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New York City, New York
Reviewed 18 April 2015

Stayed here with a friend in a double room with private bathroom in the back of the property in Jan 2014. I had asked reception for 2 keys to our room, they don't have these for any of the double rooms apparently. My friend wanted to get sleep before our white water rafting excursion on the Zambezi so he went...

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Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 12 April 2015

I went to JBs whilst out in Zambia for some work. We stayed for 3 nights and it was simply fantastic. We were a group of friends and shared a dorm room. We met plenty of lovely people to chill by the pool with - the staff are laid back, but very organised. Plenty of activities available that you can...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 10 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed here twice during our stay both times for two nights. Stayed in a private room with share bathroom- plenty of bathrooms which are clean and lovely hot water. Rooms have mosquito nets, fans, good quality safes for those worried about their valuables and clean linen. The staff are incredible ! Each of them very helpful and assisted with...

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Melanie, Thank you for your great review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us so much and took the time to write a review. We are very proud to have such wonderful staff and enjoy working as one big team. We're looking forward to having you stay with us again, Happy travels, The JollyBoys Crew

Reviewed 28 March 2015 via mobile

Fantastic place! Best atmosphere in Livingstone. Friendly staff and good food. The internett is not always great, but you cant expect that during working hours in Livingstone. Always lots of interesting people to talk to. Also a very safe place. Stayed here teo times

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Magnus, What a pleasure to read you kind words, thank you so much. We hope to see you again. Happy travels, The JollyBoys Crew

North West England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 March 2015

We'd only booked in for 2 days but ended up staying a week and thoroughly enjoyed it. OK, the rooms were a bit spartan and small, but everywhere was clean and the communal areas were just excellent for chilling out, chatting to other guests,using the free wifi, etc. Faith and Kim run the place with a light management touch that...

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Outspanner, Thank you for those kind words. We're very happy you've enjoyed your stay with us. We are always looking for ways to improve and are in the process of upgrading our rooms. Thank you for the feedback. We are very proud of our team here at JollyBoys and it is wonderful to hear a special mention about them....

Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed 18 March 2015

We ended up spending more time here than planned due to bus schedules. However, it had a nice pool, good wi-fi, and a pleasant common area. The rooms were very small so the common area was an important feature. And the staff was very helpful, particularly the manager Faith and Kim who assisted us with our onward travel.

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Mdust, Thank you for your lovely review. We are proud of our team of excellent staff and its lovely to read a special mention about them. We're looking forward to host you again. Happy travels, The JollyBoys Crew

Abilene, Texas
Reviewed 3 March 2015

I like staying at Jollyboys because you never know who you will meet. It is fun to hang out with all the different kinds of people that stay there. It does not cost very much and is close to other places to visit in town.

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Jambia1998, Thank you for your nice review. We do indeed host guests from all over the world, which makes JollyBoys a lively place. We would love to welcome you again. Happy travels, The JollyBoys crew

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 25 February 2015

The vibe that Jollyboys gives off is great. The sofa centre, pool and bar area is very welcoming and relaxing. The activity centre is great for booking activities and they are really helpful with any questions about Zambia/Botswana and Zimbabwe. I had a few issues with Jollyboys during my stay. I was robbed in Zambia at one of the markets....

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Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 23 February 2015

Stayed for three nights and absolutely loved it. Backpacker lodges don't get any better than this. Reception will arrange just about anything for you. Just two small comments: wifi disconnects regularly and bar closes a little too early.

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Hester W, Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Hans D, Thank you for the wonderful compliment. The wifi remains a challenge here in Zambia, but we try our utmost to keep it working well. We want to make sure guests who have to get up early to go do activities have a good night sleep, which is why we close the bar at 11pm. We're very happy...

Marbleton, Quebec
Reviewed 12 February 2015

What a fantastic backpackers hostel! We stayed 15 days instead of 3 or 4 because we enjoyed our stay so much. We got an African style rectangular hut, smallish but so lovely with nice touches with decoration. The common bathroom was always clean and available at all times. The pool well maintained and a welcome addition, it can get very...

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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 staff are well versed in up-to-the-minute travel information and regulations throughout Southern Africa. 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! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Jollyboys International Backpackers

Address: 34 Kanyanta Road | PO Box 61088, Livingstone, Zambia
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Price Range: $39 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Jollyboys International Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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“Rooms in the back of the property are quieter .”
166daytons, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The backside rooms are much quieter b/c they are away from the main thoroughfare. I picked a double room with a private bath.”
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