Premier Big Five Private Lodge in the Eastern Cape….’Founders Lodge is totally fabulous…’ – Linda Pampallis

Recently visited by Thompsons Africa CEO Linda Pampallis, Founders Lodge was described by Linda as being ‘totally fabulous’ and the General Manager Susie, ‘..just wonderful’.


The private residence of Adrian Gardiner, founder of Mantis Collection and Shamwari Game Reserve, Founders Lodge is situated on a 400 hectare reserve adjacent to, and with traversing rights over, Shamwari Game Reserve.

The 6 en-suite rooms each have their own verandah and king size beds – this is the ultimate in safari lodge luxury!


Located in the malaria free Eastern Cape of South Africa, the Lodge is just 45 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth Airport.  With its incredibly scenic surrounds and inspiration being drawn from the fond memories of Adrian’s friends, family and celebrities who frequented the property, your experience is bound to be a truly private, tailored experience, peppered with personal touches which add to the elegant experience.

Enjoy game drives and other safari based activities on the adjacent Shamwari Game Reserve or take in the lodge general facilities, including lounge, gym, dining room, casual dining terrace, boma and 2 outdoor swimming pools.



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If you’re looking for an experience where you’ll feel like a friend…. where you’re invited to take advantage of the care and attention to detail extended to all guests, Founders Lodge should definitely find its way onto your ‘Places to Go’ list.


View rates and other details on our Customer Zone Online Tariff Solution.  Alternatively, get in touch with your Thompsons Africa Travel Expert for more information

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