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Kalulu Backpackers Hostel

20 Broads Road | Fairview, Lusaka, Zambia
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Ranked #17 of 37 Specialty lodging in Lusaka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014
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  • Location
    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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The accommodations were great. The bar was nice. However, the wifi wasn't working and the staff didn't seem interested in helping us find an alternate source of Internet. Hard to find, due to poor marking (use your phone's GPS when going there).

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at this hostel for a night and in the end were very glad we hadn't booked for anymore. We arrived after a long day on the bus from Livingstone and made our way to the hostel. On arrival we checked in and found the girl on reception to be so disinterested in helping us or answering any of... More

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Santiago, Chile
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been in many cheap hostels around the world and this is undoubtedly the worst. We stayed in the mixed dorms, there are too close to the bar that is open every day, so you feel like in the bar and it is very difficult to sleep. Kitchen does not exist, but really, it is more like a garbage... More

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Halifax, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

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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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
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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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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
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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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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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