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Mantis Founders Lodge

A wildlife safari in the Eastern Cape. If the walls of Founder’s Lodge could speak; they would tell tales of late-night conversations between Adrian Gardiner and the late Dr Ian Player. The land you see around Founder’s was nurtured back to life after centuries of abuse. From cornerstone species to Dung Beetles; an entire ecosystem was worked back into place – this was the pioneering work of Adrian and the Mantis team, and the beginning of ecotourism in the Eastern Cape. Mantis Founder’s Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge set on a private concession near Port Elizabeth.
Mantis Founder’s Lodge offers classic hospitality that is focused on detailed service. This 6 suite wildlife safari lodge is in the Eastern Cape, just one hour from Port Elizabeth. Founder’s offers a luxurious safari experience with a flair of romance for couples, and an intimate social environment for families and friends travelling together.
Mantis Founder’s Lodge is situated alongside the world-renowned Shamwari Private Game Reserve which Adrian Gardiner created. Founder’s guests enjoy full access to Big Five game viewing on the 20 000-hectare reserve as well as intimate bushwalks in the 400-hectare Founder’s concession.Founder’s Lodge is a celebration of essential beginnings in sustainable tourism, culture, conservation, and community inclusion. This lodge is a monument to conservation history, and it offers soul-reviving safaris in the place where Adrian Gardiner pioneered private game reserves and eco-tourism in the Eastern Cape.