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Jollyboys Backpackers Reviews

34 Kanyanta Road, PO Box 61088, Livingstone, Zambia

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945 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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Stayed here twice. Second room not quite as clean as it should be when I got there. Some of the staff are lovely - especially Muyo. Great location to explore Livingstone.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank for you for always staying us! So sorry about the room not been clean when you got here. We hope to host you in future and make sure that the rooms are spotlessly clean. Warm Regards Jollyboys crew


I thought this place was pretty overrated. My 4-bed room was sooo small; I wish I had booked one of the bigger dorm rooms. And there was so little water coming out of the shower that it was laughable.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for taking your time to review your stay with us! Sorry that your stay was not up your expectation, we have changed those rooms into different room types. We are not strict on changing of room type during your stay and we would have been happy to change your dorm booking to another dorm. Apologies for no water, we have upgraded the standards on spot checks and fixing broken things. Looking forward to your future stay!


Very amazing safari in Botswana , thanks a lot!

  • 14th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Mixed Group, 41+
  • (1 review)

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Thank you for staying with us and Happy to know you had an amazing time in chobe. Looking forward to your future stay and wishing you more happy travels!


Had a great stay at Jollyboys. Lovely room and garden around the rooms. Amenities block was light and airy and good little pool. My only complaint would be that the menu is very Western, the beef stew was very bland, like school dinner, and no maize meal was on offer. Also the tv is always on sports and Western music it would be great to see some African music videos and hear some Zambian music. The bar was an excellent social hub and the way you can book so many activities was brilliant.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for taking your time to review your stay with us. On the menu most people turn to go out especially when it comes to Zambian dishes at local restaurants in town. We used to have it on the menu but it never sold. We will make sure we have a variety of music for the bar. Looking forward to your future stay!


Excellent location, right on the beach, dinner atmosphere is amazing, lots of people at night.


The best hostel i've ever stayed. The common area is very good, has ample and cozy space, not to mention the pool and the bar. The only problem is that the bar closes at 11pm, and the kitchen is not that well equipped, i saw just one knife during the time i spent there! Stayed in a 8 bed dorm and the room was quite large. Very clean as safe. No free wifi.

  • 29th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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