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Brown Sugar Backpackers

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9.6
Superb
729 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

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.

LOAD SHEDDING (Controlled power outages as per stages announced by our energy supplier)
1. We have a backup GENERATOR in case of power outages that ensures the lights, internet and all plugs are working.
2. We have gas geysers and gas for cooking meals and make a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate

HOT OR PACKED BREAKFAST IS OPTIONAL AS PER YOUR BOOKING SELECTION
1. We serve a hot breakfast to guests that booked or selected this option between 07h00 and 10h00 daily
2. Breakfast can be booked and paid for at reception, should you arrive early and need to line your stomach
3. If you leave before 07h00 the next day, the staff will prepare and pack a take-away breakfast as follow: One sandwich (brown or white bread), 1 x boiled egg or a muffin (if you don't eat eggs), 1 x fruit, 1 x small yogurt and 500ml Still bottled water. The packed or take away breakfast will be ready the previous evening by 20h30 and must be booked or requested by the guest before 20h00 the previous evening

FREE Wi-Fi (Fiber Internet) to all guest and available in the common areas and most of the rooms. Use your own device, get the code, log on and share your African experience with your friends and loved ones back home. Guests internet stations available.

ROOMS: Private Rooms are equipped with wall heaters, wall fans, wall safe, international plugs to charge your electronic devices for Europe, USA, Asia and wherever you come from. We sell adapters at reception. Outside private rooms have electric blankets to keep you warm in winter.

GAS GEYSERS: 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 underground piped gas, which is much safer than LPG or bottled gas.

RECEPTION HOURS: We are open from 07h00 to 22h00 on weekdays, which can be extended to 23h00 on Fridays and Saturday The bar area will remain open until 23h00 or later, depending on the vibe and guests.

We are a haven for people who prefer to do their own thing with a very laid back and calm atmosphere . 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 bar area doubles as a reception after 22h00 in the evenings. You can book all your transfers, car hire, Baz Bus tickets (Hop on Hop off Bus), pub lunches, dinners, and tours to Soweto, Apartheid Museum, Kruger National Park and the big bad city center.

TRANSFERS: Download the UBER and BOLT APP on your mobile phone and make use of them for the cheapest option. Public transport 200m from our gate or use Standard Meter taxi's, which can be more expensive than UBER.

TRANSFERS
We no longer offer a free pickup from the airport after the Covid-19 pandemic as we had to sell our vehicles and no longer have a driver. Please use UBER or BOLT taxi's in and around Johannesburg

SHOPPING: We are 5 minutes from Eastgate International Shopping Mall, which contains all the major banks, money exchange, shopping, eating and cinema facilities you could ever want. Across the road from this mall is Park Meadows Shopping Mall where you will find Pick 'n Pay, Food Lovers Market and other shops.
Oriental City (Chinese stores) is walking distance from us where you can buy cheap electronics, travel gadgets and cheap African Arts & Crafts to take home as gifts or souvenirs

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 communal and self-catering kitchen with a gas stove and all the crockery, cutlery, pans and pots to whip up and enjoy your own meals.
We offer pub lunches (truly South African) between 11h45 and 13h45 daily and prepare fresh home cooked dinners every evening, served between 19h00 and 19h30 and very popular with guests and we cater for vegetarians. Vegetables and or salad served with all dinners.
Note: We cater for Vegans, Vegetarians and Pescatarians. Bookings essential


SWIMMING POOL (Not heated, this is Africa)
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.



We cannot wait to meet you and show you Jo'burg!

Reviews & Ratings

9.6
Superb
729 Total Reviews
  • Security
    10
  • Location
    9.5
  • Staff
    10
  • Atmosphere
    9.5
  • Cleanliness
    9
  • Value for Money
    9.5
  • Facilities
    10

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8.6
Fabulous
May 23, 2024
Staff were friendly and by Uber it was easy and quick to get to the city center and other places of interest.
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Male, 41+
10
Superb
May 03, 2024
Lovely place and even more lovely staff, the owner was incredibly hospitable we chatted with her for hours, they took care of us, fed us, very clean accommodations and common areas, located in a safe part of the city, highly recommended you’ll love it here, if I ever come back this is the place I’m coming back to!
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All Male Group, 25-30
10
Superb
Jan 14, 2024
a home far away from home!
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Female, 25-30

Facilities

  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Swimming Pool
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • BBQ
    • Adaptors
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Cooker
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Dryer
    • Cable TV
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Reading Light
    • Hair Dryers For Hire
    • Parking
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Ceiling fan
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
    • Flexible NRR
    • Covid-19 safe
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Fax Service
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Currency Exchange
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Housekeeping
    • Late check-out
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Bar
    • Meals Available
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Board Games
    • Games Room
    • Pool Table
    • Wi-Fi

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