Mark Twain once journaled, ‘You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius’. For anyone who has travelled to this island paradise off the coast of South East Africa, the truth in Twain’s words is clear. Mauritius is a paradise because it is so biologically unique, forming part of the Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands biodiversity hotspot. This is due to the island’s high level of endemism, meaning that many of its plants and animals can only be found there. In fact, Mauritius is recognised by the IUCN as a “Centre of Plant Diversity”. This exceptionalRead More →

You may know Shannon Elizabeth as a Hollywood actress, but did you know that Shannon is also passionately active in animal rescue and wildlife conservation? It was Shannon’s passion for animals and our network connections in the conservation world that resulted in Shannon and Worldwide Experience connecting, when she happened to meet the Gardiner family. Mantis CEO Paul Gardiner invited Shannon to South Africa to stay at Founders Lodge by Mantis, adjacent to Shamwari Game Reserve which was founded by Paul’s father Adrian Gardiner in 1992. Shannon was inspired by the story of rewilding degraded land to achieve Shamwari and by all Worldwide Experiences ongoingRead More →

On the morning of Saturday, 6th July 2019, an estimated 200 to 400 litres of oil overflowed during a refuelling of the MV Chrysanthi S in Algoa bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The oil spill has unfortunately resulted in over 100 seabirds being oiled which were admitted to SANCCOB (South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) Eastern Cape where they have assembled an incredible team made up of SANCOBB rehabilitation members and their vet from SANCOBB headquarters in Tableview, Cape Town and local volunteers from Port Elizabeth and surrounding areas. Over the last two weeks, volunteers and SANCOBB staff have worked hard toRead More →


Ray DearLove, friend of The Mantis Collection and Worldwide Experience is the founder of the Australian Rhino Project. The Australian Rhino Project is a conservation organisation which is committed to ensuring the long-term survival of the African rhinoceros in the wild. The Australian Rhino Project, together with the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia, Orana Wildlife Trust and Taronga Conservation Society Australia, are currently working to expand the population of white rhinos in Australia and New Zealand to maintain a genetically diverse breeding crash that can act as an insurance population should the rhino become extinct in its African homeland. Over the years, Ray hasRead More →