Backpacker lodges: Gauteng province

The Province

With a total area of 16 500 square kilometres, Gauteng is slightly smaller than the US state of New Jersey. While it’s South Africa’s smallest province, it has the second-largest population after KwaZulu-Natal, and by far the highest population density – over 570 people per square kilometre.

It is in an area known as The Highveld because of the high altitude. It’s also the economic hub of South Africa. Johannesburg, especially, is a fast-paced city and offers plenty to do, as does Pretoria, a short drive up the M1 highway.



Africa Centre Backpacker Guest Lodge and Travel Centre
Mufasa Backpackers


Mbizi Backpackers Lodge




Sunnyside Up Backpackers
Tom’s Backpackers


Cullinan Backpackers


Lal’Uphume Backpackers Inn


2BHappy Backpackers Lodge (Yeoville)
Accoustix @ Grant’s (Randburg)
African Footprints Lodge (Midrand)
Bob’s Bunkhouse (Edenvale)
Brown Sugar Backpackers (Observatory)
Diamond Diggers Backpackers (Kensington)
Gemini Backpackers (Edenvale)
Ghandi’s Back Packers and Lodge (Kensington)
Joburg Backpackers (Emmarentia)
Melville International Backpackers (Melville)
Pension Idube (Melville)
Sleek Backpackers (Blairgowrie)
The Backpackers Ritz of Johannesburg (Dunkeld West)
The Burches Backpackers Lodge – Johannesburg (Roosevelt Park)
Ululapa Backpackers (Crown Gardens)
Zoo Lodge (Parktown North)

OR Tambo International Airport

Airport Backpackers Lodge and Tours
Emerald Backpackers
Terrylin Backpackers Hostel


1322 BackPackers International (Hatfield)
Constantia Lodge (Meyerspark)
Friends Accommodation (Brooklyn)
Kia-Ora Backpack (Berea)
Pretoria Backpackers Lodge and Travel Centre (Clydesdale)


Soweto Backpackers (Orlando West)

Elsewhere in the Province

Ons Plek Country Kitchen (about 20km outside Pretoria, on the road to Hartbeesport Dam)

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