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Kalulu Backpackers Hostel

20 Broads Road | Fairview, Lusaka, Zambia
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bergen, Norway
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed there for one night in May 2015. the rooms were clean and alright but the compartments for locking in your valuables didn't feel too safe as they were easy to break into. They have good wifi and good service depending on who's at the desk. The cook was sick the day we were there so no food. The... More 

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North Island, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such an awesome vibe at Kalulu. You get to mix with the locals who are a lot of fun to hang with. Really nice accommodation at a good rate. Easy location to walk to the malls and markets. Lovely helpful staff. Definitely recommend for any age group. Go and check it out!

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Shawn M, Owner at Kalulu Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you Laura for the wonderful review .We are happy that you enjoyed your stay.I must say you were an amazing group.See you next hopefully.xx More 

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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stood here for nearly three months because of working in Lusaka. We had email contact before coming here and became a fair long term stay offer. The staff at Kalulu Backpackers was very friendly,the rooms big enough, the double rooms as well as the dorms and the food in the restaurant is very good. There is a nice little... More 

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Shawn M, Owner at Kalulu Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you Alexandra for the great review.We waited long enough for the review to come:).Its here finally.We appreciate you staying with us for a long time with your lovely Friend.Thanks again for recommending our hostel for Long term stay.We really appreciate.Take care.x More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

At first I thought it was a little basic (having only stayed in nice hotels in Europe), however at staying at another hostel in Africa it made me realise how well equipped this hostel is.There are dorms (which sleep up to 7 people) and individual rooms and doubles. The hostels also have room for those who wish to camp in... More 

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Shawn M, Owner at Kalulu Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review.We are happy that we made you feel at home.Our hostel is indeed a home away from home.Thanx a million More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

My first time in Africa, volunteering with about 13 other students, this was an ideal place to stay although an initial culture shock and feel homesick this place had warm showers (most of the time) decent food/basic accommodation with free wifi included (don't think breakfast is free anymore though) close to amenities and a nice bar where locals drink. Make... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

I have stayed at Kalulu many times. There us a mixture of dorms. And smaller rooms which are all fine and suit people on the move. I usually book one of the double rooms which are good, en suite and the swimming pool us outside the door. I have found the management to be helpful and very reliable over the... More 

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chiang rai
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

What a strange hostel, the dorm I stayed in was right next to the bar and the main thoroughfare for all the foot traffic and drinkers. The bar itself was full of locals, which, I don't have an issue with but the noise! The pool around the back is pretty big and good, the kitchen though is practically useless. I... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Kalulu is an inner city stop over between destinations in Zambia. On the plus side the showers are hot, the kitchen has a good fridge, there is a pool and social area out the back. On the downside is the bar out the front and if you're in a dorm which faces on to it you will have trouble sleeping.... More 

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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The hostel is good-situated in Lusaka but for these rates (40-50 USD/double room) I expected better facilities and a better service. A mosquito net over the bed was provided, the linen were clean. We stayed in a double en suite room but our bathroom could have been cleaner. The shower had hot water but so little that getting a stable... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Had a great time here for nearly 2 weeks. Campsite is nice. A local guy is running this place, which is nice after seeing that all other backpackers places are owned by foreigners. Unfortunately the guy seems to be not that keen on paying his staff, but anyway... The location is nice. Northmead mall and Levy mall are close and... More 

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