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1 room, 2 adults

Jollyboys Backpackers

3-star3 stars
34 Kanyanta Road, Livingstone, Zambia

Suburban hostel with outdoor pool, near Livingstone Museum
  • Free WiFi in lobby and free parking
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  • Didn't recieve the room that we were expecting, but out was a minor issue and we were…Apr. 21, 2019
  • Nice place to stay. Friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are well maintained.Mar. 4, 2019

Jollyboys Backpackers

from A$63
  • Double Room, Ensuite
  • Twin Room, Ensuite
  • Double Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Twin Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Triple Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Quadruple Room, Ensuite
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom (8 Bed Dormitory)
  • Single Room Ensuite
  • Triple Room, Ensuite
  • Single Shared Bathroom
  • Shared Dormitory, Women only
  • Room, Multiple Beds (9 Bed Private Dorm)
  • Room (7 Bed Private Dorm)
  • Room (6 Bed Private Dorm)
  • Room, Multiple Beds

What’s around Jollyboys Backpackers


  • Heart of Livingstone
  • Livingstone Museum - 2 min walk
  • Railway Museum - 26 min walk
  • Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park - 2.5 mi / 4.1 km
  • Victoria Falls Field Museum - 5.9 mi / 9.6 km
  • Devil's Pool - 6.8 mi / 10.9 km
  • Victoria Falls - 7.8 mi / 12.6 km

Getting around

  • Livingstone (LVI) - 8 min drive
  • Victoria Falls (VFA) - 45 min drive
  • Free airport pick-up
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 30 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-8 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 8 PM. If you are planning to arrive after 8 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Children (9 years old and younger) not allowed


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas



  • Free airport pickup (available 24 hours) *


  • Free self parking


  • Area shuttle *

Payment types at the property

* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills
  • Refrigerator in a common area
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Onsite venue - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Jollyboys Backpackers’s small print

Also known as

  • Jollyboys Backpackers Hostel Livingstone
  • Jollyboys Backpackers Hostel
  • Jollyboys Backpackers Livingstone
  • Jollyboys Backpackers
  • Jollyboys Backpackers Livingstone
  • Jollyboys Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation


Long-term renters welcome.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Breakfast costs between ZMW 5 and ZMW 8 per person (approximately)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Jollyboys Backpackers

  • Does Jollyboys Backpackers offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Jollyboys Backpackers does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Is parking offered at Jollyboys Backpackers?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Is there a pool at Jollyboys Backpackers?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at Jollyboys Backpackers?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Jollyboys Backpackers?
    You can check in from 2 PM to 8 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Jollyboys Backpackers?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that serves international cuisine.
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by Jollyboys Backpackers?
    Yes, a free shuttle from the airport is available.
  • What is there to do near Jollyboys Backpackers?
    Recommended spots to visit include Livingstone Museum (2-min walk) and Railway Museum (1.3 mi), along with Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (2.5 mi) and Victoria Falls Field Museum (5.9 mi).

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 83 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
3 Night Stay
AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Great facilities / pool Great food / drinks menu at good cost Great location Taxis on standby ready to transport Very friendly staff Recommended 😀
Ashley, gb3 night trip
Very good 8.0
A great place to stay in Livingstone Zambia. I would recommend this place
Jared, us2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Definitely recommended
As far as hostels go, this was excellent. Lovely staff, very relaxing communal areas, super chilled. Communal kitchen could do with a bit of a make over. But other than that, was really great place to stay, hang out at and use as a base for exploring the area
Matthew, il3 night trip with friends
Very good 8.0
Nice Place to Stay to Chill and a base
Nice place with access to a kitchen, bar, pool, chill areas, serves food and great atmosphere.
Lynne, gb3 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Great stay in an excellent place
Jollyboys is much better than a typical backpackers - it has a great feel to it and is a really pleasant place to spend an afternoon or an evening. The pool and bar area is really nice, as is the chill-out area nearby. Food and drinks are good and are reasonable prices. Staff are also extremely friendly and helpful with bookings and information. Jollyboys offers a free daily shuttle to the Falls which is a great benefit as well. The on-site spa is also very nice and professionally run. We stayed in the Guinea Fowl room, which was well maintained and the AC worked very well. We had two issues with our stay. First, the bed in the Guinea Fowl room was very uncomfortable and left us with back pains each morning. I'm not sure whether this is true in other rooms but we felt it was reasonably likely so we did not ask to change. A more minor complaint is that wifi is only accessible in the public areas and not in our room. Nevertheless we would almost certainly stay at Jollyboys again if we were back in Livingstone - we would probably just ask for a different room and test the bed a bit more before settling.
gb3 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great place. Clean and great staff who will help you plan anything. Plus they have airport pickup which was great
maxwell, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great place
It's a great place to stay. Could be a bit cheaper and wifi in the rooms. The staff is very helpful and a great atmosphere.
John, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Jollyboys was very. is secure, I felt very safe...staff friendly and is delicious...recommend anything cooked in their kitchen...especially the curries..I was there for a month so had a long time to Observe people and staff interactions...they were always polite friendly and ready to have a joke...nice place to stop and relax...they also offer great tours...recommend Chobe and the whitewater rafting...night booze transport to Victoria Falls...just go they have regular entertainment...a place to relax or party...up to you..
Dawn, ie2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Awesome place!
Awesome space to be! Great place to hang out and relax from traveling or if you want to do tourist things they are very close to Victoria Falls and restaurants like Olga's or Cafe Zambieze. Food at the restaurant is good with lots of vegetarian options and the self serve kitchen seems to have everything you need for making your own food. We stayed in a shared bathroom room and an en suite room, both were clean and comfortable with cute touches. The staff helped us with laundry service and set up an overnight safari for us leaving the next day and our driver made sure to point out animals like Zebras and Impala on the drive to Botswana, even stopping for us to get some pictures. Will definitely be back when in Livingstone.
Amy, ie2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
JollyBoys Backpackers is the best!
Our stay at Jollyboys Backpackers was wonderful. All of the staff members were kind and exceptionally helpful when booking activities or asking questions! The atmosphere was relaxing yet fun. One thing that really stood out to me was the facilities commitment to being green! It was amazing to see all the different bins for recycling and compost. Huge kudos for that! We appreciated the easy & free airport pick-up and morning shuttle to Victoria Falls. After a hot day of exploring both the Zambia & Zimbabwe sides of Victoria Falls, a dip in the pool was refreshing and a little slice of heaven. We booked a trip to the Devil's Pool through JollyBoys Backbackers and were impressed with the experience. It was breathtaking to swim on the edge of the falls and see a double rainbow below! We will recommend Jollyboys Backpackers to our friends and family visiting Zambia :)
Heather, us3 night romance trip

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