Jollyboys Backpackers

Jollyboys Backpackers

Jollyboys
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4.5
#1 of 6 hostels in Livingstone
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Welcome to Jollyboys - the trendsetter in upmarket budget travel in Zambia! Since 1995, they’ve been curating unforgettable experiences for budget travellers like you. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are your travel gurus, keeping you in the loop with the latest travel information and regulations throughout Southern Africa. Jollyboys is passionate about Livingstone and giving back to the community. Join in supporting local initiatives and making a positive impact while having the time of your life. Hungry for adventure and delicious food? The Jollyboys restaurant not only serves mouthwatering meals at unbeatable prices but also keeps you connected with FREE WiFi. Fancy yourself a culinary maestro? The self-catering kitchen is at your disposal, allowing you to whip up your own delectable creations. And let's not forget the amazing perks! Enjoy FREE daily shuttles to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and seamless pick-ups from Livingstone Airport. Flying into Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe? Just give them a shout, and we'll arrange a hassle-free shuttle for you, taking care of everything across the borders. But that's not all! The backpacking experience at Jollyboys has evolved with the times. All the dorms and ensuite rooms are equipped with air conditioning, ensuring a comfortable stay even in the warmest of climates. And don’t worry about charging your stuff – there’s essential USB ports too! Plus, there’s the sparkling swimming pool, perfect for a refreshing dip and lounging in the sun. They’ve taken budget travel to the next level, offering more amenities and upmarket features, without compromising on our budget-friendly ethos. Whether you're a seasoned traveler embarking on a long-term journey, a weekend warrior seeking a quick escape, a newlywed couple cherishing your honeymoon moments, or a group of volunteers making a difference, Jollyboys has got your back. They have something extraordinary to offer each and every guest who steps through the doors. So get ready for an unforgettable adventure with Jollyboys Backpackers!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Table tennis
Free shuttle or taxi services
24-hour security
Secured parking
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Poolside bar
Walking tours
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Walk-in shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
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English
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Location

34 Kanyanta Road PO Box 61088, Livingstone 20100 Zambia
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 63 out of 100
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danielr9200 wrote a review May 2023
New York City, New York6 contributions9 helpful votes
Property's Favourite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a wonderful time at Jollyboys! Stayed a handful of nights. We joined the 2 day 1 night safari in Chobe that they arranged; it was the first safari I'd ever been on and it was absolutely incredible!

Special shout-out to Moyo who went above and beyond to help us during our stay, and always with a friendly smile :)

If you're looking for a safe, easy, central hostel filled with other travelers, this is definitely a good option.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Jollyboys Backpackers, Owner at Jollyboys Backpackers
Responded 12 May 2023
We're so honoured that you went on your first safari with us and Chobe National Park is for sure one of the BEST places to start! Thanks for taking the time to write a review and pass along your lovely words of praise - we've told our team and Moyo is grinning even bigger :) All the best with your future travels through Africa and we hope you'll swing through again one day!
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tonycaegarw wrote a review Mar 2020
UK147 contributions77 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been staying here for the last 18 years (if that is a recommendation) which is almost as long as they have been in business. Each year I have taken groups of 16 to 26 people of all ages here, not because there is no other choice, but because in my view, they are the best.
The site has recently undergone some changes making the facilities even better than they were. If you are backpacking and want to put up your tent or bivvy up over night, there is space for you. If you are a couple travelling together there are rooms with double beds. There also plenty of ensuite and off-suite rooms and bunkhouse facilities which are of a high standard. You can even pay to have your washing done, dried and returned.
There is the facility (kitchen) where you can make your own meals or you can purchase a wide range of freshly produced meals over the bar from 0630 hours and throughout the day.
There are chill areas and poolside seating as well as bar side tables, chairs and pool table and tennis table.
The office is really efficient. Over the years I have brought literally hundreds of people here and do so because Kim, Faith and the team are so efficient.
Simply the best in my view. With luck I shall be there July 2020 with a group of 26 people looking for another good time.
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Date of stay: August 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Any of the rooms are really good. You will not be disturbed wherever.
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys Backpackers
Responded 09 Mar 2020
Tony! July 2020 we await you with your group! 18 years is just a number as we are always looking forward to hosting you! Because of groups like yours, Jollyboys has managed to upgrade hostel standards, keeps improving and with this we are so proud keeping up with the good service. Thank you for rating us so highly, describing how good of a hostel we are and for reviewing the Jollyboys team with 5 star hostel service. Hugs and warm greetings from all us, See you in a few months! Thank you Faith - General Manager
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EyeToEyeXperience wrote a review Mar 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 3 awsome weeks here. The food is good, staff is verry friendly and adequate and the rooms are nice and clean with arico. We felt verry safe and relaxed and there's lots of activities to do wich you all can book right there at the office. There are lots of extra's like free airport shuttles, free falls shuttle, arranging visa is made easy, safari drop offs and help at the border, weekly free diner, various discounts possible, etc, etc.
This is the 7th time we stayed here, we keep coming back whenever we can.
We can sure recommend anyone staying here if you traveling alone, with friends, family or a group.
We love ambiance and the relaxed atmosfeer :)
The onsuite rooms of course have their own bathrooms :)
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The A-frames are verry romantic with shared facilities and of course if you don't want to...
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys Backpackers
Responded 09 Mar 2020
Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and for rating us so highly! You have set the bar higher and we will keep up with the good service. Thank you for letting the world know what good services we offer from good food, friendly staff, clean and nice rooms, bookings desk for information and activities, drivers who guide you, free shuttles from the airport and to the Victoria falls and all the things in one lodge. We are so proud and we will keep up with the good works. 7th visit, we are always looking forward to hosting you! Wishing you the best of travels and looking forward to your 8th night visit! Thank you Faith - General Manager
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Charlotte H wrote a review Mar 2020
Kapiri Mposhi, Zambia19 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a fantastic stay at Jollyboys! The atmosphere is great and staff are really friendly and helpful. Although I enjoy socialising with other travellers I was worried that Jollyboys might have a very 'party' feel and would be too noisy, however, it wasn't like that at all. Super chilled, with people of all ages and from all walks of life, you are free to drink and have fun with other people or to relax in a more quiet space. You can book activities from reception and staff are very efficient, I booked a bungee jump with no problems. There is also a spa on site which do massages, manicures and pedicures, waxing etc. at excellent value for money. My husband and I booked two massages each because they were so cheap and had a really relaxing afternoon. The rooms were clean and comfortable, just what we needed. Breakfast was delicious and although we didn't eat any evening meals there the menu looked good. We really loved it here and would definitely stay here again if we return to Livingstone.
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Date of stay: March 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys Backpackers
Responded 09 Mar 2020
Hi Charlnoble, Amazing to read your review, 5 star you have made us proud! It was a great honor hosting you and we are very happy to know that your stay with us was up to your expectation. Because of your review we are reminded that we need to keep up with the good service and setting the bar high. From all the Jollyboys team and Spa team, we are sending you huge Zambian warm smiles! Looking forward to hosting you and hopefully it will be soon! Thank you Faith - General Manager
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Octopious1 wrote a review Mar 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Definitely defer the local knowledge of the Jollyboys staff. Warm and inviting, they are the real gem of this place. From activity suggestions to logistics, the details are covered. There is drinking water available 24/7 to refill your water bottle, free wifi at the bar, next-day laundry service, taxis are available on-site to take you around until you get a feel for the town. Jollyboys is safe for solo travel, it's clean, the food is delish, the beer is cheap, and you'll be looked after with the best of care!
Thank you, Kim and Faith!
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Date of stay: July 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys Backpackers
Responded 26 Mar 2020
What a lovely review! Thank you for setting the bar higher, your review helps us to keep up with the good works! Thank you for letting the rest of world know that Jollyboys is a safe place for solo travelers, warm, welcoming and clean place, the food is delicious and the local knowledge of the Jollyboys staff made your stay with us a fantastic one. We are so thrilled and thanks so much from all of us. Wishing you the best of health during this COVID19 and looking forward to hosting back in Livingstone Zambia! Thank you and stay safe! Faith and the Jollyboys team
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Dean H wrote a review Mar 2020
Bogangar, Australia48 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Jollyboys bed and breakfast was very good. The room had own bathroom, fan, air conditioning with a generous size room. The amenities included free wifi, pool bar restaurant,massage area and local artisan.
Tours and excursions can be organised through reception. The staff are all super friendly and helpful.
It’s located centrally in Livingstone so most attractions and shops close by.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys Backpackers
Responded 17 Mar 2020
Thank you for the awesome review Dean! We are so delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and especially the bed and breakfast. Looking forward to your future stay! Warm regards Jollyboys team
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Carme H wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff is fabulous. The accommodation is clean, safe and the food is great. We were met at the airport and transported in a safe, clean and modern air-conditioned van. This place can deal with a wide variety of travelers. This is our second time there. We are not backpackers but opted to have a room with our own ensuite. There is a kitchen and laundry facility available. We opted to eat in the restaurant. Loved the food. The bathrooms in the public areas are spotless. The staff was able to arrange a tour of Victoria Falls, the Elephant Cafe, The Victoria Falls Bridge. All of our excursions including the one into Botswana went without a hitch. We were met on time and were most impressed at how well the staff was able to act as a tour guide. This is a great jumping off point for any African experience
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Date of stay: April 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All accommodation is away from the bar area. Individual rooms have ensuite. other have shared...
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys Backpackers
Responded 09 Mar 2020
Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review and rate us so greatly! Ooh you have swept us off our feet. Clean and modern hostel accommodation, clean bathrooms, free guided airport pick up, activity bookings office and efficient staff, we are so proud for letting the rest of the world know that we are one stop tourism service provider. It is also amazing that you are not backpackers but enjoyed our great service! Thank you and looking forward to hosting you! Our Kitchen staff would like you testing our scrumptious lunch/dinner menu on your next visit. Happy Travels and see you soon! Thank you Faith - General Manager
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zola025 wrote a review Feb 2020
Exeter, New Hampshire244 contributions91 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We travelled as an extended family with 3 adults and 6 teens.
Staying at Jollyboys as we arrived from different sides of the Atlantic, we had an 8 bed dorm - which made it private.
The hostel was just what we wanted: easygoing, friendly, clean and central. We did some tours through the front desk, had a few meals at the nice poolside bar and got into the local way.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys Backpackers
Responded 19 Feb 2020
Hello Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a great review and for rating us so highly! We are so happy to know that we made your stay with great memories. Thank you for letting the rest of world know that we are a best hostel to be whether in a group or as individuals. Wishing you the very best of travels and looking forward to hosting you in future! Warm Regards Faith - General Manager
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Mark O wrote a review Aug 2023
Lancaster District, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here on a number of occasions throughout my stay in Zambia and Botswana and every time it was absolutely fantastic! My room was always clean, modern and exceptionally well kitted out with numerous sockets - which is very handy when charging! The staff, and the owner Kim, were always on hand to give advice, arrange transport and organise tours/onward travel. The bar area and kitchen produce incredibly tasty food - I personally loved the Chunky Monkey smoothie! The pool is beautiful and the surrounding sofas are incredibly comfy! The whole place has a very relaxed and welcoming feel - this makes it very hard to leave as you feel very at home! Thank you!
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jollyboys Backpackers, Owner at Jollyboys Backpackers
Responded 30 Aug 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share such a wonderful review of your experiences at Jollyboys Backpackers. Reading your kind words brought a huge smile to our team. We are genuinely touched that you chose to stay with us during your journey through Zambia and Botswana, and it fills us with pride to know that each visit left you with fantastic memories. We're delighted that you found our bar area and kitchen offerings delectable – your love for the Funky Monkey smoothie put a smile on our faces and we might just need to start a Chunky Monkey one too! Once again, thank you for choosing Jollyboys as your base in Livingstone. Your thoughtful review has brightened our day and reaffirmed our commitment to providing exceptional experiences to our guests. We hope your travels will bring you back to our corner of the world again next year! Wishing you all the best in your future adventures! Kim and the Jollyboys Team
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Sadhbh K wrote a review Aug 2022
22 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jollyboys was our first stop on our travels across central Africa and a great start it was. Kim was so helpful and informative when booking activities and excursions. The atmosphere in the hostel was quietly buzzing, the pool area was lovely for relaxing with a nice covered area for chilling too. Great WiFi for keeping in touch with home easily. The location was brilliant, only a few minutes walk from the town, local market and bars. Gabi was great to show us around. The bar had a good buzz but the music wasn't great, we asked if the music could be changed to something more crowd pleasing but we were told no. This was a bit of a buzz kill. Tuesdays they do a braai (BBQ) and we had the BEST aubergine from Kristoph. There was a good mix of people staying here, from solo travellers to families to big groups. Overall would highly recommend this hostel for anyone passing through Livingston.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Juliette M asked a question Mar 2018
Chipping Norton, United Kingdom10 contributions
Is there much noise at night from the bar/communal areas?
Answer from moses_liverpool
Liverpool, United Kingdom6 contributions4 helpful votes
No the locals come In the evenings to drink beers, by 21:00 hours the bar is shut and after that the noise is gone, anyway that's what I noticed .
RajeevM19 asked a question Oct 2017
Mumbai, India300 contributions114 helpful votes
hi do you provide meals (lunch / dinner)?
Answer from Jambia1998
Abilene, Texas77 contributions9 helpful votes
The bar has meals but they don’t come with the stay.
Answer from Ashley B
Virginia26 contributions2 helpful votes
Yep. It is possible.I stayed at The Backpackers camp. They were super great about responding to all of my lodging questions.
cknightwfd16 asked a question Jan 2017
Winnipeg, Canada73 contributions13 helpful votes
AC in any of the rooms at Backpackers?
Answer from OutOnAMission
Tagaytay, Philippines89 contributions17 helpful votes
The mixed dorm room I stayed has AC.
Sabra Maria D wrote a tip Dec 2023
Southport, United Kingdom36 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pool can get busy , bring your own towels and get safety tips. Also use share taxis to safe money after dark."
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Zeid H wrote a tip Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom97 contributions62 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Eat in cafes outside ."
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Luke A wrote a tip Sept 2021
15 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring smiles and a swimming costume!"
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EyeToEyeXperience wrote a tip Mar 2020
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The A-frames are verry romantic with shared facilities and of course if you don't want to share there are onsuite rooms."
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Carme H wrote a tip Mar 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All accommodation is away from the bar area. Individual rooms have ensuite. other have shared washrooms."
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PRICE RANGE
R 642 - R 752 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
ZambiaSouthern ProvinceLivingstone
NUMBER OF ROOMS
31
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jollyboys Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Jollyboys Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Livingstone Museum (0.1 km), Zambezi Eco Adventures (0.7 km), and Mukuni Park Curio Market (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Jollyboys Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Jollyboys Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Jollyboys Backpackers?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Jollyboys Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kubu Cafe, Cafe Zambezi, and Olga's - The Italian Corner.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jollyboys Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Jollyboys Backpackers have airport transportation?
Yes, Jollyboys Backpackers offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Jollyboys Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Livingstone.
Is Jollyboys Backpackers accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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