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Jollyboys International Backpackers

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#10 of 104 Specialty lodging in Livingstone
Certificate of Excellence
Zambia's original backpacker! Jollyboys is the quintessential backpackers lodge and has been catering to budget travelers since 1995. Our friendly and helpful staff are well versed in up-to-the-minute travel information and regulations throughout Southern Africa. Jollyboys have recently established 'Responsible Tourism' initiatives such as worm farms for food waste, solar power, reduced water use and waste by up-cycling as well as supporting local social enterprise organizations. The Jollyboys restaurant has FREE WiFi, provides meals of exceptional value or try your hand at cooking in the self catering kitchen. We offer FREE daily shuttles to the Victoria Falls and FREE pick ups from 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. We look forward to welcoming you to Jollyboys Backpackers and Camp and being part of your Livingstone adventure!
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Free parking
Free internet
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
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Poolside bar
Shuttle bus service
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I stayed here for 3 nights. Myself and partner booked 2 beds in a dorm. Lucky for us, we got put in a 3 bed room and had it to ourselves! The room itself was brilliant. Beds were comfy and they provided extra blankets for cold nights. They also had mosquito nets installed, which was great! You can tell by the look of the hostel that the owner and staff pride themselves on cleanliness. Bathrooms are cleaned every 2 hours and I saw a cleaner throughout the day. The place is also well-decorated by local artists. So beautiful! As for the bar and food, decent. Not a whole lot of choice for food, but what we tried (burger & toasted sandwich) were delish! Local beer is cheap and the bar closes at 11pm. They have TVs showing football/news and daily activities like braai night on a Tuesday and curry night on a Saturday to name a few. In terms of locations, it's perfect! 3 minute walk to a supermarket. There's also an ice cream shop nearby. 10 minutes down the main road you will find plenty more shops and eateries Overall, Jollyboys is the place to be. It's the most popular hostel in Livingstone, if not of all Zambia. It was at half capacity when I visited, great for meeting people. Book here!
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I stayed here in a private room for about 3 nights and really enjoyed the entire atmosphere in the hostel! They have a great fun & bar area for social gatherings and also have a central gazebo that's great for relaxing during the day. The shared bathrooms were clean and I was very happy with the sleep quality. Would definitely stay here again!
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers
Responded 3 weeks ago
Woww! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review about your stay with us. We are so proud to hear that we met all your expectations. The bar and housekeeping staff are so proud that they provided the right experience and service for your entire stay. We are so looking forward to your future stay and hopefully soon. Thank you, Faith
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Thank you Jollyboys! We stayed here for a month during our hospital placement in Livingstone central hospital and loved every minute. The accommodation ideal, very clean and great facilities. We stayed in the four bed private room which was well maintained, had a lockable safe, and mosquito nets for every bed. The pool was a decent size and ideal to cool off in when hot. It’s location is a 3 minute walk to spar, and 10 minutes from the local market and shoprite so getting own groceries was convenient. The kitchen was basic but had enough stuff to cook a decent meal. Plenty of fridge space and places to store food. Weekly ‘bring your own braai’ is always sociable, and the food is cooked for you so no effort at all. There’s a decent bar/restaurant area with music from 10am, reasonably priced food that’s tasty and cooked promptly. There is free WiFi by the bar which can be a bit unreliable but generally fine for sending messages/browsing the internet. Would recommend getting a SIM card if staying long term. The staff were brilliant. Being there so long we got to know them very well. They were always friendly and bright, we didn’t want to leave the place! A special thanks fo Sam, Marshall, Billy, Song, Innocent, Faith, Ilyes and Marius for making our stay so fun. Couldn’t recommend Jollyboys highly enough.
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers
Responded Jun 3, 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to share such an awesome review! It was such a pleasure hosting you and we are very happy to hear we hit the mark for you. We work hard to to meet guests expectations like you. Looking forward to hosting you in future, please come back soon! Warm hugs from all of us at Jollyboys! Thank you Faith - General Manager
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Never has my husband and I had a holiday that we could completely relax in our surroundings. Jollyboys gave us this when we stayed for 7 nights on a most wonderful memories making trip to Zambia. From the day we arrived we knew there was that element of fun interaction with the staff. They all took very good care of us, from the cleaners to the bar staff ,office staff and Operations Manager Marius. Jollyboys is very clean, comfortable and the food from the kitchen is great. The surroundings are beautiful and we felt completely safe. Olivia was lovely on the gate security. There is a self catering kitchen if you want to experience the real baackpacking experience. Backpacking accommodation has come a long way since the old days. Jollyboys provides an anything but traditional backpacking experience with its glorious pool, super comfy areas to chill and read a book, wonderful office staff who take care of all your tour needs, excellent bar staff/kitchen staff and of course Marius the Operations Manager who managed to not only run the daily operations but also managed to give the holidaymakers that personal care experience., Thank you all at Jollyboys, what else can I say except, we will be back..
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers
Responded May 12, 2019
Thank you so much for your awesome review, we really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. We were so happy hosting you and meeting your expectations. Come back and visit us soon. Cheers General Manager Faith
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Great location, in the city center next to supermarkets, cafes, shops, etc. and in a pretty safe area. The staff was very friendly and welcoming, they make you feel like at home always with a smile in their faces. At the reception, you can also book all kind of activities very easily. The pool area is the best part of the hostel, right next to the bar so you can order food and drinks directly from your sun bed. It is a big hostel, so sometimes is not the most social but it was low season when I was there, so I guess it is more lively in peak season. The only negative point for me was the kitchen. It is a bit old and not very well equipped, which in my case is very important as a backpackers. Stoves are quite slow and when the staff are cooking in the kitchen, it gets hard for everyone to cook. If they improved a bit the kitchen and add a few things to it, e.g. pots, plates, new and quicker stoves,... it would be a perfect hostel It is definitely the best hostel in Livingstone and one of the best around africa.
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Response from FaithM348, General Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers
Responded May 12, 2019
Thank you for your great review and we so happy that you had a good time visiting us. We are so sorry for the experience in our self catering kitchen. We have looked into this issue and resolving it promptly. Looking forward to your future visit! Thank you General Manager Faith
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$32 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
jollyboys international backpackers hotel livingstone
ZambiaSouthern ProvinceLivingstone
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