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Livingstone Backpackers is located just off Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, right in the centre of town. The surrounding neighborhood is very calm and safe during the entire day. This hostel has an extensive outdoor common area, with a TV room, library, swimming pool, rock-climbing wall, garden, and large kitchen and bar where the guests usually hang out. The hostel consists of a number of buildings, with a large yard in between and there is free Wi-Fi in all areas. For those driving, there is room for parked cars in the front yard.

The Location

The hostel is located a block back from the main street of Mosi-ao-Tunya, within easy walking distance to central Livingstone. When you reach the street, shouldn’t be hard to spot the hostel, as are signs pointing from the main street and on both sides of the side street. As the hostel is located in the city centre, there are some high quality grocery stores, international dining options, and a post office nearby.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms have enough space for the number of people and were kept clean during our stay. Only some bunks have mosquito nets, which is slightly concerning. There is also only one locker in some of the dorm rooms. Also important, you will have Wi-Fi in the dorms, although connection is sometimes intermittent. The bathrooms are kept quite clean. The dorm rooms have fans, but given the nature of the rooms, we found the rooms don’t really cool down -- especially when the hostel is at capacity.

Common Spaces

The hostel’s common spaces are spacious and exceed most hostel standards. There is an outdoor TV room with sofas, and next to it is an extensive library. The communal kitchen is outdoors and has all the main utensils, whilst being kept very clean. It’s certainly conducive to a few people cooking at once. There is a rock-climbing wall and a large pool, with many pool decks and outdoor couches. The outdoor bar is quite large and gets fairly busy come the weekend.

Summary

Despite the "hot" rooms, the common spaces and utilities of this hostel mean that this is a fantastic option in Livingstone. The prices are very fair and considering the amount on offer, it’s well worth it. The hostel also has a tour-booking desk, which almost guarantees the best prices in town. The best part -- the hostel offers a daily free shuttle to Victoria Falls and the Zimbabwe border -- what more could you want in Livingstone?

by @dhersz
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
November 2014
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Clean, secure, cheap, and fun. Stayed there for 4 days with my boyfriend and was well impressed. Staff were excellent, rooms very clean and secure, and pool and bar area great for relaxing. Overall one of the best hostels I have stayed in.  , UK ()
5   Excellent, friendly, new. Cheap. This hostel has just opened and everything is clean new and its super cheap. We thought the place was excellent and would not hesitate to recommend it. They have a cabanna bar, jacuzzi, and climbing wall. Great vibe by the swimming pool.  , UK ()
1  I was in Livingstone, staying somewhere else and went over to livingstone backpackers to check it out because i heard there was a new hostel. The guard at the gate would not even let me in the gate. I am a black american who lives in Zambia and have had this trouble before but have never been denied entry. I ask for the manager to voice my complaint at the discrimination by the guard. She was totally dismissive of my complaint. Like I said I had this problem before, but the management at other places have been apologetic and I have never had any other problems after my complaint. Don't stay at a place that blatantly discriminates against others.  , US ()

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