Best Places for Backpackers in Zambia.

Enjoy backpacking around Zambia without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Zambia.

Top 18 hostels in Zambia.

These are the 18 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Zambia.

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Jollyboys Backpackers

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Jollyboys Backpackers

Zambia's original backpackers and still one of the best in Africa! Relax in tropical gardens with a gorgeous swimming pool and be just steps from the museum, markets, banks, and grocery stores. The Victoria Falls are only 8kms away and we offer a free shuttle every morning at 10am! Jollyboys ha...
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Fawlty Towers

92 /100

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Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers (only 8km from the Victoria Falls) is set in a large, private garden shaded with mango trees, with a crystal clear swimming pool An oasis in the heart of Livingstone (Lonely Planet). We offer luxury style air- conditioned private rooms as well as accommodation for those on a budget...
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Livingstone Backpackers

89 /100

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Livingstone Backpackers

Livingstone Backpackers is the newest backpackers in Livingstone town, family run, with a fresh young relaxed vibe. Our aim is to cater for the independent traveller’s needs, whether that be relaxing round the pool with an ice cold beer or taking advantage of all the adrenaline activities we hav...
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Zinga Backpackers

86 /100

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Zinga Backpackers

With a variety of dorm rooms, private village chalets and camping on offer at Zinga's, you always find accommodation that suits your needs. If you like to sleep outdoors, pitch your tent in our garden and enjoy the fresh morning air. If you want more comfort, our dorm beds are carved by local cr...
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Lusaka Backpackers

The most comfortable, vibey, affordable and central accommodation in Lusaka! Recommended by embassies, Peace Corps volunteers and hipster travelers alike;) We are conveniently located right in the heart of things close to restaurants, shopping areas and transport links. Accommodation is clea...
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Jollyboys Camp

81 /100

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Jollyboys Camp

Jollyboys Camp is the sister lodge to Jollyboys Backpackers... it is a bit more mellow, a bit more laid back, but still with all the great service, facilities and up-to-date information that Jollyboys is famous for! This is a great budget option for individual travellers, families, groups and th...
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Kalulu Backpackers Hostel

76 /100

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Kalulu Backpackers Hostel

Lusaka's newest backpackers, Kalulu Backpackers Hostel is perfectly located close to transport links, shopping and Lusaka's famous nightlife. We offer comfortable and affordable accommodation to the budget traveller in secure and relaxed surroundings. Whether you're exploring the city, lounging...
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Flintstones Backpackers

63 /100

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Flintstones Backpackers

Flintstones Backpackers - Lusaka Flintstone backpackers Lusaka is a secure, fun and relaxing place to be when in Zambia. Situated just 10 minute walk from the down town Lusaka, Flintstone backpackers is centrally located from all the happenings spots in the city. It is surrounded by museums, cul...
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Gloria

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Gloria's Bed & Breakfast

Welcome to Gloria's Bed & Breakfast Gloria's Bed & Breakfast is an ideal place for long and short term stays. It is located in the quiet place of Livingstone; about 10 minutes drive from the Victoria Falls and 5 minutes from the Livingstone airport. Glora's Bed & Breakfast is designed to acco...
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Tabonina Guesthouse

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Tabonina Guesthouse

Situated close to the Victoria Falls, one of the biggest wonders of the world, Tabonina Guesthouse is a secure, cosy and relaxing B&B located in the peaceful Nottie Broad area of Livingstone, only a short walk away from the town centre. Set in a beautiful mango tree garden, Tabonina consists of n...
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Royal Jacob Safari Lodge

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Royal Jacob Safari Lodge

The Lodge is located 9km from Lusaka Central Business District and 450meters off the Great North Road in the Kabangwe area. We provide self contained double and twine rooms, free wireless internet, Spacious bar and restaurant. We also provide trips to The Victoria Falls and arrange various safari ac...
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Fish Eagle Backpackers

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Fish Eagle Backpackers

Fish Eagle Backpackers is set in a beautiful area and 2.4 km from East Park Mall (walking distance), 9 km from the main bus station and 17.7 km from the KK international airport. Jesmondine is a nice area off Great East Road, Mini Mall 300 m and major shopping mall only 1 km (15 mins walk). Sund...
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LePatino Guesthouse

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LePatino Guesthouse

LePatino seven spacious ensuite rooms fitted with air-condition systems. It also has one dormitory/ family Suite which can sleep five people on single beds. Every room is equipped with a modern LED TV with numerous channels to choose from, tea or coffee making facility, a fridge for your drinks, a...
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Birdnest Backpackers

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Birdnest Backpackers

Birdnest Backpackers aim is to cater for the independent traveler's needs and feel at home away from home. Birdnest Backpackers is situated in Government Area. Ideally positioned for University teaching Hospital (UTH), Woodlands Shopping Mall is 3 minutes’ Walk, All Embassies accredited to Zambi...
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Croc Valley Camp

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Croc Valley Camp

Set on the banks of the picturesque Luangwa River, Croc Valley Camp is deliberately inconspicuous so as to retain the natural beauty of its surroundings. An abundance of wildlife such as elephants, monkeys, hippos and a wide variety of antelope often pass through the camp and can be seen most days f...
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Cafe Zambezi House Of Africa

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Cafe Zambezi House Of Africa

Cafe Zambezi House Of Africa is set in the 217 area along Mosi-oa-tunya road, we are within walking distance to shops, restaurants and bars in the center of Livingstone. the museum is only 8 minutes’ walk from our location, the curio and local markets are about 15 minutes’ walk. The Victoria falls i...
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Zambezi Way Lodge

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Zambezi Way Lodge

This lovely Zambezi Way Lodge has 33 fully furnished rooms, of which all have a variety of bed configurations and en-suite bathrooms. Amenities in each air-conditioned room include tea and coffee facilities as well as mosquito nets. We also have Conference facilities that can carter for 100 – 150 de...
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Tikondane Community Centre

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Tikondane Community Centre

Tikondane, is a non-profit, non-political, interdenominational, community-based organisation. Our mission is to fight poverty in Katete. As part of the Centre, Tiko Lodge allows an income to sustain community efforts: all earnings from the guests go directly back into the projects! Situated clos...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Zambia.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Zambia.

If you're already planning to visit Zambia - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

It was the beginning of November back in 2013, I was in Zimbabwe on holiday with my family. I was sitting on the back seat of an old African Safari truck next to my 40-something year old Dad, we were the only Australians there, and we were about to white water raft down the Zambezi River, the river that divides Zimbabwe and Zambia.

I’d like to say Dad talked me into it, but I’d be lying. I’d also like to say that I hated it, but that would be a lie too. But what isn’t a lie, is the roller coaster of emotions I would feel during the next six hours. It was the beginning of November back in 2013, I was in Zimbabwe on holiday with my family. I was sitting on the back seat of an old African Safari truck next to my 40-something year old Dad, we were the only Australians there, and we were about to white water raft down the Zambezi River, the river that divides Zimbabwe and Zambia. My Dad and I are what I would call, beginner-level adrenaline junkies, especially when we’re on holiday. We are constantly daring each other to do crazy things. Ride the biggest roller coaster we can find in Disneyland with our eyes closed? Check. Strap ourselves into a sling-shot that flings you 52 meters into the air in Bali? Check. Slide down the tallest water slides in France to land in freezing cold water at the bottom? Yep we did that too. It’s kind of a tradition that we’ve got going, so why would we stop now?

Sherstyn Pike

Things to do at Livingstone

Livingstone is a quintessential city, at the very edge of Zambia. It is no bigger than an average town, and has a sum total of one main road. There’s a handful of restaurants, bars, schools, stores, hotels. What makes this city special, however, is that it’s situated right at the Victoria Falls.

Vaishnavi Mangalvedhekar

Sampling Traditional Foods in Zambia

I think that one of the reasons people travel the world is so they can experience life in a whole different manner than they’re used to. Naturally, this involves discovering new tastes and sampling or feasting on traditional foods prepared in that region. Thes best place to visit if you want to bust your taste buds to a whole new kind of level is my hometown Lusaka, Zambia.

Anishagold

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