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Reviews of Jollyboys Backpackers

Hostel | 34 Kanyanta Road, (behind the museum), PO Box 61088 Livingstone, Zambia --

89.5% Overall Rating

74 out of 82 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (11/06/2013)

"Great central location, can walk from bus station, supermarkets, ATMs and bars are all close, great pool area, bar, cushioned chill out areas, free water cooler to refill ur bottle (great added bonus!), free shuttle to…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Wheelchair accessible

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 5.00

What's Included

  • Airport Pickup
  • Linen
  • Towel

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89.5%

Overall Rating

74 out of 82 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Jollyboys Backpackers'

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91.2%
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84.8%
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Antonio Sebastião De Melo

With friends / other travellers

Family Holiday

01 November 2013 Antonio Sebastião would recommend this property

Liked: The location was fantastic and nice people there!

Disliked: Antonio Sebastião left no negative feedback.

85.7%
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Customer review

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

22 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Staff was friendly

Disliked: Pool was really dirty

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Alone

Visiting friends or family

11 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great central location, can walk from bus station, supermarkets, ATMs and bars are all close, great pool area, bar, cushioned chill out areas, free water cooler to refill ur bottle (great added bonus!), free shuttle to the Falls which is only 20mins away and the beautiful staff are only too happy to help book whatever activities u want to do!

Disliked: The polished red flooring can be slippery! It's so silly but almost went flying a couple of times!

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Paula Mejias

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

02 June 2013 Paula would recommend this property

Liked: Near the downtown, supermarkert, etc.

Disliked: A litle noisy at night by near bar, I think

77.1%
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Bryan Yau

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

03 March 2013 Bryan would recommend this property

Liked: Great location and they were helpful organizung trips

Disliked: Horrible cooking facilities. Swimming pool was refreshing but not the cleanest.

91.4%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

25 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: nice atmosphere and good travel office

Disliked: dark rooms and not enough bed sheets

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Amir Parnas

With my spouse / partner

Romantic getaway

09 October 2012 Amir would recommend this property

Liked: the staff were very kind and halpfull

Disliked: none

88.6%
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Sarah Kiehne

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

14 July 2012 Sarah would recommend this property

Liked: Bright, cheerful and the staff were very helpful. I also liked the free lift to Victoria Falls daily and the free airport pick up.

Disliked: Bathrooms were under repair, so it felt like there was a bit of a shortage...also the rooms felt a bit dirty. But this is Africa, so by those standards it wasn't bad. Also, even though there was a real age range, there was a lot of drinking and it was loud at night.

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Alice Cox

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

26 June 2012 Alice would recommend this property

Liked: Brilliant backpacker vibe with cool chill out seating area that was perfect for relaxing and meeting other travellers

Disliked: Internet was a bit slow and bunk beds were small

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Holley Skene

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

28 March 2012 Holley would recommend this property

Liked: One of the best hostels we've been to in Africa. Awesome chill out space, awesome pool, bar, great food, clean comfy beds, good showers, great vibe, good deals on activities....all round great hostel.

Disliked: Expensive wifi, breakfast not included, self catering kitchen should be better based on the standard set by the rest of the hostel.

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Natasha Wrang

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

28 February 2012 Natasha would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, awsome pool that sometimes gets really crowded and even though we had booked a dorm for three people they could arrange for us to stay in a double room with an extra bed!

Disliked: The price maybe, but I am a hardcore backpacker

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Joel Watson

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

13 February 2012 Joel would recommend this property

Liked: pool and lounge area

Disliked: bit expensive

77.1%
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Dean Wadeson

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

09 January 2012 Dean would recommend this property

Liked: Had a great bar and chillout area, really easy to meet people

Disliked: Although the atmosphere is good the actual accommodation itself is bad. The beds were uncomfortable, the fan in our room didn't work and the pillow was a rock. The worst thing was that you have to request sheets (which they dont tell you when you check in), and give a deposit for them, which isnt really a big deal in itself but 2 days running i asked for them and they told me they had run out. It was only when I complained at reception that they suddenly realised they did have sheets, which shows the guy I originally asked just couldn't be bothered getting them. Also we had to change room half way through the stay even though we'd booked 2 months in advance, and they didnt even apologise. Finally although some of the staff are extremely helpful and friendly, one lady in particular was extremely rude

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Jesse Johnson

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

07 January 2012 Jesse would recommend this property

Liked: Very helpful staff, shuttle to/from airport, clean rooms, food on site.

Disliked: nothing

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

06 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This place is amazing. Its like a little oasis in the middle of Southern Africa. The communal facilities are great, the staff are very, very helpful (seriously, never had such helpful staff), great vibe that allows you to party or just relax in pillow pit. One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in!

Disliked: The dorms are a little cramped for space and there are not enough lockers. Lack of bedding and mostiquto nets is also frustrating. Food is a little pricy by local standards.

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AMELIE BARRE

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

26 December 2011

Liked: average backpackers

Disliked: slow internet, rooms too expensive and quite sad, lots of people but no atmosphere (though it was Xmas !)

94.3%
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Laz McGee

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

11 November 2011 Laz would recommend this property

Liked: Very good backpackers. Lots on offer (cheaper transfers, taxis, events in the evening, book swaps with donations to the local orphanage, chill out areas, kitchen, restaurant, bar - it's got it all!) and the rooms are good, air conditioned and well kept (stayed in a mixed 8 dorm as a single female traveler and was absolutely fine). Good location for shops too. Highly recommended.

Disliked: Nothing. Very well run hostel and all the staff were helpful. Highly recommended!

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Jackie Wallis

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

08 October 2011

Liked: Great tour information desk. Lots of cool places to chill.

Disliked: No mosquito nets!!!! Lots of mosquitos.

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Valerie gijsbers

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

03 October 2011 Valerie would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly and well informed staff. Bar took various currencies, which was great when first arrived with only sterling. Good trips booked from there and relaxed ambience

Disliked: Rooms were perhaps in need of an up grade - especially the shower areas

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

18 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Really well kept. Nice areas for relaxing.

Disliked: Nothing

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Customer review

As a family with children

Backpacking / gap year
Family Holiday

18 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: a good atmopsphere, calm,relaxing. nice rooms and huts, very clean

Disliked: all was good

85.7%
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Rebecca Van Elk

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 July 2011 Rebecca would recommend this property

Liked: Good location, good place to stay in SUMMER ONLY. It was three degrees my first night, there are only screens in the windows, so you can imagine that it's a bit similar to sleeping outside. Bunks are very clsode together, blankets only available at bar, stunk like a campfire again due to no windows, only screens. Probably a lovely place in warm weather. If cold, AVOID unless you have thermals/zero degree sleeping bag.

Disliked: no windows in rooms, only screens, allowing outside temperature inside

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

13 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great hostel, nice parties (if your interested), nice atmosphere, good for solo travelers

Disliked: basic (what else do you expect for the price!), boat tour that was sold was not so suitible for people just enjoying the view as there lots of young kids drinking the unlimited beer

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petra oomen

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

26 February 2011 petra would recommend this property

Liked: had an awsome time! Wished I could stay longer!

Disliked: na

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

26 February 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice dorms, good bar, self-catering kitchen, swimming pool, shady relaxation areas and friendly staff!

Disliked: -