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“best place in livingstone for backpackers” 5 of 5 stars
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Livingstone Backpackers
559 Makambo Road | Town Centre, Livingstone, Zambia   |  
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“best place in livingstone for backpackers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The staff were wonderful, freindly and unbleivebly helful. great location great price great exprience. i was in a tent and it was a bit noisy during the weekend nights but overall awesome place. highly recomend

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ghent
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I stayed here a few times in May and June 2013. The location is nice, right in the middle of town. The property is very beautiful, with a big pool, many nice little spots to lounge, and a very friendly dog. In the two times I visited, it seemed like the other guests were mainly groups (volunteers or travellers), and very few solo travellers (like me).
The dorm rooms have only four beds, but they are quite small so making space for everyone's luggage is a challenge. The bar is very lively, but also very close to the rooms so if you don't want to join the party you'll have a difficult time sleeping. They have a nice range of breakfasts, but unfortunately don't do any lunch or dinner. The showers are a bit few and don't have any hooks for your clothes and towel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Friendly people, nice place, excelent location to stay when you visit Victoria Falls. Also staff was really helpful to attend my requests.
My room was very close to the bar/pool area, and from 9 to 11pm the music volume was too high, the same way I was too tired I was able to sleep the same.
Toilets and showers are ok, rooms are just ok. May be in the future they could include some furniture, a little table, or something... but really there isn't too much space available when four persons stay in the same room.

Room Tip: Choose a room as far as you can from the bar/pool area, in the nights that place is too noisy.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

spent a few nights in livingstone Backpackers in january 2013, and I have to say I wasn't happy whatsoever. choose this one because of good reviews on trip advisor and I felt framed a bit. They are advertising 5 USD transfer to Vic Falls on their webpage, but instead "just take a taxi for 10USD one way". (sometimes taxi drivers want to charge You even more). rooms pretty basic, no mosquito net, no fan, bathrooms really run down - during my stay, one out of two showers in the main building didn't have a shower head, water was just pouring down from the pipe..
for the infos on going to Botswana, some visa questions etc I was send to Jollyboys. I was told I can pay by credit card but the terminal was broken, so had to walk to the nearest working ATM (Barclays about 5/10 mins). there was a lot of staff working in Livingstone Backpackers, but every time I wanted something there was no one in the reception (it took about 10 minutes someone came to check me in..)
nice bar area, very loud loud music at the evenings thou - avoid rooms nearby.
overall - I didn't like the place, not a good service (I know is cheap), dirty swimming pool, wrong infos on the web.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Poulton le Fylde, null, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Karen & I had a fantastic time while staying at Livingstone Backpackers. Nothing was too much trouble for Dawn and her team. The food was very good and there was plenty of it at a very reasonable price. Great pool, climbing wall, hot tub and well stocked bar. Great cooking facilities as well as close by to local restaurants. Booked all out trips here as well and they were all value for money. Highly recommend white water rafting and the booze cruise - tho not at the same time!! Fantastic value, definitely stay here next time we are in Zambia - 2014 hopefully!! Tony & Karen XX

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jyvaskyla, Finland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

My experience in Livingstone Backpackers was indeed a very good one. The place is a perfect base for venturing to the magnificent Vic Falls (there's scheduled transportation arranged), shopping for African art in the city center and just relaxing in the evening. Or partying hard, whichever you prefer. :P As the name implies, the place is primarily for backpackers, adventurous travellers on a budget, so if you're prepared to share your room, this is definitely your place. Livingstone Backpackers is nice, safe and affordable, so I warmly recommend it. :)

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Shanghai, China
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

it's a very quite place with paying the same amount of money as in jollyboy's bkpk, you can get a four person's drom. as in jollyboy's for a 16ppl/dorm. Very quite and clean place.

Hot shower is hot. And the water is good. 7mins walk to the big supermarket Seal. Overall good exp.

Room Tip: Rooms are almost the same. Very simply but clean. The only thing is the mattress is not very comfy...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 559 Makambo Road | Town Centre, Livingstone, Zambia
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Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #17 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 72
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