Best Backpackers in Jo’Burg!  

by Pool Builders on 02-16-2011 in Articles

Whether you are on a budget or a lone traveller looking for the perfect place to meet new friends, you are sure to find what you are looking for in Johannesburg. There is a fantastic choice of backpacker's accommodation that is clean, welcoming and safe and a great place to hook up with like-minded souls.
Here are 8 of the best places to stay on a shoestring…

Joburg Backpackers

This fantastic hostel is clean, bright, and friendly and has fantastic facilities. From airport pick up's and drop offs to cafes within easy reach, botanical gardens around the corner, Wi-Fi, sun deck, swimming pool and bar, this is a great place to base yourself for exploring Johannesburg. Staff are always happy to help you plan your day's excursions and on hand to make recommendations. Rooms range from 150 to 600R.

Terrylin Backpackers

This is up-market backpackers accommodation but still at a great price. Created for the weary traveller, fruit, biscuits and tea are all complimentary and the endless supply of hot water means baths and showers can be as luxurious as you need. There is a sparkling pool, clean, comfy rooms, tv, phone and internet facilities, and even electric blankets for those nippy nights. This is the place to relax, refresh and meet new friends and from 180R per bed, it's a bargain.

Mufasa Backpackers Lodge

This little oasis in the city has beautiful gardens to kick back in. Breakfasts are free and there is an airport pick up if you need it. There is a sun deck with BBQ, a pool table, internet and lots of other great facilities and friendly staff that will help you make the most of your time in Jo'burg. Rooms start form 110R sharing a dorm.

Melville International Backpackers

Located on 7th Avenue that is home to fantastic clubs, restaurants, cafes, bookshops and galleries, this is the perfect base from there to begin your sightseeing. Beds are new and comfy; there is a large swimming pool, internet access, hot showers and lots of outdoor space where you can relax with a drink at the end of the day. Your host, Peter has a wealth of experience and is guaranteed to make your stay a memorable one. Rooms start at 150R for a dorm up to 350R for a private room.

Rosebank Lodge and Backpackers

Staff are on hand 24 hours a day here. There is a beautiful fairy-tale garden where you can BBQ among the trees, meet fellow travellers for a drink or simply chill out by the pool. There is a communal kitchen, internet access, library, laundry facilities and sun deck as well as all of Jo'burgs attractions on your doorstep from shops to cafes, galleries to theatres and bars. Rooms are clean and fresh and range in price from 95R to 260R.

Diamond Diggers Backpackers

This is the place to stay if you are after a mix of old and new. There is a Jacuzzi bar to relax in, a BBQ area where you can watch the sun go down, pool tables, a pub, swimming pool, library, sauna, a gym and internet. The backpackers is also just a stone's throw from great shopping and restaurants. This quirky little place is filled with an eclectic mix of objects and furnishings making it feel homely and comfortable but with all mod cons. There are dorm rooms to private en-suites and range from 95R to 250R.

Gemini Backpackers Lodge

Book your flights to Johannesburg and find yourself in this lovely backpackers, set among lush green grounds with palm trees and a swimming pool. There is a library of over 300 DVD's, a tennis court, a pub and even a ladies only dorm if required. Meals are provided and vegans and vegetarians are happily catered for. There is a kitchen though, if you prefer to do it yourself! Staff are also happy to help arrange trips to museums, Gold Reef city, Rhino and Kruger Parks and plenty of other overland tours if you ask them. This is a great little backpackers, perfect for meeting friends and chilling out. Rooms start from 100R for a dorm to 300R for a private room.

Accoustix Lodge & Backpacker

For somewhere energetic and fun, look no further than this quirky hostel. They have live South African music every week, plus plenty of open-mic nights and jam sessions if you want to join in! There is an airport pick up service, pool table, swimming pool, sun deck, a library; a BBQ area for food cooked the South African way, internet and kitchens where you can make your own grub. This is a big and lively place where you're guaranteed to make friends and meet other likeminded travellers. Rooms range from 100R to 200R.

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