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Johannesburg Backpackers Reviews

No 14 Umgwezi road, Ext 1, Emmarentia, Johannesburg, South Africa

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88 Total Reviews
  • 73%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 64%Staff
  • 51%Atmosphere
  • 71%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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A pleasant looking hostel, but one with little atmosphere, no lockers in the dorms, no internet, and a staff that is not always attentive. Like other reviewers I too was stranded outside the gate at one point, with no one coming until someone who dropped me off called them (which was a bit embarrassing). The guy working nights did not seem to care too much about things. Fixing these things would make this a great hostel.


Our stay here was completely opposite of what we were expecting from the website and previous reviews. I'm not sure what happened in the meantime. We checked in okay but the front desk staff told us that nothing was available (meaning bar/kitchen) and that was that. He showed us to our room and that was it. It felt like we were the only ones there. There was nothing going on at the hostel. Nothing.


when we arrived, we rang the bell as it is written on the gate (several times), nobody answered. we gave several phone calls, nobody answered. we could hear both the phone and the bell ringing inside the building. after 5-10mn weused the hooter, and the gate opened.

  • 20th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Not really vibey, but an affordable stop over and comfortable night's sleep


Add a proper sign outside on the gate. The hand written, small sign is not welcoming.

  • 6th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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