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Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Full payment required if booking is canceled within seven days of arrival date

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Jollyboys Backpackers

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Zambia's original backpackers and still one of the best in Africa! Relax in tropical gardens with a gorgeous swimming pool and be just steps from the museum, markets, banks, and grocery stores. The Victoria Falls are only 8kms away and we offer a free shuttle every morning at 10am!

Jollyboys has been catering to travelers since 1995; we love Zambia and our community and are happy to share our wealth of travel knowledge with our guests. Visit out our TRAVEL SHOP for great safari specials and you can book all of the exciting activities that Livingstone has to offer!

Grab a burger at the bar and then settle into a wide choice of private rooms or dorms and enjoy a good night's sleep under a cushy duvet. Delicious, healthy smoothies or a big cooked breakfast await you in the morning before starting a day of soaking up the sunshine or exploring the wonders of Livingstone.

Be a part of it... check out our community projects, worm farm, composting and our hot water and electricity powered by the rays of the beautiful Zambian sun. We take pride in our efforts to continuously strive to find new ways to be better in every way.

- Free daily drop off at the Victoria Falls
- Free pickup from Livingstone Airport (email for confirmation)
- Free pickup from Vic Falls/Zimbabwe border at 1030am (email for confirmation)
- Internet/e-mail facilities available and we now have WIFI
- Free long/short term baggage storage
- Free Livingstone town walk every Wed @ 10am
- Swimming pool
- Restaurant open from 630am-10pm
- Self-catering kitchen
- Bar with DSTV for major sports events!
- 24 hour hot and cold running showers
- All rooms have a fan
- All ensuite rooms have air-con
- Braai/Barbecue area
- Secure car park
- 24- hour security
- solar powered
- Travel and activities booking office

We also have gorgeous shady gardens full of mango, banana, avocado, papaya, guava and lemon trees!

Join us for a game of football at the local orphanage every Sunday @ 3pm!

We collect clothes, blankets, food and books for the local orphanage so if your backpack is getting heavy we'll help you out by donating it!

We have an amazing book-swap (we're all bookworms here!) so bring a book, swap a book - we just ask for a donation for the orphanage - good deal!

Winner of the 2009 Zambian Tourism Awards for 'Best Backpacker Facilities'
Winner of the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 Hoscar Award for Best Backpackers in Zambia as voted by Hostelworld Customers! View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.8

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 8.7

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Mar 2019
    Fantastic hostel , staff are so welcoming and helpful ! Relaxed atmosphere !! The only grumble is the rooms are way too hot but apart from that , loved it !!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    08 Feb 2019
    Wonderful hostel. Very clean, safe, and organized. I loved the food at the hostel and met some amazing people staying there. I slept in the 8 person dorm, it was air conditioned and clean. I kept most of my stuff out and on the bed and no one touched anything, very secure. The activities were well run and the staff were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this place. I would stay again if visiting this area!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    11 Jan 2019
    Great location and easily accessible from the bus station. The staff were incredibly helpful for organizing tours to Victoria falls. The atmosphere was great as well as this is a major backpacking hub. I would stay there again.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    15 Feb 2019
    Great place to stay in Livingstone. Excellent lounging areas, a great staff that is friendly and helpful, comfortable beds.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    01 Feb 2019
    Great atmosphere, perfectly located next to town, nice beds and good bathrooms. Would have liked to have breakfast included, as well as a restaurant with more food options and at cheaper prices. Overall great stay.
    Spain, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    08 May 2019
    Wi-Fi was very bad
    Australia, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    09 Mar 2019
    Great, place and service. Very easy to get around town. I loved every moment. It'll be much nicer to empty the trash in the rooms on a daily basis. Otherwise I loved the place and would recommend it to anyone.
    Namibia, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    12 Feb 2019
    Jollyboys is clean, has big lockers, comfortable beds, tasty food and an easygoing atmosphere. The bar staff were *always* helpful and fun to talk to! The biggest disappointment was that there was no internet for my full 4 days there, and long stretches of power outages. The lack of internet and electricity did not affect other parts of the city, so maybe they were trying to economize on their electrical bill...? All in all, mostly positive!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 8.6


    03 Feb 2019
    Probably one of the best hostels to stay in within the Livingstone/Vic Falls area. Reception staff was super helpful in terms of booking activities and transportation. Place has a cool vibe with pool and bar area. My biggest complaint was that Wifi only worked in the bar area, and even there it was very poor service -- it would often cut out if multiple people were using it simultaneously and then you would lose connection for over an hour. Also, the bar/restaurant only accepts cash.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    01 Apr 2019
    Worst wifi I have ever seen in Africa. Water pressure in showers was very inconsistent. Bit of a mosquito problem at night, but in all fairness there is little that can be done about that given that they have a pool. Although mosquito nets in the rooms over the beds would be a good start.
    USA, Male, 41+
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  • Free Airport Transfer
  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Utensils
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2019

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