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Sondela Guest House

234 Leopold Takawira Ave, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Ranked #1 of 13 Bulawayo B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Al Khor, Qatar
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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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10 hotel reviews
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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We travelled to sondela in Dec13 for some business opportunity spotting, stayed with Rod and Prudence at Sondela and were not disappointed.The rooms were first class and very olde worldy with real old african/colonial style.Though we ate out a couple of nights the meals were also excellent and the ambience, with an honesty bar, made you feel really special and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I visited Bulawayo early this October for a few days for some family roots touring. I had never been and didn't know what to expect -- Rodney, who runs Sondela, picked up up from the airport, and from that point on looked after me like one of his own. Meals are magnificent, fresh and tasty, often prepared from the bounty... More

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We travel to Bulawayo from Harare almost every 2-3 months for motorcycle racing. We must have passed by Leopold Takawira Avenue 20 times and each time we wanted to see what Sondela was all about. The opportunity came when we needed a secured place to stay and for our motorcycles. We booked direct with the guesthouse at sondela@netconnect.co,zw or cell... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Early August we had a week to spare between our trip in the Delta and Kenya and Tanzania safaris so we hired a car at Victoria Falls and drove to Bulawayo. How fortunate we were to stay 4 days at Sondela Guest House. We felt so at home with our delightful host and staff. Enjoyed beautiful home cooked meals on... 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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