Global Humane, a certifier of animal welfare, has launched a Humane Tourism certification programme.

Mantis, a conservation-focused hotel brand within the Accor group has attained the first Global Humane Certified designation for Humane Tourism at four select locations.

The certification is an indication that Mantis has met the comprehensive welfare criteria and rigorous standards for tourism and animal wellbeing.

Audits of Mantis facilities in Southern Africa were conducted in August 2023, which established that the properties met the certification requirements. The sites that are certified include Nyosi Wildlife Reserve and the following Mantis properties:

  • Mantis Founders Lodge in South Africa
  • Ichingo Chobe River Lodge by Mantis in Namibia
  • Chobe Princesses by Mantis on the border of Namibia and Botswana
  • Zambezi Queen by Mantis on the border of Namibia and Botswana.

Plans are underway to conduct audits of the remaining lodging facilities within the Mantis brand portfolio in the future, as Mantis looks to adopt this certification as a key brand standard.

Fairmont Africa and Mantis vice president of operations Craig Erasmus commented: “In an industry where everyone is talking about ESG, Mantis has focused on delivering credible outcomes at all our properties.

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“The Humane Tourism certification of four of our properties is another layer in this journey and we plan to work with Global Humane to achieve this accreditation for all properties within the portfolio.”

Accor recently debuted the Mantis collection in Zimbabwe which is claimed to be the first internationally branded hotel in the Victoria Falls area in over a decade.