Johannesburg is the starting point for many backpackers coming to South Africa. If you are looking to do a safari it is the best city in South Africa to go from. there is an excellent choice of backpackers in Johannesburg.
The City of Gold
Egoli, the City of Gold, draws people in search of fame and fortune from all over Africa. More open-minded, progressive and energetic than any other city on the sub-continent, Jo’burg is one place where the rainbow nation has become a reality.
South Africa’s smallest province makes more than a third of the country’s GDP which means that Jo’burgers (no, it’s not a new McDonalds burger) work hard and play hard while the rest of us just take holidays. The province includes part of the Magaliesberg Mountains and the gold-rich Witwatersrand.
Have a blast in Jo'burg
The big, bad city of Jo’burg. Where urban legends get mugged and young people have a blast.
Jo’burg doesn’t have a mountain or any ocean to get lost in, so people actually do things. Like drink and party a lot.
Just some of the things to do in Jo'ies
Go to the Lost City and win a million bucks*
Greet your hostel owner with “this is a hold up”
Go down a mine shaft and roll in gold dust.
Visit the miniland at Wemmer Pan Santarama
Gasp at the Lippizaner horse show in Kyalami
Go down a working gold mine at Gold Reef City.
Do a real gold mine tour thru the Chamber of Mines
Do a Soweto tour
Go to Wondergat and the Rhino Park with their impressive caves and all their animals.
Go to the Lion Park which has plenty of fat sassy lions who look bored but have been known to eat Taiwanese tourists who get out of their car to take pics of the pretty pussys.
Hit a rave - some of the biggest and best in SA with cool venues.
Visit the Breweries Museum, learn about the history of this golden nectar and enjoy a pint of Charles Glass’s best brew.
Visit the Kim Sacks and Everard Reed galleries.
Go to the Market market (Saturdays only), Bruma (7 days/week), Rosebank Rooftop (Sundays), Michael Mount Organic Market (Tues nites and Saturdays)
Things to do in Gau'teng-aleng-aleng!
Things to do in and around Gauteng
Places to Stay
What to do
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
Myxo’s Cultural Tours
The Baz Bus is a South African backpacker hop-on hop-off any time bus service. They have no time limit on their ticket, so you can travel whenever you like, and, what’s more, start from anywhere on the route.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)
This Backpackers is perched on a hill where hutted green hills roll down to the river mouth and to the sea - an oasis of tranquillity
Island Vibe Flashpackers is a very comfortable Backpackers Lodge situated in the up market suburb of Summerstrand
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)
Set on a huge property with lovely gardens and overlooking the mystical Hogsback Peaks, this is a wonderful backpacker.
(Hogsback,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)
Shonalanga lodge in St Lucia is in the centre of town and more of a lodge than a backpackers.
En route to Lesotho, between the Wild Coast and Jo'burg.
Cape Town's first backpacking hostel is still going strong and offers excellent facilities.
(Cape Town City Bowl,Cape Town)
This Jeffrey's Bay backpackers is located next to the lagoon and has miles of nature reserve - a truly lovely spot.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)
This Swaziland based Volunteer group offers real budget safaris, trips to Mozambique and volunteeer opportunities. The best in Swaziland.