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Kalulu Backpackers Hostel

20 Broads Road | Fairview, Lusaka, Zambia
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Ranked #15 of 36 Specialty lodging in Lusaka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014
PeterWalks Bristol, United Kingdom
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Halifax, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've stayed at cheap hostels all over the world and it takes a lot to gross me out, but this place did it. God knows when the last time the toilets were cleaned was. 1 of the 4 showers has hot water. Don't plan on using the "kitchen". (I'll post a photo of it). The free breakfast advertised on HostelWorld... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed only one night here in a double ensuite room ($50US) as Lusaka Backpackers was full. The room was okay - no towels - the showerhead was so fine it took half an hour to get wet and you got cold waiting but the worst was the Receptionist. We really needed wifi as we had been on the road... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Kalulu was distinctly average. The staff seemed uninterested, the toilets were dirty and the facilities seemed in a general disrepair. The dorms were fine, beds comfortable and prices OK. Location wise it is very close to Levy junction and fairly convenient. There were quite a lot of rabbits that seemed not to mind the loud music.

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Mansa, Zambia
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

No surprises, an ok but not the best backpackers. Stayed in an ensuite room, ok shower (one of those dodgy electric ones, clean(ish) room, food was hard to find and we didn't stick around long enough for the cook to be located. A little pricey for a very basic backpackers.

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This place was OK at a push if you can't get into one of the other better Backpackers in Lusaka. The rooms are very noisy and there are no working toilet facilities in the main building which means you have to get very wet to go to the toilet if, as when I was staying, there are armageddon like rain... More

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Steffisburg, Switzerland
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I was Staying there for 3 Night Before i head to Dar Elm Salaam The Place is well Located in the 10 Minuts Walk to the Mall Supermarked and around 30 Minuts to the Bus Terminal With the Taxi to the Bus Terminal is 30 Zambian kwacha is 5 US Doller even from the Bus Terminal to the Hostel is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This place is located in a safe good area in lusaka Rhodes park. Neat north mead shopping centre and levy mall. The main house is old and needs some attention. I stayed in the double rooms behind the main house the rooms. Rooms are clean plenty hot water good beddings. The bar has a good vibe. And close late some... More

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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This hostel is in a very old building that seems to be falling apart, there was no free breakfast as advertised and it is quite dirty. I think they need to remember that although they are providing a budget option, they still need to maintain the building. On the plus side the girl who works there was lovely.

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Anholt, Denmark
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

It was okey as a cheap accommodation - small room with toilet/very small shower without much water, - but it really seemed that the guests/persons living at the hostel were just money machines - and the bar the real reason for business at the place. The music from the bar was SO LOAD it was impossible to sleep. We stayed... More

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Newcastle, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Stayed with a friend here on 3 separate occasions. A dorm here was the cheapest we could find (60 Kwacha, ~$12) and it was in a great location, only about a 10 minute walk to the shopping mall called Levy in one direction and 10 minutes to a great Indian restaurant in the other direction! Shawn, the owner, is very... More

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Address: 20 Broads Road | Fairview, Lusaka, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Lusaka Province > Lusaka
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Clean, comfortable and secure, Kalulu Backpackers Hostel is perfectly located close to the bus and rail stations, two of Lusaka’s largest shopping malls, and the city centre. With a mixture of dorm beds, private rooms, and camping, we have accommodation to suit everyone. You can enjoy a delicious meal from our cafe, or cook up a feast yourself in our fully equipped communal kitchen. Relax by the pool, enjoy a drink at our fully stocked bar, or take some time to explore the sights and sounds of Lusaka. Our experienced staff can advise you on any travel queries and can help book tours or activities you may want to sample while visiting Zambia. ... more   less 
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