Victoria Falls

About Bongwe Safaris

BONGWE [bon – gway, Nyanja slang for baboon]

noun

  1. any of various large, terrestrial monkeys of the genus Papio and related genera. Often misunderstood yet highly intelligent and full of character.

Bongwe Safaris was started in 2009 by Alec and Jon. Alec, an experienced safari guide whose past experience included guiding for some of the most exclusive bush camps and lodges in the Luangwa Valley, wanted to offer a more affordable safari experience with the same levels of service. Jon, an IT and digital marketing expert had known Alec for many years prior to starting Bongwe. Together they realised that between them they had the skills to pull it off.

Bongwe started off with very little capital and just about managed to scrape enough together to purchase a game drive vehicle and a small transfer bus. From that they started operating mobile safaris into the Kafue National Park. However, a safari season typically only runs for a maximum of 7 or 8 months a year, sometimes less depending on the rainy season. So they took the profits of their first season and opened up a Lusaka guesthouse and bar. This was to be a small, discreet bar that merely operated to subsidise the safari off-season.

Over time the bar grew and took on a life of its own. Today, the bar is one of the prime destinations in Lusaka for after-work drinks, live music and parties.

The guest house has evolved from just being a stay-over option for Bongwe’s own safari clients to being a budget friendly business and tourism accommodation in the heart of Lusaka.

With Lusaka and the Kafue safari now established, in 2016 it was decided to expand into Livingstone. Despite the rich wildlife in the region, safari experiences were somewhat lacking in Livingstone with most operators concentrating on the Victoria Falls and the various river/helicopter activities that surround the Falls. This was Bongwe’s opportunity to provide a fully immersive safari experience to Livingstone.

Now, Bongwe not only operate safaris in Livingstone and the surrounding areas, but we also offer a fully equiped and furnished self-catering house and a safari camp. Combined with our Lusaka guest house and bar, Bongwe are continuing to grow whilst at the same time holding onto the original goal – offering affordable safaris without compromising on quality.

We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

$65

/person
Bongwe Rhino Encounter
6.30am to 12pm

Morning Game Drive

Take a morning game drive through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Trip includes a bush breakfast and a once-in-a-lifetime Rhino encounter. We take our time and make sure that even the small things are not missed. There is no speeding through the park trying to tick off the "must see" wildlife in 3 hours. Bongwe do safaris the proper way!

$95

/person
Bongwe Game Drives
1.30pm to 7pm

Game Drive/Sunset Cruise Combo

Why not include a sunset cruise to our fantastic game drive experience. The trip includes a once-in-a-lifetime rhino encounter, a fantastic game drive with one of our talented and experienced guides, followed by a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Snacks and drinks are included on the cruise at no extra expense.

$95

/person
6.30am to 12pm

Morning Game Drive/River Cruise Combo

The morning's safari experience includes a game drive, mid-morning cruise on the calm waters of the Upper Zambezi River and a rhino encounter. The cruise will run along the banks of the Mosi-oa-Tunya national park offering further opportunities to see some of our resident wildlife. A true wildlife safari experience!

$80

/person
Bongwe Walking Safaris
6.30am to 12pm

Morning Game Drive/Walking Safari Combo

This fully immersive safari provides the chance to experience the bush on foot as well as in the game drive vehicle. A two hour walking safari provides a much different perspective on the bush and its wildlife. The thrill of tracking and learning how to identify the different animals from their signs, as well as interacting with big game on foot makes walking a great way to experience the bush.

$65

/person
Sunset on a Bongwe Safari
1.30pm to 7pm

Afternoon Game Drive

This slow relaxed game drive offers guests the opportunity to track down and spend more time watching each of the animals as they meander through their day. A National parks supervised trip to the Rhino form part of this excellent Livingstone safari game drive. We will also stop off at one of our favourite spots along the river and watch the sunset as we sip a beer, wine or soft drink. What a relaxed way to spend the afternoon!