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Jollyboys Backpackers

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Outdoor pool
Point of interest
In-room safe, bed sheets
Poolside bar

Overview of Jollyboys Backpackers

Jollyboys Backpackers

3.0 star property
Suburban hostel with outdoor pool, near Livingstone Museum
8,6 out of 10 Fabulous
8,6/10 Fabulous

117 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
34 Kanyanta Road, Livingstone
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Free airport pick-up
  • Spa services
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Area shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Front-desk safe
  • Snack bar/deli
Feel at home
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator
  • Barbecue grill(s)

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • Heart of Livingstone
  • Victoria Falls - 12 min drive
  • Victoria Falls National Park - 21 min drive

Getting around

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


  • Munali Coffee - 4 min walk
  • The David Livingstone Safari Lodge - 7 min drive
  • Victoria Falls Food Court - 12 min drive
  • The Lookout Café - 13 min drive
  • Flavors Pub And Grill - 15 min walk

About this property

Jollyboys Backpackers

Jollyboys Backpackers is just 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from the airport and offers free pick-up service (available 24 hours). Guests can indulge in deep-tissue massages or mani/pedis, then grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. An outdoor pool, a bar/lounge, and a snack bar/deli are other highlights. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff and restaurant.



Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 30 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport; guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 8 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 8 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

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


  • Children (9 years old and younger) not allowed


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Free airport pickup on request (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge) each morning 6:30 AM–noon
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills
  • Shared refrigerator
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Water dispenser

What to do

  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Safari nearby
  • Segway rentals/tours nearby
  • Ziplining nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Accessible airport shuttle

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. There are 2 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, Swedish massages, and manicures and pedicures.


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

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately USD 5–8 per person
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • 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

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that guest safety measures are currently in place.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.


Long-term renters welcome.
Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher on site.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

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

Frequently asked questions

Does Jollyboys Backpackers offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Jollyboys Backpackers does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Jollyboys Backpackers?
This property confirms that guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Furthermore, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Jollyboys Backpackers?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Jollyboys Backpackers?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Jollyboys Backpackers?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Jollyboys Backpackers?
Yes, a free shuttle from the airport is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Jollyboys Backpackers?
You can check in from 2 PM - 8 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Jollyboys Backpackers and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities like cycling, hiking, and horseback riding. Additional recreation nearby includes game drives, game viewing, and safari tours. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hostel's other amenities, which include spa services and a picnic area. Jollyboys Backpackers also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Jollyboys Backpackers?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers international cuisine.
What's the area around Jollyboys Backpackers like?
Jollyboys Backpackers is a short 8-minute drive from Livingstone (LVI) and 2 minutes' walk from Livingstone Museum.







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Property conditions & facilities




6/10 Good

Pros: 1. Walkable distance from the town centre. 2. Budget friendly 3. Easily accessible Cons: 1. Not very sanitary, the bathroom had hair on the walls in the shower stall. 2. Incorrectly listed rooms. The Ensuite is listed as having a flat screen TV and it turns out "all the ensuite rooms don't come with a TV."
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8/10 Very good

We had a nice stay here. We had a private room and it was clean and quiet. It’s very cute in the main area of the hostel. The staff is very helpful in booking activities and calling taxis. They are helpful and nice. One thing is I feel that some of the prices for the activities is too high so instead of relying directly on the hostel, I would suggest calling other companies yourself and then booking the activity with a the place with the lowest price. Overall it is a great place and I would highly recommend.
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10/10 Exceptional

We needed a two day stay mid travels. Ticked all our boxes , clean basic rooms , nice small pool for a dip and a bar. Safes in room for valuables. Would definitely use agsin.
Tracey, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The location of Jolly Boys was very convenient for getting around the city centre of Livingstone and the staff were very helpfull to organise daily activieties or transport.
Ruben, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Justin, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great stay with great people!
Really enjoyed my stay at Jollyboys; the staff was very kind and helpful all the time, the atmosphere was awesome and I had a great stay:) It was a good place to meet other travelers too!
4-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Joanna, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A very international and unique backpackers, located pretty much in the center of Livingstone. Awesome chill-out areas, ecological-responsiveness and super super nice staff! Would definitely recommend this place :)
namejell, 3-night trip with friends
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4/10 Fair

Nice set-up for backpackers Not a good place for couple Too noisy, too many party No electricity for the 2 days I was there Nobody to check in when I arrive...
2-night trip
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