An exceptional place to find yourself

Founders Lodge Boma

We are born of Africa.

Founded by Adrian Gardiner in 2000 with a passion for creating destinations where man and nature could co-exist sustainably. After turning drought ravaged and degraded bushveld into a private conservation success story in the Eastern Cape, South Africa; Adrian’s pioneering spirit lead the growth of the Mantis Collection.

Mantis has unearthed hotels and eco-escapes across all seven continents; in far-flung corners, vibrant cityscapes, across vast African plains, and most places in between. Each with a unique spirit, yet all are linked by a collective obsession to be extraordinary, to nurture the natural environment, and preserve all that is meaningful.

Mantis is a Pioneer that searches for and uncovers new possibilities, and new destinations so that people can have access to more fulfilling lives. In a world of diminishing rarity, we partner with curious explorers who seek to discover truly rare destinations and life-affirming experiences.

We believe our group’s growth and respectability in the market place has been founded on our acknowledgement and respect of the environment, hence the acronym for Mantis:

Man And Nature Together Is Sustainable.

Divided into five distinct groups, specialist areas include boutique hotels, game reserves, eco lodges and adventure experiences. Each is the finest example of its kind and celebrates the culture, cuisine, architecture and nature of the locations in which it is found, offering guests a truly authentic experience.

Mantis offers member properties the ideal sales, marketing and management solution for their boutique business to ensure successful growth and drive long term brand development. The company also offers consultancy services in other disciplines including conservation, education and hotel development.

Mantis. An exceptional place to find yourself.