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“"Heaven"” 5 of 5 stars
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11 Oxford Road | Kensington, Johannesburg 2094, South Africa (Formerly Katinga Lodge)   |  
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Ranked #58 of 260 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Canberra, Australia
1 review
“"Heaven"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

If you want to experience a little bit of heaven - I highly recommend you to go for a massage at Bongela Bed and Breakfast. They are professional and see to what you want - I felt looked after and cared for and much more relaxed ;-) It is a beautiful setting and I loved being there. When I visit from Oz again - it will definately be a stop on my vacation.
Thank you so much Charmaine for the treatments and the abundance of pampering that you showered on us.
Heila Buys

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chartalbot, Owner at Bongela Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
We loved having you and your friend Heila! We are in the business of "pampering". When one has travelled so far it is good to have a relaxing massage. Please do come again and share the news with all the folk living in Oz. Loads of blessings.....Jared and Charmaine
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

I had an excellent week in Johannesburg in no small part thanks to this charming B&B and the lovely family than runs it. Considering the good location and the comfortable room the price is quite a bargain.But the actual killer feature is indeed the whole family that really did make me feel at home. I will definitely stay here if I am to be in Johannesburg again.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chartalbot, Owner at Bongela Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Aktiur, you were an amazing guest! you really became one of the family. I even emailed your mom to tell her how fantastic you were. We are already missing you! hopefully we will come and see you in France. Thanks for the crepes you made us. We had such fun in the kitchen.PLEEEZE come back to us again. We have heating matts on all the beds now. But it's summer now and the garden is beautiful! Your friends and hosts, Jared and Charmaine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I spent o memorable night at Katinga Lodge I thoroughly enjoyed the South African ambience of the bed and breakfast Charmaine was an exceptionally warm and accomodating hostess. I felt special, pampered with a lovely massage, given a delicious breakfast in a tranquil setting. The accomodation is very comfortable and affordable . Thanks for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chartalbot, Owner at Bongela Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
So glad you enjoyed your stay! This is our passion...to make our guests feel spoilt! Glad you enjoyed the massage,it's what we're good at! and the breakfast! Well....it's a good South African treat! Please come again. Our guests are so welcome, we really love them!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

I spent 2 nights at Katinga and I was really surprised that the airport transfer was inclusive, it is really good value for money when compared to quality. I was impressed with the warm service, the breakfast is excellent. It's been a peaceful experience and I'm glad I got to do the lion tour. Many Thanks!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jared T, Manager at Bongela Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 10, 2012
Was great to meet you! Thanks for coming to our little lodge and for your review. It means a lot to us at Katinga. So glad you enjoyed your stay. So glad you got to touch the lion cubs and enjoyed our famous breakfast. Looking forward to having you over again whenever you are in town.
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

We received a very warm welcome from our host. He made sure that we were settled in and offered us tea and coffee. Katinga Lodge has a warm homely feel to it and it will make anyone feel at home. The service was outstanding and there is more than enough privacy. What i liked most about the room were the finishing touches. The breakfast was absolutely perfect. A pity our trip wasn't long enough for us to take advantage of the spa.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JaredTraynorTalbot, Manager at Bongela Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 10, 2012
Thanks Sarah. It was so nice to have you over at our little lodge. So glad you enjoyed the breakfast. Maybe we could get you over again so you can try out the spa, I'm sure you will love it! Great having you at Katinga Lodge, please come again when you are in town. All the best, Jared
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Address: 11 Oxford Road | Kensington, Johannesburg 2094, South Africa (Formerly Katinga Lodge)
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 260 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bongela Bed and Breakfast is run by a loving family that have been living in Johannesburg for over 28 years. Your host, Charmaine, has created a homely bed and breakfast in a beautiful area of Kensington. Kensington is one of Johannesburg's oldest suburb and is filled with history. Just a 15 minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport and 10 minutes from Johannesburg city. We offer a shuttle service to and from the OR Tambo. Enjoy our tastefully decorated, clean rooms. Sleep on beds that are super comfortable (king size or two doubles. There is a large pool, spa, exercise studio, African styled patio and dining area for your convenience. We provide fast Wi-Fi in designated areas. Bongela bed and breakfast provide delicious home cooked meals and a genuine South African breakfast. Our B & B is in walking distance to banks, shops and malls. There is safe secure parking too. Please contact us for more information. We welcome you to our peaceful and tranquil bed and breakfast. Bongela bed and breakfast Johannesburg. ... more   less 

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