Bongwe Safaris is a small fun, friendly place that (we hope) you will feel is your home from home.
We have been running for 6 years, it all started with Alec Cole (a safari guide for over 20 years) and his then business partner and best friend, Jon Benbow (a successful web designer and IT manager). Their dream was to create a safari operation which was affordable to all who wanted to go, whether you be from overseas or be living in Lusaka. After the first 6 months or so they realized that as a safari season is only 6-8 months long and they would need something else to keep business going in the rainy season and thus the bar and lodge was born.
After 2 years, Jon moved on to pursue new goals and is now busy raising two gorgeous little girls with his lovely wife; while Alec invited his little sister, Stacey, to come and join the team and focus on the bar, lodge and safaris.
Stacey was with the company for a solid 5 years and coming from a strong hospitality background, helped create a whole new Bongwe one of which embraced live music, started a music festival, offered training to the staff in simple yet excellent guest services and saw our little Bongwe become one of the leading brands in Lusaka - she sadly left us August 2017.
Back in 2014 we were overrun by so many new faces that we had to move to a bigger venue and now boast of being one of the most successful and chilled bars and guest houses in Lusaka, if not Zambia!
We are very strong supporters of Zambian music and host many music gigs in the bar and even founded one of Zambia’s first music festivals, The Siavonga Music Festival.
The guest house is simple, yet clean and offers you private rooms with all your basic amenities and safaris are still going strong too with focus being in the Kafue National Park.
These days you will find Alec leading safaris in Livingstone from Fawlty Towers, Stacey lost in the streets of Edinburgh and Bongwe being run by the wonderful Managing Director Jairos Nyamowa and the beautiful General Manager Claudia Muleya.
We love our Bongwe and hope you will too; have a good look around and even better come and visit us in person when you get to town!
PS: Bongwe means Baboon in Nsenga (a language in Eastern Province of Zambia) So you may well see a number of Baboons and monkeys around the bar