Meet Michelin Starred Chef, Adam Gray

Michelin Starred Chef, Adam Gray

Executive Chef, Devonshire Club

The Devonshire Club in London is a stylish combination of West-end glamour and East End panache, and you get a modern British experience. At the heart of five floors of prestige, you will find Number Five restaurant where Michelin Star Chef, Adam Gray, serves a range of modern-British dishes.

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Adam Gray, Executive Chef at Devonshire Club

Adam Gray is not your run-of-the-mill Executive Chef. He is a health and fitness enthusiast with a few physical feats under his belt, including Spartan sprints and Serpentine open water swims. His passion for wellness fuels his finesse in the kitchen so rest assured that the dishes at the Devonshire are seasonal and a great deal of consideration is given to where ingredients come from, if they are sustainable, and whether they ethically sourced.

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English asparagus, spring garlic dressing and shallot brioche crumb

With over 30 years of experience and holding a Michelin Star for over a decade; Adam’s gourmet cuisine at Number Five is a celebration of seasonality and food provenance. Using seasonal ingredients from the British Isles, every plate is an impeccable execution that displays his passion for healthy, British food.

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Healthy British Favourites!

Number Five is a 110-seater eatery illuminated by floor to ceiling garden facing windows with sumptuous leather banquette seating and stylish tables and chairs.

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Number Five at Devonshire Club, London
Number Five at Devonshire Club, London
Number Five at Devonshire Club, London

Number Five’s menu mirrors Devonshire Club’s seamless fusion of history and modernity, with nods towards traditional East-London fayre complemented by contemporary offerings.

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Yorkshire grain fed free range chicken with caramelised cauliflower, asparagus and girolles.
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The Famous Devonshire Club Brunch

Do your palate a favour and book a table at Number Five, and if you need a little more convincing; see more at @devonshire_club. 

To our friends in the Southern hemisphere; here’s something to keep you warm this winter; the recipe for Adam’s Mulled Wine.

Spectacular Biyela!

Biyela Lodge opens at uMfolozi Big Five Reserve

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The splendour of Biyela

uMfolozi Big Five Reserve is a 6000-hectare concession that is an extension of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Made of tribal land owned by local tribal communities; uMfolozi is a monumental example of land reform in a time when South Africa is staring blank-faced at the Land Issue. Unused land was adjoined to existing government protected land to benefit the environment and create sustainable economic benefits for surrounding rural tribes.

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Main swimming pool at Biyela Lodge

Biyela Lodge is the latter of two 5-star lodges in this wilderness, and the team welcomed their first guests on the 1st of May. Enjoy this sneak peek of the lodge.

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Private villas situated higher on the ridge

Biyela Lodge is a spectacular showcase of modern safari lifestyle tiered on a descending cliff overlooking an oxbow lagoon in the White uMfolozi River. Biyela Lodge has 12 Private Villas which are perfectly appointed with a minimalistic sense that suits the humid Zululand bush. Each Villa has a lounge area with monochromatic accents and cool greys, whites and creams. This clean, crisp theme is a beautiful contrast to the dense ever-green bushveld and a welcome reprieve from the humid atmosphere.

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Biyela Lodge Private Villa
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Private Villa at Biyela Lodge

Standing on your private balcony in one of the Private Villas perched on the ridge; you look directly towards rock-faced cliffs dotted with ancient cave entrances.

Biyela Private Villa Bathroom
Biyela Private Villa Bathroom

Right below you is a cascading thicket that meets the sandy river bed where herds of elephants, buffalo, baboons, crocodiles, hippos and wild dogs may be spotted. There are over 600 bird species in the area, and sitting from your private deck you can spot a variety of them weaving about the indigenous thickets.

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View from Private Villa over the White uMfolozi River. Image by Andrew Taylor
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Brown Hooded Kingfisher at uMfolozi Big Five Reserve

The middle chalets that flank the main lodge make you feel like you’re seated in a wilderness amphitheatre and encompass a wide angle view of the bushveld, river, the cliffs and the beautiful façade of Private Villas cupping the oxbow lagoon. The Family Villas are situated lower on the embankment providing more privacy and views of the river.

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Private Villa situated lower on the ridge

The guest lodge has various lounges and a large restaurant which all lead onto a large extended balcony with a fire pit and rim flow pool. There is also a bar and Africology spa with a single and 2 double treatment rooms. A range of wellness experiences is offered in the spa which is on a lower level beneath the main lounge making it a cool sanctuary where you can enjoy a peaceful revival of your mind and body.

Guests of Biyela Lodge enjoy fantastic game experiences right from their cinematic spots in the lodge and Private Villas, as well as game drives in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Big Five Reserve. The 6000-hectare uMfolozi Big Five Reserve is exclusively for our guests and because of the river, many wildlife and bird species are found here.

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Cheetah at uMfolozi Big Five Reserve

When staying at uMfolozi Big Five Reserve; guests become part of a monumental legacy of conservation, responsible land-use, and sustainable economic development for Rural Communities. All they have to do to make a difference is enjoy the best of the good life in this precious ecosystem that we have all been given the privilege of sharing with the wildlife and the people of the heavens – amaZulu.

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Traditional Zulu cultural dance

Contact Mantis Central Reservations to book your wilderness experience.

+27 (0) 41 404 9300 | reservations@mantiscollection.com

China Joins the Ethical Conservation Revolution

A strategic partnership with China; renewed hope for conservation.

Worldwide Experience drives conservation forward through education, volunteer programmes, and hands-on accredited courses facilitated by ethical partner projects and properties.

Worldwide Experience is a division of Mantis and spearheads the conservation project development arm of Mantis Education. Worldwide offers a range of experiences that place travellers, veterinary students and volunteers at the forefront of conservation operations.

Worldwide Experience recently hosted Giacomo Falcone of Kooka Nature in the People’s Republic of China. In two weeks, the Worldwide team showcased numerous projects and properties in South Africa and Namibia, and Kooka Nature has committed to sending groups from China on nature conservation expeditions to Africa and beyond.

Giacomo got to meet an elephant at a project which provides a home for three elephants rescued from an elephant-back safari operation. The elephants have their handlers with them throughout the day, with volunteers joining on early morning walks to help monitor the behaviour and capture this data.

This agreement enables Worldwide Experience to target audiences from the Far East with conservation messaging. The main goal is that each traveller returns to China as an ambassador for conservation and influences a paradigm shift in their communities’ attitude towards wildlife products.

Giacoma with Stenden’s Jacques de Klerk at Kofflyaggte, their wildlife management campus. Jacques has his masters degree in wildlife management, and his passion, knowledge and expertise impressed Giacomo immensely, so much so, Giacomo insists that groups from China attend this experience. Here Jacques is showing Giacoma how technology is used in conservation.

Kooka Nature is a tour operator under the Qiaounyu Foundation, a powerful foundation in China with strong links to their government. The organisation has agreements to manage over 70 protected natural areas in China, some of which have been earmarked for  Worldwide Experience to assist with the development of nature education camps at several of these spectacular locations.

Giacomo meeting a cheetah up close at the Daniell Cheetah Centre. Cheetahs here serve as ambassadors for their species and are also part of a national breeding programme to diversify the Cheetah gene pool.

“Give them the fields and the woods, and the possibility of the world salvaged from the lords of profit.

Stand them in the stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in,

its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossom. Attention is the beginning of devotion” ~ Mary Oliver

For more information about Worldwide Experience, and to become part of the ethical conservation revolution – please contact info@worldwideexperience.com or +44 (0) 1483 860 560.

With Love from Rwanda

 

“Rwanda is a beacon of hope and the university of Africa” ~ Adrian Gardiner, Kwita Izina 2018

With love from Rwanda
Kwita Izina 2018, photo by Andrew Morgan

Mantis has been invested in the growth of tourism and conservation in Rwanda for many years. Our interest in Rwanda began at the time Mantis consulted on the strategic plans for Akagera National Park in 2007. We found a kindred spirit in Rwanda and its people who share our commitment to conservation and restoration.

Akagera Lions
Akagera National Park Lions

Our early work in Rwanda birthed a vision that would create a unique tourism circuit and spread economic growth throughout the provinces. In 2018 we were awarded the development and management contract of the Akagera Game Lodge. Our work at the lodge began with managing operations and upskilling the staff.

Akagera Game Lodge
Akagera Game Lodge

Major upgrades are underway to bring the facilities up to the Mantis standard. Akagera Game Lodge will comprise 60 bedrooms,  a conference centre, restaurant, and a bar.

Akagera Game Lodge
Akagera Game Lodge bedroom
Akagera Game Lodge pool view

Once these renovations are completed in 2020, Akagera Game Lodge will be fully incorporated into the Mantis portfolio. Set on a hill within Akagera National Park, the lodge is a mere 5-minute drive from the South Entrance of the Park, 20 minutes from Lake Ihema where you can enjoy water-based safaris, and 2 hours from Kigali.

River safaris on Lake Ihema
See Akagera National Park from Lake Ihema

Under the management of African Parks, Akagera National Park has returned to its former glory and is home to the Big Five and nearly 500 bird species including the Shoebill and Papyrus Gonolek.

Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park, photo by Andrew Morgan

We have since then acquired EPIC Hotel & Suites by Mantis outside the Akagera National Park. This will enable Mantis guests to enter Akagera National Park in the South, enjoy a stay at Akagera Game Lodge before traversing out the Nothern gate to the resort-style luxury of EPIC Hotel.

Mantis has conceptualised a strategic plan to link the natural gems of Rwanda and we are pleased to announce that we are well on our way to creating a unique tourism loop. Our portfolio now includes Cleo Lake Kivu- a boutique marina hotel in Kibuye and The Kivu Queen, a luxury houseboat on Lake Kivu. Both are set to open in 2020, with a few more key experiences in our pipeline.

Rwanda Lake Kivu
Rwanda Lake Kivu

The Rwandan government is on a mission to ensure that tourism benefits all its people and that the environment is protected at all times – this is directly in line with Mantis’ core pillars.

The pride of Rwanda
The pride of Rwanda, photo by Andrew Morgan

In addition to property development and hospitality management, Mantis is also committed to creating sustainable community development opportunities in Rwanda. Together with CCFA and African Parks, Mantis is part of a huge project to populate the Lake Ihema with fish to create a much-needed source of sustenance and income for over 100 families in the area.

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Traditional Rwandanese fishing boat on Lake Kivu

Mantis in the heart of the Serengeti

The place where the land runs forever

We are ecstatic to take over the management of Siringit Serengeti Camp, a permanent tented camp set on a migration corridor in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The camp is set on a migration corridor and guests enjoy direct views of this wildlife phenomena twice a year.

Siringit Camp is 6km from the Seronera Airstrip and one hour’s drive from ‘Nabi Hill,’ the gateway to the Serengeti National Park for guests arriving by road from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The camp has 8 tents including a 2-bedroom family tent that accommodates up to 6 people. Set on polished hardwood floors, each tent is 45 square meters in size comprising a generous private veranda leading into a plush suite overlooking the surrounding plains and wildlife. The tent interiors are made up of modernised African textures, and plush fabrics in fresh shades of whites, greys and neutrals. Indigenous greenery and woven baskets are used functionally throughout the space.

raised deck with a covered verandah
Luxury canvas tent
Two-bedroom family tent

The en-suite bathroom has a flushing toilet, hardwood walls, and double porcelain vanities with nostalgic brass taps.  Each bathroom has a shower with a window.

double vanity, flushing toilets and walk-in shower with hot and cold waterSiringit Camp offers shared, and private-use game drives in the Serengeti where some favourite sightings have been lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and black rhino. A visit to the famous hippo pool and balloon safaris are just some of the experiences we recommend to our guests. The migration can be seen from the camp in May and June, and in fewer numbers in August. 

Direct views of the migration in May, June and August.

Exciting activities for the kids include bow and arrow shooting with the Masai warriors, learning how to make a fire the Masai way by rubbing two sticks together, roasting marshmallows on the campfire, or spear throwing lessons with mom and dad.

You can always follow the migration wherever it is in the Park. It’s more or less a 2.5-hour game drive away.

Siringit Camp has one of the best chefs in Tanzania. Guests are delighted with a creative menu, which consists of mainly European dishes with a dash of African flair.

Europeans cuisine with an African flair
Contemporary dining tent with exquisite furnishings
Lounge area with views over the plains
Peculiar tranquillity in the heart of the Serengeti

The experience-collectors and curious adventurers who stay with Mantis can now also enjoy an ultimate Tanzanian bush and beach experience with Siringit Serengeti Camp and the sought-after Nungwi Dreams by Mantis which is located one of the best beaches in Zanzibar.

Contact our Central Reservations team to book:

reservations@mantiscollection.com | 0027 41 404 9300

Education for Change

Education for Change

The Mantis Community Upliftment Programme

Vuvu, housekeeper at The Windermere by Mantis

Conservation and eco-tourism have brought a new way of life to communities that once lived off the land. Game reserves provide an alternative to urbanisation, giving people means to provide for the families while living in harmony with the land and preserving life in the countryside. We employ people from the communities in which our properties operate, and incorporate their services into our business models. We have turned our attention to the gaps in the employment cycle, and together with Stenden South Africa and the CCFA, have set up the Mantis Community Upliftment Programme(MCUP). The MCUP is an intensive hospitality and conservation course hosted at Fish River Resort in the Eastern Cape.

Skhumbuzo the ranger, Founders Lodge by Mantis

The hospitality and conservation course will be facilitated by lecturers from Stenden South Africa, which is a leader in hospitality training. The relationship between Stenden and Mantis goes back to 2001 when Adrian Gardiner co-founded Stenden South Africa. Mantis has since sponsored numerous students from disadvantaged communities in the Eastern Cape and incorporated them into the ranks of Mantis establishments around the world. In 2019, the first recipients of the combined AccorHotels and Mantis bursary, Bulelwa Maxam and Tumelo Daniels, started their degrees in Hospitality Management at Stenden [read more about this]. These young women are the proud ambassadors for the Mantis Community Upliftment Programme. “When administered properly, community-based learning can be invaluable to the learner and assist in procuring permanent employment. Our hope is that this investment in the people who live around our reserves and hotels produces sustainable development in our communities.” Gardiner said.

Chef Louise at Founders Lodge by Mantis

Mantis and Stenden South Africa have joined forces to provide free week-long training for 80 people from disadvantaged communities around Fish River Resort. Mantis Collection successfully reopened and has been taking care of the Fish River Resort for the past 15 months, employing 63 people from the surrounding communities. The Hospitality and Conservation Training Course is only open to residents from the communities of Prudhoe, Benton, Nier, Bell, Peddie, Hamburg, Gcinisa, and Mgababa. The first training is scheduled to take place from the 1st to the 12th of July 2019 and the application process is underway.

Read more about the Mantis Community Upliftment programme here. 

Meet Mukupa Zulu, Ranger at Lion Camp

We are very fortunate at Mantis. By some profound force of goodness, every person who works in our offices, hotels, and lodges embodies the spirit of “Man And Nature Together Is Sustainable”. When we say #IamMantis; we mean it. We live it. The first member of our family that we would like to introduce you to is Mukupe Zulu who is a ranger at Lion Camp by Mantis, and a hero in his community.

“I started my working career as a teacher but eventually was drawn by the beauty of wildlife.  I started at  Tafika as a trainee guide in 2007.  Since then I have qualified as a walking guide and are passionate about the bush and sharing it with people.” – Mukupa Zulu

Mukupa left teaching for the wilderness, but his love for educating young people never left him. He recognised that many young girls were dropping out of school and being married off prematurely, and decided to do something to influence a change in his community. He started the Mkasanga Hope Foundation in 2008. The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage girl child education in the communities around the Mwanya chiefdom which in that year, had only produced one girl matriculant.

Mukupa’s Mkasanga Hope Foundation grew and increased its awareness programmes to include wildlife conservation and health. His education programmes were mainly executed through theatre productions.  He took his theatre group around the Mkasanga area and funded the entire operation from his own salary of just US$50 at the time.  He has seen more parents become sensitised to the necessity of keeping their daughters in school for as long as possible.

After the renovations were completed at Lion Camp by Mantis, Mukupe received all the leftover wood, borrowed equipment from the camp, and spent his vacation making furniture for a school in the area.

 

Next time you venture out to Lion Camp, be sure to check out their listing on Pack-for-a-Purpose and see what you can pack in your luggage to assist Mukupe on his mission to be the change he desires to see in the world around him. You are also more than welcome to make donations to Mukupe’s cause by contacting Di Luden at CCFA.

 

 

Unite your brood

Iconic Cape Town

We don’t take half-measures when it comes to location. When we say on the beach, we mean it and when we say close to Kirstenbosch Gardens, we mean right on top of it. Mantis Owners Collection offers private villas set in the best locations in Africa.

Boulders Beach Villa, Simon’s Town

Boulders Beach Villa is right on Boulders Beach, Simons Town – a Marine Protected Area that forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Your family will have 4 en-suite bedrooms, large living areas, and a garden gate leading directly to the iconic granite boulders and a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins.

Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town

It is a swimming beach and the kids can spend hours exploring the rock pools, and clambering over the boulders which protect the beach from the wind. They will be fascinated while observing a few happy feet pattering over the white sand inlets. It is a breath-taking site and an impressive education in conservation. Simon’s Town is the home of the South African Navy and a living museum in its own right. If you would like to see the town’s charming silhouette from a new perspective, hop onto the new water bikes and enjoy a safe and environmentally friendly guided tour to Long Beach. This one is best enjoyed by the taller members of the family, as you must be at least 1.5m in height to operate the water bikes.

Image from: https://capetownwaterbikes.co.za/

Wake up in one of the 6 suites at Skydance Villa by Mantis in Bishopscourt, and you’ll start each morning with a personal greeting from the Table Mountain Reserve and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.

Skydance is sprawled out on a hill in Constantia. Every moment here is camera-worthy. Have fun creating memories in this generous family home surrounded by stylish finishes and comfortable opulence. There are enough bolt-holes to enjoy private moments, but the best spaces are the big lounges, gardens, and pool house where the family can get familiar again.

Image of Kirstenbosch Garden by Jean van der Meulen on Pixabay

Our guests receive free passes into the neighbouring Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, we can prepare some picnic baskets, and you can all make a day of it. Don’t resist the urge to take your shoes off. You can’t be in the heart of the Constantia Winelands and neglect the wine farms. Have long, lazy lunches on the lawns and terraces of some of the best wine farms and restaurants in the world. The endless lawns of these estates are lovely settings for gourmet lunches and board games under the trees.

*Children under 3 years old are accommodated free of charge at Skydance, while 4 to 12-year olds are charged R 595 per night if accommodated in an extra bed sharing a room with 2 adults. 

Big Seven and Family Safari

It’s not often that children present a back-to-school oral about seeing seven of the greatest land and sea animals in Africa, all in one holiday! Stay at The Windermere by Mantis in Port Elizabeth, a  10-bedroom hotel offering an intimate setting in a convenient location. The Windermere is just a stone’s throw from the harbour where the entire family can hop onto a boat and go on an ocean safari.

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We can arrange marine expeditions with licensed and responsible marine guides. You will have the chance to see whales, dolphins and all the other denizens of this unique bay. Named the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World in 2017, Nelson Mandela Bay has the biggest pods of Bottlenose Dolphins, year-round whale watching, a penguin colony, as well as the Big Five within a short distance. If your family stays for 2 nights or more, you will each receive a complimentary pass giving you access to free and discounted experiences around the bay. You can use your discounts towards your Big Seven experience if you book in advance.

Depart on the early flight to Johannesburg and make it in time for lunch at Jembisa Bush Home in the Waterberg region of Northern Limpopo.

Jembisa Bush Home, Limpopo

Your stay at this genuine bush home will be a delightful mix of adventure and comfort. Jembisa Bush Home has 5 bedrooms as well as social spaces styled with a contemporary take on Colonial interior design. This is a rich family experience that satisfies every age group. The little ones will leave as mini rangers, and all will become more aware of the need to protect nature so that it can be enjoyed for longer.

Mini rangers at Jembisa Bush Home

Got a case of island fever?

Mantis St Helena, St. Helena 

Mantis St Helena, James Town

If there was ever an immersive History lesson, St Helena is it! This is a volcanic rock formation turned island in the middle of the Atlantic. The island’s recorded history goes back 500 years when the Spanish first claimed it.   Its location in the middle of the Atlantic made it a natural resting place to break up the voyages from Europe to Africa and then Asia. The island was the home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile from France. He died on the island on May 5th, 1821. King Dingizulu of the Zulu, various Bahreini Princes and prisoners of the Boer War were also held on this island.

Mantis St Helena – a landscape photographer’s muse

Enthusiastic photographers will love capturing the landscape of St Helena which is a surprising mix of red earth hills, jagged stone shores, black-sand beaches, and lush green hills dotted with sheep. Mantis St Helena is the only luxury hotel on the island.

St Helena

Nungwi Dreams by Mantis, Zanzibar

Nungwi Dreams by Mantis

This is the stuff that memories are made from. White sand beaches with warm water and azure views for miles out. Nungwi Dreams by Mantis is an apartment-style hotel that offers practical accommodation options for different types of families. With 1- and 2-bedroom suites that can inter-lead, a large rim-flow pool, and full beach frontal; Nungwi Dreams is an ideal family destination.

Fresh daily seafood is always on offer at Nungwi Dreams

The hotel’s service is fantastic yet flexible so that guests can spend as much time as they want exploring the Spice Island.  There is a turtle conservancy nearby and the hotel can arrange all kinds of  Zanzibari experiences.

For more information on these and other exclusive family experience, please contact reservations@mantiscollection.com.

Are you careful enough to be curious?

Did you know that the origin of the word curious is “careful”? How fitting!

If you dare to pursue knowledge, step with great tact. There shouldn’t be development without replenishment, no safari without sustainable conservation. We take care so that you can defy normality, and dive into the adventures that pique your interest.

Carbon-neutral walking safaris in Zambia: Lion Camp by Mantis

Lion Camp by Mantis, South Luangwa Zambia

Imagine trekking on the same footing as wild animals and sensing time and space on their terms. A walking safari in the South Luangwa is the kind of adventure that should be on your bucket list. You know it should be on there, but how do you wrap your head around stepping in sync with the snores of dozing hippos? Can you begin to dream about sizing up your boot print alongside the trail of an elephant parade? Yes. You. Can.

Honeymoon Tent at Lion Camp by Mantis

You can choose to stay at Lion Camp by Mantis and enjoy walking safaris; guilt-free.  The camp is a 100% green and self-sufficient with its own water purifying plant, its own power supply, and a fully efficient recycling system and fresh produce that is locally grown by a farmer whose seeds & fertilizer is sponsored by Lion Camp.   In 2018 Lion Camp by Mantis became one of the first carbon neutral safari camps in South Luangwa through purchasing verified carbon offsets from Biocarbon Partners.  Going carbon neutral is the latest step in Lion Camp’s efforts to further reduce its ecological footprint and ensure minimal impact on the environment.

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Port Alfred, South Africa? You must be Curious!

Horseriding on Kelly’s Beach, Port Alfred

We love Port Alfred, and so will you. It is the perfect place for a coastal holiday and has a historical grace that makes it homely. Perfectly set on the Sunshine Coast of South Africa where you can enjoy every kind of water sport under the sun. Close to all the seaside fun is Royal St Andrews Hotel and Spa; winner of the 2018 Lilizela Best of the Best Hotels in the Eastern Cape and one of South Africa’s Top 25 Hotels in Tripadvisor’s 2019 Travellers’ Choice awards. If that does not pique your interest; then let us introduce you to their Gracious Hospitality.

The Honeymoon Suite in the Heritage Wing, Royal St Andrews Hotel & Spa

Sumptuous gourmet dining paired with luxury accommodation, deep sea fishing or a spot of beach horse riding. Should you be lucky enough to catch a fish, the Chef will prepare it for your dinner. Your food experience at Royal St Andrews is guaranteed to be top-notch. From the sophisticated dinners in Thistle Restaurant to long and lavish breakfasts in The Paper Nautilus. Your stay is not complete until you have some beautifully presented pub cuisine at The Highlander Pub; all the better with a Highlander Lager.

Highlander Lager – every pint supports the Wilderness Foundation

Enjoy this lap of luxury, because your stay has a positive impact on the environment and the community of Port Alfred. Read more about Royal St. Andrew’s journey towards sustainable operations.

Still not convinced to leave your armchair? Let’s Seuss it up.

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.

And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

~ Oh, the Places you will go by Dr Theodor Seuss Geisel

MANTIS: “Man and Nature Together Is Sustainable” ~Dr Ian Player

Exclusive Getaway: Island Hopping off East Africa

Imagine… immaculate beaches, clear sea waters and happy welcomes … all to yourself and your family or friends. If you’ve ever dreamed of an island-hopping holiday in the Indian Ocean, this will be hard to beat. 

Thanda Island, a private paradise in Tanzania’s Shungi Mbili Island Marine Reserve, is one of the world’s most exclusive destinations.

Circled by coral reefs and a marine reserve, the waters here teem with sea life – you can swim with gentle-giant whale sharks, and spy on turtles nesting. The villa offers a host of other activities too, such as floodlit tennis, table tennis, yoga, outstanding snorkelling, sailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, SUP-ing, water-skiing/wake-boarding and beach volleyball.
The luxurious, 5-bedroom, New England-style villa is built of sustainable materials and so that when dismantled, no trace will remain.

Looking after your every need are your own Executive Head Chef, Butlers, Hostess, Housekeepers, Cocktail Barman, Boatmen, Snorkelling Guide, Dive Instructor, Fishing Guide and Spa Therapist.

 

From here, it’s a lazy dhow ride to Nungwi Dreams by Mantis. This brand-new, 5 star boutique hotel lies at the northern tip of the highest rated and most pristine beach on the island of Zanzibar.

This secluded and luxurious hideaway has access to a private beach and all the convenience of every modern luxury. Contemporary architecture mingles with local Swahili and Arabic flair, giving you a complete experience on the Spice Island. Soak up the peace, or go exploring legendary Stonetown, Zanzibar’s unique island style will creep under your skin and into your heart.

Cooling off Nungwi Dreams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head south now to another private beach house, this time on the Mozambican island of Benguerra.

Nestled in a secluded location away from the famous Azura resort, the Presidential Villa is the epitome of style and luxury, and just a few steps from the beach. There are 3 en-suite bedrooms, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a media room, sitting/dining area with ‘wine bar’, huge infinity pool, and a fantastic treehouse to catch the afternoon breezes and panoramic views to Bazaruto Island.

Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Discover more here:

Thanda Island
Nungwi Dreams
The Presidential Villa