightings. Overall a suburb stay.
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Date of stay: June 2019
US$637 - US$1 240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaEastern CapeGreater AddoSundays River ValleyPaterson
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