The Best Hostels in Johannesburg for Travelling Canadians

best hostels in JohannesburgThough both nations are part of the British Commonwealth, South Africa is a very different region than Canada and visitors may be a bit overwhelmed once they arrive in the southernmost part of the African continent. Anyone looking to save money while seeing the sights can choose one of the best hostels in Johannesburg rather than shell out hundreds of dollars a night at a hotel or resort.


Bobs Bunkhouse, 40 St. Anne Road Edenvale

Consistently rated as one of the best hostels in South America, Bob and wife Joan own this hostel and create one of the most welcoming atmospheres in all of the nation’s tourism locales. Only ten minutes away by cab, car, or bus from the international airport, Bobs is in good proximity to nearby restaurants, shops, flea markets, and pubs. Better still, the hostel has a shuttle service to get travelers to and from their destinations. With towels and breakfast provided it is a great way to stay in Johannesburg.

Moafrika Backpackers, 120 Sandham Road

Resembling a wildlife resort rather than a hostel, the Moafrika is an excellent way to get an introduction to South Africa on a budget. Their friendly and courteous staff provide a huge number of free amenities to visitors, including airport pickups, individual lockers and luggage storage, and breakfast. With day tours that run through the old and new parts of the city, the Moafrika is far away enough from the traffic to enjoy the tranquility.

Ghandi Backpackers Lodge

This historic house, constructed in 1889 prior to the South African Boer War, provides excellent access to the city’s shopping malls and museums. Close enough to the international airport in addition to the Parkstation bus service, tourists can use the Ghandi as a port of call for a busy day. Afterwards, they can kick off their shoes and take a dip in the poor, the lounge about the bar and plan the next day with the helpful staff. Tours into the country leave from the Ghandi and visitors can arrange for a travel plan upon arrival.

Melville International Backpackers, 37 1st Avenue

Located close to the student community, the Melville is part of the hip youth crowd. Within walking distance of galleries, bookshops, clothing boutiques, and eateries, it offers small but clean rooms at a low price. Locations like Gold Reef City and the Apartheid Museum are near enough that they can be seen in the morning and allow visitors to go on to the next sight in the afternoon.


Any Canadian can enjoy South Africa, but planning ahead ensures that your visit does not go awry. Go to Canuckabroad to get more details on travel ranging from lodging to sightseeing to transportation and put yourself ahead.