We had to stay in Kolwezi for a few nights.....and were not really looking forward to it to be honest.
Most stories you hear are rather bleak..... hotels with little food... expensive, hard beds, horible neighbourhoods... the list goes on.
Having checked the last review , i was appalled by what lay ahead for us as we were booked at the Kampi ya Boma.
So what a relief to arrive and see that whoever wrote that must have got the wrong hotel name and not visited Kolwezi in a long time, or just have a grudge...makes no sense against our experience whatsoever.
Huge chalets, air conditioned against the day time heat ,satellite TV, hot power showers in the frosty mornings, and the most comfortable beds in congo so far! We paid 130.0$$ for a bed a breakfast ( real english full b reakfast1)and when we compare to what we paid in Lubumbashi, minimum 180.00$.....this was a great deal.
As we had to host a few meals for our work, we used the hotel restaurants and ate like kings, and that week a new stock of foreign beers ands wine had just arrived, so we could drink something other than the huge warm congolese beers.
Now food is not cheap in katanga, and good food is definately not cheap, so dont go to Kolwezi unles you have a decent extras budget.
The most charming thing was the unique design, like huge arabian tents but , inside its a traditional hotel room.The hotel is spread around 12 acres on paths and sorrounded with ponds, so ask for a room towards the far end if you want total silence at night as the bar is often busy and can go on quite late.
Definately a great place for corporate breakways if working in the copperbelt.
Pool, 2 bars, bigggest wine and beer list in katanga, very calm atmosphere as you can walk around the property on covered walkways with original bush around, and ponds, you almost forget you are in Congo!!
I stayed there just for one day. It's freezing cold at night and the room was not very clean and infested with ants.
I felt like on a campsite with all the rattling noises these "tents" make during the night.
The meals are ok and the bar is well stocked but prices are too high.
Nothing special about it.
Maybe in DRC it is unique but anywhere else it would just be a zero star hotel for backpack tourists.
There is really not much inthe way of tourism of any resort facilities in Katanga anywhere, so when we stumbled acros the hotel " Kampi ya Boma" we were totally shocked.
This is a resort style development that has gone way over the top to try to please the eye and provide facilties that are desperately apreciated by anyone travelling and staying in Kolwezi.
Its designed around enormous bedoin styled roofs , more apropriate in Mauritius , but very attractive non the less, and provide for enormous public spaces .The hotel has 2 bars, and 2 restaurants that offer a large variety of wel priced food, and a huge selection of beers and wines and drinks.
Uusual for Kolwezi si that all service is available from morning to night, no advance reservations required.
The rooms are very spacious, large beds with very comfortable matarreses, something that you do not get much of in the congo...warm / cold power howers, and lots of space to lounge around the bed on sofas.Actualy they are chalets more than rooms.
Wgen we stayed the temperature was hot in the day outside and cool at night, but the room semed to stay a permenently consistent ideal temperature... although i hear that the wiinters can bge very warm.The management confirmed that they were installing dual warmers/ Air conditioners to manage weather conditions for the futur.
We were there over a weekend and the place packed out with locals, lots of music, sports on the giant TV screens in the pub and really forgot we were in the congo .
The airport is a 2 minute ride from the hotel across the road on a newly graded path so ideal to also hand out in before a flight .
At least locals can invite family and friends to Kolwezi , even kids and have a real resort to locate themsleves.
Good choice of restaurants and bars.
Are you prepared to cough up US 200 to stay on a construction site in chalet tents with nothing but a bed, table and nightstands?
Electricity from the generator is not always available, for warm water you have to wait ages and the chalet design seem to be meant for warmer regions and not Congo.
Water will leak into your room whenever it rains and they are very cold at night and hot at daytime.
There are many better places for half the price. Check out Hacienda Hotel that has it all: Proper Water supply, electricity 24/7, fridges and satellite TV in every room.
No Room service
Poor water and electricity supply
Cheap built rooms and facilities
Expensive food and beverages
No Taxi service
Probably one of the best place to be in Kolwezi. 8 comfortable rooms with air conditioners and high speed internet connection. Swimming pool and car park are provided. Local foods are served in a nice restaurant.
Room service, laundry, swimming pool, quiet place and very close to the business areas.
This place felt as if I was returning to the uterus. All pink and weird cave style walls. Hmm not really my style.
I visited here for lunch but since the hotel was full never stayed a night. I understand the rate was US$120/night.
Sandwiches were tasty.
The Malawian chef cooked great chicken and tilapia (lake fish) steak was tough vegetables were tasty. Rooms were large with en suite bathroom comprising bath/shower, sink, toilet. Running water infrequent but big plastic buckets of water were provided. I could feel the wooden slats under my foam mattress but fixed the problem by using the foam mattress from the 2nd bed so I had a double comfy bed. Fan in room, TV had one local channel, no satellite. Gold plastic door handles were a real comfort to come home to at night.
Minibar had cold beers in the fridge.
US$40/night which included a coffee and four slices of toast in the morning
Gotta be those door handles, oh and the Malawian chef, great food.
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