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Jollyboys Backpackers Lodge

Good quality and affordable Backpackers Accommodation, only 10 km from the Victoria Falls in the heart of Livingstone town, Zambia

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Jollyboys Backpackers Lodge is situated in the heart of Livingstone town, 10 km from the magnificent Victoria Falls and offers good quality budget accommodation. The hostel is owner run and managed and they pride themselves on great service, up-to-date travel information, eco-friendly operations and clean, modern accommodation and facilities.

The hostel offers doubles, twins, dormitories with options for en-suite or shared bathrooms facilities depending on your budget, as well as camping facilities. They have a well-equipped self-catering kitchen for residents to use as well a lively bar and restaurant serving good affordable pub food, which you can enjoy from one of the many comfortable and well thought out lounges and lofts on the property. They also have free WIFI and guests spend a lot of time between activities lounging around their gorgeous natural rock style swimming pool.

The hostel was opened in the mid-nineties, and it was the first of its kind in Livingstone. The owners are English and Canadian expats who settled in Zambia more than 25 years ago giving them a good handle on tourism in the area and their standards follow international guidelines making it a cut above the rest when it comes to offering good quality service.

The Jollyboys team are part of many responsible tourism initiatives in and around Livingstone. They are very involved with local community projects and commission local artists and tradesmen as much as they possibly can. You can see the funky Zambian influence in all the bright and colourful local chitenge fabric and stunning wrought iron artwork used for most of the furnishings and fittings around the lodge. The rooms all have homemade soaps made from ladies in the village and the little shop is bursting with artwork and souvenirs made by local Zambians.

Jollyboys is a travellers home away from home, the whole team is very welcoming and they go out of their way to make sure you really enjoy your time in Zambia!

Our Opinion

If you are looking for budget accommodation and seek a quirky backpackers atmosphere and style, then we would highly recommend Jollyboys Backpackers as the best option in Livingstone town. It's a great place to meet interesting and adventurous travellers from around the world, who are also normally quite keen to enjoy a good party. It's well priced for what it offers and is well run and friendly. Located in the centre of Livingstone, it's easy to catch a taxi to get around to see the sights and sounds of Livingstone.


• Zambian backpackers lodge in the heart of Livingstone town
• 10kms from the Victoria Falls (Zambia)
• Budget accommodation
• Modern, clean facilities and rooms
• Owner run, international standards for quality service
• Part of responsible tourism initiatives
• Locally sourced products, fittings and services

Accommodation at Jollyboys Backpackers

• En-suite Double rooms - One Double bed; Private bathroom – sink, shower and toilet
• En-suite Twin rooms - Two single beds; Private bathroom – sink, shower and toilet
• Double chalet - One Double bed; Shared facilities
• Twin chalet - Two single beds; Shared facilities
• En-suite Four bed - Two bunk beds; Private bathroom – sink, shower and toilet
• Triple Room - One bunk bed and one single bed; Shared Facilities
• 8 Bed Mixed Dorm - Four bunk beds; Shared Facilities
• Campsite - Camping With Your Own Tent

All en-suite rooms have:
• Linen included
• Towels
• Mosquito nets
• Bed light
• Air conditioning and fan (except in 4 bed room)
• Digital safe

All chalets and Triple room have:
• Linen included
• Towels
• Mosquito nets
• Bed lights
• Fan (except in 4 bed room)
• Digital safe


• Restaurant
• Bar
• Self-catering kitchen
• Braai/BBQ Area

Facilities and Services

• 24 hour check-in
• Solar powered electricity
• Laundry service (surcharge)
• Activities office
• Secure off-street parking
• Lockers available
• 24 hour security
• Safes in the rooms
• Barbecue facility
• Swimming pool
• Lounge and loft in the central guest area
• Wireless internet (limited)
• TV Lounge and lively bar
• Beauty spa on site
• Complimentary shuttle between the lodge and the Victoria Falls
• Nearby sites include: Town of Livingstone; Craft markets; Other Victoria Falls activities


• Children (under 16 years) can only be accommodated in a private room or private dormitory and must be accompanied by an adult.
• Children are not allowed to be accommodated in mixed dormitories.
• Children 4 years of age and under are free of charge.
• Children 5 years of age and older must have a bed booked for them.

How to Get to Jollyboys Backpackers

• Road transfer either from Livingstone Airport (Zambia), Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe), and Livingstone Town. Contact us to arrange transfers for you.

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