FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Planning a trip and needing a bit of advice?  Hopefully the below will give you the assistance you need …..

What is the difference between the Backpackers and the Camp?

Location

Jollyboys Camp is 1.2 kilometers from the main Mosi-oa-Tunya road, behind the Livingstone Golf Course, in a quiet residential street, near the suburb of Linda.  The closest supermarket and stores are a quick 7 to 10-minute walk away.  The main road is a 10 to 15-minute walk away.

Jollyboys Backpackers is parallel to the main road, in the middle of town, set behind the Livingstone museum.  The closest supermarket and stores on the main road are a 5-minute walk away.

Guests

Jollyboys Backpackers tends to cater more for individual travelers, wanting a more social environment.  The bar and restaurant are open to the public and we often host events such as pub quizzes, fun games, the occasional party for special events.

Jollyboys Camp is more tranquil and a great space for groups, families or travelers wanting a more relaxed atmosphere.  The bar is not open to outside guests and events are tailored to guests that are in-house. Jollyboys Camp also has much more expansive lawns for camping and can cater to about 40 tents; whereas Jollyboys Backpackers accepts camping on a walk-in basis only and there is only space for about 6 tents.

Facilities & Amenities

We aim to ensure the facilities and services at both Jollyboys Backpackers & Jollyboys Camp are very similar – both offer a fabulous swimming pool, free daily shuttle to Victoria Falls; a free pick up from Livingstone Airport, and a great travel office.  One main difference with room types would be:

Jollyboys Backpackers – all ensuite rooms and dorms have air-conditioning; all other rooms have fans.

Jollyboys Camp – all rooms have either ceiling fans or stand-up fans.

Restaurant

Jollyboys Camp has a breakfast and lunch snack bar from 6:30am-14:00, and a weekly extended Sunday Brunch menu.  Group meals are available to pre-order, vegan and vegetarian as well as a budget or standard option.  The area has several restaurants nearby as well as meal delivery options.

Jollyboys Backpackers has an a-la-carte menu from 06:30 till 21:00, as well as several daily specials (vegan and vegetarian options always available).  We recommend pre ordering group meals.

Wellness Spa

Jollyboys Backpackers has a beauty spa on-site offering a range of treatments such as waxing, manicures/pedicures and massages.  Appointments for the spa treatments can be made for guests staying at the Camp.

What visa should I get?

It is always recommended that you confirm visa requirements directly with the country you wish to visit, usually via their government website as regulations do tend to change without notice.

Saying that, we are very happy to assist with up to date information – please get in touch with us if you have any questions whatsoever.  Please remember that due to our vicinity to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, it may be best to get a visa which allows for multiple crossings.

Do I need travel insurance?

YES!  Please ensure your travel insurance covers medical treatments and emergency cover.  Local doctor surgeries and hospitals offer consultations and treatments for a fee, the fees vary from nominal $20 to $2000+ for certain treatments.

Do I need anti-malaria tablets?

We always recommend visiting a tropical health or travelers’ clinic before arriving; you may need the normal travel vaccinations.  The chemists and pharmacies in Livingstone are accustomed to regular traveler illnesses, they can assist in many areas.

After several successful years of targeted mosquito spraying programs by the Government, Livingstone has been down-graded from a ‘High risk’ to a ‘Low-risk’ malaria area.  Outside of Livingstone, malaria is still common in certain areas.

Should you experience flu-like symptoms or a sever headache and neck pain after visiting a malaria area, immediately see a doctor for a malaria test; most clinics in Zambia offer quick and easy malaria tests that cost very little, however outside of Africa you should visit a tropical diseases hospital / travel clinic and not a General Practioner (GP).

What is the difference between Livingstone Airport (Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport) and Victoria Falls Airport?

The Livingstone Airport is in Zambia, roughly 7 kilometers (10 to 15 minutes) from the main town, whereas the Victoria Falls Airport is in Zimbabwe (so you will need a visa for Zimbabwe and Zambia) and is roughly 40 kilometers from Livingstone main town (up to 1-hour travel time).

Do I need a guided tour to see the Victoria Falls?

The walking routes around Victoria Falls (both on the Zimbabwean side and the Zambian side) are clearly marked paths, and we offer all our guests free maps for Vic Falls as well as the town.  There are some paths that require a steep climb and can be slippery when the spray is at its fullest or rainy weather.

When is the best time of year to travel?

April / May: The vegetation should still be green and lush after the rainy season, however the rains should have stopped by now.  The landscape this time of year makes for great photography; contrasting dirt / sand roads with the deep green bush and bright blue skies, all of which makes many animals spotted on safari stand out brilliantly; zebras, giraffe, lions, ostriches etc.

June/July/August: This is generally the busiest time of year in the Livingstone area.  It is also the dry, winter months making for excellent game viewing.  If you can, ideally avoid July as this is very busy – late into August will have the start of multi day rafting.

September / October / November: These are HOT and dry months!  If you are wanting to feel the warmth of the African sun, this is the time.  The Jollyboys swimming pool will be your haven and ice-cold beers will be your best friend.  The vegetation will be much drier and less dense; this does assist with game viewing in thinner bush and also makes entertaining river Safaris at Chobe National Park, with animals staying closer to water during the heat of the day.

December / January / February: These months are typically the rainy season; warm, humid and brilliant African storms!  The dry and parched vegetation springs to life, the rains revive everything in the bush after the long dry summer.  Ordinarily the days are semi-humid and hot, until the pressure builds up late afternoon and a tremendous storm breaks to clear the air, these are usually pretty short-lived storms.

How much should my Livingstone budget be?

There is a LOT of fun to be had in Livingstone; adrenalin activities, safaris, gastronomic experiences and once-in-a-life-time opportunities.  Contact enquiries@backpackzambia.com in order for us to help you plan your trip.  Make sure you have enough time in Livingstone to make the most of what it has to offer!

Groceries can be expensive in Zambia as most things are imported and the fuel costs are high for transportation.  Soft drinks and other staple items are often in short supply in Zambia and costs can be close to Western prices with frequent fluctuations.

We try to keep our restaurant and bar prices as budget as possible for our guests; drinks ranging from $1 to $3 and food ranging $2 to $10.  Everything is made from scratch and from local producers as much as possible.

Is Zambia safe?

YES!  Zambia in in category 1 (of 1 to 4) as one of the safest places to travel by the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, in 2018.  Zambians are mostly very conservative, polite and extremely friendly, however please ask before you take photos of people as many do not like to be photographed.

As with any travel or backpacking in the world, don’t bring anything that is irreplaceable, or sentimental, as things do get lost and broken on the road.

Global Peace Index 2018: Rank – Country – Score

1 – Iceland – 1.096
23 – Netherlands – 1.574
29 – Botswana – 1.659
43 – Namibia – 1.806
44 – Malawi – 1.811
48 – Zambia – 1.822
57 – United Kingdom – 1.876
121 – USA – 2.3
124 – Zimbabwe – 2.326
125 – South Africa – 2.328