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Bongwe's Lusaka Guest House

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Just perfect. Being new to Zambia and travelling alone, I couldn't have hoped for a better base for my trip. Stacey and her amazing team provided all of the information and assistance that I needed to plan trips out of Lusaka. The guesthouse is clean, comfortable, and welcoming. The chef makes a fabulous chicken pie (amongst other things!), and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

I stayed here for a couple of nights recently. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and all the amenities were fully functional and super clean. There is a lovely pool and an awesome laid back bar. All the staff were helpful and very friendly. Wasnt there long and I felt like part of the family. There is a convenient shopping... More 

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Antwerp
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Old and basic rooms with no charm, mattresses need replacement. Staff is very friendly and helpful! The real charm of Bongwe should be the pool and bar area, which were not very busy at the time of staying. Although, I believe that during high season, this can be a very lively and fun place. Bongwe is located on a busy... More 

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Stacey C, General Manager at Bongwe's Lusaka Guest House, responded to this review

Hi Kristof, Thank you for your honest review, as with any business, we simply can not improve if our guests do not tell us where we went wrong or right, so we appreciate your candor. Sorry you did not find our rooms rooms to have the charm you were expecting, we have tried to keep the decor simple and straightforward... More 

Lusaka Province, Zambia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We went to a Halloween party there, got really wasted and decided to stay there for the night. The rooms were really clean and the people there were so nice. I would definitely stay there again given the chance so i recommend Bongwe any day.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Bongwe arrange safari packages to Kafue National Park, which are certainly worth doing. For our safari we were based at Mushingashi Private Wildlife Reserve. The accommodation was rather basic, and the food was nothing out of the ordinary, but our guide was amazing, and so was the location - right on the shores of the Kafue River. We had the... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

What a relief to find this accommodation. We had previously stayed elsewhere in Lusaka but had chosen not to return due to our experience, so we arrived at Bongwe hoping we would be able to get a room. The staff were very helpful and friendly and we were lucky to get an en-suite room for the 2 nights that we... More 

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The rooms at the Bongwe guest house are simple and clean and quiet during the day, a lovely refuge from busy Lusaka. The location is not particularly central, but easily reached by taxi. The staff was really friendly and helpful, whether it dealing with door locks, storing luggage or booking taxis and bus rides. The open kitchen for breakfast gave... More 

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Bern
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The staff at Bongwe's Guest House is extremely friendly and helpful. Me and my girlfriend spent a total of 4 nights in between our different Safaris / trips throughout Sambia and it always felt a bit like coming home. The staff can as well help you with booking buses / Taxis and the like. And of course, not to Forget... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Had a grand time at Bongwe; the rooms were above what I was expecting for the price point and the crew there are welcoming and genuine. Had a few late nights at the bar, which cracks on to pretty late and is packed with funny characters and good humour. The food at the bar's fair delicious, or at least the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Very good location, very good quick replies to e amils. Rooms clean, spotless in fact. Spacious too. Close to small shopping centre and to lots of restaurants too. Pub is really pleasant. On one of the nights we were there the neighbouring pub next door had a long and raucous party that went on for a bit but that happens... More 

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Amenities

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Bongwe's Big Bush Bar and Guest House is fantastic affordable home-away-from-home. Whether you are in town for business, pleasure or just passing through, our centrally located guest house is a great place to catch up with old friends or create new ones. We have two room types which are either en-suite or standard rooms with a shared bathroom. The rates include a basic self service continental breakfast, housekeeping, laundry, free wifi and secure parking. There is a lovely little restaurant in house serving hearty pub grub will serve you well if you don't feel like going out to eat. But we can also recommend a number of good places around town to eat if you do. Guests have use of a nice clean swimming pool, a free pool table and wifi. As well as being a guest house we have a lively members bar on site and this can be a little loud over a weekend. As it is members only everyone is very friendly and it is a safe environment for both solo and group travellers. It is also a great place to meet locals and like minded people experience a little piece of Lusaka night life. We are close to the two main shopping malls, Arcades and Manda HIll (2 & 4kms respectively) and our new location is now right next to a small little mall called Foxdale Court. In this little spot you will find a couple of restaurants, a delicious ice cream shop and a nice open air bar on the top if you feel like spoiling yourself. We're a 2 minute walk to a bus stop, but we'd prefer you use taxis as the minibuses can be a little crazy. We're 20 mins from the airport and can arrange an airport transfer for you at k200 (approx $30) each way. Our sister company Bongwe Safaris operates from our guest house offering 4 days safaris departing to the Kafue National Park each week. With brother and sister owners Alec and Stacey Cole along with the rest of the senior team Jairos, Claudia, Tracey and Novias you won't be short of friendly faces as soon as you arrive. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bongwe's Lusaka Guest House

Address: 609 Zambezi Road | Roma, Lusaka, Zambia (Formerly Bongwe Barn)
Location: Zambia > Lusaka Province > Lusaka
Price Range: $25 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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