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“A Jolly Time” 5 of 5 stars
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Jollyboys International Backpackers
34 Kanyanta Road | PO Box 61088, Livingstone, Zambia   |  
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“A Jolly Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Despite the odd name, this place is a real winner for the backpacking crowd, and really anyone else. They have a variety of digs, but we chose the dorm-room style accomidations. Livingstone is sort of a dusty dump, but this nice place whisks you away to another world. The friendly staff can arrange trips to the falls and rafting and other activities. The crowd of people coming and going are diverse and interesting. There is a pool and they had kayaks there to practice with. This place is a must for the backpacker type who wants to meet others and have a good time. There is a lot of room to read and relax on the property and different types of places to sleep. All kept up with style and thoughtfullness.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I stayed at Jollyboys backpacker at the begging of 2013 for 3 nights 4 days.
Luxury double room was really comfortable and kitchen was enough big for 4-5 people to cook at the same time. Location is great to hang out and shopping, you can buy food in a big supermarket by 3 minutes walk, and there are many bars and restaurants around it.
Activities were also so easy coz you just need to choose one in a file and let the employee know what you want to do, then they let you know what time should you come to the lobby, including free ride to Victoria falls.
Plus, though this may fit only in us, when we forget to receive the DVD of helicopter activity of another company and left Jollyboys, they got the copy of DVD from the company and gave it to my friend that stayed there even it was 2 months later.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Considering the crowd that hangs out at Jollyboys International Backpackers it's no surprise that it scores points among most of its visitors; the common area is a great place to meet up with fellow travellers from all walks of life. The complimentary shuttle bus to the airport as well as to Victoria Falls is also a nice addition, and it's conveniently located with respect to restaurants, bars and a Spar supermarket. However, clientele, some free frills and location shouldn't be all the criteria which accomodation is rated on. The rooms at Jollyboys were tiny, warm and dirty, the bed was uncomfortable and the bed linen probably hadn't been washed since Livingstone/Stanley passed through town. A bathroom door which shuts would also have been nice. The service is shoddy. Even though I spent several hundred dollars on bookings, the one time I was at the travel help desk the (American?) woman working there treated me as a nuisance. My questions were answered dismissively, in haste and with little information. For the hotel's other services the word overpriced sprang to mind many a time, considering the quality. I guess Jollyboys International Backpackers is proof to how complacency is nearly inevitable in cities/towns such as Livingstone, with a huge influx of tourists and rather limited options in accomodation.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Fort McMurray
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Free AP pickup, knowledgable staff on activities, mosquitoes nets (privates), clean, and relaxed atmosphere. I rented a hut for a few days. It could of used more lights along the walkway, a locker and bars or glass windows. It was just screens. I didn't feel safe as a solo traveller but I was assured by staff that security was walking around the premise and I nothing to worry about. I slept like a baby and bed was very comfortable.

Room Tip: Bring lock for storage locker and a flashlight(headlamp). I'd suggest the dorm style ( even tho...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Espoo, Finland
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Jollyboys is an established backpacker place in the very heart of Livingstone. The place is cosy with different areas and the rooms were very good value for the price. The overall feeling was relaxed and the food/bar was good. It was really a calm oasis and a place to relax in the middle of the little but busy town. There are happy taxi drivers to take you to the Falls and there is also a supermarket nearby the lodge. Only one computer for internet use could be the only area of improvement in our opinion. Would happily stay here for more nights.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Located @ livingstone town center easily accessible to all activity locations and restaurants.
Good facilities like swimming pool, jacuze, bar, restaurant and other facilities.
They also provide and book almost every adventure activity you can do in livingstone.
Rooms r descent and clean.
We stayed at another hotel, but got a chance to stay there for sometime because of our foriegn friends whom we met during our trip.
Next time whenever I go to livingstone, I gonna book my stay without any second thought.

Room Tip: Bachelors and new couples gonna enjoy this accommodation and will remember for their lifetime.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Been stayin in jollyboys for few days in november 2011. Its not my 1st time of visiting Lstone, so I can say that you guys are definitely best! clean rooms and friendly stuff, kitchen nd bar with plenty choice drinks and food, its all made my stay comfortable and fun! Thanx a lot and keep it up

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 34 Kanyanta Road | PO Box 61088, Livingstone, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
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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