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Brown Sugar Backpackers

75 Observatory Avenue, Observatory Extension, Johannesburg, South Africa

80%Rating

  • 81%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 71%Location
  • 79%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

Property Information:

This very spacious, comfy, safe and secure 'Ex-Mafia' mansion was built in the 1970's by an infamous drug lord. When the Godfather moved out the backpackers moved in and they made this castle their home since 1999. The current owner (since 2005) has made many renovations and improvements to the hostel to accommodate all types of travelers. We have everything you need and keep improving our facilities and services because the owner is an experienced traveler herself.

We offer a FREE PICK UP service from ORTIA (OR Tambo International Airport) and PARK STATION (The central bus, train and Gautrain station) when you stay with us between 07h00 and 22h00. (Read the Terms & Conditions)

FREE buffet type BREAKFAST is INCLUDED in the rates and consist of: Eggs, bread, jam, cheese, cold meat, fresh fruit, cereal and muesli, yogurt, fruit juice, tea and coffee. On selected days we have freshly baked muffins and other surprises. Breakfast is served from 07h00 to 10h00 daily. Note: Should you depart before 07h00, we will provide a take away breakfast for you.

FREE Wi-Fi and guest stations with fast ADSL internet, so bring your own device, get the code, log on and share your African experience with your friends and loved ones back home.

Wall HEATERS and FANS in all the rooms with international plugs to charge your electronic devices for Europe, USA, Asia and where ever you come from and we sell adapters at reception. private room also have electric blankets to keep you warm in winter.

You will always have HOT water and be able to cook and stay warm during the colder months because the whole property runs on natural under ground gas, which is much safer than LPG or bottled gas.

Reception open from 07h00 to 22h00 but the bar area will remain open until 00h00 or later, depending on the vibe and guests. We sell SIM cards (starter packs) and vouchers for your mobile phone and all RICA'd so just pay, load and be connected in Africa.

We are a haven for people who prefer to do their own thing. You will experience a next to home feeling at our establishment and never feel crowded or boxed in, unless you want to join in on the action.

The property stretches over 3000 square meters and set on a variety of levels with a sparkling swimming pool at the top of the hill. The well-stocked bar doubles as a reception after 22h00 in the evening. You can book all your transfers, car hire, Baz Bus tickets, dinners, and tours to Soweto, Apartheid Museum, Kruger National Park and the big bad city center.

We have our own drivers and vehicles due to the poor public transport in Johannesburg (South Africa) for your convenience and offer transfers at the set rates. Public transport 200m from our gate or use Meter taxi's, which is often expensive. We will match or beat any meter taxi rates. We are 5 minutes from Eastgate International Shopping Mall, which contains all the major banks, shopping, eating and cinema facilities you could ever want. Accross 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 & Crafts and souvenirs for your friends and family before you fly out.

The staff at Brown Sugar are specialists in advising travelers on the best and quickest ways to obtain visas for countries such as Mozambique and Zimbabwe and, on request, we take our guests to the relevant embassies and help them with application forms and photographs and more. For those travelers needing visas for Angola, the embassy is within walking distance of the house.

Brown Sugar has all the amenities and facilities you would expect. We have 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 all day long for our guests. We offer pub lunches (truly South African) from 12h00 to 14h00 daily and prepare fresh home cooked dinners every evening from 19h00 to 19h30 and very popular with guests and we cater for vegetarians. Vegetables and salad served with all dinners.

Relax at the sparkling swimming pool and soak up the African sun for a golden brown tan to show off to your friends when you return home (Northern hemisphere). The swimming pool terrace, rooftop and bar patios offers some of the best views of the Eastern suburbs.

ACTIVITIES
Browse our web site and go to the ACTIVITIES page to view all the tourist attractions, clubs and activities in and around Brown Sugar and or Joburg. We have added active links for your convenience to view, read and plan your trip in advance so that you don't miss a beat while on holiday in our beautiful country.

We have an ELECTRONIC BOOKLET with all the facilities on what is on offer at Brown Sugar Backpackers Lodge.

We cannot wait to meet you and show you Joburg!

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  • Latest Review

    This hostel had great service and was very clean. My only complaint is that it was a bit deserted... I was the only guy staying in the common room (designed for 12 beds!). Not sure why that was (I visited August 26 & 27, 2014)--maybe Johannesburg just isn't popular with young people.
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      Anonymous, USA, Male, 25-30
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Facilities

  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Cable TV
  • Cafe
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Games Room
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Pool Table
  • Postal Service
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels Included
  • Washing machine


Policies

  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Taxes Not Included


Cancellation Policy

This property has a 2 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Things to Note

Please Note: NO-shows and bookings not cancelled within 48-hours will be liable for the FULL payment of the first night





Brown Sugar Backpackers Located at 75 Observatory Avenue, Observatory Extension, Johannesburg.
Brown Sugar Backpackers
South Africa
Johannesburg Gauteng 2198 75 Observatory Avenue, Observatory Extension
80% 254
-26.1802620 28.0861401
Brown Sugar Backpackers
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