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Jollyboys Backpackers Reviews

34 Kanyanta Road, PO Box 61088, Livingstone, Zambia

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84%

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1082 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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57%

Poor experience. Even being a budget guesthouse. Instalations in very bad shape. The girl who received us at the reception was kind of unfriendly.

  • 19th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


71%

I was looking forward to go back after two years. The place is stil great with a nice atmosphere, but the staff has changed. They aren't very helpfull and they several times gave wrong info about their trips. The kitchen fatilities was desipointing because it was not even possible to find a bowl or plate and a spoon for our breakfast. Maybe it's because the guest don't return the things, but if u plan on a cheep stay with our food u must expect at least a minimum of things in the kitchen.

  • 19th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


86%

Really nice place to stay.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for taking the time to write a lovely review - we enjoying having you with us in Livingstone!

100%

Amazing stay at Jollyboys. The staff go above and beyond to make sure your trip is fantastic. Great selection of accommodations which attract a great variety of visitors.

  • 7th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us in Livingstone and hope to see you back again in the future to paddle the mighty waves of the Zambezi River! Travel well!

60%

Kim and staff were awesome. But, couldn't see the bottom of pool, roaches in room and all over poorly equipped kitchen.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We take our reviews very seriously. We remember your party well and would like to acknowledge about your comments - 1 room noted about critters in their room and, though we found no evidence, we quickly got the room exterminated and offered an equal alternative room though your guests choose to not move. The large pool and kitchen are spotlessly clean and we take pride in this. You mentioned yourself that your party are more suited to a hotel/resort and this may be preferential in future.

77%

Unfortunately, when you want a room with bathroom it is not that cheap, compared to other lodges. The atmosphere en location are fantastic. In my room the air conditioning was not working, the pillow was way too thick and the bed was uncomfortable. Didn't sleep all night. When I mentioned this the next morning, the staff did not seem to care.

  • 4th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We are happy to see that you gave us top marks for Character, Security, Staff, and Atmosphere and Cleanliness. We pride ourselves on having a wide variety of rooms to suit different budgets. Certainly the rooms with air con and bathroom are the most expensive choice. We hope to host you again so that we can show you our normal excellent hospitality.

77%

Some of Jollyboys is very good, some less so. This place gives me the feeling of having lost the genuine smiling charm you will find so widespread in Zambia - perhaps too used to foreign tourists? Perhaps its too comfortable in being the go-to place in Livingstone. The first night the bar the tender was angry and expressionless when serving me. This also happened in some other occasions with other staff. The internet was unreliable. The place is lovely, the food is good, many activity choices.

  • 3rd Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Norway
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectation - the Zambian people are certainly very happy, friendly and welcoming and we hope to always exceed guest's expectations. We hope to be able to make this up to you in the future - the Victoria Falls are well worth a visit during both low and high water seasons.

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