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Jollyboys International Backpackers
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed initially with a couple of friends and then stayed solo. I enjoyed the place so much I extended my stay,... twice!
The place is clean and tidy, the pool is great,the reception staff are exceptional and extra friendly. The food is good, my suggestion would be for another salad option. Bar staff can be a little slow but that's Africa in general, just relax :)
I'm already planning a trip back.
I especially loved the eco-focus. They have recycling bins, a worm farm, compost bins and collect plastic bottles and bags for community projects.
I stayed in a dorm room.

Stayed: April 2018, traveled solo
Thank kiwikel8
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MichZIMZAM, General Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Wowzer - thanks Kiwikel8 .. great review!

The team are extremely hard working and dedicated to keeping Jollyboys clean, tidy, friendly and safe ... reviews like this also give them a positive boost, I will be sure to share your kind words.

You are absolutely correct about the bar service ... it is something we are continually trying to improve through training ... but sometimes it is just a case of, this is Africa and not Starbucks in Washington D.C unfortunately.

The Responsible Tourism initiatives are starting to take hold, in fact a new society for conservation and tourism has been formed with local businesses in Livingstone, with a strong focus on waste reduction and up-cycling, Jollyboys being used as an example of how we can reduce our footprint. There is a recycling plant about to be opened (allegedly) so hopefully we can really push for the whole town to go with responsible waste management practices.

Anyhoo - hopefully the next time you visit you can see an improvement, we greatly look forward to welcoming you back!

The Jollyboys team.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second time my husband and I have opted to stay at Jollyboys. The location is perfect for a few days in Livingstone. The rooms are serviced & comfortable. Self service kitchen facilities work well, although I do advise the microwave be replaced. The guests are friendly and all round it is a super vacation over night spot! Basic menu offered and well presented. Bar facility:- Smoothies, health drinks & gluten free break fast smoothie - Well done to Jollyboys Staff, keep up the excellent service and standards

Room Tip: The Rooms are situated at the back of the main entertainment area, so not effected by noise, music etc.
  • Stayed: March 2018, traveled with family
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Thank Shaun G
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MichZIMZAM, General Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Many thanks for your review Shaun G ... very happy to hear you chose Jollyboys for a second visit!

We do try to encourage a balanced atmosphere and environment that hopefully suits most - if not all - guests; relaxed, friendly, safe, clean and fun! We are currently training our kitchen team on a range of new menu items and specials, very much focused on great quality budget meals (which is a challenge in Zambia!) especially considering vegan and gluten free diets .... glad you enjoyed!

I have forwarded your feedback to the Housekeeping Supervisor who will replace the microwave - many thanks for the 'heads up'. Hopefully we are able to welcome you back for a third visit! Wishing you all the best for your future travels, the Jollyboys Team.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The friendliest place in Zambia. Staff wants to know you. It is clean, reasonable costs, and good meals. If going to Victoria Falls, this is highly recommended. Also located just blocks from center of Livingston and the bus station.

Stayed: March 2018, traveled solo
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MichZIMZAM, General Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review Jgambrell29 - we are truly thankful that you enjoyed your stay with us. We pride ourselves on being exactly this; truly hospitable, great quality budget accommodation. We wish you all the best with your future travels and look forward to welcoming you back one day. The Jollyboys Team.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Myself and seven friends shared one of the eight bed dorms. It was lovely. Food was great. Rates were great. Amenities were great. Staff was great. Activities were great. City felt safe. We also went on the two day one night safari trip to Botswana and stayed at the Elephant Valley Lodge. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: March 2018, traveled with friends
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Thank Katie D
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MichZIMZAM, General Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

WOWZER - thank you Katie! We truly strive to have all of our guests feel this way when they stay with us: well looked after in all areas! I will pass your review on to tall the staff, they love hearing from happy guests. Wishing you all the best for your future travels, the Jollyboys Team.

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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

This place has something for everyone: spots to work, to chill, to have a drink and to have some privacy. They offer great food and have some pretty tasty food specials, also vegetarian and vegan. A free shuttle service to Mosi oa Tunya is offered every morning. The bunks in the ensuites are comfortable, have an AC and are clean. I spent 3 nights here and had a great time!

Stayed: March 2018, traveled with family
Thank Rik J
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MichZIMZAM, General Manager at Jollyboys International Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review Rik, we are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We have been working hard on the specials menu, to keep things interesting, healthy and good value (Zambia is not a cheap country so this is a challenge). We hope we are able to welcome you back, good luck with your future travels .. the Jollyboys Team.

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