Jollyboys Backpackers  Verified Listing

Livingstone Southern Province Zambia

Excellent Rating: 4.4 / 5
Based on 15 verified guest reviews

About the Host

Member since: 13 Feb. 2007

Additional sanitisation and safety measures are in place for this property in response to the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) to ensure your safety and comply with standards.

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Full Kitchen
Bath towels
Shared lounge/TV area
Covid-19 H&S Certified
Swimming Pool
Spa facilities
Cleaning service
Braai/BBQ Area
Parking on Premises
Wheelchair Friendly
Internet access
Dining Area
24hr Security
Safety Deposit Box
Airport Transfers
Ceiling fans
Child friendly
Laundry facilities

Jollyboys has been catering to travelers since 1995; we love Zambia and our community and we are happy to share our wealth of travel knowledge with our guests. Visit out our travel shop for great safari and activity specials as well as travel advice for Livingstone, Zambia and beyond! We go above and beyond to keep our guests happy; free daily shuttle to Victoria Falls, free pickup from Livingstone Airport and the Victoria Falls border, free weekly Livingstone town walk, to name but a few.

As Zambia's original backpackers lodge, Jollyboys continues to win numerous awards and is still arguably one of the best backpackers in Africa. Take a break and relax in our tropical gardens and gorgeous swimming pool whilst being just steps from the museum, markets, banks, and stores. The Victoria Falls - World Heritage Site - are only 8 kilometers away.

After a day full of adventures and adrenaline; grab a homemade burger at the bar and swap stories and tips with your fellow travelers, whilst having an ice cold Mosi sundowner. Settle into a wide choice of cosy private rooms or dorms and enjoy a good night's sleep under a cushy duvet. Delicious, healthy smoothies, homemade pancakes or a big cooked breakfast await you, before starting another day of exploring and enjoying Livingstone.

Be a part of our Responsible Tourism initiatives; check out our community projects, worm farms and composting food waste. Plastic bag and plastic bottle collection bins. Rest assured that African power cuts won't affect you hot water and electricity access; Jollyboys is powered by the rays of the beautiful and constant Zambian sun. Come and join us; let the Jollyboys Team welcome you with true, friendly, Zambian hospitality.


Extra Info

Property Type Camp, Chalet, Backpackers, Guest Lodge
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Check-out before 10:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict
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Giorgia C
21 November 2017

We spent 3 nights at Jollyboys in a double room with sharing facilities. Room is a kind of "hut", basic but nice, equipped with mosquito net. Showers and toilets are clean. The lodge is nice and the communal areas are pleasant, comfortable and relaxing. The staff is very nice and helpful, especially at the bar. Food is nice there's also a kitchen area for guests to use. Everyday free shuttle to the falls. Free pickup from the airport. At the front desk you can book any kind of activity and get all the information you need. We checked and prices for activities were more or less the same everywhere. It seemed the busiest place in town, there's a very good vibe and it's a good place to meet other travellers. Another plus is that the lodge is really eco friendly, a very positive message to send, especially in Africa.

Superb. 5 out of 5
04 November 2017

if I come to Livingston again... Jollyboys Backpackers will be one of the reasons behind it. .... interior, friendly staffs.. good accommodation, relaxation, cooking facilities... and adventure tour guiding.. all are in one place, you want to spend your leisure / busy schedule... that's the place.

Superb. 5 out of 5
03 November 2017

Really great atmosphere there. Staff is really nice and helpful, many tours are offered and the airport pickup from the airport is free. There is a swimming pool and also TVs with sofas outside. Nice menu and a bar although maybe a bit too pricey.

The rooms are nice but make sure to close the door to avoid mosquitoes coming in. Everything is really clean. Only thing that would make the stay better would be to have wifi in the bedrooms, only available at the restaurant.

Overall an amazing stay, would definitely come again :)

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
16 October 2017

Exceptional customer service - we forgot some items in our room without even realizing and they brought them to the airport for us!

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Conor L
09 October 2017

Jollyboys provided hands down one of the best hostel experiences I've had the pleasure of enjoying. After traveling to 49 countries, it's safe to say this hostel ranks in the top 3 of my all-time favorite places to stay abroad. Upon arrival, you are greeted by friendly gate staff and directed into a large complex with several different spaces, including a full restaurant and bar, a large swimming pool, hangout areas, camping space, and even an open loft. The reception staff are mostly international and incredibly friendly, and always hang out around the hostel when they have time off. The rooms are clean and spacious; the only improvement I would suggest is have under-bed or side lockers for valuables. Bar food and beer is quite cheap, and a variety of activities can be arranged through the reception. The rooms are also located away from the social areas, incentivizing everyone to come out and mingle by the pool and restaurant. It's an incredible atmosphere filled with good people, food, and a love of Livingstone that will definitely make me come back sometime soon.

Superb. 5 out of 5
08 October 2017

I have been staying at Jollyboys every time I visit Livingstone, the staff are friendly and nice. the place is clean. I loved their pool and also self catering facilities because I love cooking. I am visiting again for my birthday trip this week and I hope they still maintained their standard.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Dori Kun
18 August 2017

We stayed at Jollyboys for 5 nights and absolutely loved it! The pool area looks amazing, perfect for just relaxing in the sun. The location couldn't be any better. It was very easy to just go and walk in the city. The staff members are very friendly and helpful. It really felt like home away from home <3 . We will be back for sure!!!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Alex Malaysian
01 December 2012

A reasonable place if you are on a budget, rooms are reasonably clean save that furnitures are a little old. However for the price you pay, it is deemed reasonable. Nice and helpful receptionist.

Okay. 3 out of 5
nzokuhle south africa
01 January 2010

At first we were upset as we were placed in a room on the wrong site, different from what we had seen online. but after standing our ground (and apparent fully-booked rooms) we were given a room on the correct site. It was great, the chill out area and bar were nice. Staff was helpful will all queries. thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend to others and go back there again ourselves.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Karen Namibia
01 October 2010

What a amazing place for young and old...Everybody was friendly...and the interaction between all guest was matter what the age difference was...It felt like home...away from home....I would surely like to go back again and take some more friends with.....Jollyboys was a amazing part of our journey through Africa...and I would recommend it all the way to everybody

Fabulous. 4 out of 5

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