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Jollyboys Backpackers Livingstone Reviews
Awesome Hostel in Zambia Jul 20, 2011
Beautiful hostel. There is plenty of room to relax or meet people. The Zambian people and staff at Jollyboys are extremely friendly. There is a pool area, a bar area, and an area with huge pillows to lounge around or read. I, myself, stayed in a 4 person dorm and it was very comfortable. There were two sets of bunk beds with mosquito nets, room for bags, and a bathroom that has a nice hot shower waiting for you! I know you can also have a private 2 person dorm or you can camp out. I do also believe there is a room for larger groups.
The security all around Jollyboys is exceptional. You have room keys to lock your door. I left for a night when I camped out in Chobe Park in Botswana and Jollyboys personally locked up my bag behind reception until I came back. There is also a gate that locks on the outside for better security.
The food and drinks are very good. They are very affordable. I personally chose to eat a toasted ham and cheese sandwich every day. All of their sandwiches are about 15,000 kwatcha which is a little more than $3.00.
The hostel itself is about a ten minute walk to the craft market where you can trade clothes for any wanted souveniers. The supermarket and banks are about a 5 min walk into town. Victoria Falls, bungy jumping, microlight flights are all about a 10-15 minute drive. You should also go white water rafting here!!!! Amazing! Reception makes is very easy and unstressful to book activites. Internet is also available for a good price.
The hostel also has the option to visit the orphanage near by. If you have an extra day you should go and hang out with the kids. It is a lot of fun and they appreciate your company more than anything!
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Good hostel in the Victoria Falls area Feb 08, 2010
Victoria Falls can be accessed from two sides - the city of the same name in Zimbabwe or Livingstone in Zambia. For backpackers, it's much better in thie reviewer's opinion to visit from the Zambia side. There aren't a ton of hostels in town, but there is a supermarket and enough restaurants to please anyone.
The hostel we stayed at was in the center of the city. It's within walking distance of most the city's restaurants, the market, the post office, and the banks/ATMs. The rooms at Jollyboys range from sparce with 8-10 beds, one light, and one outlet to furnished private rooms with bathrooms insuite. We were in the 8 bed dorm room and had to head outside to the bathroom facility, but this didn't bother us. Water pressure in the showers was bad at times. There were also random power outages during the day, which is typical of the town, but the hostel did a good job of making the calls to get it back on quickly. It was never an inconvenience for us. The hostel has a kitchen with everything you need, and there's even a small (but slightly expensive) restaurant. Since it's not all that safe to walk around after dark, it was nice to have something at the hostel if all else failed.
Plenty of areas to sit and hang out outside and there was even a pool, which we never used.
The best part about the hostel was their ability to book (and get good deals on) all the adventures you could think of for the Vic Falls, and then some. We booked a white-water rafting trip and a dinner cruise, and the price was good.
The hostel owners are from an English-speaking country and are very helpful. There are cheaper hostels in the area, but we really enjoyed this one.
Backpackers lodging, but better Apr 25, 2008
Jollyboys comes highly recommended on many travel sites and for good reason. The location is right in downtown Livingstone, 5 minutes walk from the bus station and 10 minute drive to the Victoria Falls. The complex is walled in with security 24/7 manning a gate.
Zambians are some of the nicest people you'll come across and the staff at Jollyboys did not disappoint. Got on really well with the bar staff and the reception/tour booking agents were helpful for setting up expeditions and giving general advice on what to do.
The hostel offers a mix of room types, private huts for 2, dorms of all sizes (I think 4, 8 and maybe a 12?), as well as camp sites. They cook dinner for $8 or so every night (sign up in advance during the day) or for a cheaper option you can use the full kitchen they offer with loads of fridge space and storage cabinets. Grocery stores are a short walk in the centre or you can take a shuttle to a good sized Spar for a big shop. Buy your own beers and wine or get them from the bar for a few dollars each, they don’t care either way.
The pool, which is very modern and clean, is surrounded by deck chairs and right next to the bar area where you will find most people. Some days we never left, just lounged in the sun and relaxed. They've also got a pool table and ping pong which were a bit dodgy but offered some entertainment.
They've got loads of tour books to set something up through their agent. You'll get picked up at the gate and dropped back off. Tours range from $25 for a sunset/booze cruise to $100s for multi day safaris.
The place is great value for the money and can be an even better value if you chose to bring your own tent and don't mind shopping/cooking for yourself. Some people stay a night, while others will do 4 or 5 days it seemed like. Some other backpackers would come to the bar and said it was better than their lodging. Easy to meet people here, check it out!
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