WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US
I was here for 10 days and Dawne and her staff made it feel like home. It’s safe and secure. They helped me organize everything from Safari to Volunteering in a local village. Great location. close to everything. You will love it.
I only stayed for one night but I enjoyed the friendly vibe as well as the use of brightly colored local fabric which is liberally used in the decoration of this backpackers. I had my own small but perfectly adequate room which thankfully had a fan and was clean. The showers and loos were clean as well.
I stayed there basically only for visiting the falls, but turned out to be much more than that. I was offered some trips to join and so shortly after my arrival went on a sunset cruise, which was amazing! I met some nice people and the Backpackers, which I could hang out with. The staff was also helpful although could have been a bit more friendly. It felt sometimes that they bothered when I wanted to ask something. Anyway it’s a comfortable and clean place. The kitchen is very well equipped to prepare your own food and breakfast. There is a pool and large chillout area. The rooms are nice and functional. There could have been lockers and AC though.
Summarized I would recommend any backpacker to stay there. More
I stayed in a single room of the backpackers for 1 night and spent another 3 weeks in the volunteer house on the premises. The general atmosphere of the backpackers is great. There is good music, many places to sit, bright colours, friendly staff and good amenities. It was so convenient being able to book activities at reception (though you must pay in USD cash), and it was good having the option of ordering food if you were too tired/lazy to leave the hostel. I also felt a lot safer having such high walls and security guards on duty at all hours to prevent any drunks wandering in.The only negative things I can say are: music from a local bar nearby can be heard every night of the week from late at night to early morning (though can be partially drowned out by the room fan), the pool needed an intense scrub because there was slime everywhere, and I really really wish there was a designated smoking area because I constantly had to move to avoid people smoking. Another thing to watch out for are the falling mangoes and avocadoes that sound like a gun shot on the tin roofs and would cause a mighty headache. Overall I really enjoyed my stay and would come back again.
Stayed for a week in a 4 person dorm.
Room was clean enough, but quite small for 4 people.
Food is good.
There were fun activities like beer pong and movie night organised.
Free shuttle to the falls was very usefull.
The way they organised all trips for you was the best thing about the stay. I just explained what I wanted to do and they did all the reservations and transport.
I want to give Livingstone Backpackers more stars, but it was just too loud at night (at least staying in a double on the second floor, towards the street/heading further away from the pool), the value wasn't stellar ($45 USD for a small room w/ only a fan and no ensuite bathroom), and we had to wait an hour after check-in time (2pm, normally) to actually check in due to late leavers and the staff cleaning the room...or whatever we were told.
On the plus side, the atmosphere was chill and laid-back, with a pool in the center of the outdoor area, a bar, lounge areas, and even a climbing wall. I liked the vibe, just not the sleep quality or value. Also, the staff members were friendly, so that was another plus.
Great place with a real hostel vibe. Swimming pool, nice and friendly staff, possibility for arranging tours and expeditions, casual parties, calm and afe area. Definitely the place to stay for young people travelling around.
Pre-arrival, I was very impressed by the responsiveness of the staff. When I arrived and for the duration of my stay, the the staff was very friendly and super helpful. I definitely received value for money. My only qualm was that the shower wasnt working (hardly any water came out). Other than that, my short stay was very pleasant.
GETTING TO THE FALLS
Victoria Falls Backpackers is only 8km from the Victoria falls, we provide a free shuttle bus service to the Victoria Falls every morning at 10:30am. Don’t forget to collect a free map from our oNce before leaving. Returning to the hostel…there are plenty of inexpensive taxis and buses at the Victoria falls entrance for your return journey.
Visas are required for most passports. Most visas can be purchased at the airport or border in United States Dollars cash – please con`rm with your embassy whether it is advisable for you to apply for a visa before departure – you can also consult or why not check out the new UNIVISA, the KAZA visa allowing tourists to buy one visa and travel freely between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Please note that information posted can change without notice.
SEASONS OF THE FALLS AND WEATHER
The Victoria Falls are at its fullest between March and June. December through March is the rainy season. You will really experience the majestic falls during a walking tour or a Yight over the falls. April to July is clear and cool with no rain. August to November is very hot and can reach temperatures of 35-40 degrees plus!! The Victoria Falls are at its driest point at this time of the year.
Taxis are safe in Zambia! If you require a taxi, we’ll arrange one for you or you can `nd your own along the front street or market areas. All registered taxi’s will have a purple line on the side of the vehicle.
MALARIA & YELLOWFEVER
Livingstone has been declared a malaria and yellow fever FREE zone, however, it is still advisable to take precautions not to get bitten. This helps by having long trousers on or using mosquito spray on an evening.
Our local currency in the Zambian Kwacha, although accommodation, activities and taxis can be paid in USD it is advisable to carry Kwacha during your stay as the local shops don’t take Dollars. xe.com will have the latest exchange rates.