I stayed in Jollyboys for two nights and felt that it was an adequate hostel with a fantastic price. I was in Lusaka for two months, and when I looked up hotel options for Livingstone, I was rather astounded by the price for actual hotels. Jollyboys was an easy $10 a night. It’s about a half-mile walk from the bus stop from Lusaka (it cannot be called a bus ‘station’…), and it’s about 40,000 kwacha for a cab to Victoria Falls.
I would say that Jollyboys is on the more “rowdy” end of the scale, as far as hostels go. There were people talking all night in the common areas, but I can’t say that that affected my sleep once I was in the room. It was always buzzing with activity. The accommodations are barebones, and don’t come with lockers in the rooms. I was in an 8-person mixed dorm, but there was an air conditioner for the room, so it wasn’t unbearably hot!
Through Jollyboys I got information and was able to book a daytrip to Chobe National Park in Botswana. The activities desk at Jollyboys was always staffed, and the prices were not a ripoff whatsoever. They have all kinds of activities, ranging from a few hours to whole 3-day trips. I wish I had stayed longer to take advantage of some of the other opportunities.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Jollyboys. I saw people of all ages there, but most were early 20s Europeans.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zambia's original backpacker! Jollyboys is the quintessential backpackers lodge and has been catering to budget travellers since 1995. Our staff are well versed in up-to-the-minute travel information and regulations throughout Southern Africa. The Jollyboys restaurant provides meals of exceptional value or try your hand at cooking in the self catering kitchen. FREE wifi available in our common areas and we offer FREE daily shuttles to the Victoria Falls and FREE pick ups from the Livingstone Airport. Whether you are a long term traveler, on a short weekend break, on honeymoon or traveling with a group volunteering, Jollyboys has something to offer everyone! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jollyboys International Backpackers Hotel Livingstone