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Jollyboys Backpackers

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Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Twin Room, Shared Bathroom | Terrace/patio

Overview of Jollyboys Backpackers

Jollyboys Backpackers

3.0 star property
Suburban hostel with outdoor pool, near Livingstone Museum

8.4/10 Very good

113 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bar
  • Spa
34 Kanyanta Road, Livingstone

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • Heart of Livingstone

Getting around

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


  • Da Canton - 5 min walk
  • Food Palace - 6 min walk
  • Olga's: The Italian Corner - 9 min walk
  • Kubu Café - 10 min walk
  • Fezbar - 11 min walk

About this property

Jollyboys Backpackers

A great choice for a stay in Livingstone, Jollyboys Backpackers is only 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from the airport. Guests can indulge in deep-tissue massages or manicures and pedicures, then grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. An outdoor pool, a bar/lounge and a snack bar/deli are other highlights. Fellow travellers 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 sanitiser 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 until 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

  • 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) are not allowed


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


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


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast each morning (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • BBQs
  • Shared fridge
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Water dispenser

What to do

  • Ping pong
  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Safari nearby
  • Segway hire/tours nearby
  • Zip-lining 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


  • Lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk


  • English

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 on-site spa services. There are 2 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, Swedish massages and manicures and pedicures.


On-site venue – This restaurant specialises in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Breakfast costs between USD 5 and USD 8 per person (approximately)
  • Local 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 sanitiser; 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 that there's a fire extinguisher on site.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

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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 that you 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 sanitiser. 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.
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 such as cycling, hiking and horse 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 on-site restaurant that offers international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Da Canton (5-min walk), Food Palace (6-min walk) and Olga's: The Italian Corner (9-min walk).
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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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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10/10 Exceptional

If you are in Livingston you MUST say at Jollyboys! It’s a great place for solo travelers to meet other travelers and locals. I don’t think I would have experienced true Zambia if I had stayed anywhere else.
10-night trip
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8/10 Very good

The property is clean. All the amenities are good and you can book tours through me.
MS, 3-night trip
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