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The first internationally branded hotel in Victoria Falls in over a decade

Accor has announced its first hotel in Zimbabwe, in partnership with Mambano Hotels Limited. Mbano Manor Hotel Victoria Falls by Mantis will be the first internationally branded hotel in Victoria Falls in over a decade. Nestled among an ancient teak forest, the highly rated luxury property, which opened in 2020, will be rebranded under the Mantis Collection in June of this year. Surrounded by the wild beauty of a bird and tree sanctuary, the boutique hotel offers 18 luxury suites and a presidential villa.

Mbano Manor Hotel Victoria Falls was proudly founded, built, and managed by Dr Matifadza Martha Nyazema (“Doc Mati”) and her passionate team of stakeholders. Doc Mati is a dynamic African woman who realized her dream of creating a world-class forest hotel amid the splendor of Victoria Falls.

“Accor and Mantis are delighted to establish a presence in Zimbabwe, particularly in Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world – and particularly here at Mbano Manor Hotel – created by a remarkable woman and bold entrepreneur. We are honored to be entrusted with supporting and continuing Doc Mati’s dream of offering this one-of-a-kind hospitality experience,” said Paul Gardiner, CEO, Mantis Collection. “In addition to creating exceptional guest experiences, Mantis brings a commitment to preserving its surrounding communities, wildlife and the environment – which is our top priority with the utterly unique Mbano Manor Hotel Victoria Falls.”

Each Mantis property is a unique celebration of its destination, with creatively curated experiences that introduce guests to the essence of the surrounding community’s culture, history, and people. The Mantis philosophy is one of responsible and ecologically sensitive development and operations, supporting the local environment while conserving and maintaining all natural resources.


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The new Mbano Manor Hotel Victoria Falls by Mantis will operate in accordance with Accor’s environmental and energy efficiency reporting tools, internal carbon price monitoring, eco-certification programs, and brand standard sustainability criteria.

About Mantis

Mantis is a leading conservation-focused hotel group with luxury hotels, eco-lodges and waterways experiences located across the globe. Sustainable travelers have been enjoying eco-tourism, safaris and adventure travel with Mantis since 2000. Rooted in conservation, Mantis pursues sustainable business practices and develops tourism products that are respectful of the environment and communities in which they operate. Acclaimed for its pioneering work in development, management, marketing, education and conservation, Mantis’s business model successfully combines responsible tourism, conservation and adventure, which translates to one-of-a-kind travel experiences.

Whether small and intimate or vast and complex, on a sweeping African plain, in a bustling city, or in the midst of a forest, each is an exceptional place for guests to find themselves. While uniquely different in the experiences they offer, all are linked through a collective ambition to be extraordinary; to be rare in a world that mass-produces sameness. Mantis consistently curates, collects and discovers destinations and experiences that stir the soul, defy expectation and live in the heart forever.

Sustainability goals are achieved through the Mantis Impact division, as well as through the Mantis and Accor foundation, Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA). Mantis is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,400 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. If you are travelling to somewhere new it’s reassuring to have international brands that you know. It shouldn’t be so as there are so many good local hotel brands about but that’s the way it is for so many of us travellers who are control freaks.

  2. Victoria Falls is one of those places, a natural wonder of the world, that you feel that you really ought to visit. Now that there’s such a great base I feel that I ought to get on and book my trip.

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