Jollyboys Backpackers, Livingstone

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Jollyboys Backpackers is a green hostel and the most social hostel in Livingstone, Zambia. Big social areas make this hostel a great place to meet fellow travelers and do one of the many activities at Victoria Falls.

The Location

Jollyboys Backpackers is located in the heart of Livingstone, right next to the Livingstone Museum, two minutes from many shops and about ten minutes from the long-distance bus station and the Intercape station. Due to the size of the property and the location of the rooms at the property, noises from outside won’t bother you. Jollyboys Backpackers offers a daily free shuttle to Victoria Falls and the Zimbabwean border. If you come from Zimbabwe, you can also use this shuttle to reach the property. Other transfers can be arranged with the hostel for a fee. The hostel has many staff working for them throughout the day and their own driver is one of them.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Jollyboys Backpackers has many rooms, including dorms, private rooms, and a few camping spots. There are eight- and sixteen-bed dorm rooms. The eight-bed dorm room offers more privacy and has a socket near each bed, but is a little more expensive. Lockers are available in the common area. Bathrooms are available in different buildings at the property, and the men’s and women’s sector are separated. The bathrooms are cleaned six times per day.

Common Spaces

The common areas consist of several sections. There’s an area with a nice and quite big pool with several seats, the bar area, and two lounge areas. The bar sells food and drinks throughout the day. Drinks come at competitive prices, only slightly higher than at the supermarket. At the lounge areas, you'll find many cushions where you can relax. In these areas, there are also many plugs to charge your devices. If just relaxing at the cushions is not enough, you can treat yourself to a spa treatment at the hostel. There are many staff present throughout the day and twenty-four-hour security. The staff will be happy to assist you with any questions. At the reception you can also book many activities in Livingstone.

Jollyboys Backpackers is a green hostel. With their solar panels, they cover ninety percent of the used energy in the hostel. The hostel also uses their own borehole, and used water is recycled to flush the toilet. Water from the borehole is also filtered, so you can drink the water from certain taps. Plastic bottles are collected and used for local projects. Short-term volunteering in the community can also be arranged via the hostel. There’s also a weekly football match with local orphanages for which you can sign up.


Jollyboys Backpackers is a great hostel where you can both relax and easily meet fellow travelers of all ages. The hostel takes care of the environment and supports the local community.
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Jollyboys Backpackers, Livingstone
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Jollyboys Backpackers, Livingstone
Jollyboys Backpackers, Livingstone
Jollyboys Backpackers, Livingstone
Jollyboys Backpackers, Livingstone
Jollyboys Backpackers, Livingstone
Jollyboys Backpackers, Livingstone
Jollyboys Backpackers, Livingstone
Martin Straatman Staff Reviewer
Published on 2017-05-18

Good stay in Livingstone

I liked this hostel quite a bit. There is a lot going on here and lots of people ... very good atmosphere. It is decently clean, but it is africa, so maybe not as clean as you are used to coming from elsewhere in the world. Only big complaint is that most rooms have only a screen window (no glass), which isn't great for noise control (loud guests at night, loud staff in the morning) or security. Otherwise, really liked this place. Would stay again.

Age 31 | USA

Excellent value and a wonderful ambiance.

The hostel is very impressive. The lounge and pool are exceptionally pleasant and well cared for. The bathrooms are cleaned a few times per day. The hostel is situated in a prime location and security standards are very high. The food served here is good and the staff are friendly. People congregate here from around southern and central Africa. Having backpacked around the world for thirty years, this is truly one of my very favourite hostels.

Richard Carton

They were very helpful at reception. This is in the best part of Livingstone.


This is the place to stay in Livingstone.

Line Bansted

Jollyboys Backpackers Reviews from the Web

Jollyboys exceeded my backpackers expectations, with its great decor, lovely clean rooms, fantastic social area with soft seating and tree house.

The pool was inviting although I didn't get a chance to try it.

The self catering kitchen was well equipt and clean but not open to use before early trips.

The only negative for me personally was that I booked a Chobe day trip and was charged a whopping $50 For transport as no one else booked.


Definitely best hostel in Zambia, and it has the backpacker vibe you will find in other more touristy countries. Staff is very friendly and helpful! Prices differ if you book through hostelworld or at the front desk, HW charges 4$ less. Sometimes itll say on HW theres no space but there will be if you ask at the front desk, so keep that in mind. Kitchen is basic and could use some more utensils, bathrooms are fine. Dorm rooms are fine too. The building and deco amazing! Great vibes.


Near the essentials in Livingstone. Very helpful and friendly staff, even in the off season there were events to talk to people at the hostel.


Really lovely place to stay with the sweetest staff. Big thanks to Moyo, Sam, and Lloyd for helping make my stay as good as can be, from friendly smiles to booking activities and shuttling me around.

Take advantage of the free airport pickup and the lovely pool. Cash bar/restaurant so get your kwacha ready.

The wifi is quite slow and not/not easily accessible from bedrooms in the back. The kitchen could use a good re-stocking of the essentials, like utensils, cups and bowls.


Phenomenal place to stay would highly recommended to anyone travelling in the region. Staff are outstanding. One of the most well rounded hostels Ive had the pleasure to stay at.


Security for the overall building was fine and felt secure, the only unfortunate thing was having no lock on my room and they dont offer padlocks for your locker - and mine was too small:( Nothing got stolen but it would be nice to have that extra bit of security.

One of the nicest hostels Ive stayed in as well as cheapest!! Lovely swimming pool and chilling area, very comfy beds and the showers had good water pressure. Cheap food and drinks. Sometimes ran out of soap and bring own sponge.


Jollyboys is awesome. Lots of activities that can all be booked through the hostel. The staff is very helpful and friendly. sick pool and bar set up. I love the super chill vibe here. It just feels like home. Its a little quiet now, but its bound to pick up soon as travel is opening back up.

I had such a great time, Im going back to livingstone in a couple days, and Im staying there again!


Excellent hostel! Wonderful location, walk to all your needs. Great on site bar and kitchen managed by the kind and super helpful Marius. Great breakfast, dinners, and barbecue nights. Wonderful pool to hang out by. Can't recommend Jollyboys more. The entire staff is amazing - ask for Daisy to help arrange all your tours, she's a gift!


Great place for meeting people, socializing, ping pong & swimming pool fun. Very helpful & friendly staff. Mango trees showered us with delicious fruit. No shelves or hooks in bathroom except in shower rooms. Toilets leak. The kitchen is very dirty and not well equipped. Food goes bad in the fridge, it doesn't cool properly. WiFi constantly dropping. I recommend buying sim card with data plan. Booking tours through the front desk is very expensive. You can book tours cheaper outside.


Amazing staff and atmosphere, one of my all time favorite hostels! Hoping to come back someday


JollyBoys is a nice hostel with great staff that helped us out with planning all our activities and also sorting out a COVID test. Although the hostel was very quiet as was Livingstone, the vibe was still good and we can definitely imagine that this will be a very lively hostel during normal times. The room was good and clean, but the communual kitchen can use an upgrade. Overall definitely recommended!


I check in after traveling for 6 hours from Lusaka and was really tired. I found that there was no staff to help me and as the reception was closed for the day (it was around 5pm and they close early). I didnt like that. I had to wait for 30 before someone could come and help me. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my time there afterwards and facilities were quite nice. The showers in mens room were dysfunctional. Only one worked. Overall it was a wonderful experience except for those few glitches.


Real rustic environment, ideal for meeting travellers all over the world. Being able to self cater


Liked: Great vibe, great for booking all activities. Good, cheap food, central to everything Didn't like: The rooms are a little over priced for the size and having shared bathroom facilities.


The location was fantastic and nice people there!


Liked: Staff was friendly Didn't like: Pool was really dirty


Liked: Great central location, can walk from bus station, supermarkets, ATMs and bars are all close, great pool area, bar, cushioned chill out areas, free water cooler to refill ur bottle (great added bonus!), free shuttle to the Falls which is only 20mins away and the beautiful staff are only too happy to help book whatever activities u want to do! Didn't like: The polished red flooring can be slippery! It's so silly but almost went flying a couple of times!


Liked: Near the downtown, supermarkert, etc. Didn't like: A litle noisy at night by near bar, I think


Liked: Great location and they were helpful organizung trips Didn't like: Horrible cooking facilities. Swimming pool was refreshing but not the cleanest.


Liked: nice atmosphere and good travel office Didn't like: dark rooms and not enough bed sheets



Dorms, double/twin rooms, ensuite rooms (with air con!) and camping
Free daily lift to the Victoria Falls
Free historical town tour every Wednesday
Free pool table
Free table tennis table
Free long/short term baggage storage
Free pickup from Livingstone Airport
Internet/email facilities and WiFi
Swimming pool
Resident chef and self catering kitchen
Fully stocked bar
24 hour hot and cold running showers
Braai/Barbecue area
Laundry facilities
Secure off-street car park
24 hour security
Travel and activities booking office
Gorgeous gardens full of mango, banana, avocado, papaya, guava and lemon trees!
The most centrally located backpackers in town...just steps away from markets, grocery stores, restaurants, nightclubs and museums.

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Location and Contact


• Address: 34 Kanyanta Road (behind the Livingstone Museum)
• We are less than a five minute walk from the bus and train station... Walk down the main street and behind the Livingstone Museum... then check out the yellow wall to find us!



Address: 34 Kanyanta Road, Livingstone, Zambia

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Website Jollyboys Backpackers Livingstone
Phone Number: +260 (3) 324229
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller

Airport Pickup



City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box


Bike Rental


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool


Table Tennis

Themed Dinner Nights

Walking Tours

Wheelchair Accessible

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Lockers in Rooms

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 16

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 16

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8am - 7:30 pm and afterhours at the bar

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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