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Zinga Backpackers

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Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, pool loungers
Premium bedding, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, bed sheets
Double Room | Premium bedding, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, bed sheets
Premium bedding, blackout curtains, 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 guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
Magoye Road 25, Livingstone, Southern Province, 10101

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park

Getting around

  • Livingstone (LVI) - 9 min drive
  • Victoria Falls (VFA) - 47 min drive
  • Free airport pickup
  • Free local area shuttle
  • Free train station pickup
  • Shopping centre shuttle (surcharge)


  • Flavours Pub And Grill - 12 min walk
  • Olga's: The Italian Corner - 3 min drive
  • Café Zambezi - 3 min drive
  • Kubu Café - 3 min drive
  • Hungry Lion - 3 min drive

About this property

Zinga Backpackers

Zinga Backpackers is only 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 centre 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 travellers say good things about the helpful staff.


Chinese (Mandarin), English, German, Spanish

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 8 rooms


  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Express check-in available
  • 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 (1 year old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding
  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Free on-site extended parking
  • On-site motorhome/coach/lorry parking (fees apply)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • On-site parking is limited


  • Free airport pickup on request (available 24 hours a day)*
  • Free train station pickup*


  • Free area shuttle
  • Shopping centre shuttle*

Property amenities

Food and drink

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

Travelling with children

  • Children stay for free (see details)
  • Free local shuttle
  • Local/corner shop

What to do

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

Working away

  • Computer station
  • Conference centre


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Limo or town car service
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free food/drink 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 centre
  • An outdoor pool
  • Nightclub


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


  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Home comfort

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

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Fireplace
  • Separate dining area
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Partially open bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hairdryer (on request)

Food and drink

  • Microwave
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils
  • Spices


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

Special features


On-site venue – This restaurant specialises in African cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Shopping centre shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


  • RV/bus/lorry parking is available for an extra charge


This property does not have lifts.

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

Frequently asked questions

Does Zinga Backpackers offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Zinga Backpackers 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 that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Is there a pool at Zinga Backpackers?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Zinga Backpackers?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Zinga Backpackers?
Yes, there's free self and extended parking. Parking spaces may be limited. Motorhome/coach/lorry parking is available.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Zinga Backpackers?
Yes, a free shuttle from the airport is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Zinga Backpackers?
You can check in until anytime. Check-out time is 10 AM. Express check-in is available.
What is there to do at Zinga Backpackers and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as horse riding. Additional recreation nearby includes ecotours. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hostel's other amenities, which include a nightclub and a fitness centre. Zinga Backpackers also has a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Zinga Backpackers?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant that offers African cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Flavours Pub And Grill (12-min walk), golden leaf (2.2 mi) and B'Hive Cafe (2.5 mi).
What's the area around Zinga Backpackers like?
Zinga Backpackers is located a short 18-minute walk from Mukuni Park Curio Market.

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
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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 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 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 guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Tolles Hostel, familiär, super Preis/Leistung!
Perfekter Ort in Livingstone, hervorragende Gastfreundschaft, tolle Leute.
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6/10 Good

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