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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
"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 up." … "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...
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...
"This is a great place to be. The atmosphere is splendid and the hosts are wonderful." … "This is one of the cleanest places we've stayed at. It has really nice dorms and good beds. The staff are awesome. They will help you with everything. The dogs will not go near you if you don't want them to. I have nothing but good things to say about this place. Come and experience it!" … "I absolutely loved staying at Sleek during my stay...
"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
"Having visited the place, I now realize what English George means when he talks about "being pursued by the cleaners" at breakfast time! Why can't they use their mops before or after breakfast, or is their nonsense part of the fun? Yes, and Ian is grumpy, usually because his girlfriend has been in someone else's bed when she has been up in Yeoville!!" … "Fabulous stay - I stayed here in 2003 ... and i totally loved it, they are...
Lebo's Soweto Backpackers
"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 Lebo's. The dorm room was small and pretty cramped but clean. The staff was friendly and helpful and seemed very happy...
Accoustix Backpackers Hostel
"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. When the sun got hot i made use of their big swimming...
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!" … "… There is an open kitchen offering a light breakfast on the house each morning – Dinners may be prepared on request Built in 1889, it now offers spacious en suite rooms, generous communal areas, an open plan kitchen, a...
"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!"...
"Liked - I had fun, the place is cool, met some good guys from the Cape." … "… 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 come...
Monte Fourways Hostel & Boarding House
"… a digital access gate and finger print unit. There is a fully functional self-service Kitchen. We request a refundable deposit, for all Cooking items, the deposit will be refunded on return of these items, this is done to insure that the Kitchen and cooking items are cleaned after use when returned. DISCOUNTS We specialize in accommodating Large Groups and longer stay travellers; this is anyone that stays for a week or...
"… the surrounding Media/Arts/Student communities in this part of Johannesburg. MIB is your secure comfortable backpacker lodge that will be your base as you explore the province of Gauteng. As an approved agent for "BAZBUS", South Africa's convenient hop-on hop-off door-to-door backpacker's bus service you can be conveniently dropped right at our door, no heavy bags between airport, bus and trains or getting lost in a strange town....
The Melville Palm
"… anyone’s pocket. The property boasts a braai (barbecue) area. It has secure inside parking for up to 5 cars with electric gates and security bars throughout the property. A communal self-catering kitchen and a lounge with satellite television, as well as WIFI Internet 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...
"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
"… kitchen, free Wi-Fi and secure car parking. We also offer laundry services. We also offer Airport pick-up and shuttle services in an around Gauteng. Enjoy Quad-bike tours around Soweto. Naledi Backpackers and Soweto Quad bike Tours' Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards. This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival. Check in from 10:00...
In Africa Lodge
"Helpful staff, a gorgeous hostel, safe environment — what else do you need? I am definitely returning here the next time I go to Johannesburg." … "Quiet, homey, friendly, and helpful!" … "So welcoming. Would love to return - I visited this hostel in August 2004 with my friend. From the beginning this family welcomed us into their home and offered advice on destinations and staying safe. We were driven to shopping malls, and drop...
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...
Morulana Guest House
"Morulana is well situated and provides accommodation to families and business travelers. Our staff are always ready and eager to help where they can... Morulana Guest House has 7 en suite spacious and luxurious guest rooms available. Each room sleeps 2 guests and has its own private entrance. Morulana Guest House has 7 en suite rooms, with tea and coffee making facilities. Each room also has a TV with certain DSTV.towels, linen, bar...
Crystal Duvet Guest House
"… entertainment hotspots and vibrant nightlife. Whether you are in Sandton for business or leisure the Crystal Duvet offers suites which have been individually designed with contemporary finishes and modern flair to meet your needs. All our suites are fully equipped with air-conditioning, 32inch flat screen televisions with Satellite Channels, a DVD player, free wi-fi internet connectivity, mini bar fridges, tea/coffee trays,...
Golden Gate Guest House
"… break away the Golden Gate Guest House is your ideal accommodation option. Golden 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...
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...
White Shark Guest House
"… We are delighted to make your stay both comfortable and enjoyable! White Shark Guest House offer 4 luxury en suite bedrooms. First floor luxury room has spectacular ocean view and extra-large en suite consist of double basin, shower and spa bath. A four poster king size bed with a seating area. Ground floor luxury room with ocean view and large en suite with shower bathtub and handheld shower. King-size bed or twin beds your...
2B Happy Accommodation
"2B Happy Backpackers Logde is centrally located in the vibrant multi-ethnic part of Johannesburg.Experience the vibrant city and still feel safe.Our accomodation is very affordable and you can expert a clean spacious lodge.Friendly hosts,go on walks with our local guide, you just have to tip him.There is also a well equipped self catering kitchen." … "… HAPPY. Directions from the O.R Tambo international Airport. Take the R24...
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
"… inspired guest house set amidst enchanting gardens complete with fountains, a helipad, cocktail garden, 2x swimming pools and even a gazebo where you can enjoy breakfast in peace. Beautiful executive suites available. Midrand is surrounded by many places of Cultural and Historical interest, Wild Life and Entertainment. From the tranquil Villa Tuscana overlooking a magical Tuscan garden, to Orchid House, an exquisite Thai inspired...
"… 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...
Ecotel O R Tambo Airport
"… business,traveler,tourist,individuals,families,students, lesuire, sportsteam,conference delagates,year end banquets whether for 1 night or stays ation. All rooms are non-smoking & have a queen bed& 3/4 beds with white linen,private toilet, shower or bath unit wadrobe with mirror, writing desk, colour TV& heart/fan. Hotel facilities: BBQ/ Braai, cold drinks & sancks ,vending communal microwave, coffe/tee machine, internet access...
"… of 5 family rooms, 10 queen rooms and 1 twin which consist of a queen bed, 3/4 bed, single couch, private shower or bath unit, writting desk and mirror, colour television with SABC channels and ETV, wardrobe, pedestal with side lamp, fan and heater. All our rooms are non smoking nevertheless designated areas are appointed for smokers. Check in time is 2pm and checkout time is 10 Am the following day. Light continental breakfast is...
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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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