The Best Hostels in Johannesburg, South Africa, for Budget Travellers

The Best Hostels in Johannesburg, South Africa, for Budget Travellers JoBurg, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city, began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. Commonly known as Jo'burg or Jozi, this rapidly changing city is the vibrant heart of South Africa. The hipster-friendly neighborhood of Maboneng is considered one of the most successful urban-renewal projects in the world. However, the wealth divide remains stark, and crime and poverty haven’t been eliminated. Still, Jo'burg is an incredibly friendly, unstuffy city and there's a lot to see and do here. The city is awash with superb museums, mostly offering deep insight into South Africa’s troubled past. . Its sprawling Soweto township was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela's former residence is now the Mandela House museum. Other Soweto museums that recount the struggle to end segregation include the somber Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, a former prison complex. Delve in and experience the buzz of a city undergoing an incredible rebirth. Johannesburg is an exciting destination with plenty to offer and these hostels provide an excellent base for exploring the area.
How much do hostels in Johannesburg cost?
Average Dorm Price $15 ($9 to $20)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $40 ($21 to $68)
Dorm Bed: $18.73
Private Room: $22.36
Overall Rating: 88%
Once in Joburg is an all-star hotel where you can tailor make your own experience. Centrally located in the bustling Braamfontein creative precinct, it offers young at heart travelers a safe place from which to sleep, eat, and explore the city of Johannesburg. Within walking distance of Once in Joburg, you’ll find coffee roasters and coffee shops, restaurants, live music venues, farmers markets, free walking tours, the red city bus stop and much more. The reception and concierge are open 24 hours, and the staff are city ambassadors who are always willing to help and share their passion for Johannesburg. If you want to join a local house party, cycle to an art gallery, or play giant scrabble, you can join the property's daily free activities to experience Johannesburg in a fun way. You can book all your transfers to Kruger, Bazbus tickets and local day trips on site. The rooms are neat, clean, and ensuite, offering basic luxuries such as air conditioner, crisp white linen, flat screen TV’s (privates only), safety deposit box, and block out curtains. Breakfast is included at restaurant the Immigrant. The on-site bar provides the perfect opportunity to meet other travelers. Shared rooms (sleeping maximum 4) are also ensuite, and offer a more budget friendly offering to the independent traveler.

90 De Korte Street Johannesburg , Johannesburg, South Africa,
Dorm Bed: $11.91
Private Room: $19.85
Overall Rating: 90%
Curiocity Joburg offers a clean design, cozy accommodations, local culture, and a community of like-minded people. Step out the doors of the flagship design hostel, and you will find yourself in the heart of Maboneng, the vibeyest neighborhood in Johannesburg. With restaurants, cafes, museums, and markets tucked away on every corner, you’ll want to explore every inch of this gritty, gorgeous urban jungle. Room options include: private apartments, classic doubles, and female only or shared dormitories. In-house activities include: inner-city tours, Soweto township tours, city cycle rides, pub-crawls, picnics, and CurioSafaris. Facilities include a games room, well equipped communal kitchen, a dipping pool, laundry services, bar, rooftop, free fast Wi-Fi, shuttle service, bicycle rentals, communal chill-out zone, luggage room and a Baz Bus stop. Curiocity invites you to discover the heart of Johannesburg's inner city with direct access to the people and happenings of the community. Linens and parking are free with your stay. Children under 13 are not permitted.

302 Fox Street Maboneng Precinct , Johannesburg, South Africa,
Dorm Bed: $17.38
Private Room: $17.38
Overall Rating: 90%
Lakeview Backpackers is located in a peaceful residential neighborhood overlooking a lake. Only 5 km from OR Tambo International airport overlooking Blaaupan lake and bird sanctuary, it feels like you're close to nature but still near the city. Shops, restaurants and bars are 1km from the hostel. The facility has an outdoor pool and BBQ area where you can relax, overlooking the lake. The large kitchen is fully equipped and the lounge and dining room is spacious with comfy couches and satellite TV. All tours from Soweto township and tours to Kruger Park camping can be arranged by the staff. The property offers a range of rooms including: dormitory, single, private double, and twin rooms. Towels and linens are provided. Free Wi-Fi  that covers most of the property is also provided. Families and children are more than welcome at Lakeview Backpackers.

39 Porto Amelia Rd Bonaero Park , Johannesburg, South Africa,
Dorm Bed: ZAR160.00
Private Room: ZAR150.00
Overall Rating: 85%
Joburg Backpackers is located in a spacious, newly renovated house in the trendy and safe area of Emmarentia. Emmarentia is known as the Green Heart of Johannesburg. With the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam right around the corner there's plenty of open spaces for walks and picnics. There are also regular outdoor concerts at the Dam where you can catch some famous South African musical talents. Joburg Backpackers promises to make your stay comfortable and fun. From dorms to deluxe double en suites, the rooms are incredibly clean and comfortable, and all of your linens are supplied. There are plenty of areas where you can relax and a brand new swimming pool is also available. Within a 5 minute walk is the popular and funky area of Greenside with its vibrant main road full of great restaurants – from sushi or Indian to the authentic shebeen experience. There are also plenty of trendy cafes, bars, shops and galleries in the area. You can arrange all of your tours and activities on site such as: Soweto tour, tours to Pilanesberg, tours to Kruger National Park, Sun City tours, Baz Bus tickets, and car hire. Transportation can be arranged to any other attractions in Johannesburg including the museums and shopping centers. Airport transfer is also available on request. Parking and Wi-Fi are free with your stay and towels are available for hire.

No 14 Umgwezi road, Ext 1 Emmarentia , Johannesburg, South Africa,
Dorm Bed: $15.94
Private Room: $18.73
Overall Rating: 78%
This very spacious, comfy, and safe hostel accommodates all types of travelers. They have everything you need and continuously work to improve their facilities and services. Free transfers are available for most reservations. Free buffet type breakfast is included in the rates and consist of: Eggs, bread, jam, cheese, side dishes (tomato/cheese/mushrooms/cold meat/baked beans/etc), fresh fruit, cereal and muesli, yogurt, fruit juice, tea and coffee. On select days they also have freshly baked muffins and other surprises. Free Wi-Fi is also provided. Wall heaters and fans are provided in all rooms with international plugs to charge your electronic devices for Europe, USA, Asia, and where ever you come from and adapters can be purchased at reception. Private rooms also have electric blankets to keep you warm in winter. The property stretches over 3000 square meters and is set on a variety of levels with a sparkling swimming pool at the top of the hill. You can book all your transfers, car hire, Baz Bus and Mzansi tickets (Hop on Hop off Bus), pub lunches, dinners, and tours to Soweto, Apartheid Museum, Kruger National Park, and the big bad city center at the facility. The hostel is 5 minutes from Eastgate International Shopping Mall, which contains all the major banks, shopping, eating, and cinema facilities you could ever want. Across the road from the mall is Food Lovers Market. Markets of the world is on the same route and you can buy cheap African Art and Crafts and souvenirs for your friends and family before you fly out. The facility also has a large kitchen with a gas stove and all the crockery, cutlery, pans, and pots to whip up and enjoy your own meals. Free tea and coffee served at breakfast and again from 17h00-22h00 daily for guests. They also offer pub lunches (truly South African) between 11h45 and 13h45 daily and prepare fresh home cooked dinners every evening served between 19h00 and 19h30. Linens, towels, and parking are all included with your stay.

75 Observatory Avenue Observatory Extension , Johannesburg, South Africa,
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