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Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar

Lodge with outdoor pool, near Victoria Falls National Park

  • Free WiFi and free parking
From
£16

Restrictions related to your trip

This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local and health advisories for this destination before you book.

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12 West Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
6.4.Good.
  • Great staff. Close to town and the Falls. We would definitely stay again!

    Aug 27, 2018

  • Poor accommodation, dirty showers, poor food.... No further comments....

    Nov 5, 2019

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 12 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Airport shuttle

Feel at home

  • Separate dining area
  • Separate sitting area
  • Garden
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Barbecue grill(s)
  • Free self-parking

What’s around

  • Victoria Falls National Park - 6-minute walk
  • Victoria Falls - 23-minute walk
  • Devil's Pool - 31-minute walk
  • Victoria Falls Bridge - 34-minute walk
  • Zambezi National Park - 3.1 mi / 4.9 km
  • Victoria Falls Field Museum - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

Guests
  • Masasa Rooms
  • Teak Rooms
  • Campsite - (Bring your own tent)
  • Mopane Dorm
  • Acacia Dorm
  • Dome Tent

What’s around

Landmarks

  • Victoria Falls National Park - 6-minute walk
  • Victoria Falls - 23-minute walk
  • Devil's Pool - 31-minute walk
  • Victoria Falls Bridge - 34-minute walk
  • Zambezi National Park - 3.1 mi / 4.9 km
  • Victoria Falls Field Museum - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km
  • Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park - 4.5 mi / 7.2 km
  • Livingstone Reptile Park - 6.1 mi / 9.8 km
  • Maramba Cultural Museum - 7 mi / 11.3 km
  • Railway Museum - 7.7 mi / 12.4 km
  • Livingstone Museum - 8.5 mi / 13.7 km

Getting around

  • Victoria Falls (VFA) 20-min drive
  • Livingstone (LVI) 68-min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
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12 West Drive, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

At a glance

Size

  • 12 cabins

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local and health advisories for this destination before you book.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 10:00 AM - midnight. 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. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

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

Children

  • No cots (infant beds)

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle*

Parking

  • Free on-site self-parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
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The manager

Speaks: English

At the property

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills

Things to do

  • Number of outdoor pools - 1

Services

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

Facilities

  • Garden

Languages Spoken

  • English

In the cabin

Things to enjoy

  • Separate dining area
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

More

  • Daily housekeeping

Special features

Dining

On-site venue – This restaurant specialises 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 sanitiser.

Contactless check-in is available.

Policies

This property does not have lifts.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

  • Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar Lodge
  • Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar Victoria Falls
  • Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar Lodge Victoria Falls
  • Shoestrings Backpackers Bar V
  • Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar Lodge
  • Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar Victoria Falls
  • Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar Lodge Victoria Falls

*See fees & policies for additional details or extra charges

FAQs

  • 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 that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
  • You can check in from 2:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless social distancing is available.
  • Yes, there's an on-site 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).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
  • Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar has an outdoor pool and a garden.
6.4.Good.
  • 8.0.Very good

    Pretty nice.

    Siu Yan, 5 night trip, Aug 20, 2019

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  • 6.0.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, Aug 11, 2019

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  • 2.0.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, Apr 27, 2019

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  • 8.0.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, Jan 22, 2019

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  • 2.0.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, Dec 13, 2018

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  • 8.0.Very good

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

    5 night trip, Nov 23, 2018

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  • 6.0.Good

    overall experience was very average with breakfast being the redeeming feature. the shower was broken and the hot water tap didn’t work, and it was barely more than a trickle. room was smaller than it looked. kinda glad i only stayed one night.

    Mia, 1 night trip, Oct 26, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great place to stay at if visiting Victoria Falls

    We travelled to Zimbabwe for the sole purpose of visiting the Victoria Falls. On a limited budget, the closest accommodation we could find with good reviews was Shoestring Backpackers & Bar. We had a wonderful time at the place where we stayed for three nights. The place is a typical hostel-kind atmosphere where you can get to meet folks from all parts of the world. As we were a family and were out most of the time we were awake - we literally came back only to eat something and sleep - we didn't take advantage of the music and dancing and making connections with folks from all over. We did interact with a couple of the guests while using the kitchen facilities. While not up to the standards of the kitchens we've used in Switzerland, the kitchen was very well maintained and there was nothing we lacked while there. While walking around in the area, one is frequently accosted by folks trying to get you to purchase an excursion or buy old Zimbabwe (worthless) currency. Instead of going with any of them, we used the services of the local lady at Shoestring, Angie, who got us the two outings we wished to do at a very reasonable price. Overall, the place was great for us.

    3 night family trip, Aug 2, 2018

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  • 2.0.Poor

    No ir o te arrepentiras

    Uno de los peores alojamientos que he visto

    María blanca, 2 night romance trip, Sep 28, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Kabhawa, 2 night business trip, Jul 2, 2021

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