Zinga Backpackers

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Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
Premium bedding, blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, bed sheets
Premium bedding, blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, bed sheets
Premium bedding, blackout drapes, iron/ironing board, bed sheets

Overview of Zinga Backpackers

Zinga Backpackers

1.0 star property
Art Deco hostel in Livingstone with outdoor pool and restaurant

7.8/10 Good

12 verified Hotels.com guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
Magoye Road 25, Livingstone, Southern Province, 10101
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Nightclub
  • Free airport pick-up
  • Free area shuttle
  • Free train station pick-up
  • Fitness center
  • Pool bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Conference center
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Separate dining area
  • Living room
  • Garden
  • Terrace

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park
  • Livingstone Museum - 2 min drive
  • Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park - 27 min drive
  • Victoria Falls Bridge - 36 min drive
  • Devil's Pool - 40 min drive
  • Victoria Falls - 47 min drive
  • Victoria Falls National Park - 76 min drive

Getting around

  • Livingstone (LVI) - 9 min drive
  • Victoria Falls (VFA) - 79 min drive
  • Free airport pick-up
  • Free area shuttle
  • Free train station pick-up
  • Shopping center shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Zinga Backpackers

Zinga Backpackers is just 4.1 mi (6.7 km) from the airport and offers free pick-up service (available 24 hours). The coffee shop/cafe is the perfect spot for a bite to eat, and after visiting the fitness center for a workout, you can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Other highlights at this Art Deco hostel include an outdoor pool, a nightclub, and a poolside bar. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 8 rooms


  • Check-in time ends - anytime
  • Express check-in/out
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport and train station; guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • Up to 10 children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Free onsite extended parking
  • Onsite RV/bus/truck parking (fees apply)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Onsite parking limited


  • Free airport pickup (available 24 hours)*
  • Free train station pick-up*


  • Free area shuttle
  • Shopping center shuttle*

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free breakfast available each morning
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • 24-hour room service

Taking the kids

  • Children stay free
  • Free local shuttle
  • Grocery/convenience store

What to do

  • Horse riding/rentals
  • Karaoke
  • Shopping
  • Pool table
  • Ecotours nearby

Working away

  • Computer station
  • Conference center


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Limo or town car service
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free grocery shopping service
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in common areas
  • Fitness center
  • An outdoor pool
  • Nightclub


  • Braille/raised signage
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages spoken

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Window screens

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Fireplace
  • Separate dining area
  • Separate living room

Freshen up

  • Partially open bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)

Food and drink

  • Microwave
  • Cookware, dishes, and utensils
  • Spices


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Cleaning supplies

Special features


Onsite venue - This restaurant specializes in African cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Shopping center shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • RV/bus/truck parking is available for an extra charge


This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

Zinga Backpackers Hostel Livingstone
Zinga Backpackers Hostel
Zinga Backpackers Livingstone
Zinga Backpackers
Zinga Backpackers Livingstone
Zinga Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Zinga Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Livingstone

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Overall score and ratings






Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

8/10 Very good

Easy going staff and always willing to help. I truly recommend this hotel for people who want to enjoy Livingstone.
Arnaud, 3-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Very friendly staff
I was at zinga for a day and a half (had some bus issues in Lusaka). Very easy to find from the bus station and the staff was very friendly! Thank you for a pleasant stay! I will be back soon to see you guys! The breakfast was included and it was toast and fried eggs with coffee or teA The showers are 50/50 hot or cold. Mine was cold Wifi is moderate.. can search for things but not listen to music
Sarah, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Great Place to Stay!!
Extremely friendly staff, especially Gift and Bornwell. They are always eager to help with anything you need or any questions you have. Solid location, close enough to walk into town and just a short taxi to the Falls. Thank you again for hosting!!
Evan, 3-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Excellent backpackers spot
We highly recommend Zinga for backpackers! It was a short 15 minute walk from the bus station when we arrived from Lusaka. We stayed 3 nights during the low season - the first 2 nights we camped in our own tent and then were very kindly offered a night in one of the chalets at no extra cost. There are good spots for camping at the back part of the property and the chalet was great with its own private shower. The overall theming of the place is awesome with lots of cool designs and is all very well kept. There's a large fully stocked kitchen outside (all utensils, pots, burners etc.) as well as a smaller one inside. We cooked every night we were there and there's a small market less than a minute walk away to buy stuff. The bar area is set up right beside the pool and stocks beers and ciders at reasonable prices. Breakfast and wifi were great and can't say enough about how kind and helpful the staff were! They'll happily organise activities at the falls or a taxi and helpful information about the town too. It's also owned/run by Zambians, unlike the other British ones in Livingstone.
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Great staff, friendly atmosphere
had a great stay in a triple room with mosquito nets. breakfast in the morning was reasonably priced and tasty. staff was great, and booked everything we asked for quickly. Michael is a fantastic resource for things to do around Livingstone, including the magical Rapids 21, a beautiful beach off of the Zambezi which is hidden in the forest.
Verified Hotels.com guest review

4/10 Fair

Under Construction.
When I booked this hostel, I let the photos make my decision. When I arrived I found the location not nearly as Central as described and the surrounding are seemed more shady then nearly every other part of town. The place was full of kids and the setting was more of a backyard. I found it wired that the first thing they do before you sign in was watch a local video for a activity company. I don't know how long this place has been around but it looked as if 70% of the rooms were being built. The room itself was a good experience for traditional African design. The lizards and large spiders in your room are a bonus. The netting didn't seem to help though and it leeked when it rained. The local staff seemed to be running the show like a PT job. The location is not near the town like I expected from the map and I was surprised there was no gate guard and I wandered in and out of the grounds at all hours with no notice. Also I took three local taxi and no one had heard of the place. It was extreamly hars to sleep with all the houses next door with kids yellibg, music at 2 am and dogs barking. Also no fans made it very hot and humit the few nights i was there. Also walking around the area I was approached by a number of "Street women" and shade men hanging around. I definitely would question why there is no security around the hostel, unlike ever other one in town. But if you want to feel like your in a small village for a few days. This would be an interesting stop
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Good budget Backpackers
Good budget option in Livingstone. A bit out of town but walk took 40 minutes or so but Skoolboy will drive you in and pick you up if required. Skoolboy went out of his way to make our stay comfortable and as action packed as possible. Richard and Norma are also extremely helpful and lovely. Would stay again.
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Inte så bra, försökte ta dubbelt betal för vistelsen!
Francisco, 3-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Tolles Hostel, familiär, super Preis/Leistung!
Perfekter Ort in Livingstone, hervorragende Gastfreundschaft, tolle Leute.
Verified Hotels.com guest review

6/10 Good

Verified Hotels.com guest review