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Joburg Backpackers/Umgwezi Lodge

14 Umgwezi Road, extension 1 Emmarentia, Randburg 2195 South Africa
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#7 of 50 Speciality lodging in Randburg
This well established backpackers, will give you the parties and rest that you need on your travels. We are within a safe 5 min walk from top Restaurants, Bar's and night clubs, and for those of you that like to explore, let our trained staff help you with all your tour needs! We have all of the facilities you would expect from a top quality backpackers including WiFi, swimming pool and pool table (where you can challenge our in-house champ, or meet your fellow guests over a game and beer)!! We are a self catering facility, but we can place an order for you if you wish to have a lazy night in, in front of the fire!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-smoking hotel
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Outdoor pool
Shuttle bus service
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59Somewhat walkable
Grade: 59 out of 100
22Restaurantswithin 1 km
2Attractionswithin 1 km
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Lau_diez wrote a review Mar 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina94 contributions44 helpful votes
Very residential area, away from almost everything you’ll be doing. Rooms are super clean and comfortable BUT I wouldn’t call it a hostel; it lacks the hostel atmosphere; it’s more like a inn. Good value for money and super safe. But again, if you are looking for a hostel vibe this place isn’t it. Remakes for Beauty who was absolutely fantastic to us and helped us in everything.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
prabhavmusaddi89 wrote a review Sep 2016
Bengaluru, India521 contributions72 helpful votes
We visited Johannesburg in August along with a group of friends. This place was really nice, a good location to be in and not crowded at all. The facilities offered was good and the best thing was the Wifi, which was quite fast and the people in the hostel were very friendly and it is very worth while visiting as a solo traveler as well.
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Date of stay: August 2016
Jess H wrote a review Jul 2016
Abingdon, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed here a few times now with friends. Great location, clean and safe with a gate that locks (which can leave you stuck outside for a few minutes so be sure to keep their number handy for when you arrive just in case!). Price is good for what you need. Stayed in a room with 2 single beds and 1 room with bunk beds, both perfect for what we needed.
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
Upon A Travel wrote a review Feb 2016
Sao Paulo, SP229 contributions58 helpful votes
Dorms are big with ensuit toilet. The staff is nice and is a well cleaned place. Well located in a safe area with walking distance to markets and restaurants. They offer many tours and transfers services,
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Date of stay: February 2016
TravelerinMpumalanga wrote a review May 2015
Cape Town Central, South Africa2 contributions3 helpful votes
This was a fantastic backpackers! It is located in a beautiful and safe suburb within walking distance of a whole street of restaurants and bars. The accommodation was clean and tidy. The family rooms were lovely and the dorms were of excellent quality with lovely, clean, white linen. I would suggest maybe taking an extra blanket in winter though. The common area and garden was also very nice and kept tidy. The fact that there was a staff member on duty 24/7 was reassuring and helpful. There was more than enough kitchen space and there was enough kitchen utensils. The staff were also very friendly and accommodating. Lovely stay, especially for the price!
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Trip type: Travelled on business
US$33 - US$46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaGautengGreater JohannesburgRandburg
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Frequently Asked Questions about Joburg Backpackers/Umgwezi Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Joburg Backpackers/Umgwezi Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Johannesburg Botanical Garden (1.0 km), The Linden Market (1.1 km), and Jozi Real Food Market (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Joburg Backpackers/Umgwezi Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Is parking available at Joburg Backpackers/Umgwezi Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Joburg Backpackers/Umgwezi Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Duke's Burgers, Momo Baohaus, and Doppio Zero Greenside.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Joburg Backpackers/Umgwezi Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Joburg Backpackers/Umgwezi Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Joburg Backpackers/Umgwezi Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Joburg Backpackers/Umgwezi Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (6.0 km), Johannesburg Fort (6.3 km), and Nelson Mandela Foundation (5.2 km).