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Sondela Guest House

234 Leopold Takawira Ave, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The staff are incredibly nice, the food is excellent, and we felt right at home when we arrived. The garden was beautiful and had wonderful paths. Our children loved feeding the tortoises and swimming in the pool. Also there is a great museum near by. I highly recommend it!!!

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came to stay at the Sondela Guest House after an awful experience at the Nesbitt Castle, which resulted in us vacating 3 nights early. We were welcomed in with open arms by Rod and his staff. The grounds are beautiful. Everything is lush and green and he has 22 tortoises. Whenever he sees them being sold at the side... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the pleasure of staying with Rod at Sondela for a few nights last week and we loved every minute of it. We particularly enjoyed the beautiful grounds, the lush garden, the stately home, the extraordinarily warm welcome of Prudence and Rod who went out of his way to make us feel at home, the comfort of the bedroom... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent a week in Bulawayo for work. Walking into Sondela Guest House after working all day felt like coming home, not coming back to some sterile/cold hotel. The owner, Rodney, makes you feel right at home and the staff is warm and welcoming. I have been traveling for work for 10 weeks and my week at Sondela Guest House... More

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Al Khor, Qatar
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We booked the Sondela for two nights in advance, even that was easy. My email request was answered with a phone call within an hour and the statement soon emailed to me. Rod the owner is a top man a real gentleman. His staff are wonderful and you are made to feel at home. Beds and showers the best since... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've been staying at Sondela for the past three years, each time I leave Harare for either work or pleasure I look forward to my stay there. Sondela is a home, and the staff there have always welcomed me into it. Apart from the comfortable accommodations, delicious meals, and consistent wi-fi, the staff and owners have always been friendly and... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I am Roberta,I was traveling alone in many place inAfrica and in Bulawayo I stayed in Sondela. The place is amazing. A big and comfortable house, with good bedrooms. I feel like in my home. But the best thing about this place is the people, Rodney and Prudence help me with all things in Bulawayo. The food was very good... More

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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Sondela Guest House was my home for 2 months while I consulted on a agriculture development project in the region. Rodney is welcoming, attentive and always up for an adventure. Prudence is a lovely manager who is willing to help direct you for anything you may need. Grace feeds your soul and Julia ensures you are looking sharp everyday. The... More

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We recently spent the night in Bulawayo and had been advised to stay at Sondela - how right that advice was. Rod welcomed us and could not have been more charming and attentive. His advice for dinner at the Shangri-La Chinese restaurant over the road was spot on, and his home was graceful, and well appointed family home. Breakfast was... More

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Langesund, Telemark, Norway
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

After a wonderful week in Cape Town and a 4 days round trip to Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls during Christmas, we came to Sondela to relax and enjoy the two last days of our vacation before returning home to Norway. We were warmheartedly welcomed already before we started our trip to Hwange, as the friendly owner, Rod, let... More

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Address: 234 Leopold Takawira Ave, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Bulawayo Province > Bulawayo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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Sondela Guest House is a classic family home that depicts and delivers the best of Zimbabwean hospitality. Spacious en suite rooms and manicured gardens make for a very comfortable stay. Generous full English breakfast, a hospitality bar, swimming pool and gym leave guest wanting little more, except to return over and over. ... more   less 
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