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Jollyboys International Backpackers
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Jolly boys is the typical backpackers hotel. The room was small but clean and the shared bathrooms were functional. We enjoyed using their many guidebooks to help plan our upcoming trips. The hotel can also plan day trips if needed. The cafe serves reasonably priced food and drinks. Wifi is available for an additional charge but was spotty throughout the property and did not work on our room.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank KPisco
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Had a week long trip on the Zambezi, this little gem was a home away from home for me! Really enjoyed the vibe here, Staff were very helpful, Private rooms with en suites were wonderful, as were the dorms! Nice pool to lounge by while soaking up some Zambian Sun!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Really enjoyed staying at this backpackers. It's easy to book activities from, offers a free shuttle from the airport, the rooms are basic and tidy and it is well set out to hang out in the evenings.
There is a pool and kitchen to cook meals in as well which is handy.
For the price and the location it is excellent. Not everything is perfect but you must remember TIA (This is Africa)

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Our bus was late and we ended up only arriving at 3:00 am, the night gaurd showed us where to pitch the tent and everything looked great. only 5 hours later at 8:00 am the receptionist woke us up to pay and when I told her that I dont know exactly how long i will stay she told me to take my tent down before 10am (check-out time) and put it back up 3pm (check in time). The cleaning lady kicked me out of the shower so she could clean, and everything is way overpriced compared to the area. we checked out and went to Livingstone Backpakers just 5 min walk away and it was alot more affordable always had hot water and great people run the place.

Room Tip: livingstone backpackers is nicer
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank yona h
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Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Camped and stayed in a dorm. The staff were very helpful, cheerful and friendly. There is everything you need right there: nice large common area to hang out, Wifi (Why not free?), clean and well stocked kitchen, bar, pool, pool table, ping pong table, notice board, the works.
Great stay!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank gil_fruchter
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Jollyboys is a really fun backpackers - there are people from all over the world there, and plenty of different places within the backpackers to hang out. There's the bar, pool area, little couches, and the reading pit. I had a private room to myself and it was great - the bed was comfy, the linen was nice and clean, and the shared bathrooms were always clean. The water pressure was great! The bar served pretty standard food, but it was a good price. The kitchen wasn't that great - lacking in cutlery and not kept very clean, but that was probably a reflection of the guests rather than the staff. At the reception area they help you organise any activities - it was really good as I walked in with a list of things I wanted to do, and within half an hour all of it had been booked for me. I would definitely recommend Jollyboys to the budget traveler, but if you're not into backpacking then it probably isn't for you.

Room Tip: The bigger shared dorm rooms were around the reading pit - this area could get quite noisy at night...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

One of the most awesome places. I stayed at the Campsite. Friendly and very helpful staff. Jollyboys is not just about accommodation...it is an experience. Great location and close to most shops and tourist attractions. I like that they provide transport to and from some of the attractions.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Mia1971
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Additional Information about Jollyboys International Backpackers

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 #6 of 91 Specialty Lodging in Livingstone
Price Range: $25 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Jollyboys International Backpackers 3*
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 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! ... more   less 
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