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Founders Lodge

“An interactive wildlife experience for the whole family”

Budget level: High-End
South Africa
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Garden Route
Kids Min Age
All Ages

Founders Lodge offers a soul-reviving safari for the whole family, set in the pristine wilderness of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Here, on the hilltop, panoramic views and a vast natural landscape await discovery, where guests can stay in intimate suites designed for privacy and tranquillity while enjoying traditional South African cuisine, exciting wildlife experiences and the chance to unwind in the wild.

Experience & Activities 

Tucked away on a 400-hectare game concession, the lodge features a boma, gym, steam room, library, and two swimming pools. The Founder’s Museum is complete with an array of unique memorabilia and photographs collected on many journeys, a priceless isiXhosa bead collection, and a small curio shop. Authentic South African cuisine is served at different locations around the lodge. 

A “must-do” for any visitor to South Africa, game drives provide the perfect opportunity to observe African wildlife in their natural habitat. Qualified guides provide the opportunity for guests to experience the excitement of tracking, as well as identifying birds, insects and plants on guided game walks. These walks are restricted to the 400-hectare Founders Reserve, free of predators and dangerous animals, to allow for more freedom of movement. 

Founders Lodge is located just 50m from the entrance to Shamwari Game Reserve, one of the largest private conservation initiatives in South Africa. The Reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five as well as 5 of the 7 biomes of South Africa, which allows for a large concentration and variety of wildlife. 


The Suites: Each of the 7 guest suites are individually decorated to reflect the natural setting and history of the property. With easy access from the main guest areas, each suite is a gateway to privacy and exclusive downtime with the option to book two interleading suites for family comfort. The Honeymoon Pod offers couples an intimate and luxurious escape for celebratory getaways, complete with a private entrance and privileged views on the rolling valleys below.

The restored Founders Railway Carriage offers a new, exclusive use accommodation, stationed atop a hill, overlooking a magnificent valley, within the Founders private reserve. The charming carriage features an expansive outdoor deck, private swimming pool, dining area and private boma. Guests staying on the carriage will have a dedicated private chef, butler and guide to set the pace of their holiday – whether that’s early morning nature walks, leisurely picnic brunches, lounging by the pool or late nights around the boma fire. 

Why we like it

  • Ideal for families or groups  
  • In-room spa treatments 
  • Guided walking safari experiences 
  • Eco initiatives 
  • Children of all ages welcome  

A bushveld experience for the whole family

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