6 backpackers in Johannesburg for R300 or less per person

Posted by Taylah Strauss on 27 October 2021

Backpacking has become the mainstream low-cost, independent travel, where backpackers stay in inexpensive lodgings, with all that they need in a backpack. Just like any other accommodation, there are places specifically for backpackers, designed in a one-stop-meets-all fashion. Johannesburg is stocked with a variety of backpackers, which includes mixed or single-gender dorms, and budget-friendly private rooms.

1. Backpackers Connection

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Located only 8 km from OR Tambo International Airport, Backpackers Connection is the ideal place to include in your journey. They offer budget twin rooms, double en-suite rooms, twin safari glamping tents and 3-to-6 dorm rooms. All of these options include the following: Breakfast, free wifi, secure parking, food & bar facilities, swimming pool, shuttle service, and a travel desk.

Rates start at R200 per person per night. If you are a group with more than four people, then the rate per person is R180.

Contact: +27 11 963-3059. For more information, visit their site.

2. Lebo’s Soweto Backackers

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Situated in Orlando West, Lebo’s Soweto offers you an exclusive insider’s look into Soweto’s community. Boasting walking and cycle tours, Lebo’s Soweto aims to immerse you in the diverse culture. Communal areas include a lounge, a self-catering kitchen, and a courtyard. In their Community Park, Boma and Outdoor Restaurant and Bar offers traditional cooking. They have a variety of room options, which include a dorm that can house four to six people.

Rates start at R205 per person per night.

Contact: +27 11-936 3444. For more information, refer to their site.

3. Curiocity Backpackers

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Smack in the middle of the Maboneng precinct, Curiocity is the hub for exploring Johannesburg’s rich and diverse culture and history. They offer free Wi-Fi, communal areas such as a lounge and a balcony, and even a jacuzzi. They also have Hide Out Bar, destined for your nightcap. Their single-gender dorms can house up to 10 people, whereas their mixed-gender dorms can have as many as 12 people.

Rates from R180 per person per night.

Contact : +27 11 614 0163. For more information, visit their site.

4. Ghandi’s Backpackers

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The historical house was built in 1889 and is situated on Langermann Koppie. It is central to all major routes around Johannesburg, and isn’t more than a stone’s throw away from the airport. Sporting generous communal areas such as an open-plan kitchen and a thatched bar, this luxurious lodge is alive with character. They offer both single and twin private rooms. Their dorm option can cater to up to 16 people!

Rates from R220 per person per night.

Contact:  +27 71 240 8252. For more information, visit their site.

5. Africa’s Zoo Lodge

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Located in the lush Northern Suburbs, Africa’s Zoo Lodge offers single, double, and dorm rooms. They offer both catering and self-catering options. Communal areas include a swimming pool and a ‘braai’ area. They also offer a wide array of leisure activities, ranging from go-karting to paintball! Their dorms can house up to eight people.

Rates start at R150 per person per night.

Contac: +27 11 268 5980. For further information, visit their site.

6. Joburg Backpackers

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Situated in the suburb of Emmarentia, Joburg Backpackers boasts a child-friendly and safe environment. Communal areas include a swimming pool, a lounge, a dining room area and a balcony. They also offer a shuttle service if you need transport from the airport. They offer a family room, single, double, and triple rooms, and a dorm room that can host up to six people.

Rates from R300 per person per night.

Contact: +27 11 888 4742. For more information, visit their site.

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