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Mantis Founders Lodge

Sidbury Road Adjacent to Shamwari Game Reserve, Sidbury 6131 South Africa
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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)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Billiards
Patio
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
Full body massage
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

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Sidbury Road Adjacent to Shamwari Game Reserve, Sidbury 6131 South Africa
Mantis Founders Lodge
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Port Elizabeth Airport
75.5 km
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Getaway62632664875 wrote a review 16 Apr
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It's a good place to be,very affordable but the service there is awesome, breath taking view, the most delicious breakfast meal options very cost effective and there is also a good variety, clean quite environment I would definitely recommend
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you, we always appreciate postive reviews! Can you please advise your stay date?
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Wanderer38484009048 wrote a review 11 Apr
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I highly recommend this place, Their customer service is the best. I was completely impressed with their professionalism and customer service.I will recommend it to anyone family or friends outings. It's very classy and five star services.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Thank you - we always appreciate great feedback! Can you please advise your stay date at Founders Lodge?
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Colm B wrote a review 07 Apr
Quinta do Lago, Portugal8 contributions
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We received 5 star customer service from the moment of our arrival to the moment of our departure. Craig & Glynnis are magnificent hosts in this stunning lodge where our friendly & knowledgeable Park Ranger Guide Martis brought the BIg 5 ( & way more ) literally to our footstep at times. The quality of our accomodation was superb , the food was varied and of absolute top class & taste & we really had the absolute best time. This is not a resort -this is an African Safari family letting you into their home for as long as you wish. Highly highly recommended & great value too.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There are both morning & evening Safari trips -these are included in the price so make sure to...
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Thank you, Colm - it was our pleasure hosting you & Cep and hope to see you back at Founders Lodge in the future xx
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Kurt P wrote a review 03 Apr
London, United Kingdom26 contributions32 helpful votes
Everything about this experience exceeded expectations! From the time of arrival to departure I was impressed with the personal & friendly level of service, attention to detail, the facilities, the food, the accommodation and the exciting game drives (morning & evening). Thank you to everyone at Founders Lodge for an unforgettable and amazing experience. You made us feel extremely welcome, comfortable and safe :) Kurt & Gary x
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you Kurt! I was our pleasure hosting you & Gary and we hope to see you back here one day!
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Explore37423073467 wrote a review Mar 2024
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Great exspierence. A must to go just to unwind and with amazing company to go along with it. Tranquility and surroundings makes your stay very easy. The place is a really gem and the staff very helpful and amazing. Will definitly revisit again
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Eoin C wrote a review Mar 2024
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If you’re thinking of a Safari and want something special & exclusive then book Founders Lodge! We are just back from our honeymoon there and it was top class! The staff are so friendly, literally couldn’t do enough for you and the food was excellent! In terms of safari we were blown away by it! Got to see 4/5 of the big 5 animals with Marthus our ranger/guide who was very knowledgeable, excellent at his job and good fun on all our drives! The fact they have their own reserve and hideout for getting close to the animals enhances the whole safari experience and well worth staying with them! Well done to all the team at Founders & keep up the good work! We will be back at some stage in the future!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: Drives can be chilly so bring suitable clothing. They have ponchos for the rain so don’t worry...
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Eoin, thank you so much for this wonderful review! We certainly hope that you & Sinead will be back to visit us in the future!
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100flipflops wrote a review Mar 2024
Bath, United Kingdom34 contributions16 helpful votes
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We had four incredible days at Founders and cannot recommend it highly enough. We were treated like VIPs from the moment we arrived, the staff were so attentive and never without a smile. A welcoming party awaits each time you return to the lodge with hot towels and refreshments, so lovely. You will definitely not go hungry at Founders, the hospitality is outstanding. Our safari guide, Martis, was extremely knowledgeable, we learned so much in the time we were there. The guides work very well together, sharing information on sightings to ensure guests have the best experience possible. We saw something new on every drive and all our expectations were exceeded. Thank you Martis for making our safari dream come true. By far the best holiday experience we have ever had.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks so much for this lovely review, Sally - so nice to know that this is yours & David's best holiday experience ever! xx
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Dave Cheesely wrote a review Mar 2024
Chelmsford, United Kingdom10 contributions2 helpful votes
Where is the button to award six stars? Founders Lodge is one of the most incredible places I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. I’ll try to hold back on the superlatives, because I will quickly run out. The lodge is wonderful, extremely comfortable and intimate. I think the shower was one of the best I've ever used and the beds are massive! It’s like you’re staying with incredibly well-heeled relatives. We spent three nights here and we didn’t eat in the same place twice as they have a policy to place you somewhere different for every lunch and dinner – really quite outstanding! From the terrace to the Boma, to the swimming pool terrace and the original owner’s dining room, each location was top notch. The food was easily 10/10. The staff? Everyone from Craig, Glynnis, Daniel and Mandle right through to the lovely people who cleaned the rooms were 100% first class! I didn’t see this in any other reviews and I hope I’m not breaking any confidences, but they have the most amazing photographic hide where you can view rhinos, warthogs and zebras up close without the animals even noticing you. This was fantastic! A final mention has to go to our amazing guide Skhumbozu who was very knowledgeable and informative, he was also great fun! We saw black rhinos, cheetahs, lions, elephants etc. etc. all in the amazing Shamwari Game Reserve which is right outside the main gate. We booked through Trailfinders in the UK. They list Founders Lodge as a 4 star. This is wrong. Founders is at least a 5 star; in my view a six or more, an absolute gem! Well done to everyone involved, it was a truly amazing experience and I’m looking forward to coming back again next year!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: I can't think of a single negative about Founders Lodge
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Responded 4 weeks ago
That's a 100% first class review - thank you so much Dave!!! And we are so glad that you are planning on coming back next year! Till then....
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Clare D wrote a review Mar 2024
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I don't have the words to express how fantastic this place is. From the minute you arrive to the minute you leave, you are treated like royalty! Every single member of staff is amazing - kind, helpful and so friendly. The lodge itself is out of this world! The rooms are amazing and so comfortable. The food is like nothing I've ever had before - and I've been to some terrific places in my life. The staff simply can't do enough for you. The game drives were brilliant! Sunrise and sunset drinks were lovely. From the minute I left, I wanted to be back there! I'm in the process of booking again for next year - and this time I'm taking more family with me. I can't recommend this place enough - it's out of this world!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: Go hungry!!! The food is amazing and you won't want to miss any of it!
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Responded 13 Mar 2024
Thank you, Clare - what a lovely review!! So glad to hear that you & Paul are planning a return trip to Founders Lodge...and with family! We look forward to that xx
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Chinmay Sawant wrote a review Mar 2024
Mumbai, India19 contributions1 helpful vote
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There are a few experiences in life which touch your soul and create a core memory which you reminiscence over a lifetime. Staying at Mantis Founders Lodge for 3 nights was one of them. The trip to South Africa couldn't come at a more opportune time where I was in between switching my jobs which allowed us (me and my wife) to enjoy without any distractions and care in the world. And we kept the best thing for the last. A couple of friends had already stayed at Founder's Lodge before, so we partly knew what to expect, however, the extra ordinary people who manage Founder's Lodge gave us so much more. Right from the onset, I needed to amend the booking due to a certain life event, which Glynnis helped sort out seamlessly. I know a lot of well-respected properties would've just chosen to say no sighting the T&Cs. Our welcome to the Founders Lodge was not with flowers, garlands, etc., which people expect generally expect from a boutique luxury property. But instead, we were welcomed with genuine inquisitiveness and warmth of Glynnis and Gini. They inquired why we missed our evening game drive (a bummer indeed, but I also didn't want to miss my only chance to surf at J-bay), which Glynnis made sure everyone knew by the end of our stay ;). What followed for 3 days was pure bliss. Mornings started with game drives (which included a coffee/tea break with a special shot of Amarula, which made sure that everyone was happy and awake), followed by lunch, evening game drive (which included a great sundowner at vantage point in the game reserve with some drinks of your choice to help unwind), and dinner. Founder's Lodge made sure that no one gets the same venue every day, which kept things interesting. We particularly loved the dinner at the library on our last night, which was a relaxing date after what was a particularly hectic and lively trip around Cape Town and the Garden Route. Much needed indeed. The food was beautifully curated and served with a lot of love. Game Drives were conducted in different parts of Shamwari. We saw the majority of big 5 except the elusive leopard. Now comes the best part of the Founder's Lodge. Its people. Glynnis and Craig managed the entire show seamlessly and have truly set an example for what hospitality should be like in its truest spirit. Everything was done out of pure love and affection and not out of any obligation. They've set a benchmark. Cynthia, Mandla, Gini, and the entire staff cared for us like family (along with ensuring that we're give enough space) and ensured Rutu always had a drink in her hand. I fondly remember our liquor tasting session with Mandla one afternoon. And last but not the least, Marthus (our guide for the game drives). What a legend. He's younger than both of us but has experienced so much in life. Your personality was inspiring. He's done so much in life at such a young age that I can't even comprehend. Hope you achieve everything you've set out to be and much more and get the dream bike of yours real soon. I realize that I've taken a lot of words to make one point and one point only. If you're in South Africa, you've to go to the Founder's Lodge. Period. It's an experience of a lifetime. As I write this review on my laptop working from home, the memories of Founder's Lodge has brought a smile on my face. I miss those days. Rutu and I hope to be back some day to relive these memories!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 13 Mar 2024
It's guests like you, Chinmay, who make what we do so worthwhile - thank you from all of us for this wonderful review. We look so forward to welcoming you & Rutu back one day xx
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Mantis Founders Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Mantis Founders Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
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Yes, Mantis Founders Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.