There's a gushing review about this place on one of the Zambia travel forums but I am sorry to say it fell well below the pass mark in our opinion! The place itself is in a good location, walking distance to Manda Hill Mall & other cafes & restaurants. It's also in a beautiful big corner plot that could be AMAZING if it had some money & time spent on it. The backpackers itself is in a big, old, poky house. The decor is pretty dowdy and although it is clean, there is chipped & peeling paint in most communal areas, giving it an air of neglect. We stayed in the double room & didn't see the dorms. The room was incredibly basic - no fan, a thin, much-slept on mattress (when lying down we were lying in the indentation of the previous person's body shape which is imprinted in the cheap foam), on a concrete base, with chipped, cracked concrete floor. The bathroom was a shocker! Absolutely huge but desperately in need of a new shower curtain, a good paint and a new toilet. The dirty window was propped open by a stick! We reported that the toilet wasn't flushing on day 2 of our 4 day stay, and nothing was done to fix it so we had to take the lid off to physically pull up the cistern every time we wanted to flush it. There was a broken part which looked quite simple to fix with wire as a temporary measure, but no one came to mend it. The towels were threadbare and thin. Not good enough for $45! We didn't cook but we did look for coffee in the camp kitchen which is apparently freely available - none to be found. The kitchen is very basic with one tap. There were a few fridges & I have seen worse on my travels in terms of cleanliness. Overall, Wanderers made us feel pretty depressed that a backpackers that could be so good was so uncared-for. We have since stayed in other types of accommodation in Lusaka, including Air BnB & hotels. For a good, solid option at this price I would opt for Kalulu Backpackers (as another reviewer mentioned) on Broad Rd.
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Response from AndyCTBP, Manager at Wanderers Lodge Lusaka
Responded 11 Feb 2016
Hi, sorry you didnt find us at our best. We have been carrying out a series of improvement works, new toilets etc. Including starting to build a pizza oven, So next time you come we will be on top form. See you then :)
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