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Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge

“ Shoestrings is the night life of Victoria Falls”.....

The fire pit and swimming pool in the background Pool tables near the bar The campsite TV area and bar Party night at Shoestrings Backpackers

PRICE before special offers

Approximate price per person sharing per night

US$ 55 (Standard room)  January to December
US$ 60 (Standard room w/ AC)  January to December
US$ 15 (Dormitory)  January to December

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If you are wanting a party or just some good company this backpackers lodge is about the only place on the Zimbabwe side that you will find it happening most nights.

It is a brightly coloured backpackers lodge which is situated a short five minutes from town centre, not luxury but laid back and definitely for the more young at heart, who are more interested in a party than a good nights sleep. The location is great right in the centre of town, and it is easy walking distance to the Falls, shops, curio market and booking agents.

The lodge have their own curio shop at the bottom of the garden and you are able to book all your activities on site through their sister company Backpackers Bazaar.

There is a swimming pool and big shady garden with tables and chairs dotted around. Where most days you can find a few local guides and other travellers – enjoying each others company.

Our Opinion

We recommend Shoestrings for the younger crowd and the young at heart - for very cheap accommodation in a party atmosphere.

Accommodation at Shoestrings Backpackers

• All the double and twin rooms are en-suite and linen is provided. Rooms are clean and simple and exactly what one would expect for the budget price.
• There is also a small area on the lawn at the front or back of the lodge where you can pitch your tents with basic ablutions near by.

• There is a communal kitchen where you can cook yourself a very basic meal or eat from the Blue Baboon which serves pizza, hamburgers etc.
• The bar literally rocks most nights with local Victoria Falls residents and other young travellers although it does close at 12.00pm. There is a pool table and  Satellite TV for your enjoyment.


• Internet Access and internet room
• Security Lockers
• Luggage Storage
• Guest Kitchen
• Swimming Pool
• Airport pick-up and drops off can be arranged


• Great location five minutes from town and within walking distance to The Falls
• Friendly and laid back atmosphere
• Party and music most nights
• Recommended for the younger traveller – who is not looking for a quiet and peaceful location

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How to Get to Shoestrings - Victoria Falls

• Self drivers - Turn left or right into Parkway Drive at the Shearwater Cafe, take a short drive and turn left into Fox Drive, when you meet West Drive you will see a bright wall and you have found the place
• Transfers can be arranged from Victoria Falls, Livingstone or Kasane Airports. Contact us for assistance.


Matthew D. Firestone
Lonely Planet author

"If you're looking for a guaranteed good time, Shoestrings Backpackers is just about the only place on the Zimbabwean side of life that still parties up a storm each and every night.

Shoestrings Backpackers is a popular stop for the overland truck crowd, though the festive ambiance also draws in a good number of independent travellers. By night however, Shoestrings is the only guaranteed party in town, so even if you're not staying here, be sure to drop by and kick back a few rounds of Zambezi lager with the friendly staff.

Rooms are fairly basic, though guests can take advantage of the communal kitchen, on-site bar, restaurant and swimming pool. It is also conveniently located in the centre of town, and within easy walking distance to the falls".

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PRICE before special offers

Approximate price per person sharing per night

US$ 55 (Standard room)  January to December
US$ 60 (Standard room w/ AC)  January to December
US$ 15 (Dormitory)  January to December


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Client Testimonials

by Kate (Zimbabwe)
Many thanks for all your assistance. You have probably been the most responsive and helpful tour organizers I have worked with- anywhere in the world. I'll be sure to recommend you to my colleagues and friends.

All the activities lived up to the hype!
by Alex (Swaziland)
Good Afternoon Boo,
Just wanted to let you know that we are now back in Swaziland and had an incredibly fun time enjoying Victoria Falls! All the activities lived up to the hype and I would like to thank you for all your help in organising a busy but full holiday for us! Everything went smoothly from the moment we arrived to the time we left.
Also wondering where you prefer to have your reviews written?
Thanks again!
All the best

Memory I will not forget
by Sunitha
Hi Jane
Hope you are keeping well.I must say a very big thank you for all your assistance and advice for my trip. I had the most amazing time at Vic Falls, a memory I will not forget.
Thanks a million once again.

Fantastic Itinerary
by Graham & Janet (United Kingdom)
Dear Boo
We would like to offer our thanks for sorting a fantastic itinerary for our all too short visit to Vic Falls. The cruise on the Zambesi at sunset was a delight and the helicopter flight breathtaking! The pick ups were punctual and staff members were all very smiley, friendly, helpful and good company. The whole experience of the actual Falls and the town itself was outstanding.
We will return! Your company will be our first port of call. Many thanks for a very efficient service.
Best wishes

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