Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, is known for its vibrant culture, unique sights and vast business opportunities. With a strategic location for both business and leisure travelers, Johannesburg is teeming with hotels, guesthouses and hostels, making it possible for visitors to explore the city without spending a fortune.
For those on a tight budget, the cheapest hostels in Johannesburg offer a great way to experience the city without breaking the bank. From quaint traditional-style hostels to modern, self-catering establishments, there are plenty of options to choose from, all providing great value for money.
Sleek Backpackers offers a great short and mid term accommodation discount. For those wanting to kickstart their African adventure, Sleek Backpackers provides all of the necessary travel information as well as offering various tours and car hire services.
Guests can relax around the stunning pool, or play cards and pool in the LAPA, along with 24 hr transport to anywhere in Johannesburg. On top of all of this, book a 3 day Safari or Overland Tour and receive a free night's stay in a dormitory, or 20% off a private room.
DIY breakfast and clean sheets are also provided. A free drop-off or pickup will also be arranged from arrive point in Johannesburg. With its welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff, Sleek Backpackers is the perfect place for any traveler.
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Situated in the leafy, bohemian suburb of Melville, Johannesburg, Melville House is a 6.4 km drive away from Gold Reef City and 6.6 km from Apartheid Museum. It is close to the O.R. Tambo International Airport, which is only 24.1 km away.
Melville House offers a range of room types: from dormitories to private doubles with shared or ensuite bathrooms, to family rooms with shared or ensuite bathrooms. All rooms are provided with linen and there are two communal kitchens which provide free tea and coffee. In addition, the property also has a swimming pool, a BBQ area and free Wi-Fi.
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Brown Sugar Backpackers is a comfortable and secure accommodation option that has been updated and improved since 2005. Boasting a variety of amenities and services including a sparkling pool, a communal kitchen, and an on-site bar.
Brown Sugar Backpackers originally housed a drug lord in the 70s, before backpackers moved in and made it their home in 1999. Offering both hot and packed breakfasts, their space also includes private rooms with wall heaters, electric blankets, international plugs, and wall safes. In the event of a power outage, the facility has a backup generator.
The hostel provides free Wifi access in common areas. They even help their guests obtain visas for visiting other countries! The hostel offers tasty pub lunches and dinners every day, catering for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Pescatarians. Conveniently located five minutes away from Eastgate Mall and a walk away from the Angola Embassy, Brown Sugar Backpackers is sure to provide a great home away from home.
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Lebo's Soweto Backpackers offers a unique, personal experience of the vibrant township. It welcomes day and overnight guests to explore and interact with the local community. Day visitors may opt for any of the interactive tours – by foot, bicycle, or tuk-tuk – along with the home-prepared meals in the community park or around the fire.
Lebo's Soweto Backpackers caters to the budget travelers with camping, dorm, and private en-suite rooms, as well as meals cooked by the fire and self-guided tours. Those staying for longer periods can avail of the community volunteering and free bicycle hire services. Altogether, Lebo's Soweto Backpackers offers an opportunity to discover the hidden side of Soweto and get up close and personal with its inhabitants.
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Rosebank Lodge & Backpacker offers a unique experience for travelers to Johannesburg. Located just a short walking distance from the Rosebank Gautrain station with links to Sandton City and OR Tambo Airport, Rosebank Lodge & Backpacker provide access to lots of shopping, entertainment, and cultural attractions such as the Rosebank Craft Market, the Tourist Center, African Curio Market, the Nevoux Theatre, cinemas, art galleries, and more.
The facility is secure and safe, with friendly staff to help provide support. Guests can enjoy the lush, 100-year-old gardens, a patio, pool and BBQ area for socializing, a tour and travel desk, an outdoor terrace, a communal kitchen, laundry facilities, WiFi, and more. The rooms and dorms are clean, with fresh linens and duvets included.
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Backpackers Connection offers a safe, friendly and chilled environment for weary travelers just passing through Johannesburg to enjoy some R&R before continuing on their way.
Conveniently located 8km from the airport terminal, Backpackers Connection features large gardens, swimming pool, BBQ area, chill out lounges, and a food & bar area. Enjoy the comfort of the perfect getaway and experience the best of what this South African hub has to offer.
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Curiocity Backpackers is part of the top 10 industrial-chic hostels in the world, according to the Guardian. With a perfect base to explore and clean design, it's the ideal spot for curious adventurers.
Located in the centre of Maboneng, an area flush with restaurants, cafes and museums, the hostel offers a variety of accommodation options, from private apartments and doubles, to female only dorms, to suit all needs.
In-house activities at Curiocity Backpackers include tours, cycle rides, pub-crawls and picnics, while facilities include a games room, pool and kitchen, as well as free fast WiFi and a luggage room. It even has a shuttle service, bicycle rentals and a Baz Bus stop.
Curiocity Backpackers is the perfect destination for those looking to explore and discover Johannesburg. For those arriving at Park Station, calling an Uber or the property to make reservations for a pick up is recommended.
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Student Accommodation Resident Stay is situated in the Rosebank district of Johannesburg. It is conveniently located within easy reach of Parkview Golf Club, Sandton City Mall, Gautrain Sandton Station, Johannesburg Stadium, Observatory Golf Club, Gold Reef City Casino, Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, all of which are within close proximity.
Student Accommodation Resident Stay provides a shared kitchen, lounge and currency exchange services. Breakfast is served daily and contains Italian, vegetarian and vegan options. An airport shuttle is available for those needing to get to O.R. Tambo International Airport, 26km away. This accommodation provides the perfect base for those wanting to explore the area’s attractions.
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Rosebank Boarding House is conveniently located in the prestigious district of Rosebank, Johannesburg, only a kilometre away from the Rosebank Mall and 1.7 km away from Hyde Park Shopping Centre.
Adorned with free WiFi, Rosebank Boarding House offers both private and shared bathrooms and provides the necessary bed linens. A 24-hour front desk and shuttle service are among the featured facilities of the hostel. Additionally, guests may take advantage of the available shared kitchen, lounge and terrace with outdoor furniture.
The Wanders Golf Club and Melrose Arch are located at a distance of 2.4 km and 5.2 km from the hostel respectively and the closest airport, O.R. Tambo International Airport, is 36 km away from Rosebank Boarding House.
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