We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Deceptive pictures and advertisements” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Kalulu Backpackers Hostel

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Save
You added Kalulu Backpackers Hostel to your Saves list
Kalulu Backpackers Hostel
20 Broads Road | Fairview, Lusaka, Zambia   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #16 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Lusaka
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Deceptive pictures and advertisements”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

This place isn't bad for 12 dollars a night but it's not great. The problem was the pictures and adds make it seem way nicer then it is. For instance, they advertise free breakfast but what that means is a lady throwing u a loaf of bread and telling you to make yourself toast.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

55 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    16
    10
    15
    9
    5
See reviews for
7
19
7
6
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (11)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

A great place to stay in Lusaka. Recently left after a couple of months staying at Kalulu and miss it already. It is clean, comfortable, affordable and above all has a great relaxed family feel to it. Everyone is friendly and happy to help out and the facilities and location make it perfect for both travellers passing through Lusaka and long term guests. There is no need to look anywhere else for a place to stay in the city and I will hopefully be returning very soon.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

we spend 3 nights at kalulu's. A great way to start our journey in Zambia! Very friendly, helpfull and easy going staff, lots of space to relax, enjoy the sun, have a drink, or just relax with a book in the shade. Rooms are cosey and clean, same for the showers and kitchen.
Location is good, in a more quiet part of town, but with a big shoppingmall in walking distance and possability to buy local simcards just around the corner.
We definitely recommend this place and allready made a new reservation for on the way back of our trip!
emma & maloe

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

I had a great time here! The staff is very helpful (and fun!). I especially loved the pool area and the bar. It was very convenient to big shopping centers and a great craft market. I highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

I stay in Kalulu whenever I go up to Lusaka. It's clean and comfortable and the staff are really helpful and friendly. They even have a couple of pet rabbits running around the grounds!

Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Great hostel, great service, very friendly and helpful staff.

Room Tip: Camping is best in the shade. Watch out for the toe chuwing trevor!
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

I really enjoyed my stay in Lusaka at Kalulu Backpackers. The staff is very friendly, the rooms and showers are clean, and the kitchen is nice. I found that the prices were fair and affordable. I also thought that food from the restaurant was delicious and they have a good bar. They are extremely accommodating and arranged for a taxi to pick us up from the airport on our arrival and also set up our transportation back to the airport at our departure. It is located within walking distance to good markets, restaurants, and also the bus station if you are planning on taking the bus to Livingstone or elsewhere in Zambia. Overall it is one of the nicest hostels I have stayed at in Africa with the friendliest staff! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is passing through Lusaka.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Kalulu Backpackers Hostel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Kalulu Backpackers Hostel

Address: 20 Broads Road | Fairview, Lusaka, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Lusaka Province > Lusaka
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Lusaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HostelWorld and HostelBookers so you can book your Kalulu Backpackers Hostel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Kalulu Backpackers Hostel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.