Responsible travel doesn't mean giving things up - it's about giving
things back! It's about making conscious choices to let your holiday
have a positive impact on the communities you choose to visit -
environmentally, socially and economically. Our aim is to continue to
offer top quality service and hospitality at value-for-money prices
while striving to build on the positive impacts, and decrease the
negative impacts of tourism to our beautiful destination. For more
information on how you can make a difference before, during and after
you travel, check out Responsible Travel Handbook
Pack for a Purpose
Make a difference in the lives of children around the world.
Use available space in your luggage to provide supplies to
the communities you visit.
Did you know that if just 500 individuals pack 5 lbs (2.27 kgs)
each, we can provide 1.25 tons of supplies!
Jollyboys is proud to have partnered with Pack for a Purpose -
we welcome supplies for the Lubasi Children’s Home.
Our team at Jollyboys understand that our business is reliant on
our amazing location – and our amazing location is reliant taking
care of the planet we all share. We aim to constantly upgrade and
improve our facilities and services to become more environmentally
friendly and to limit our impact on the Earth.
We have a great team here at Jollyboys! We believe that a happy working environment
makes for happy, healthy and secure workforce. Many of our staff members have worked
for Jollyboys for more than five years and we’ve even employed two generations of the
same family! In Zambia, tourism employs over 21,000 people – statistical folks reckon
that for every person employed in Zambia, 8 more people are directly supported. That
means that by coming to our beautiful country and enjoying what it has to offer, you
are making a positive impact on a lot of people!
Jollyboys offers interest-free loans to each and every member of staff to
pay for such important purchases as land acquisition, home renovations,
business start-up costs and children's school fees. Loans are expensive
and difficult to secure in Zambia so the ability to have access to
micro-credit is invaluable.
Knowledge is power and through continuous learning we can better our
position in the world. At Jollyboys we believe in education and
continuous vocational training to provide transferable skills over the
full length of an employee’s working career. Any staff member is able
to apply for educational bursaries - we have staff members training in
accounting, computer skills, driving, and hotel management.
Jollyboys has teamed up with USAID and Share International for an
on-going Private Public Partnership focusing on HIV Peer Education
within the workforce. Eight members of the Jollyboys team have attended
workshops to better understand the HIV pandemic and offer empathy and
understanding to those in our community living with the disease.
Although Zambia has a relatively efficient health care system, the costs
of medication and procedures are out of the realm of the average person.
At Jollyboys, we believe that access to quality and efficient medical
attention is a basic human right and as such, the company pays for all
prescription medication and procedures that any member of our staff team
Lubasi Children's Home and Jollyboys have a long-term partnership. Since
the inception of Lubasi, meaning 'the family' in Lozi, Jollyboys has
provided this special haven with literally truckloads of assistance over
the years. There are a number projects that add up to a big impact!
- When backpacks get too heavy – why not donate some of those unnecessary
items to a good cause! Clothes, towels, shampoo - every bit helps and is
delivered the orphanage weekly
- The extensive Jollyboys book exchange has a mandatory k2000 donation
that raises funds to purchase educational books, games and boxes of food.
- Every year at Christmas, our guests have the opportunity to celebrate
the holiday with all of the children at Lubasi. This is certainly a highlight
of our year! Jollyboys sponsors a lunch feast and has individual presents for
each of the 50+ children. Santa has even been known to make an appearance
sweating in the summer heat!
- We play a game of football with the kids every Sunday at 3pm where
everyone is welcome to join in the fun! If your soccer skills aren’t up to
scratch then grab a book or a board game!
- If you have more time then please speak to us about longer volunteer
opportunities - it's a great way to find out more about the local culture
and to really make a positive impact on the community.
Jollyboys have been mentoring Kennedy Chaile to develop and build his own
safari and travel business. In 2008 Kennedy started his company, and together
with the help from the directors of Jollyboys, has ventured into budget
safaris focusing on Kafue National Park and Western Zambia. Kennedy has been
in tourism for more than 11 years, holding such positions as lodge manager,
guest relations and safari guide and has the determination and drive to be a
successful entrepreneur. He is an excellent cook so book onto his day tour in
Livingstone focusing on Zambian culture and cuisine!
Sometimes people just need a break! When Joyce's clothing shop in the market,
including all of her stock, was burnt to the ground there seemed to be little
hope; there was no money to rebuild. When we heard her story (and checked out
her daughter's amazing hairstyles) a new vocation and opportunity arose! Joyce
now provides guests of Jollyboys with personalized hairdressing services! Joyce,
and her daughter Sheila, can often be seen plaiting hair in the comfort of the