Mantis Founders Lodge is an intimate 6-suite lodge with a local staff compliment, enabling us to curate an exceptional experience over the time your clients spend at Founders Lodge. In addition to Big Five game drives on Shamwari Game Reserve – we provide insight into our part of the Eastern Cape through a variety of interactions with conservation, culture, creatures, and cuisine.

Authentic South African cuisine made with love by local chef Louise. Her wholesome dishes include fresh produce from the garden and is served at different locations around the lodge – paired with the best wines and a different view at each meal.

Unique to the Founder’s experience are nature walks within the 400-hectare Founders Reserve which is set in a rare biome that exists only in this part of the Eastern Cape. The guides grew up in the area and are familiar with this endangered typography which is home to flora and fauna species that only occur here.

Founders Lodge was designed to give your guests a sense of place and belonging. The lodge itself was created around an indigenous garden courtyard which leads to all the social spaces and guest rooms. Each suite has a private verandah that leads onto lush lawns and never-ending sights of bushveld and open skies.