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“Great digs and shindigs”
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Bongwe's Big Bush
Ranked #6 of 128 Speciality Lodging in Lusaka
Reviewed 31 July 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 Bongwe burger was! Heartily recommend Bongwe if you're looking for an eventful time in Lusaka.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

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 anywhere. Food simple pub type but good.

Will definitely use again

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

I've stayed at Bongwe many times as I pass thru Lusaka, and I'll stay many more times as well.
The staff are very genuine and friendly, the crowd very welcoming and although fridaynights Can be loud..... That's what Friday nights are for.
Rooms are roomy and comfortable, cooking facilities great, bar menu good if cooking is not your forte, and they even can even do your washing if need be.
Can't recommend highly enough.
Thanks Bongwe

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

I was flying out from Lusaka and had time to kill during the afternoon. I was planning on spending the night here but unfortunately they were fully booked so I stayed somewhere else and spent the afternoon at the swimming pool at Bongwe.

Loved it! Everyone was very friendly, they organized my taxi to the airport, I could use the shower to freshen up before my flight, I had an awesome hamburger and so on.

Next time I'm in Lusaka I'll definitely book in time so I can make sure I can stay here!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

I was lucky enough to stay at Bongwe while working on my graduate thesis, and it could not have been a better experience. My room was clean and welcoming and the staff were very accommodating of my research needs, including access to the internet and spreading out my work over the common room tables. In fact, the staff were quite helpful in every aspect of my stay. The owners are very friendly and personable. Bongwe is the place to stay to meet other travelers, and not be lonely when traveling alone. The bar out back is welcoming and easy to lose a few hours in. They even helped me go out in style for my last night there. The noise can keep you up on Wednesdays or Friday's but it's easy to remedy- just join in! I would recommend Bongwe to any traveler looking for a well-priced room and fun trip.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Bongwe's Big Bush

Address: 609 Zambezi Road | Roma, Lusaka 10100, Zambia (Formerly Bongwe Barn)
Region: Zambia > Lusaka Province > Lusaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 128 Speciality Lodging in Lusaka
Price Range: ₹ 3,694 - ₹ 3,824 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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 travelers. 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 and a delicious ice cream shop. 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 $20) 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 and Novias you won't be short of friendly faces as soon as you arrive. ... more   less 
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