Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 4 weeks prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Full payment will be required to within 30 days of arrival - this will be charged to the credit card used to make the deposit.
Please get in touch should you wish to use a different payment method.
Any changes to the number of guests or nights will result in payment being taken from the non-refundable deposit.

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Awesome 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)
- Free 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, 2017, 2018, 2019 AND 2020 Hoscar Award for Best Backpackers in Zambia as voted by Hostelworld Customers! View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 8.9

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.4

  • Cleanliness 7.8

  • Facilities 8.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    28 Apr 2022
    Phenomenal place to stay would highly recommended to anyone travelling in the region. Staff are outstanding. One of the most well rounded hostels I’ve had the pleasure to stay at.
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    29 Feb 2020
    Long live King Marius! Amazing look not further brain or die
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    03 Mar 2022
    Excellent hostel! Wonderful location, walk to all your needs. Great on site bar and kitchen managed by the kind and super helpful Marius. Great breakfast, dinners, and barbecue nights. Wonderful pool to hang out by. Can't recommend Jollyboys more. The entire staff is amazing - ask for Daisy to help arrange all your tours, she's a gift!
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    07 Apr 2022
    Security for the overall building was fine and felt secure, the only unfortunate thing was having no lock on my room and they don’t offer padlocks for your locker - and mine was too small:( Nothing got stolen but it would be nice to have that extra bit of security. One of the nicest hostels I’ve stayed in as well as cheapest!! Lovely swimming pool and chilling area, very comfy beds and the showers had good water pressure. Cheap food and drinks. Sometimes ran out of soap and bring own sponge.
    England, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.1


    07 Apr 2022
    Jollyboys is awesome. Lots of activities that can all be booked through the hostel. The staff is very helpful and friendly. sick pool and bar set up. I love the super chill vibe here. It just feels like home. It’s a little quiet now, but it’s bound to pick up soon as travel is opening back up. I had such a great time, I’m going back to livingstone in a couple days, and I’m staying there again!
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    09 Nov 2021
    Amazing staff and atmosphere, one of my all time favorite hostels! Hoping to come back someday
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    29 Apr 2022
    Really lovely place to stay with the sweetest staff. Big thanks to Moyo, Sam, and Lloyd for helping make my stay as good as can be, from friendly smiles to booking activities and shuttling me around. Take advantage of the free airport pickup and the lovely pool. Cash bar/restaurant so get your kwacha ready. The wifi is quite slow and not/not easily accessible from bedrooms in the back. The kitchen could use a good re-stocking of the essentials, like utensils, cups and bowls.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 8.9


    05 Oct 2021
    JollyBoys is a nice hostel with great staff that helped us out with planning all our activities and also sorting out a COVID test. Although the hostel was very quiet as was Livingstone, the vibe was still good and we can definitely imagine that this will be a very lively hostel during normal times. The room was good and clean, but the communual kitchen can use an upgrade. Overall definitely recommended!
    Netherlands, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    01 Dec 2021
    Great place for meeting people, socializing, ping pong & swimming pool fun. Very helpful & friendly staff. Mango trees showered us with delicious fruit. No shelves or hooks in bathroom except in shower rooms. Toilets leak. The kitchen is very dirty and not well equipped. Food goes bad in the fridge, it doesn't cool properly. WiFi constantly dropping. I recommend buying sim card with data plan. Booking tours through the front desk is very expensive. You can book tours cheaper outside.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    07 Jul 2021
    I check in after traveling for 6 hours from Lusaka and was really tired. I found that there was no staff to help me and as the reception was closed for the day (it was around 5pm and they close early). I didn’t like that. I had to wait for 30 before someone could come and help me. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my time there afterwards and facilities were quite nice. The showers in mens room were dysfunctional. Only one worked. Overall it was a wonderful experience except for those few glitches.
    Malawi, Male, 31-40
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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
  • Cots Available
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • 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


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  • 2019

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  • 2014

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  • 2011

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  • 2010

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