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Sidbury Road, off N2, Paterson, Eastern Cape, Eastern Cape, 1724, South Africa

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Founders Lodge is 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 the Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve, only 75 km from Port Elizabeth, 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. Game drives are on the adjacent world renowned Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve and guided walks 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.

Owner Intruduction

“I had always dreamt that one day I would own my own piece of Africa and with my heart firmly set on restoring the overgrazed Eastern Cape land, this dream became a reality in 1992 when I opened the then 12 000 hectare Shamwari Game Reserve.

With Shamwari, I was able to share the joy of South Africa’s incredible wildlife with local and foreign tourists alike and soon it became a profitable conservation project, giving back to the earth so dear to me.  As it became more popular, I felt the need to keep a little piece of this jewel for family getaways.  During my time of ownership, I held onto a section of the farm and used it only as a secluded retreat with full transversing rights over the now, 20 000 hectare, Shamwari Game Reserve.

It’s this 400 hectare piece of picturesque private land that I still own (after selling the Game Reserve in 2008) and wish to share with those who choose to adventure through the African wilderness and share my dream.

Named the Founder’s Lodge, this unique experience will become available to guests mid-2016.  The character-filled old farmhouse on this distinct piece of land is a link to something my team and I created.    I love the breath-taking views across the cliffs, valleys and sprawling natural bushveld.  And with the conscious decision not to re-introduce the bigger more dangerous animals to this property, I know that guests will enjoy the spectacular walking expeditions and bird-watching experiences on offer together with BIG 5  game drives on Shamwari.

I am excited to share my dream – it’s sure to be a special safari experience like no other.”

6 Suites - Sleeps 12

Policies

Child Policy:

• No children under 12 allowed.

Transfers:

• Transfers are on request and can be arranged with reservations at an additional cost.

• All transfers are handled by an accredited car hire or charter company.

Payment Policy:

• Full payment required 30 days prior to arrival.

• Mantis Collection reserves the right to release bookings should payment not be received by the requested date.

• Any discrepancies on the tax invoice issued for confirmed bookings must be addressed with Reservations within 7 days of issue and at the time of booking.

• All bank charges are for the account of the tour operator and or travel agent and will not be paid by Mantis Collection.

• 2.5% interest will be added to all late payments.

Peak Season (20 December – 10 January):

• A 10% (non-refundable) deposit is required within 30 days of booking being made for all reservations in peak period to secure the booking.

• Full pre-payment is required 60 days prior to arrival to avoid automatic release of bookings.

• Voucher numbers will not be accepted as guarantees for bookings.

• Reservations held with no means of guarantee such as a deposit, may be cancelled by Mantis on notice to the agent in order to accommodate other bookings.

Provisional Reservations / Release Dates:

• All bookings made with Founders Lodge will be regarded confirmed unless otherwise requested at the time of booking.

• No bookings will be held in tour operator names, full names of guests travelling must be provided when making a reservation.

• No provisional bookings will be accepted between 20 December and 10 January (travelling dates).

• Subject to availability, i.e. should limited suites be available, only confirmed bookings will be accepted.

• Bookings made less than 30 days prior to arrival will be held for 48 hours.

• Bookings made 60 to 90 days prior to arrival will be held for 7 working days.

• Bookings made more than 90 days prior to arrival will be held for 14 days.

Cancellations:

General

• Only written cancellations will be accepted. Ensure that an acknowledgement of cancellation is received from Reservations.

• 25% of full accommodation amount will be levied if cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival.

• 50% of full accommodation amount will be levied if cancelled less than 15 days prior to arrival.

• 100% of full accommodation amount will be levied if cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival.

Peak Season Cancellation

(20 December – 10 January)

• Only written cancellations will be accepted. Ensure that an acknowledgement of cancellation is received from Reservations.

• 50% of full accommodation amount will be levied if cancelled less than 60 days prior to arrival.

Information

RATES ARE SUBJECT TO ROOM & RATE AVAILABILITY

Terms & Conditions

Rates are:

• Quoted, invoiced and payable in ZAR.

• Quoted per adult sharing per night.

• Subject to a 50% supplement for suites occupied by one adult.

• Inclusive of all meals, two game drives per day, selected local beverages, tourism levy and 14% VAT.

• Exclude premium branded beverages, telephone, transfers, laundry and any additional expenses are for your own account for settlement on departure. 

• We recommend a minimum stay of two nights throughout the year.

• Subject to change without prior notice.

Multi Property Discoint

Valid 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2019, excluding the period 15 December 2017 to 15 January 2018 and 15 December 2018 to 15 January 2019. If you book 4 nights or more at any two of our Eastern Cape Properties you will receive a further 5% discount off your stay. (Participating properties are: No5 by Mantis, The Windermere, Founders Lodge, Royal St. Andrews Boutique Hotel and Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve). [Terms & Conditions apply to this special, and may not be booked in conjunction with another special.

Hotel Facilities

Accommodation

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.

The 6 en-suite rooms , each with own veranda, offer the utmost in luxurious safari lodge living including a king-sized bed, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.

Features

• Safari based activities adjacent on the Shamwari Game Reserve

• 45 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth Airport

• Natural extension to the Garden Route

• Seasonal South African cuisine

• 6 suites, each with own veranda

• Billiard room/lounge with bar and fireplace

• Drawing room

• Library with business centre facilities

• Elevated viewing terrace

• The Founders Collection Room

• The Trading Post

• Gym & Steam room

• Dining room

• Casual dining terrace

• Boma

• 2 Outdoor Swimming pools

• Complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the lodge 

Amenities 

• Percale linen, bathrobes and slippers

• King or twin beds

• Air Conditioning

• Hairdryers

• Electronic safes

• Laundry and ironing services on request

• Concierge Services

• Bathroom amenities

• Tea/coffee making facilities

• Fitted international adaptors

Airports

Directions to Founders Lodge

Follow the N2 east out of Port Elizabeth, heading towards Grahamstown bypassing the R342 turn-off. Continue along the N2 until you reach a sign board Founder’s Lodge on the Sidbury road. Turn left on the gravel road and follow this road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction, turn left you travel only 500m and you will turn left again and follow sign boards to Founder’s Lodge.

Please be aware that South Africa has introduced strict immigration regulations when it comes to travelling with children. Please ensure that you are carrying the correct documentation when travelling as a family.

See & Do

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.

 

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Suites Single - Each with own veranda, offer the utmost in luxurious safari lodge living including a king-sized bed, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.
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Suite Double - Each with own veranda, offer the utmost in luxurious safari lodge living including a king-sized bed, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.
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Suites Single - Each with own veranda, offer the utmost in luxurious safari lodge living including a king-sized bed, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.
Max people: 10
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Suites Single - Each with own veranda, offer the utmost in luxurious safari lodge living including a king-sized bed, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.
Max people: 10
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Suites Single - Each with own veranda, offer the utmost in luxurious safari lodge living including a king-sized bed, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.
Max people: 10
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Suite Double - Each with own veranda, offer the utmost in luxurious safari lodge living including a king-sized bed, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.
Max people: 10
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Suite Double - Each with own veranda, offer the utmost in luxurious safari lodge living including a king-sized bed, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.
Max people: 10
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Suite Double - Each with own veranda, offer the utmost in luxurious safari lodge living including a king-sized bed, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe.
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