Festival Fever – Swaziland’s Bushfire Festival next week

International Music and Arts Festival, Swaziland

While we mourn the fact that Lake of Stars is regrettably not being held this year, there are plenty of other great festivals in the region to keep you entertained. Some Kalulu Backpackers guests have just returned to Lusaka from having a fantastic time at the HIFA in Harare. If time and money permits we can definitely recommend travelers check out one of the great festivals that Southern Africa has to offer.

Next week its the turn of Swaziland and the renowned Bushfire Festival which will take place between May 25th and 27th 2012 in the picturesque Malkerns Valley. While offering visitors a unique mix of music and the arts, the festival also raises awareness and funds for some of Swaziland’s most pressing social needs. Local and international artists performing at this years festival include Ayo, Saul Williams, Nancy G and Flavia Coelho. Further information on the lineup and ticket purchases can be found at the MTN Bushfire website or their facebook page.

Bye bye Balthazar…

So yesterday Kalulu Backpackers said our farewells to our good friend and workmate Balthazar who leaves Lusaka to bike across the DRC (and beyond!). We wish him and Jorge all the best on their journey.

We’ll miss you guys. Stay safe. We’re looking forward to hearing all about your adventures.



Livingstone Adventures

Planning a trip to Zambia this year? Trying to decide which of the many adventure activities in Livingstone to try out? Check out this video of the Sprayview Tour – the only tour that allows you to experience Victoria Falls from below.

Don’t forget you can book all your Livingstone activities right here at Kalulu Backpackers. See our Tours & Safaris page or contact us for more details.


HIFA 2012

Harare Internatioal Festival of the Arts

Taking place this week is one of Africa’s largest international arts festivals – Harare’s famous HIFA or Harare International Festival of the Arts. Incorportaing theatre, music, dance, fine art and poetry, the festival has become a highlight on the African cultural calendar. This years festival promises to be an absolute cracker. For a full programme of events see the HIFA website.  Buses and flights are available to take you from Lusaka to Harare. For further information please contact us


Kalulu Backpackers is Zambia’s highest rated hostel

Kalulu Backpackers Lusaka has just become the highest rated hostel in Zambia on hostelworld.com.


We’d love to keep it that way so if you’ve stayed with us please please take the time to leave us a review – tell us what we’re doing right and what we need to improve so that we keep on getting better 🙂Kalulu Backpackers Lusaka - Zambia's best hostel

Happy Easter from everyone @ Kalulu Backpackers Lusaka

Happy Easter from Kalulu Backpackers Lusaka

Happy Easter from the Kalulu Bunnies 🙂

“Experience Africa Untouched” – Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia

Kafue Getaway…

Check out this blog post from one of our very wonderful guests here at Kalulu Backpackers Lusaka who recently took a trip to Kafue National Park with Clio. A great time was had and we can defintely recommend it for people looking for a short safari trip or a weekend break away from Lusaka. Contact us for details on how to book.

Nell is in Zambia as part of her research on naming practices in a range of countries across the world – a really interesting topic and her work is well worth a read. Safari Lodge in Kafue National Park

Earth Hour Tonight


Join Us for Earth Hour at Kalulu Backpackers LusakaIts Earth Hour tonight folks so why not switch off your lights between 20:30 and 21:30 and join us by the campfire at Kalulu Backpackers Lusaka to celebrate the largest environmental event in the world and do your bit for climate change action.

St. Paddy’s Day at Kalulu Backpackers Lusaka

We’re super excited to celebrate our first ever St. Patrick’s Day here at Kalulu Backpackers Hostel.

paddy's day at Kalulu Backpackers Lusaka

Everybody is Irish on Paddy’s day and we’ve got a whole day of fun lined up so why not join us on the luckiest day of the year – but don’t forget to wear some green…

Breakfast: Fresh Irish Soda Bread from the oven (guests only)

Late Morning / Early Afternoon: Screening of some Irish movies and maybe even a bit of Fr. Ted to get everyone in the mood.

Evening: Paddy’s Day Dinner. Guinness and Beef Stew with plenty of potatoes (or nshima if you prefer) and some Irish themed dessert – all available for the bargain price of 30,000 kwacha per person.

Dinner will be followed by the screening of the live Six Nations Rugby match between England and Ireland at the bar.

And, of course, there will be plenty of Guinness, Jameson, Baileys and other Irish favourites available for your drinking pleasure and some good Irish tunes to help them go down so come and join the craic at the only Irish backpackers in Zambia.

If you’d like to join us for dinner give Clio a shout on 0955 761544 or you can contact us vis our website to book a place, otherwise, drop by for a glass of the black stuff – we’d love to have ya.