Founders Lodge was the private residence of Adrian Gardiner, founder and visionary of Mantis Collection and Shamwari Game Reserve. 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.
With the co-operation and agreement of the current owners of Shamwari, Founders Lodge has undergone extensive renovations to enable Adrian and Mantis to convert Founders into a self contained commercial lodge. For the Big 5 experience, Founders Lodge has an agreement with the current owners of Shamwari for game drives to take place on their world-renowned reserve. The entrance to the Big 5 reserve is 50 meters from Founders Lodge. Guided walks will take place on the Founders private 400 hectare reserve.
The secluded Founders Lodge, with only 6 suites and scenic surrounds, aspires to offer private tailored experiences, drawing inspiration from all the fond memories Adrian had of hosting friends, family and celebrities at Shamwari.
Located in the original residence, the Master Suite comes with a 4 poster bed, private verandah and all the modern day creature comforts expected at a 5 star lodge.
The Contemporary Suites lead from the courtyard, with easy access to the various public spaces and guest facilities at the lodge. The contemporary design of the rooms, creates a sense of space and relaxation, complimenting the breathtaking views across the cliffs, valleys and sprawling natural bushveld from the private verandah's.
24-hour Security, Bar, Business Centre, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, TV Room
Air Conditioning, Bath, Complementary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Heater, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Room Service
A “must-do” for any visitor to South Africa, game drives provide the perfect opportunity to observe African wildlife in their natural habitat. Nowhere else in the world is one treated to such a variety of animal and birdlife, each one beautiful, unique and perfectly adapted to its environment.
Founders Lodge is located just 50m from the entrance to Shamwari Game Reserve, one of the largest private conservation initiatives in South Africa. The Reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5 (elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) as well as 5 of the 7 biomes of South Africa, which allows for a large concentration and variety of wildlife.
Daily game drives with professional guides provide countless sightings of diurnal (day-time) animals, while the more elusive nocturnal animals are discovered during the evening drives. Sundowner drinks at sunset and coffee/tea at sunrise add an extra special touch.
Children under the age of 4 years are not permitted to join game drives.
Qualified guides provide the opportunity for guests to experience the excitement of tracking, as well as identifying birds, insects and plants. These walks are restricted to the 400 hectare Founders reserve, which is free of predators and dangerous animals, to allow for more freedom of movement.
No children under the age of 6 will be allowed on game walks.
Guests are treated to delicious traditional South African fare with a modern gourmet twist. Our chef makes use of fresh seasonal ingredients and menus are changed regularly. Meals are served outside as often as possible in the boma or at our bush picnic venue. For those days when a more comfortable environment is required, meals are either served in the dining room or on the dining terrace.