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Jollyboys International Backpackers

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

This been my first trip to livingstone. The staff at JollyBoys are so helpful, the accommodation homely and comfortable, the food is amazing and the atmosphere is amazing and very friendly. As a whole my trip to Livingstone Zambia has been a very memorable and will deffentaly coming back.

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Mathew T, Thank you very much for your lovely review. It's great to read that you had such a good time staying with us! I'll make sure pass on the compliments to our staff, it will make our whole team very happy. We look forward to welcoming you back. Happy travels, The Jollyboys Team

Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I had a very pleasant stay in one of their four bed rooms... it was clean, secure, and very comfortable. The restaurant and bar is affordable (25kwacha for a smoothie!) and a fun place to hang out. There are many organized activities and outings organized by jollyboys and the staff is very helpful. The hostel is just a short walk...

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Campinas, SP
Reviewed 7 April 2017

The staff, the pool, the cleaning, the room, the people...Everything was perfect! Zambia is a poor country, so this make the hostel be much more impressive when you compares with hostels from another country. They have free shuttle from the airport. The hamburguer was good, but could be a little cheaper.

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi ACG1989, Thank you very much for your rocking review!! What a pleasure to read you enjoyed your stay with us so much! I've passed the compliments on to our staff! Happy you enjoyed the burger, we make almost everything on the menu ourselves and we buy as much as we can from local farms. Supporting the local farms is...

Woonona, Australia
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Stayed in the honeymoon lodge and bed was comfortable and well ventilated. The common area and pool were a great place to mingle with fellow travellers. Staff were friendly and helpful with planning activities. Free shuttle to the falls daily at 10am was handy. A perfect backpackers with everything you could need.

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Mcstannard, Thank you very much for your awesome review! It's really great to read you had such a good time staying with us. Honeymoon is one of our clients favourite chalets. We indeed have a FREE shuttle to the Victoria Falls every day at 10 am (on a first come, first serve basis). Thank you very much for recommending...

Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Stayed here two nights and really enjoyed the vibe. Stayed in a private room which unfortunately had no hot water but a comfortable bed. Good location in Livingstone so you can walk just about anywhere and there's free transport to the Falls at 10am everyday. Breakfast not included, but prices were reasonable.

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Jonesem92, Thank you for your review! Really great to hear your enjoyed your stay with us. I'm sorry for the inconvenience of not having hot water, that doesn't normally happen. We are indeed located very central and offer a daily FREE shuttle to the Victoria Falls at 10 am on a first come first serve bases. It's great to...

Kampala, Uganda
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This is a very relaxed place with a great area for socializing. The staff is great and they offer a lot of services and good advices concerning trips in the area. They were extremely helpful! However the owners seemed to have conflicts with the staff, which takes away the feeling of a relaxed place. They were rude and insulting to...

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sweet_hanna, Thank you so much for your review. It's great to read you enjoyed your overall stay with us. I'm sorry your friends felt uncomfortable with the atmosphere, I find it very sad to read you believe the owners or managers were rude to the staff. This is the first time we've received feedback on this. I've raised the...

Logrono, Spain
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The place was nice. Rooms and bathrooms clean. Kitchen and it was cleanliness average, no enough spoons and glasses. Cockroaches at night are normal I wonder because it is almost in the jungle. Tasty breakfast. They accept euros in paper and serve nice local beer in the bar. The girls in the reception were very kind and helpful always with...

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sultana_Najerina, Thank you so much for your review! It's great to read you enjoyed your stay with us. We really appreciate feedback and have started upgrading our client kitchen. We routenily spray against cockroaches and make sure the kitchen is being cleaned multiple times in a day. We are very proud of our hard working team and are very...

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is the worst hostel I've ever stayed. Apart from the tour guys, the staff was terrible. The room was filthy just like the towels and sheets. The wifi is non existent and that's not a Livingstone problem because it works perfectly in all restaurants in town. The bar opens 30min before the start of the tours and can only...

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Mari_verdun, Thank you very much for your review, we highly appreciate your feedback. I find it very sad to read your stay was not up to our normal standards. I noticed you stayed with us in April 2016 and a lot has changed since then. During 2015/2016 the whole of Zambia was experiencing power cuts. Currently we run 90%...

Ontario, Canada
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Stayed here in October and loved it! The staff are awesome to help you book your trips and get everything organized. The pool area was amazing and perfect. It was kept very clean and all the chairs around were super comfy to just relax in. It was slightly under construction while we were there and they were awesome and provided...

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi jval2014, What an amazing review! Thank you so much!! We indeed refurbished our entire restaurent area. It's great to read the construction did not bother you and you enjoyed our free meals at the time. We indeed offer different type of rooms, from mixed dorms to ensuite private rooms. This makes that we usually have a great mix of...

Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed my stay with the Jollyboys. Apart from the various options of accommodation from dorms with shared toilets to ensuit rooms, they also offer very nice tourism packages. Try the sunset boat, value for money. The backpackers is also well located, easy access to the city center.

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Neide T, Thank you so much for your lovely review! Its great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. The sunset cruise is indeed a great activity. Hope to welcome you back in the future, Happy travels, The Jolly Team

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Zambia's original backpacker! Jollyboys is the quintessential backpackers lodge and has been catering to budget travellers since 1995. Our staff are well versed in up-to-the-minute travel information and regulations throughout Southern Africa. The Jollyboys restaurant provides meals of exceptional value or try your hand at cooking in the self catering kitchen. FREE wifi available in our common areas and we offer FREE daily shuttles to the Victoria Falls and FREE pick ups from the Livingstone Airport. Whether you are a long term traveler, on a short weekend break, on honeymoon or traveling with a group volunteering, Jollyboys has something to offer everyone! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Jollyboys International Backpackers

Address: 34 Kanyanta Road | PO Box 61088, Livingstone, Zambia
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Price Range: $38 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Jollyboys International Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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“2 bedroom private great value and private space”
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