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Johannesburg is Africa’s economic heart and a starting point for many African adventures. As one of Africa’s main aviation hubs, many travelers find themselves beginning their African adventures here. "Joburg" (as it's affectionately called) has earned a bit of a rough reputation; however, just staying on your guard will let you enjoy everything this great South African city has to offer! Johannesburg hostels are spread out amongst the city’s various characteristic neighbourhoods, yet all are underscored by a commitment to security and quality.
As South Africa’s largest city, Joburg is home to some of the country’s best historical sights. A day trip to Soweto provides an insight into South Africa’s difficult past, whilst giving visitors the opportunity to visit the only street where two Nobel Prize winners lived. The Apartheid Museum is a must-visit on any South African itinerary, providing a real historical context for travel in this beautiful country. Both Soweto and the Apartheid Museum will enrich your South African adventure, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of the "Rainbow Nation." All Joburg hostels will be able to arrange tours that include both Soweto and the Apartheid Museum, with friendly staff gladly answering any questions you have on the legacy of this divisive policy.
Given that Joburg is very spread out, Johannesburg hostels are spread throughout the city. For those looking for some diversification during their African adventures, your best bet for eating out will likely be Sandton area, with its wide array of international cuisine. However, for the more adventurous types, local eateries will gladly welcome you in the Soweto area. Joburg’s numerous shopping centers are also a great place to do some last-minute shopping, or alternatively to stock up on some quality supplies before heading into the wilds. Your Joburg hostel will be able to direct you as to the best form of transport to visit these areas.
For those short on time for a proper safari, Joburg’s Lion Park is a great place to get acquainted with South Africa’s most famous inhabitants. Here, you can drive your own car through or join a guided tour. For an additional cost, you can even grab a quick cuddle with some young lion cubs. This is definitely one experience you don’t want to miss in Joburg. For the best transport options, ask your Johannesburg hostel for details.
Johannesburg hostels are also invaluable sources of information about onwards travel in South Africa, whether you’re considering a visit to Kruger National Park or the Garden Route, your Johannesburg hostel will update you with the latest travel information. Johannesburg hostels are available year-round (you should probably book in advance if you're visiting at peak times, which include the dry season -- July to October -- and South African holidays).
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Africa Centre - Airport Hostel
"Africa Centre Airport Guest Lodge & Travel Centre has been recently refurbished. The prices are higher than other Johannesburg hostels and they are aiming towards a higher level of clientele than most backpacker hostels. It is cheaper to book in advance than at the airport. The hostel is also a popular place for the start and finish of overland tours. The Location The Africa Centre Hostel is located in suburban area of Benoni in...
HI - Johannesburg - The Backpackers Ritz Hostel
"The hostel is situated at the end of an anonymous residential street, with no sign or name on the cage-like double fenced gate. But don't get fooled by the name: this is no Ritz! it is a big hostel, very impersonal and with a cold atmosphere. Chance are that if you stay here is only because you're killing your time waiting to join some tour or some other the next day, so since it is not the staff friendliness or the livelyhood of the...
Africa's Zoo Lodge Backpackers
"The place had no security, bedbugs, high theft (forget leaving any food anywhere in the kitchen) and the others staying there were mainly underemployed locals, a few of whom had serious drug issues." … "We've been at the Zoo Lodge on and off over the last five years and love it. We have recommended it to HEAPS of people and will continue to do so. Thanks to Greg and all the staff there for making our stay enjoyable. Love it...keep it...
Diamond Diggers Backpackers
"Diamond Diggers Backpackers is a full service hostel. It is very much a party hostel and can be noisy at times. It is an excellent place to meet people and get travel information. The staff can arrange anything that you need from car rental to trips into Johannesburg museums to tours of animal parks. It is a great place to meet travelers and arrange onward bookings. The Location The location is in a safe area in a suburb of Johannesburg...
"Very Bad Experience - I arrived in Sleek Backpackers about 11 pm. They asked me to pay 1000 Rand. I paid the money but what I saw was terrible. it was a very small shared room with a dis-separated toilet at a corner, no chair or table no bureau. You could be seen when toileting. Room door was very weak. The bed was very bad and so dirty that I had to cover it by my own blanket. There was really a bad smell in the room. Pipe water was cold....
"Bob's Bunkhouse is a relaxed, friendly place. It's not a party hostel, but for those who are a bit older or prefer to just mellow out and relax. The Location The hostel is about ten minutes from the international airport (depending on traffic). It is relatively easy to find from the airport, and if you rent a vehicle, the hostel does have parking in an enclosed area. The hostel provides airport pickups and dropoffs and is also part of...
Shoestrings Airport Lodge
"Shoestrings Airport Lodge has a great family feel about it. Situated right next to the airport, the hostel is more of a home than anything. Rob owns and runs the establishment and is always willing to chat and advise on where to go in Johannesburg. Free pick up or drop off from the airport is also a great advantage. The rooms are very tidy and quite spacious, although you can find cheaper. Whether they are dorms or doubles they are...
Brown Sugar Backpackers
"Great backpackers lodge, a little bit far from downtown but very green - Great!" … "Fabulous stay - I stayed here in 2003 ... and i totally loved it, they are fabulous and the bungalow is amazing! Loved it, go stay there!" … "Customer Service is negative stars bad - I made a booking at this hostel for the World Cup in 2010 five months ago in July. I was feeling very proud to have nailed down my reservations at a good price....
"The Backpackers have recently open for business and situated within the parameters of Emerald Guesthouse.It is located near Johannesburg Int Airport. We have 4 dormitories 2 for males and 2 for females On the property, which is situated within this large and Evergreen gardens, there is also 2 pools and a restaurant and bar, where we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We offer to all our guests a FREE AIRPORT TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT....
2B Happy Accommodation
"… active forms of entertainment. Stand alone private rooms Africa Cottage consists of a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. It has space for three people. African Safari Suite is a very spacious unit for four people with a kitchenette and shower. Together with Africa cottage, this suite is the ideal space for a family. The African Safari suite is also suitable for a groom and his best men, or bride and her...
Lebo's Soweto Backpackers
"Well run business with friendly service - Good location, good atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff." … "Highly recommended - Visited in April 2012. Lebo's is a fun place where everyone is always "chilling". The relaxed ambiance is great for vacationing, and the music makes you feel like you've made a wrong turn and ended up in Kingston. I had no issues with safety and did not feel unsafe at any point in Soweto, least of all at...
Accoustix Backpackers Hostel
"What a place. - I will recommend this place." … "A good place to stay - What a marvelous place to stay. Efficient service i must say, from the driver who picked me up at the airport. I found him there waiting. The guys at the reception were very welcoming. They gave me good information about where to visit and how to get there. I found the chats interesting with the other travelers. They really attract visitors from all over the world....
Terrylin Backpackers Hostel
"Terrylin Backpackers is located conveniently close to O.R Tambo International Airport. It's an ideal spot to stay when arriving or departing the city as there are no worries about traffic jams or missing your flight. The Location The backpackers is situated in a neighbourhood close to the international airport. Using the directions it is easy to find and has enough secure parking for your car. The hostel also offer transport to and from...
Ghandi Backpackers Lodge
"Clean and safe lodge. Staff friendly only reason why I don't give 5 star is because the streets around the hostel are not really safe, especially night time. but I repeat again inside of the lodge safe!" … "… communal area ,an open plan kitchen, thatched bar with a pool table and swimming pool. top on the list of attraction is soweto and the Apartheid museum. close to the fifa world cup only 5 minutes drive to the stadium. No...
"They are liars and they pay people to rate them positive. - they offered me a discount on my room right as I arrived to write a positive review for them on another hostel site. The rooms were dingy and dirty, the place empty and cold, showers did not work. I really did not like the owners wife, who was smoking cigs while pregnant, and showed a total disregard towards herself and the hostel. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. HORRID!!! BACKPACKERS BEWARE!"...
The Birches Backpacker Lodge
"… Homely rooms offer from dorm to private. Our dorms as well as the family room come with bunk beds. Depending on the room you have en-suite bathroom or shared bathroom facilities. The Birches Backpacker Lodge's Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy: 72hours before arrival. Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards (Visa). This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival. Check in from 12:00 to 20:00 ....
"Liked - I had fun, the place is cool, met some good guys from the Cape." … "… by the pool or maybe you can braai(BBQ) something to eat, you will find a Tour and Travel desk to an Outdoor Terrace to soak up the rays. Novels can be exchanged, a communal kitchen is open to all, Telephone, fax, WIFI and internet access will allow guests to hook up on line. Our laundry facilities are on hand - for all those folk who have just...
Monte Fourways Hostel & Boarding House
"… at the Bus stop and walk you over. The Dormitories have Bunk beds and hold between 4-6 people. There are rooms En-suite, and rooms with shared bathroom and Dormitory room options. Our En-Suite Rooms and Rooms with a shared bathroom, the bathrooms only have Showers. A shared bathroom is where the bathroom is shared with others and is outside of the room. In the linked middle to long stay section that incorporates student...
"… sidewalk cafes by day. Gold Reef City, The Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Civic Theatre, Market Theatre, O.R. Thambo and Lanseria airports, the Cradle of Mankind historical site, Planetarium, Soccer City, Ellis Park and Wanderers sports grounds, are all a quick taxi ride away from MIB your backpacker base in Johannesburg. HomeBase Melville offers you comfortable new beds, showers, swimming pool, and a range of...
The Melville Palm
"… self-catering kitchen and a lounge with satellite television is provided. Daily house-keeping is provided and a laundry service is available on request. Meals are not provided as it is literally 100 metres away from the well known 7th street with many different restaurants and bars to choose from, which are mostly frequented by students from the nearby University of Johannesburg and is a popular stopover in Johannesburg for...
"All around great experience - Staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms and bathrooms clean and beautiful. Free breakfast and internet. All around great experience. Since they have airport pickup and are pretty close to the airport, it's a great place to start or end your South Africa trip. The main downside is that there's not much to see or do in the area. But they do have tours that will take you to the Johannesburg sights." …...
Randburg Boarding House
"… and Information Center , Clean Comfortable Accommodation, A Shuttle Service, In-house and Out of house Entertainment and all the support you could need. We are truly an international spot enjoyed by thousands over the years and that keep coming back. We provide all the facilities required by a backpacker with one difference, we do it with attitude. From late afternoon you can meet fellow travelers in our buzzing Jam Cave for a...
Rosebank Boarding House
"Good location - I needed a place in Rosebank so the location was great for me. The staff were helpful." … "… are also on hand. Rosebank is an old suburb situated centrally in the upmarket area of Johannesburg and is adjoined to Sandton. It is a great area to stay in. This is the place to go for all people coming to Johannesburg. If you want to be part of an experience that is a true reflection of the cosmopolitan city in...
"… but also offers the opportunity to experience Johannesburg like a local with direct access to the people and happenings of the community. Female Dorms Room number Accommodates *Female Dorm 1 * 8 beds *Female Dorm 2 * 10 beds *Female Dorm 3 * 8 beds Mixed Dorms Room number...
Naledi Backpackers & Soweto Quad bike Tours
"A Great Way to Experience Soweto - If you are looking for a big hostel with lots of amenities and overflowing with fellow backpackers, this isn't it. This hostel is small (only four rooms) and when you stay there you are treated like family. Tshepo (the owner) and his family cooked for me, showed me around Soweto, and invited me to spend time with them. It was a very genuine way to experience South Africa. Their hospitality was unmatched. The...
Happy Valley Backpacker's Lodge
86 Nanyuki Road, Sunninghill Park
Ball n Kicka - Rossmore Backpackers
"… World Cup experience . With a 24-hour doorman and no curfew you’re the one who decides what schedule you’ll live by – you’ll never be locked out. We offer a wide range of rooms: double bed rooms, 4 bed ,6 bed and 8 bed rooms. Most rooms are equipped with bunk beds, and each guest receives their own locker. Additional concierge facilities include: tour organisation; pub crawls; daily activities; full range of South African...
"… of the countries\' stories from our staff.People from Australia, New Zealand, England, USA, Spain and Mexico stayed all at Karus for the Cup.Travel Easy to: Swaziland - only 4 hours from Karus Lodge,Mozambique and Victoria Falls - 17 hours. We can take you there in our 22 seater mini bus much less than Baz! or any other tour company.Travel in groups or teams:the Lodge staff can show you around the hot spots in our neighborhood...
Queens Place Apartments
"… rooms, all of which have provisions for a 3rd guest. The accommodation and other facilities offered at Queens Place Apartments are stylish and of the highest quality and luxury. Our self-catering and bathroom facilities will make you feel right at home once you have arrived. Each guest apartment consists of: a bedroom with double beds, a bathroom, a living room with self-catering facilities plus sofa which can double up as an...
Crystal Duvet Guest House
"… travelers. Whether you’re overnighting for business or leisure the Crystal Duvet offers you the luxury of a hotel yet the exclusivity and privacy of a home The Crystal Duvet offers 6 gorgeous en-suite bedrooms, each uniquely designed with modern flair. All rooms and suites have air-conditioning systems, 32 inch flat screen televisions with DSTV hotel bouquet channels, DVD machines, free wireless internet connectivity, mini bar...
Golden Gate Guest House
"… Gate Guest House is just a stone's throw away from a range of shopping malls like Sandton City, Fourways, Randburg & Rivonia restaurants, casinos, zoo, game parks and Cradle of Human Kind. Theres Riverside shopping center half a kilometer away with Woolworth supermarket & some restaurants. For those looking to explore more of the region Pretoria is just a few kilometres away and Sun City is 120km. We speak German,...
Pension Idube Budget B&B & Backpackers
"… farm and support a number of local charities. And we have FREE WI-FI! We have 9 private rooms, all with cupboards, desks and comfy beds, and a backpackers dorm with its own kitchenette, fully equipped with microwave oven, fridge and the necessary to cook up a storm. There is secure off street parking available, and we employ the services of a security company. Please Note: Cash only accepted as payment upon arrival. A...
"… on comfortable garden seating while enjoying a BBQ or a dip in the pool. We have four double rooms, one ensuite, one poolside room with WC. Ten camping pitches, swimming pool, bar TV lounge, outdoor washing area and campfire area with disco sound system. Taxis to Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana and Zimbabwe leave every day from the city centre, which is only 20 minutes drive away. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 3 days...
Firefly Guest House
"… />"YOUR SANCTUARY IN THE CITY"BED AND BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATION IN AN IMMACULATE, SCENIC AND PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT.SITUATED NEXT TO A TRANQUIL BIRD SANCTUARY10 MINUTES FROM OLIVER TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - JOHANNESSBURGSIX LUXURIOUS ROOMS WITH DSTV AND EN-SUITE BATHROOMS, EACH ONE REFLECTS THE THEME OF "WARRIORS OF THE PAST"A CENTRAL LOUNGE AREA AND IMMACULATE GARDEN WITH POOLWHETHER YOU ARE WISHING TO STAY OVERNIGHT OR FOR A WEEK...
White Shark Guest House
"… to you a lovely restaurant is just across the street. Each bedroom is decorated in a mix between rustic and contemporary including brick walls and modern furniture with high quality mattress and 100% percale linen. A safe is also available in each bedroom for your valuables. Hair dryers are supplied in all the rooms as well as toiletries for your comfort. All our rooms have the hotel DSTV bouquet (Satellite TV) which you...
Rabbit Hole Hotel & Restaurant
"… offers Award Winning Accommodation in Krugersdorp for Travelers to Chamdor, The Cradle of Humankind and West Rand Area. Enjoy excellent food in a charmingly surreal setting where colourful design combined with attention to the functional requirements of business travelers make The Rabbit Hole a favourite of many business travelers and also to tourists exploring the many attractions in the nearby Cradle of Humankind. Award Winning...
Gold Reef Place
"Look no further than "Gold Reef Place" where your hosts, Gary and Wayne, are waiting to offer you a peaceful stopover whether you are in the area on business or pleasure. After soaking up the tranquility of Johannesburg head for any of the nearby attractions. Bedrooms and bathrooms are new and modern offering every comfort, cozy lounge with fireplace. Continental breakfasts served in guest dining room, well equipped modern kitchen for...
Midrand Conference Centre
"Our village is positioned in the heart of Midrand in the rapidly expanding areas of Halfway House, which allows for convenient access from the N1 running between Johannesburg and Pretoria. This fully integrate conference, training, function, accommodation and wedding village has been created for the advanced needs of commerce, industry and the private sectors. Each individually styled venue caters for a tasteful, efficient, service-orientated...
"… located for a brief business meeting within close proximity to the airport. Free parking is available on site. Free airport shuttle is provided with prior reservation and collection is at the Bus Terminal located at the OR Tambo International Airport. The stylish en-suite rooms with a satellite TV, fully air conditioned, safes and tea/coffee making facilities. Hotel facilities include free wi-fi, outdoor swimming pool and...
African Footprints: Business & Backpacker Lodge
"… braai (barbeque) and lapa area or can order take-a-ways for other meals Twin Rooms: Nestled amongst the trees along the far reaches of the garden, our spacious cottages offer peace and tranquillity. Each room has a twin bed and an en suite bathroom. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 1 day before arrival Check In: 1.00 pm Check Out: 11.00 am Method of Payment upon arrival: Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Cash...
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Johannesburg Travel Tips & Suggestions
Johannesburg is a great city to visit. The people are very nice.
— JACOB WATHOME
Johannesburg is a great city -- don't believe all the horror stories you hear! If you follow local advice you will enjoy this city and have a safe and wonderful trip.
One of the ugliest and most dangerous cities in the world -- avoid if at all possible.
One thing I'd recommend beyond a doubt is taking a 'walking safari'. Camping in tents and huts with no restrictions for the animals to stroll into camp. An experienced tracker leads the way following paw prints. Because of his knowledge of the animal's instincts, we didn't feel threatened at any time. It makes for good close up photography and videos.
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