We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save Saved
You added Congo Bongo to your Saves list
Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Manzanillo 506, Costa Rica
Click for phone number
Hotel website
Hotel amenities
Special Price
20% off room rate
Congo Bongo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Manzanillo
Check In Check Out
Write a Review

202 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (24)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
  • Mar-May only
  • Jun-Aug only
  • Sep-Nov only
  • Dec-Feb only
All months
There are newer reviews for Congo Bongo
See the most recent reviews
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2010

My husband and I (25 weeks pregnant) stayed at Congo Bongo's Dream House. It was nestled in the jungle with the beach a short walk away which was empty except for us. Along the walk we spotted Howler monkeys, squirrels, toucans, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The mosquitos weren't terrible (we did go in the beginning of rainy season). Daan & his... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

This is a great place to surround yourself with nature, observe wildlife, and live at your own pace. Whether you want to relax or have an adventure on a given day is up to you. We did some of both. Some tips that will make your visit even better: (1) Go grocery shopping in Puerto Viejo at Mega Super, so... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2010

My family, including a 2 and a 5 year old just got back from Puerto Viejo. We stayed at Congo Bongo. It was the most amazing place to stay! We had been to Puerto Viejo before and this time was perfect. The location where Congo Bongo sits is right in the middle of the jungle/rain forest close to the beach,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

Unbelievable spot if you want to get off the grid! Congo-Bongo was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica, which also included Monteverde and Arenal. The lodges are spectacular and unique in their design. The owner Daan is incredibly hospitable and lives on site with his family. This place is very kid friendly. You have miles of beach to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
new york
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

long house was even better than imagined-very spacious and comfortable home - the couple that works for the owner are charming and very helpful-

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ft. Lauderdale
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

Congo Bongo guest houses and environs are the perfect getaway vacation. I slept like a baby, lazed in the hammock or on the beach and grooved at Maxi's, Carol's or one of the many great restaurants nearby. Whatever you're looking for, Daan and his crew have a spot for you...whether a romantic tryst or family reunion Congo Bongo is the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

"Just returned from our 9 day stay at Congo Bongo's Root House. We have a 5 year old and 1 year old. Daan has made the homes very comfortable and equipped them with everything you need. Plenty of fresh, clean towels, cooking utensils, hot shower, comfortable beds. We have now stayed there twice and it is perfect for kids as... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2010

Wonderful! Since 2005, we spend one month a year at Congo Bongo. Best place to relax ! The place is located in a wonderful Eden garden, a jungle path leads you to the beach and while walking, you can observe quantity of birds ans animals. At night, finding a good restaurant is very easy and for the younger ones, night... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
De Steeg
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2010

Wake up early, so that you can see and hear the howlingmonkeys near your lodge. Make a jungletour with a guide, he shows you all kind off animals. Visit La Pantera, a center for wildlife refuge.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2010

It is great living in nature! No walls, exept the bed- and bathroom: Cooking with open view on the bush, blue butterflys flying through your livingroom... An adventure for (also little) children and an relaxe-time for the adults. Lots of activities to do in the neighbourhood. Great, personal service from owner. We will come back, that's for sure!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question
Owners: What's your side of the story?
Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.
Manage your listing

Been to Congo Bongo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Congo Bongo

Address: Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Manzanillo 506, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Manzanillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Congo Bongo Hotel Manzanillo
Congo Bongo Costa Rica/Manzanillo

381 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (304)
View from room (18)
Hotel & grounds (35)
Room/suite (44)
Pool/beach area (54)
Videos (10)
Dining (8)
Bathroom (3)
Family/play areas (1)
Other (131)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (78)
Dining (14)
Room/suite (18)
View from room (2)
Family/play areas (9)
Bathroom (2)
Hotel & grounds (1)
Other (32)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay