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Mbizi Backpackers Lodge Reviews

288 Trichardt Road, Parkdene, Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

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301 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 77%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 91%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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We were doing a saffari nearby Joburg and stayed at mbizi and we had an absolutely great time there! They've got very comfy beds with really nice electric blankets, spotless toilets and a big and well equipped kitchen. There's also a nice collection of DVDs in the living room and an awesome backyard with a pool and a bar with a great selection of drinks, pool and a huge tv. Patrick the owner is extremely friendly and helpful and we are sure to go back there on our next visit to Joburg! Thanks!


We didn't feel confortable at the Hostel. The door of the room couldn't lock and it wasn't fixed during our stay.

  • 15th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Very funny and nice host. We will definitely remember this experience as it was quite special.


There were no any signs outside the hostel. It's an easy effort put it there and it would help customers a lot to find there.


Great little home away from home. Patrick is wonderfully helpful.


PRO Nice bar, nice atmosphere, friendly host CONTRA no heating in the room, just heating blankets, small bathroom, breakfast consists of toast, butter and jam, sometimes the jam was even missing.


Patrick (the owner) is a very nice guy. I had a family issue and he was very kind to me. The airport pick-up was at the time and everything happened well.


Close to airport but far from any attractions. Expensive Taxis needed to get anywhere so would be more useful for those with a car. Patrick, the owner, was an excellent and welcoming host and accommodation was very comfortable and homely


I literally felt at home in Mbizi and Patrick will do his best to make it happen. I'm very glad I decided to stay in his stablishment and I would definitely stay there again.


Easy access to main road for day trips in the rental. There's also plenty of information about tour buses. The owner is really nice and accomodating. We spent some time at the bar during the World Cup, had a great time playing pool and socializing with people from all around the world. Thank you!

  • 23rd Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Nice and clean hostel in a safe location. It's a bit far from the center of Joburg, but the manager will help you arrange trips into the town if wanted. I can't say much about the atmosphere as I travelled in low season, but I think this can be a good place when it's more crowded!


Very helpful, cool place. I dig it.

  • 13th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Patrick was a great host and took very good care of us. We only had a short time in Johannesburg, so he helped us set an itinerary that best suited our schedule. The tent out back was great and we were able to have a drink and relax, which was very nice. The property is very close to the airport (ask Patrick ahead of time about getting picked up!). However, it's not very close to anything else so be prepared to cab wherever you want to go. Overall, I recommend this place.


Mbizi hostel made our trip in Johannesburg, the staff are amazing friendly and helpful. The hostel itself is beautiful and clean, great back garden, lots of movies to chill out and watch in the lounge, great bar and well stocked kitchen with all the equipment you would possibly need, plenty of books and an abundance of travel information available for all types of travelers.


Really nice place to stay. People were fun and always helpful. They all really loved South Africa and are willing to book tours. Rooms were affordable. Rooms are average, I was sweating every night because of the moisture creeping in. Other then that, really enjoyed my experience.

  • 6th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Afghanistan
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Owners are very nice people, overall Ihighly recommend

  • 31st May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Mexico
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Patrick and the guys are awesome. Super hospitable and were able to suggest good places to eat and check out. Will always stay here when staying in Jo-berg. Felt like home immediately.


Owner (Patrick) is a really chill and laid back guy! Boksburg is safe but there is nothing in the area. No supermarket within easy walking distance. Expensive to get in and out of the city. Airport is about 20 min away, transfer for reasonable R120. Clean and basic, but one issue is there is only 1 bathroom. Can be long waits. No locks or safes. Breakfast was only toast and coffee (a pain because nothing is close by). Good if just taking a tour with pickup, otherwise too far away!


Hostel in a safe and tranquil area. Cheap and good Chinese food close by. Tv room (with many dvd's), WiFi and clean showers. Only negative point is that the owners decided to put more beds in each room then they should, leaving few space to put your luggage away. Breakfast was included but very basic.


Fantastic stay in this lovely laid back hostel. Bar and communal areas are great and Patrick is the perfect host. Also great DVD collection! (Promise to watch bill hicks with you next time we visit!) Phil

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