TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5 104 reviews

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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

This hotel participates to Planet 21 and is acting in favour of Positive Hospitality.

ALLSAFE approved hotel

Hotel location


Sidbury Eastern Cape South, Africa
South Africa

GPS:-33.457189, 26.123962

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In summary
On site
  • Swimming pool
  • Car park
  • Restaurant
  • Well-being
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast
  • Bar


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

Our accommodation(s)

The Founders Lodge accomodation is a mix of new and old. Guests can choose between staying on the original property with all of its old world charm or for something a touch more swanky and contemporary.


Honeymoon Pod

  • Max. number of persons: 2
  • Area: From 32 / 344 sq ft
  • Views: Hills view or Panorama view
  • Most of the accommodation: Balcony
  • Wireless internet in your room
  • High speed internet
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Coffee/tea making facilities(...)

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TripAdvisor Rating  5.0/5  104 reviews

Perfect way to celebrate our wedding anniversary

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

robertmU1983LR Couples - TripAdvisor review

We recently spent 3 nights at Founders Lodge. Everything about it was amazing. Craig and Glynnis were consummate hosts and made our whole experience feel very special. The lodge was beautiful, the service attentive but not intrusive, the game drives were truly amazing and all the meals were delicious. With the exception of the weather the whole stay was faultless. Special mentions to Nick our ranger on all the drives and Mandla for giving us great service throughout our stay.

Thank you, Rob - we are so glad that you & Kate had an anniversary to remember! Till next time....:)

Best Part of our Honeymoon

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

nityac2022 Couples - TripAdvisor review

We stayed at the Mantis Founders Lodge for our Honeymoon. It was the last stop on our trip and definitely the most memorable experience for our first African Safari. Craig and Glynnis really made us feel so special and welcomed. The property was amazing. The game drives, were exceptional and the food was so delicious. Glynnis made sure to accommodate all of our dietary restrictions and the staff was super friendly. There were so many special touches, eating lunch with the rhinos, unique cocktails after returning from each game drive, great conversations by the fire, and special honeymoon treats in our room. Would definitely recommend.

Hey Nitya! Thank you so much for that wonderful review. It was our pleasure hosting you & Sanjay - so glad you had a memorable time here at Mantis Founders Lodge.

Brodie review

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

167bev Couples - TripAdvisor review

Everything was brilliant just the staff stand at your table while you decide what you want to order so perhaps they could just say ok we will give you another 5 minutes but then again they were now so we understood

Hi Bev! Thank you so much for your valuable feedback - we really appreciate it.

Solitude and Attention to Detail

TripAdvisor rating 5.0/5

Navigator30847294424 TripAdvisor review

We recently stayed at Founders Lodge. From beginning to end the experience was thoroughly enjoyable. Staff and hosts Craig and Glynnis could not be faulted. We were made to feel that we were home from home. For someone who loves the African bush and its fauna and flora but does not like the hustle and bustle of the Kruger Park, and others like it, this is the place to be. Uninterrupted solitude when you want it but always someone on hand to chat with when you feel like it. Game drives, food, all timed to suit individual needs and no request was too big or too small. Even a little thing like requesting mielie meal for breakfast, a traditional South African staple, that was not part of the normal breakfast menu. Well done to staff and management of Founders Lodge. Hope to see you soon.

Thank you so much for your review, Sue - so good to know that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at Mantis Founders Lodge. We hope to welcome you back in the future.

Venue and service spectacular - Host questionable

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

J7359VTdalec Couples - TripAdvisor review

A review of two sides; firstly, the venue is stunning, the wildlife walking around the hotel is a marvel to behold for people like ourselves that do not see this every day. We were a little disappointed that the property is not big enough for safari drives, but we had to travel on the next door Shamwari Game Reserve. Dining was perfect and service was unbelievable. The ranger was very knowledgeable and took the time to give us a wonderful safari experience. The host, Craig, gave us a little bit of a scare, I accidentally entered the office from a wrong door which was behind the desk. He had a live close up camera image of the swimming pool area on the screen directly showing a female guest lying in her swimsuit on a sun lounger, what made me more uneasy was his reaction. the laptop was slammed shut and he looked so guilty. In this day when one reads about accommodations where staff spy on guests, seeing someone invading another's privacy was concerning and this really left us with a bad feeling and experience.

Dear Dax Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We were concerned to hear about your experience and would like to ask you to contact us on email to discuss further. Thank you

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