I like comfort when away from home and normally pay more to have an ensuite bathroom and other little luxuries. With a small budget and crazy hotel prices in the Vic Falls area we decided to take a leap of faith and try Jollyboys. None of the hotels can create the atmosphere Jollyboys has. It is relaxed and fun.
It is also definitely not only for the young. Families and older travelers from all over go to Jollyboys.
The pool and bar area is the best and everybody hang around there. The rooms are very basic but perfect.
Drinks and food can be bought from the bar and you can pay in rands or other currencies. No need to even exchange money.
The brilliant staff play a huge part in the success of this establishment. They know everything and they are super helpful and friendly.
Everything is perfect.
Great accommodation after a long hard cycle....um all except those inviting and large looking showers did not live up to expectation. Just trickling cold water to wash off the dust and grime did not surfice but the beds were clean and comfy and mosquito nets provided.
Here there was a bar and indeed we enjoyed African dancing from the local drama club in the evening.
I did not in fact stay here, I stayed at First Choice but ate both evening meal and breakfast at this Guest house. The food provided by the chef travelling with us.
It appeared clean and tidy but rooms I cannot comment on. It met our requirements as a cycling team.
The Village of Kaloma found itself over run with cyclists and hence it's hostels and hotels taken over. Some of us stayed at Zu's whilst others were shipped out to two other stop overs, I was dropped off at First Choice.
This accommodation was not yet finished being built when we arrived, however, there were a couple of new rooms which I and my room mate had the good fortune to inhabit for our stay. Again clean but only one mosquito net, so worth taking your own whilst travelling around Zambia, often you find you need to provide your own. The second amusement was that the shower room is in fact in the bedroom and has a clear glass door, so not any privacy whatsoever, be prepared for complete exhibitionism or taking it in turns to use the bedroom and shower room whilst the other hovers about outside.
Our room was clean, had a tv provided but no wiring to it and even a stand on the wall for it but the risk of it falling off meant it was balance on a chair instead. All part of visiting Africa in my book, so please take your sense of humour with you.
The older part of this accommodation is really rather 'cell' like and is communal bathroom and toilet also.
Although this new accommodation is not due to officially open until June 2009, the owners decided that with 25 cyclists roaming around Livingston, they would do the natives a favour and take us off of the streets.
Newly refurbished, this clean, well facilitated accommodation really is ideal for a stay in Livingstone. It has a pool, climbing wall and beach bar too and shading is provided by mango trees.
Communal ablution blocks, approximately 8 people to two toilets and 2 showers.... the showers are fabulous. If you know Zambia, or Africa in fact, a good strong shower can be hard to come by, these equate to power showers in comparison to some we had used during our travels in Zambia.
There is a communal kitchen and a pool table.
It is possible to make bookings here for trips and activities.
A short trip from both Livingstone and the Falls, there are also local shops and banks. It might be worth noting that Master Card is NOT readily accepted but Debit cards are at the banks.
Very friendly, clean and ideally situated. This is the sister accommodation to Fawlty Towers in Livingstone.
This was our first stop accommodation before embarking on a cycle tour of Zambia. It was a welcome break after a long journey.
Clean and comfortable and even a few zebra roaming in the grounds.
Our hut had an en-suite, albeit not too private but when travelling in Backpacker mode, I am not sure it's too much of a hardship.
There is a bar and facility to change money up too.
Five star accommodation all the way. Where else would you be enjoying high tea and watch the zebra's graze or be on the lookout for the little naughty monkeys who is eagerly waiting for you to take your eye off the cake so they can come and steal it off your plate.
Very nice 3 star hotel resort with every comfort.
Rooms are very big and bright with a big balcony area.
Hotel has a big pool area and many different restaurants. There is as well a bank, some gift shops, grocery shop, river rafting agency.
They have huge Buffets for dinner and breakfasts.
You can easly walk to the falls. Therefore location is great.
You can also walk to the Royal Livingstone Hotel and enjoy a drink on a terrace directly on the Zambesi river. It is great for sunsets and elephant spotting. In the hotel area you can also see some zebras and monkeys.
One of the most luxurious places we stayed in Africa, the Zambezi sun tried to offer a unique style, and the rooms were interesting, but it had too much of the hotel feel. The large pool outside the open-air buffet dining room was nice, as was the buffet, but it lacked the authenticity for which we looked. We didn't want luxury, we wanted unique. That having been said, a very nice hotel, the Zambezi Sun was a pleasant place to stay.
Nearby is the Royal Livingstone, five-star counterpart to the Zambeze Sun.
They may add service charges onto things for you, even the buffet, so keep that in mind.
I especially enjoyed their extensive buffet, but it's expensive.
We loved this hotel, it met all our needs perfectly. It's almost Morrocan architecture is cleverly balance by the Zambian influence to create a wonderful African ambience. It is a colourful and clean, the later being an absolute priority for me when looking to stay at a hotel.
Expect to be greeted by African dancers and a well earned glass of juice.
Food was good, staff friendly and helpful. Music was by lunch and dinner. A swimming pool to chill out in and a lake to beware of the crocs by. Rooms were more than adaquate and clean as was the bathroom. Air conditioning in the rooms and satellite TV for those of you who really must but really shouldn't in a place like this.
The hotel is situated a stones throw from the falls and right next the the Livingston Hotel, where I would suggest everyone goes to, if only to sit on the river front bar for sunset drinks, watch the water turn various shades of red and keep your eye out for elephant crossing and hippo peeking out from under the water.
It is possible to book all your excursions and activities from the hotel and I would advise you do so early as places sell out very quickly, in fact if you can book before you arrive, then do so.
Perfectly sited near to the falls and near to the river bar at the Livingstone Hotel.
outside right at bank of the river..not too far from victoria falls on way to chobe.
an amazing lodge with very friendly hostess and local staff..good food..quiet..but with a lot of activities..you can see a lot of animals..even elefants just coming down on your stilt chalets,.
4 tree-house chalets) PO Box 61025, Livingstone; tel/fax: 03 324452, +263 11 221731; email: email@example.com
Owned and run by Doug Evans, who also runs mobile safaris Thoughout Zambia, this is the base for Chundukwa adventure trails. The lodge is roughly 22km out of Livingstone, on the Kazungula rd beyond natural mystic. It has two twin-bedded chalets, one double chalet and one larger two-bedroom family cottage (with double and twin rooms) – all in a quasi tree-house style. each is divided in two: the thatch-and-reed open-fronted bedroom (with balcony) perches on stilts amongst the waterberry trees above the river, whilst the private toilets and showers are just a few yards away (over a wooden walkway) on the riverbank (for environmental reasons). a novel design; using rustic beams and branches, it's simple but well done.
A small thatched boma and lounge area next to the river, where meals are served, is a peaceful spot to relax and enjoy the atmosphere, and there's a lovely swimming pool overlooking the river.
Activities from the lodge include kayaking (in 2-man kayaks, accompanied by a guide in a single kayak), horseriding (using McLelen-type, American saddles), boat trips and island excursions. Doug is an experienced guide of some repute, so the activities that Chundukwa offers are done well. Other local activities and excursions can be booked at the lodge.
The Zambezi Sun is a 212-room hotel appealing primarily to families and conference delegates. The guest rooms acknowledge their African roots in the deep rich red earth colour of the rounded planes of its walls. In the early evening the dark outline of the hotel is set against iridescent curls of smoky vapour that dance above its roofline.
The resort is situated in the 46-hectare Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park, which fringes the Zambezi River
We stayed here five nights and all of us were sure, this was the the best lodge on our visit. The managers Marc and Carola and their great staff did their best to let us feel at home with wonderful food (incl. fresh cake every day!) great trips and attention to all needs. The tends were great an the new family room superb. We felt like explorers without any risk and with a lot of comfort.
The visit of a village with a community project was one of the best people experiences I ever had in Africa. Unspoiled, natural with a lot of mutual communiation. Wildlife was great especially on the night drives. They had the best cars on the whole journey! We learned a lot of details how a lodge at the end of nowhere is run and how conservation is part of the work.
A beautiful hotel, by the Zambezi river, close to victoria falls, out side centre of Livingstone.
They have a gorgeous bar, looks like a game lodge with stuffed animals, furs, weapons and african artefacts. The hotel has beautiful rooms with huge balconies and a very nice restaurant with inside and outside places and a patio build on poles over the river. There is an amazing amount of employees at this hotel, which we were wondering about a lot, the breakfast has everything from sushi to american pancakes.
Theres a hotel just a 2 minute drive from the royal livingstone who has a lot of activities and a pool with a pool bar where zebras also hang around. :)
Zebras come and eat the grass just outside the hotel restaurant, just couple of meters from where you are sitting. They might kick, so you need to be careful.
Monkeys! The monkeys are very vicious and take any food they can find. They hang out on your balconies, and will open doors if they are unlocked. One monkey almost attacked me when I had a peach in my hand and there were no monkeygurads around. (Their job is to shoo monkeys away) I was bitten by a monkey in kenya, and I can tell you, it is not very nice.
The hotel staff is friendly but not overly polite or talkative, the bar serves wonderful afternoon tea wioth small sandwhiches and pastries.
When you are looking for an accommodation to stay in Livingstone or the Vic Falls area, the Zambezi Waterfront is a very good option. It's located at about 4 kilometers from the city centre of Livingstone, at the banks of the river. From the campsite you can get to the Falls in 15 minutes and you can even see the "smoke" of them.
The area itself is wonderfully designed. A little creek goes through the Waterfront, green lawns and tall trees cover the rest of the area. Every morning you are woken up my monkeys in the trees above you, fighting for a piece of fruit, and every evening you can sit at the bar, looking out over the river.
The Waterfront has its own restaurant, that I didn't try, an own "internet-cafe", an agency where you can book activities, and a small souvenir shop. Taxi's to the Falls, to Livingstone or to the Victoria Falls Bridge can be arranged at the reception. Every night a river cruise departs from the Waterfront, where you can eat on the boat, spot some wildlife and enjoy the sunset. This cruise will cost you US € 30,-.
On the area you can sleep in lodges, in your own tent or in "luxury tents" that are already set up for you and have beds in them. I slept in one of the luxury tents, which were a nice place to sleep.
The unique quality of the Zambezi Waterfront are the hot showers. I was here in July, when it's winter in Zambia and the nights can be very cold. Then it's very nice to have a hot shower in the morning. Something that you don't see often in Africa.
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