Fish Eagle Backpackers, Lusaka

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Fish Eagle Backpackers Reviews

Fish Eagle Backpackers is one of several hostel-style accommodation options in Lusaka offering budget beds.

The Location

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.

Common Spaces

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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Outside the Building
Bar and Reception
Beer Garden
Swimming Pool and Garden
Swimming Pool
Sitting Room
Twin Room, Main House
Main House Common Bathroom
8-Bed En Suite Dorm, Main House
Londonroad Staff Reviewer
Published on Feb 5, 2018


Fish Eagle Backpackers is set in a beautiful area and 2.4 km from East Park Mall (walking distance), 9 km from the main bus station and 17.7 km from the KK international airport.

Jesmondine is a nice area off Great East Road, Mini Mall 300 m and major shopping mall only 1 km (15 mins walk). Sunday craft market only 15 mins walk. Crocodile park and game lodge 30 mins drive. Very quiet as not on main road.

The rooms in the main house consist of mixed dorm (8) air conditioned, with the male bathroom attached. The twin room is next to door to the female bathroom. The 2 double/single rooms with bathroom are situated in a cottage a few meters from the house. They have double beds and accommodate 2 persons. The apartment for 4 (1 dbl & 2 single beds) is also a cottage nearby. We have free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, full size trampoline and pool table, all by the garden BAR. The beautiful garden is the envy of the area and provides great venue for relaxing, drinking, eating, picnicking or a charcoal barbecue, as well as sunbathing. The office offers free access to computer and printer. Meals and drinks are served in the dining room, the bar or in the garden. Payments can be made at the Hostel's Bar ATM.

Fish Eagle Backpackers Policies & Conditions:

Check in from 12:00.
Check out before 10:00.

Cancellation policy: 24 h before arrival.
Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. This property might pre-authorize your credit card.

Taxes included.
Breakfast not included.

24/7 reception.
No curfew.
Child friendly.
The maximum period of stay is of 14 days.

Location and Contact


• 10 km from airport, 4 km from main international bus stop 5 km from city centre
• Great east road runs from the airport turn off to city centre, We are at Munali turnoff, turn right into 3rd street.
• we pick up from the bus station.

Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security


Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Cable TV

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange



Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Swimming Pool

Wheelchair Accessible

Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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