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Jollyboys Backpackers & Camp

34 Kanyanta Road, Livingstone, POBox61088, Zambia

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Jollyboys Backpackers lodge; real backpackers' quality accommodation with great service, situated in the heart of Livingstone Zambia, 10km from Victoria Falls.

  • Dorm
    From $18.00
  • Private
    From $45.00
10 or more people?

Livingstone Hostel

Hostel Livingstone

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Jollyboys has been catering to travelers since 1995; we love Zambia and our community and we are happy to share our wealth of travel knowledge with our guests. Visit out our travel shop for great safari and activity specials as well as travel advice for Livingstone, Zambia and beyond! We go above and beyond to keep our guests happy; free daily shuttle to Victoria Falls, free pickup from Livingstone Airport and the Victoria Falls border, free weekly Livingstone town walk, to name but a few.

As Zambia's original backpackers lodge, Jollyboys continues to win numerous awards and is still arguably one of the best backpackers in Africa. Take a break and relax in our tropical gardens and gorgeous swimming pool whilst being just steps from the museum, markets, banks, and stores. The Victoria Falls - World Heritage Site - are only 8 kilometers away.

After a day full of adventures and adrenaline; grab a homemade burger at the bar and swap stories and tips with your fellow travelers, whilst having an ice cold Mosi sundowner. Settle into a wide choice of cosy private rooms or dorms and enjoy a good night's sleep under a cushy duvet. Delicious, healthy smoothies, homemade pancakes or a big cooked breakfast await you, before starting another day of exploring and enjoying Livingstone.

Be a part of our Responsible Tourism initiatives; check out our community projects, worm farms and composting food waste. Plastic bag and plastic bottle collection bins. Rest assured that African power cuts won't affect you hot water and electricity access; Jollyboys is powered by the rays of the beautiful and constant Zambian sun. Come and join us; let the Jollyboys Team welcome you with true, friendly, Zambian hospitality.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated under all circumstances.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 5 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Limited payment options apply at hostel check-in
  • Payment methods accepted at hostel are cash only.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Garden
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby
  • Internet Cafe Distance - Less than 500 m

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning Type - In selected areas
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 07:00 to 20:00
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Victoria Falls (5 to 10km)
  • National Park (5 to 10km)
  • Livingstone Museum (At or next to the hostel)

See the full list of attractions



Jollyboys was an excellent stay, not only in terms of comfort and atmosphere, but also with regards to the amazing help they provided with booking activities. I was traveling on relatively short notice, and even with no time it advance managed to fill my time with incredibly experiences thanks to the booking staff at Jollyboys.


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Wed 28 Nov 2018

+ - Staff very friendly and helpful, dorms very comfortable, free vegetarian dinner most evenings, location right in CBD next to museum. - - wifi only in bar/pool area, too many mosquitoes!


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Wed 23 Nov 2016

Very friendly staff. The bathrooms get cleaned several times a day, the cleanest place I've seen! The restaurant has daily 2 very tasty meals, and at a very affordable price. Lots of place to rest. Had a great time!!! Stephan


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Thu 25 Apr 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (2 to 3km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (5 to 10km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (At or next to the hostel)
  • National / State Park (5 to 10km)
  • Nightlife (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (500m - 1km)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (5 to 10km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (5 to 10km)
  • Distance to Water park (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Jollyboys offers a free pick up service from the Livingstone Airport. Please email with flight arrival details - airline flight number and time - a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
There are numerous bus companies and stations within a short easy walk from the backpackers.
Alternate Transport
Jollyboys is located in the centre of Livingstone right behind the Livingstone Musuem. Secure off street parking is available.

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