Jollyboys Backpackers

Top choice hostel in Livingstone
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The clued-in owner here knows exactly what backpackers want, making Jollyboys popular for good reason. From its friendly staff, social bar and restaurant to the sunken reading lounge and sparkling pool, it's a great place to hang out. Dorms and bathrooms are spotless (with a flashpacker option, too), while the private rooms comprise A-frame garden cottages or very comfortable rooms with air-con and attached bathroom.

It's one of the best sources for tourist information, and a reliable spot to book your activities. Bikes are also for rent for US$5/10 per half/full day. They have a lot of eco credentials too with solar power, refillable water and recycling, while the Canadian owner, Kim, has a degree in responsible tourism.

It has its more laidback Jollyboys Camp guesthouse nearby, well suited for couples and families.

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Quick description

Set in Livingstone, 100 metres from Livingstone Museum, Jollyboys Backpackers features barbecue facilities and a garden, as well as free WiFi. The property is close to several noted attractions, around 100 metres from Livingstone Tourist Information and Railway Museum is 2.3 km from the property. At the hostel you will find a restaurant serving European cuisine. Jollyboys Backpackers offers an outdoor pool. You can play table tennis at the accommodation, and bike hire is available. Livingstone Railway Museum is 2.5 km from Jollyboys Backpackers, while Livingstone Reptile Park is 4.3 km from the property.

Important information

Please inform Jollyboys Backpackers in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation. Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.


  • Shallow end
  • Garden
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Table tennis
  • Packed lunches
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Temporary art galleries
  • Designated smoking area
  • Swimming pool
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Bbq facilities
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Terrace
  • Snack bar
  • Wifi
  • Shuttle service (free)
  • Walking tours
  • Bike tours
  • Free parking
  • Shared kitchen
  • Parking
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Family rooms
  • On-site parking
  • Sun terrace
  • Tour or class about local culture
  • Tour desk
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Internet services
  • Themed dinner nights
  • Library
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Live sport events (broadcast)
  • 24-hour security


  • Laundry
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Luggage storage


  • Massage
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa and wellness centre

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safety deposit box


  • Free WiFi available