Malaria-free safaris meet homely luxuries at Founders Lodge

Founders Lodge is full of homely luxuries and Big 5 encounters. The conservation legacy of Adrian Gardiner has been deeply rooted in the philosophy of this luxurious lodge just outside of Port Elizabeth, and guests can be sure that their experience will not only be authentically African but meaningful in many environmental ways.

Located in the Eastern Cape province, this is a superb location for a malaria-free safari that doesn’t skimp on wildlife. The neighbouring Shamwari Game Reserve is home to the Big 5 and guests can access Shamwari on game drives with expert guides. The reserve that Founders Lodge occupies is home to plains game, resulting in idyllic adventures on foot with professional trackers keen to teach guests all about the animals, birds and bugs that call the area home. 

This five-star lodge is a true home-away-from-home with tastefully designed Suites all boasting private verandahs with views overlooking the valley. Gourmet meals are mostly served outside in the boma. Thanks to its history as the Gardiner family’s private home, Founders Lodge genuinely portrays the characteristics of home in a truly magnificent setting. 


  • 400-hectare reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape
  • Direct access to Shamwari Game Reserve (home to the Big 5)
  • Luxury Suites with private verandas overlooking the valley
  • Lounge, bar, fireplace, gym, steam room, Wi-Fi, drawing room, and two outdoor swimming pools
  • Safe and leisurely nature walks are held in the reserve occupied only by plains game


Sidbury Road, Off N2, adjacent to Shamwari

Paterson, Eastern Cape, 6131

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  • Restaurant
  • Internet Access
  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Business Centre
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Secure Parking
  • Mobile Connectivity

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