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
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The Spot backpackers is a charming little backpackers set just a few meters from the beach on the south Coast of Natal.
(Port Shepstone,South Coast)
Train to become a paraglider or just hang around groundside.
(Bulwer,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)
They also do horse trails.
A fantastic place to stay in the centre of Sea Point.
(Sea Point,Cape Town)
Help research the movements of lions in the Addo.
(Addo Elephant Park,Sunshine Coast)
This Windhoek accommodation is a civilised stop on the edge of the wilderness.
For the best Scuba diving on the South Coast and some of the best scuba in the world.
An independent interactive site that rocks. Ask, book, hire, find out everything here.
Situated on Oudsthoorn's biggest hill, this spacious and upmarket Tudor-style mansion is owner run and has a full adventure centre.
Years of experience and 24 trips that last from 3 to 16 days.
(The Kruger National Park,)