On one hand, Jollyboys has everything the backpacker could want - clean, secure accommodation, a lively bar, pool, and the chance to meet other travellers. They also have nice extras like free pick-up from the airport and free drop-off at Victoria Falls. We stayed in an air-con twin room with en-suite. The room was clean, if a little dark. The beds had mosquito nets and were comfortable. The shower had good pressure and plenty of hot water. One problem is that the room didn't have closing windows, just a screen. As a result, all of the cold air from the air-con would just escape - not very well thought through.
Now for a few areas of improvement. The wifi is laughably slow and prone to cut in and out. Being pay as you go, it's easy to lose all of your credit if the connection times out and you can't log out properly. This happened a couple of times, and I ended up spending more on wifi than I wanted. The hostel bar and restaurant serve good food, but the small staff can be easily overwhelmed by the number of guests order. It's best to arrive early. Overall, I enjoyed my stay at Jollyboys, and I would recommend it to any traveller looking for good backpacker accommodation.
- 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 friendly and helpful staff are well versed in up-to-the-minute travel information and regulations throughout Southern Africa. Jollyboys have recently established 'Responsible Tourism' initiatives such as worm farms for food waste, solar power, reduced water use and waste by recycling and up-cycling as well as supporting local social enterprise organizations. 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. We look forward to welcoming you to Jollyboys Backpackers and Camp and being part of your Livingstone adventure! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jollyboys International Backpackers Hotel Livingstone