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Kalulu Backpackers Hostel is a simple hostel located amongst several others in Lusaka. The hostel offers Wi-Fi for a price, although at the time of review it was down due to the weather.

The Location

Kalulu Backpackers is located just outside of the city center in an area populated by a number of other backpackers and accommodations. Within five minutes' walking distance, there are a few restaurants from which to choose, and a slightly longer walk will take you straight to the center of the city.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms at Kalulu are simply rooms packed with beds, each with its own mosquito net. Most of the dorms sleep around nine people, and you can choose from a mixed or single-sex dorm. The hostel also offers rooms without bathrooms, if you don't want to share a room with a number of people. If you're camping, there are also a few patches of grass where you can pitch your tent. Overlanders should be able to find a parking spot and space for a roof tent, but the parking lot does get quite packed from the patrons of the bar, so you might have to wait for it to clear out if you don't arrive early enough. As for the bathrooms, they aren't exactly dirty, but they do have that rundown feel that is prevalent in a lot of the hostel.

Common Spaces

The main common space in the hostel is the bar area at the front of the hostel, which is quite popular on the weekends. If you're looking for someplace social, the bar area is your place to be. But if you're looking for quiet, the dorms are not the best choice, since the music at the bar plays until 11 p.m. The hostel also has a pool area as well as a covered back deck, but neither of these areas are very inviting. The kitchens are basic stove tops with counter space, and not too much else.

Summary

While there aren't a lot of hostels from which to choose in Lusaka, it might be worth checking out some of the other ones, since this one feels a bit neglected and grungy. If you're only staying for the night, it's not a bad option, but it's not a place where you would want to spend any longer than necessary.

by Richard Ballentine
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
February 2014
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