Global hospitality group Accor will operate its first hotel in Zimbabwe, under its Mantis Collection brand.

The company partnered with Mambano Hotels for the hotel which is a luxury property an ancient teak forest.

Opened in 2020, the property is planned to be rebranded under the Mantis Collection in June this year. The new Mbano Manor Hotel Victoria Falls by Mantis is a boutique hotel surrounded by a bird and tree sanctuary.

It is claimed to be the first internationally branded hotel in the Victoria Falls area in over a decade.

The hotel will offer an eco-luxury experience to guests and will include 18 luxury suites and a presidential villa.

Mantis Collection CEO Paul Gardiner said: “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.

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“We are honoured to be entrusted with supporting and continuing Doc Mati’s dream of offering this one-of-a-kind hospitality experience.

“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.”

The Mbano Manor Hotel Victoria Falls hotel was built and managed by Dr Matifadza Martha Nyazema and other stakeholders.

Mantis is a conservation-focused brand which aims to provide curated experiences, introducing guests to the culture, history, and people of the surrounding community in the destination.

Established in 2000, it operates luxury hotels and eco-lodges globally. The brand’s portfolio includes 542 rooms across 17 hotels in nine countries. Mantis has 318 rooms across eight new hotels in the pipeline.