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Jollyboys International Backpackers

34 Kanyanta Road PO Box 61088, Livingstone 20100 Zambia
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#11 of 107 Speciality lodging in Livingstone
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Zambia's original backpacker! Jollyboys is the quintessential backpackers lodge and has been catering to budget travelers since 1995. Our friendly and helpful staff are well versed in up-to-the-minute travel information and regulations throughout Southern Africa. Jollyboys have recently established 'Responsible Tourism' initiatives such as worm farms for food waste, solar power, reduced water use and waste by up-cycling as well as supporting local social enterprise organizations. The Jollyboys restaurant has FREE WiFi, provides meals of exceptional value or try your hand at cooking in the self catering kitchen. We offer FREE daily shuttles to the Victoria Falls and FREE pick ups from Livingstone Airport. Whether you are a long term traveler, on a short weekend break, on honeymoon or traveling with a group volunteering, Jollyboys has something to offer everyone. We look forward to welcoming you to Jollyboys Backpackers and Camp and being part of your Livingstone adventure!
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Free parking
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Outdoor pool
Poolside bar
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Non-smoking rooms
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Luke wrote a review Feb 2021
Todmorden, United Kingdom117 contributions23 helpful votes
This is one of the best hostels I've ever stayed in. Although it's been quiet for the past couple of months due to this silly virus the manager, staff, and the guests passing though have all been awesome! Huge shout out to Marius who entertained me the whole time I was there and braais every Tuesday night out of the goodness of his heart! Another big shout out to Llody who organises some of the best trips I've experienced at great prices. Finally to the staff who are always smiling and go out of their way to help. Honestly guys and girls this place has been my home for 2 months and it's been amazing. My room was spacious, clean and the air cons spot on. The actual place is really nice, lovely clean pool, cool chill out and bar area. If your in Livingstone this is the place you want to be, you won't regret staying here for a couple of days or in my case 2 months. 🙌
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Guille D wrote a review Dec 2020
La Seu d'Urgell, Spain2 contributions
If you are either visiting or, even better, kayaking, this is the place. Super confy, beautiful, and with an amazing staff that is always caring and close. Perfect place to rest after a kayaking day and making some friends meanwhile.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Oliver H wrote a review Dec 2020
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Great experience and level of service. Got a lot of tips regarding what to do in Livingstone. Less activity due to Covid-19 but we still had a great time. Clean rooms with AC. Would recommend this hostel if you're in Livingstone.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Yusuf18 wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Jollyboys! We spend 4 nights there, whilst only intending to stay 2! The relaxing pillow pit, sun beds by the pool and delicious food made it hard to leave! There is so much to do during the day and they’re very well informed at the office, this makes it super easy to plan your stay! In the evening it’s really cosy hang out with a great vibe. The staff was really friendly and attentive! Especially Faith and Jean made our stay a delight! They really went the extra mile. Would highly recommend Jollyboys!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Wow, so thrilled to read your awesome review, a huge smile and thank you from Jollyboys team! Thank you for taking time to let the world know on how easy it is to plan your stay while staying with us! We are so thankful to hear that your stay with us was cosy atmosphere, the kitchen staff served delicious meals, and that you ended up extending your stay from 2 nights to 4 nights. The staff, Jean and Faith are so thankful for all your praises! Please come back and stay, wishing you the very best of the future travels back to Zambia. Warm Regards Faith - General Manager
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Octopious1 wrote a review Mar 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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1 Helpful vote
Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys International 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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US$38 - US$48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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ZambiaSouthern ProvinceLivingstone
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jollyboys International Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Jollyboys International Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Victoria Falls (1.1 km), Livingstone Museum (0.1 km), and Zambezi Eco Adventures (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Jollyboys International 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 International Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Jollyboys International Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Jollyboys International Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ocean Basket Livingstone, Kubu Cafe, and Cafe Zambezi.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jollyboys International Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Jollyboys International Backpackers have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Jollyboys International Backpackers offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Jollyboys International Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Livingstone.
Is Jollyboys International Backpackers accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.