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Bongwe's Bar & Guest House
Bongwe's Bar & Guest House

Entire home/flat

4 guests

5 bedrooms

2 beds

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About this listing

Bongwe's Big Bush plot boasts of a beautiful huge garden full of amazing palm trees, fish ponds, beach style pub & a clear water pool.
We have 5 simple lovely rooms available for rent & are situated right next door to a shopping mall. Come visit us!

The space

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 ensuite or with a shared bathroom. The $55 rate quoted is for the shared bathroom option, but an upgrade can be made and discussed if you prefer the ensuite option. 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.

As well as being a guest house we have a lively members bar on site which this can be a little loud over a weekend, but does not bother many people,but something worth noting when making your booking.

Also, as it is member's 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, 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. k25 (approx $3) to the shops and k40 (approx $5) to the central bus/coach station.

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 a wonderful senior team Jairos, Claudia and Novias along with 10 others, you won’t be short of friendly faces as soon as you arrive.

Guest access

On site we have a swimming pool, bar, pool table, restaurant and beautiful gardens.
We are also situated directly next to a bakery, shopping complex with a Spar, internet cafe, cocktail bar, pizza take away and most awesome...and ice cream shop! YUM!

Interaction with guests

You will be lucky to get a word in edgewise around any of the Bongwe staff. We love what we do and love having you stay with us!

Other things to note

We have a bar on site. As you can see from reviews, it can be quite loud over a weekend and we do not hide this fact. However, it is fairly quiet mid-week and so you won't be disturbed.
We have really friendly Lusaka residents coming in to drink with us and so hope that you will join us and enjoy!

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 5
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: 8 / night after 2 guests
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

•We do not tolerate any kind of race or gender discrimination.
•We do not allow any drugs - so don't ruin our joint by lighting up one of yours!
•No lewd or unlawful behaviour on the property.
•No soliciting of ANY kind.
•We do not allow any guests on the property that have not been formally checked-in. Guest may receive visitors in the public areas by prior approval of the duty manager.
•We only accept payment in Zambian Kwatcha or US$ in cash or if you prefer credit card facilities are available.
•Bar bills may be added to the room, but signature is required at the end of each day and if you are departing before 08:00 all outstanding bills are required to be settled the night before.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.

1 night minimum stay

41 Reviews

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Sara User Profile
July 2017
A great little lodge. Everyone was friendly and helpful! We enjoyed the music on the weekend and the lovely garden area. Claudia had great suggestions for what we should see in and around Lusaka.

Martina User Profile
July 2017
We enjoyed our stay at bongwe's. There was a very warm welcome, our room was basic equipped, but spacey. Menu is small, but food is tasty and at the bar is always good mood. We went there two more times during our trip. Good alternative to pioneer. To be recommended! Thanks Claudia

Kate User Profile
June 2017
Had a great time at Bongwe's guest house. The room as spacious and the en suite bathroom was worth the extra funds. The kitties and staff were friendly. Most guests there were on a budget and the rooms were always clean, warm showers were appreciated and good wifi was accessible each night when i was in for the evening. Pretty quiet spot except on concert nights, but then it was lots of fun, too! The host warned me of this early on as well, so it was all quite up front. Claudia was able to quickly get me a taxi on my first day in town and it was a walkable distance from the spots I needed to be and only a short cab ride to Arcades Mall! Kate

Nicholi User Profile
June 2017
Overall good value stay. The bar is close by, and the common areas are designed to encourage conversation. For people allergic to cats, you should know that there are cats on premises that walk about freely. The beds we had were full size. The place doesn't have any a/c but the rooms have fans, and meshed windows. We didn't miss the a/c though since it was Winter. They should get some mosquito nets though. The staff was friendly and helpful, and very accommodating. I stayed one night before my flight home.

Helen User Profile
May 2017
Stacey was extremely responsive, friendly, and accommodating. She gave us a heads up about the noise from the bar since we were staying at the weekend but this was no problem for us as we had a blast. She also arranged airport pick up, which was great. Everyone was very friendly, definitely recommend if you want to meet some people while you're here!

Alex User Profile
May 2017
Had a fantastic stay at Bongwe. All of the staff were friendly and available any time to give advice on places to go, and helped with transport whenever needed. Rooms were clean, beds comfortable. Having a kitchen available with a market next door was a helpful. The bar was great - a friendly scene with tasty food. I will definitly be staying again when I am in town next.

Tarryn User Profile
May 2017
This was a great place to stay, as we had a crew of 4 people shooting a show in Zambia. The rooms are comfortable and there is plenty of space to feel at home. The staff were super helpful and kind! Our washing was done almost every day and the rooms were clean and well kept. We had only one issues, as we were working the club next door was a serious problem! Bongwe has their own bar and restaurant, which is convenient and not a noise issues at all. The shops are close and the place is very central for a long term stay. Its perfect for the price

Lusaka, ZambiaJoined in June 2012
Claudia User Profile

Bongwe is a fun friendly team who endeavor to have you feeling like you are at home no matter how long or short you stay.
We love what we do and where we are and hope you love it too!!

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