Fish Eagle Backpackers is one of several hostel-style accommodation options in Lusaka offering budget beds.
Located eight kilometers to the east of Lusaka center, near East Park Shopping Mall, Fish Eagle is on a quiet street. It's quite easily accessible from the center by minibus, with Marshlands bus stop an eight-minute walk away on the Great East Road. There is a small shopping precinct around the corner with a small supermarket and a couple of pharmacies. East Park Mall is just over two kilometers west of Fish Eagle for a wider choice including banks and many restaurants and cafes.
Rooms and Bathrooms
This is a simple place located in a walled compound. There is a family cottage containing a double bed and two bunks at the back of the property and another cottage that currently houses an en suite, air-conditioned double room; the other rooms are being renovated at the time of review. In the main house, there is a twin room with fan, sharing a bathroom in the hallway, and an en suite eight-bed dorm with air conditioning. The dorm is very tidy with clean, crisp linen and the bathroom has three showers and two tiny toilets.
The main house has a sitting room with TV and a book exchange. There is no kitchen for guests, but Fish Eagle provides good, basic meals at fair prices. The bar in the front garden is very popular in the evenings and has a large selection of beers, ciders, spirits, and soft drinks. It's fairly busy and social, particularly at weekends, and there is a large front garden with several tables and chairs amidst lots of greenery. There is a pool table and a large-screen TV in the bar and a jacuzzi and swimming pool. The bar accepts credit cards and can give cash back. There is free Wi-Fi and the owner is a very friendly and chatty host.
If you're looking for a place a little off the radar, and at a very cheap price, this fits the bill. It looks a long way on the map from the center of town and the bus and train stations, but Lusaka's minibuses make it a very easy and cheap journey notwithstanding the traffic. The place is a little ramshackle, but there was a lot of building and renovation work going on when we were there. The property is accessed via a locked front gate and there are dogs on the premises for security with cameras about to be installed. Despite this, it is a very safe area and a lovely quiet place to stay for a night or two.
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