Customer review rating (ALL Rating) 5.0/5 15 reviews



Hotel extras

  • 4x4 guided game drives on 25 000ha of wilderness area

  • Gymnasium and steam room

  • Outdoor Pool

  • Community and conservation focused guest experiences

  • Home to the first South African Bear Gryll's Survival Academy Kids Experience

Our accommodation(s)


Honeymoon Pod

  • 2 pers. max
  • 32 / 344 sq ft
  • Bedding 1 x King size bed(s)
  • Views: Hills view or Panorama view
  • Most of the accommodation: Balcony

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Hotel location


Sidbury Eastern Cape South, Africa
South Africa

GPS:-33.457189, 26.123962

Hotel services

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On site
  • Swimming pool
  • Car park
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Breakfast
  • Bar
  • 100% Non Smoking Property


Enjoy the enticing flavours of the Eastern Cape, traditional BBQ dinners and sumptuous lunches.

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ALL Rating  5.0/5  15 reviews

TripAdvisor Rating  5.0/5  165 reviews

Certificate of excellence 2024

Beautiful, friendly lodge and excellent game drives

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

592camillar TripAdvisor review

We had the most wonderful 3 night stay at Founders Lodge. Glynnis and Craig (and their entire team) were amazing hosts - so friendly and welcoming, and real perfectionists! The fabulous meals were all served at different spots around the Lodge, so we had a range of views and rooms to enjoy throughout our stay. The food throughout was delicious. The Lodge is set overlooking an amazing landscape, and there were always views of rhino, warthogs, giraffe etc etc to enjoy from there. The new hideaway, which overlooks the waterhole, allows remarkably close-up viewing of the animals as they drink and bathe. The two game drives per day across Shamwari were brilliant, and we enjoyed the company of our great guide, Martus. We saw pretty much everything (apart from the elusive leopards), and always from a fantastic viewpoint with very few (if any) other vehicles nearby. The highlight was seeing a recent kill of a baby giraffe by lions one afternoon, and the next morning seeing the same lions (with cubs) fully tucking into the remains of the carcass. Not pretty, but fascinating! The abundance of elephants and rhinos was a joy to see, and we probably had better viewings of them on this safari than we've ever had on others we've been on. I'd really recommend visiting the Born Free Sanctuary while you're there, too. The whole vibe of Founders Lodge, and its staff, is so relaxed and charming (but run like clockwork by Glynnis and Craig!). We really hope we're able to go back there again some time. Thanks so much to everyone for looking after us so well (and for making the dinner with the special guest happen!!).

You are most welcome, Camilla - we are so glad that you & Michael had a wonderful stay with us here at Founders Lodge! Hope to welcome you back in the future xx

Wow, Wow, Wow.

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Kim H TripAdvisor review

Wow, wow , wow. This place is outstanding and worthy of six stars! We have just spent seven nights here and have to say absolutely everything and everybody is perfect! The food is out of this world and the chefs are deserving of Michelin Stars! Our room (the master suite) is stunning with all necessary requirements! White fluffy gowns, we needed them as our luggage did not arrive for four days , so we literally arrived in the clothes that we stood up in! Luckily Glynnis and Craig the managers were extremely kind and arranged for us to pop our gowns on whilst they arranged for our clothes to be freshly laundered each day! Glynnis and Craig are amazing managers and because our luggage containing urgent medication hadn't arrived they did everything they could to help us trace it and Glynnis even rang a local surgery/pharmacy for us to try and get an emergency supply of medicines. I hasten to add that we had taken sufficient medication for the flights and first day but due to cancelled flights and missed connections it wasn't enough! Just nothing was too much trouble for either of them! When our luggage finally arrived and the airline refused to courier it out to us Craig arranged for his private driver to go to Port Elizabeth to collect it. We are forever grateful! The game drives are absolutely outstanding and our guide Martis was superb getting us to the best viewing points to see so many wild animals, it was the most incredible, emotional and spiritual experience for both of us! And worth every penny! Thank you all so much, Kim and Pete xx

It was our pleasure hosting you both for 7 nights and we hope that next year's trip becomes a reality! Sending our very best regards to both of you, Kim & Pete, till next year.............. xx

Most incredible experience

Customer review rating 5.0/5

Cristina Families - Confirmed reviews ALL

I don’t have enough words to describe this experience. If you can, spend a few days there. I hope I can come back someday

Thank you, Christina - we so appreciate your review :)

5 Stars & more! A lifetime memorable experience enhanced by the natural beauty, setting, and an amazing team!

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Go42354860763 Families - TripAdvisor review

Welcoming and friendly team, fantastic room with amazing views, delicious food with different table spot each day! Great drinks from Mandla & team, breathtaking game drives with Sikhumbuzo. Best 5 star experience! Overwhelming great!

Thank you so much for this lovely review - we so appreciate it :)

Fantastic feel like family

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Meander52424203270 TripAdvisor review

Exception experience fluffy pillows friendly staff great atmosphere excelent food fantastic views. The staff is so friendly they make you feel so at home and that you are part of the family. Clean is a understatement this was so clean no bug would survive

So glad you enjoyed your "home away from home" experience with us at Founders Lodge! We hope to welcome you back in the future.

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