Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar

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Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Free WiFi

Overview of Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar

Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar

2.0 star property
Victoria Falls lodge with outdoor pool and restaurant

6.8/10 Good

15 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Lounge area
The price is CA $24
Price available on 10/08/2022
12 West Drive, Victoria Falls
Main amenities
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Airport shuttle
  • Garden
  • Barbecue grills
  • Luggage storage
  • Limited hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
Feel at home
  • Separate dining area
  • Separate sitting area
  • Garden
  • Barbecue grill(s)
  • Free self parking
  • Outdoor swimming pools

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Victoria Falls (VFA) - 20 min drive
  • Livingstone (LVI) - 51 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Shearwater Cafe - 6 min walk
  • Lola's Tapas and Carnivore Restaurant - 8 min walk
  • Mama Africa - 10 min walk
  • Three Monkeys - 10 min walk
  • The Palm Restaurant - 12 min walk

About this property

Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar

Property highlights
Take advantage of a roundtrip airport shuttle, a garden, and a bar at Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar. Be sure to enjoy local and international cuisine at the onsite restaurant. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi.
You'll also enjoy perks such as:
  • An outdoor pool
  • Free self parking
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge), barbecue grills, and luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance and smoke-free premises
  • Guest reviews speak well of the bar, overall value, and walkable location
Room features
All guestrooms at Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar include thoughtful touches such as separate sitting areas and separate dining areas, as well as amenities like free WiFi.
Extra conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Separate sitting areas and separate dining areas



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 12 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - midnight
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 10:00 AM - midnight
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after midnight please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:30 AM–11 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage


  • Garden
  • An outdoor pool


  • English

Room amenities

What to enjoy

  • Separate dining area
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Special features


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

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Breakfast costs between USD 5 and USD 10 per person (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in is available.


This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Shoestrings Backpackers Bar Lodge Victoria Falls
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Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar Lodge
Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar Victoria Falls
Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar Lodge Victoria Falls

Frequently asked questions

Does Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-in is available.
What is there to do at Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar and nearby?
Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar has an outdoor pool and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers local and international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Shearwater Cafe (6-min walk), Lola's Tapas and Carnivore Restaurant (8-min walk), and Mama Africa (10-min walk).
What's the area around Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar like?
Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar is located a short 6-minute walk from Victoria Falls National Park. Travelers recommend the lodge for its walkable location.

Overall score and ratings






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Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Happy, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The doom tent was classic and adventurous.
Constance, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Kabhawa, 2-night business trip
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4/10 Fair

Poor accommodation, dirty showers, poor food.... No further comments....
Jorge Fernando, 2-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

Pretty nice.
Siu Yan, 5-night trip
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6/10 Good

Poor comfort, nice outdoors
More care is given to the garden than the comfort of the rooms. Beds and dorms are poorly maintained, mattresses are way too thin. Bathrooms are outdated and in poor condition. But staff is pretty friendly and the outdoors are nice.
Marion, 3-night trip with friends
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2/10 Poor

Mosquitos in room, algae in pool
The dorm was not worth the price. More like camping for high price. Mosquitos get inside room . Shower and toilet are basic. Pool is unusable - algae. WiFi only in bar area.
Michael, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Chill and Fun
A great hostel to hang out and relax while in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Was an easy walk from the petrol station where I dropped on the Intercape bus. Was easy to organize tours and activities and conveniently located walking distance to shops and grocery stores. Also, about a 15-20 minute walk to the entrance to Victoria Falls. Has a self-serve kitchen and good vibe with a bar, pool, and pool table.
Elisa, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

No electricity as far as I could tell, no lights in the dorms anyway, terribly dirty bathrooms, no warm water or pressure, no WiFi, the dorms are tiny there is no where to put your stuff. Tha staff wasn’t able to locate my reservation or a key to the dorm so check in took ages. None of the staff were friendly which, for Zimbabwe, is incredibly rare. I hung round for a couple hours but could bring myself to stay over.
2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

It's a very popular place and good for the evening and night life
5-night trip
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