Mantis Collection

Accommodation Suppliers

260 Walmer Boulevard, South End, Port Elizabeth South Africa
Member Number: 206129 Tel: 27414049300

Mantis is a distinguished collection of hotels, eco-lodges, waterways, and Impact Experiences that offer curated experiences to the and conscious traveller. Rooted in conservation, Mantis pursues sustainable business practices and develops tourism products that are respectful of the environment and communities in which they operate.

Whether small and intimate or vast and complex, on a sweeping African plain, bustling city, private tropical island or frozen snowscape, each is an exceptional place for guests to find themselves. While uniquely different in the experiences they offer, all are linked through a collective obsession to be extraordinary, to be rare in a world that mass-produces sameness.

Mantis constantly curates, collects and discovers destinations and experiences that stir the soul, defy expectation and live in the heart forever. We will do anything in our power to advance the cause of sustainability and to promote further appreciation of the land, its creatures and our communities. We believe that the truly rare needs to be looked after and protected for future generations and are wholly committed to Legacy Creation.

Mantis hotels procure bathroom amenities, wines, coffee, and other amenities from suppliers that practice the utmost care for the environment and do not use animals to test their products. Mantis has partnered with Eco-planet Bamboo and is determined to replace all unsustainable packaging, and paper products in their hotels with bamboo alternatives.

In April 2018, Mantis joined the Accor Group, a strategic partnership which reinforced the Group as a leader in curated one-of-a-kind experiences and resonated with the Accor’s conservation platform; Planet21. Together, Mantis and Accor created the Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) in response to the urgent need for the tourism industry to play a greater role in conservation and community upliftment. CCFA is a registered NPO which funds community upliftment programmes and conservation operations in Africa.

Mantis Central Reservations: +27 (0)41 4049300

Twitter/ Facebook/ IG: @MantisGroup

Where we operate

  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zanzibar
  • United Kingdom
  • French Polynesia
  • France

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Beach Holidays
  • Bird Watching
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Self-Drive Holidays
  • Weddings
  • Walking Safaris
  • Eco tourism
  • Art tours
  • Cultural activities
  • Honeymoon safaris


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Community Conservation Fund Africa

Guests who visit the 30+ Mantis Collection hotels, eco-escapes and waterways play an important role in supporting conservation-led travel and hospitality. It’s about curated destinations, inspired by sustainable adventures. Conservation has always been at the foundation of Mantis, it’s even reflected in the name: Man and Nature Together is Sustainable. It is from this that the Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) was born in 2018. A collaboration between Mantis and Accor to address the social and environmental imbalances and find a workable solution to the growing conservation crisis facing, not just Africa, but the world. The CEO and Chairman of CCFA is Adrian Gardiner, well-known conservationist, philanthropist, entrepreneur and founder of Mantis. His mantra: ‘If you take the wildlife out of Africa there will be little to no tourism’. CCFA, a registered non-profit company (NPC), is both a fundraising and a grant-giving organisation, active in educating and empowering local communities to help themselves by implementing sustainable wildlife management systems.


02 September 2020

Nungwi Dreams by Mantis – Phase 2 under construction

Nungwi Dreams by Mantis is pleased to reveal the news of their second phase of development, adding a total of 2 800m2 to the resort. Nungwi Dreams by Mantis is on the northern tip of Nungwi, the most sought after region on the island of Zanzibar. Referred to as The Spice Island, Zanzibar is an archipelago approximately 46 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania. Guests arrive by flight directly to Zanzibar, with Nungwi Dreams an hour’s drive from the airport.

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06 May 2020

Launching Docu-series: The Mantis Story - 30 years in the Business of Tourism

Mantis, a global hospitality development, management and marketing company based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is launching a docu-series about its 30-year journey in the tourism business. The series will launch on Wednesday 6th May 2020.

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23 April 2019

Mantis Enters the Serengeti

The Mantis Group welcomes Siringit Serengeti Camp into its prestigious family, becoming our first experience in the Serengeti. Mantis took over the reins on 15 April 15 2019. This permanent tented camp allows Mantis guests the opportunity to link the Northern Circuit safari with an exclusive experience at their sought-after Nungwi Dreams by Mantis in Zanzibar. For more information contact

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06 March 2019

David Yarrow Partner with Mantis

David Yarrow partners with Mantis A picture is worth a thousand words and world-acclaimed photographer, David Yarrow, is an iconic storyteller. In a lifetime of war against our natural world, his evocative and immersive photography of life on earth is aiding the global plight for conservation and Mantis is honored to announce Yarrow as the Group’s strategic creative partner.

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21 February 2019

An EPIC Acquisition for Mantis Collection

Mantis has acquired the management contract for EPIC Hotel and Suites in Rwanda. The contract has been signed by parties from the Eastern Province Investments Corporation LTD (EPIC LTD) and Mantis Collection, and operations will be taken over by Mantis effective immediately. Dino Urbani will continue as general manager of EPIC Hotel and Suites. EPIC is a luxurious 77-bedroom hotel in the Eastern Province District of Nyagatare, Rwanda. The hotel is situated close to the Akagera National Park’s Northern Gate and the Ugandan border.

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12 February 2019

AccorHotels and Mantis Invest in the Future of Tourism

AccorHotels and Mantis are excited to announce that Bulelwa Maxam and Tumelo Daniels are the recipients of the Accor/Mantis bursary to study towards a B.Com Hospitality Management at Stenden South Africa in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape. Stenden South Africa offers a Bachelor of Commerce degrees in Hospitality and Disaster Management. Stenden is a private university and strives to give students from disadvantaged backgrounds access to education with the assistance of private companies such as AccorHotels and Mantis.

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06 February 2019

No 5 by Mantis launches Exclusive Art Tours in Port Elizabeth

On Tuesday, 5th February, Mantis launched Exclusive Art Tours at No.5 by Mantis. Attended by the media and prominent figures in tourism, the art tour launch featured a presentation by local artist, Duncan Stewart who is the only artist featured in the 2010 Villa which is annexed to this prominent boutique hotel on Brighton Drive in Summerstrand. Duncan Stewart gave guests some insight into the workings of creative minds and also a tour of his collection at 2010 Villa which pays homage to the hope the 2010 World Cup brought to the impoverished communities of Nelson Mandela Bay.

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02 October 2018

Mantis Leads Addo Road Clean Up

In celebration of Tourism Month, Mantis lead over 800 scholars from the Port Elizabeth township of Motherwell in a clean-up of Addo Road on Friday 28th September 2018. Mantis partnered with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to carry out this cleaning initiative on this popular tourist route to Addo Elephant National Park. The route is littered with plastic and rubbish that blows in from the adjacent communities of Motherwell. The purpose of the cleaning campaign is to instil a paradigm shift in disadvantaged scholars through environmental education, active participation in keeping their communities clean and exposing them to tourism experiences in their region.

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10 September 2018

Bid on an Exceptional Experience with Mantis

Mantis is celebrating Tourism Month in a very special way this year.  In collaboration with the municipality and tourism board of Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay), Mantis is going to clean up one of Nelson Mandela Bay's most important tourist routes on Friday, 28th September 2018. This wonderful initiative will see 1000 school children from the township situated adjacent to this route cleaning up litter and plastic that will be recycled in a community project that is based in the area and run by youth from the area.

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06 September 2018

Staff Accommodation Damaged by Fire at Lion Camp, Zambia

Late afternoon on Wednesday 5th September, we had an unfortunate incident at the Lion Camp staff compound. A fire broke out and caused damage to the junior staff accommodation. We were fortunate to contain the fire to that specific area without any threat to the rest of the staff accommodation, guest rooms, and public areas.                                               We have accounted for each person that was on site last night and, and our entire team is safe and unharmed.

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29 August 2018

Mantis Appoints New CEO

Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of the Mantis Group, Wilderness Foundation Global and Stenden University, South Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe Baretaud as Chief Executive Officer, Mantis Group. Following the 50% acquisition of the South African based company by AccorHotels in April 2018, Philippe will be responsible for leading the strategic vision for the Mantis Group, which today is a collection of over 30  properties worldwide, including award-winning, privately owned five-star properties located around the world, across all seven continents.

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09 April 2018

AccorHotels Signs Strategic Agreement with Mantis Group

On Thursday, 4th April AccorHotels and the Mantis Group held a press event in Port Elizabeth, South Africa to announce a strategic partnership. Mantis is South Africa-based collection of award-winning, privately owned, managed and branded properties and lodges located around the world, across all seven continents.

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15 March 2018

Mantis Collection Absorbs 2018 VAT Increase

South African Value Added Tax will increase by 1% on 01 April 2018. This 1 percentage point increases the VAT to 15% and will come into effect on 01 April 2018.

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22 January 2018

Mantis Collection at ITB 2018

Rosemary Brossy will be representing Mantis Collection at ITB from Wednesday 7th March - Sunday 11th March 2018, and would welcome the opportunity to update you on various developments within our portfolio. Exceptional offers: Eastern Cape Meander and Mantis Madness

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07 January 2018

Mantis Partners with Lion Camp in South Luangwa, Zambia

The Evolution of one of Zambia’s Favourite Safari Camps Mantis is very pleased to announce their new partnership with one of Zambia’s favourite camps in South Luangwa National Park. Lion Camp has been delivering truly memorable safari experiences over the past 10 years, and after major renovation, will reopen in May 2018 under Mantis Management. The entire camp has been rebuilt, and now features a larger main area deck and two new suites in the camp’s prime locations.

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14 November 2017

St Helena, a Landscape Photographer’s Muse

Mantis St Helena is a brand new hotel on the mystic St Helena Island which is located in the middle of the South Atlantic. The hotel officially opened its doors on the 28th of October 2017, and Mantis thought it the perfect time to commission the first professional photographer to capture its new gem.

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16 October 2017

Mantis Collection Lands Development & Marketing Contract for Akagera Game Lodge

On the 10th of October 2017, The Mantis Collection and the Rwanda Social Security Board signed a Hotel Management Agreement for Akagera Game Lodge in Rwanda. Akagera Game Lodge is a 2-hour drive from Kigali and comprises of 60 rooms and a conference centre.

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18 July 2017

Ground Breaking Agreement on Certified Bamboo for Sustainable Tourism

The Mantis Collection has partnered with EcoPlanet Bamboo in the utilization of unique bamboo charcoal air purifier in all Mantis hotel rooms aimed at improving the quality of indoor air and reducing moisture in humid locations and a specialized bamboo charcoal for the filtration of water, thereby reducing the use of plastic water bottles.  Short term commitments are to move the hotel collection’s use of packaging for cosmetics, food and drinks to a renewable and compostable bamb…

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