Johannesburg

HomeBase Melville Backpackers

Facilities

Our rooms range from private en-suites to privates with shared bathrooms, dormitories and family rooms to suit all budgets. All our rooms are individually decorated with unique themes and facilities necessary to your stay. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.

Mingle and connect with your fellow travelers in our TV Lounge or shared kitchen that is fully equipped with every possible thing  you may need to whip up a gourmet meal! Free WiFi available in all common areas.

After a long day of exploring Johannesburg, you can only end it by enjoying a cold one in our on-site bar while sharing experience with others and making new friends.

Our swimming pool is so stunning, you don’t even have to swim sometimes, just chill by it and take a pic! Dip in, chill out and enjoy a sunny day with your sunglasses on and maybe a cocktail for control!

We offer a reliable transport service from and to the O.R. Tambo International Airport. It’s cheaper, quicker and safer. To arrange airport transfer, please contact us on the details provided on this site:

Free private parking is available on site, please contact our reception to arrange in time.

HomeBase Melville Backpackers is your ideal suburban backpackers located in the vibrant heart of gold in Africa – Johannesburg. It is in easy walking distance to the famous 7th Avenue with all its fantastic eateries, clubs, galleries, bookshops, offbeat clothing shops and music bars. Melville is unique in its vibe as it reflects the surrounding Media/Arts student communities in this part of Johannesburg.

Reconfigured and redecorated to maximize the experience and stay of our guests, you can expect an international level stay with a South African flair. We offer a mini-breakfast every morning from 7:30 to 9:30 including toast, cereal, tea and coffee – just what you need to get the day going.

There is a large variety of transport solutions around our hostel, including Tuk Tuks, metered cabs,  Johannesburg Park Station and Gautrain station.

Our reception is open from 07h30 until 22h00 daily, upon arrival you will be greeted to a warm welcome, and be pleasantly surprised by our funky, yet cozy hostel! At reception, there are conveniently located flyers, tours, information, maps and ever friendly staff with a wealth of information, giving you everything you need to complete your holiday experience. Such things include Soweto Tours, Apartheid Museum, National Military Museum, Game Parks, Botanical Gardens, and much more. We can also book transfers, taxis, tuk tuks, and rental cars.

Also, we are an approved agent and drop-off zone for “BAZBUS”, South Africa’s convenient hop-on hop-off, door-to-door, backpacker’s bus service where you can be conveniently dropped right at our door. Don’t forget the free WIFI!

10 Interesting Facts About Johannesburg

  1. There is only one other city on the continent that is bigger than Joburg, and that is the bustling metropolis of Cairo in Egypt. Johannesburg is the second biggest city on Africa.
  2. The Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital is the largest acute hospital in the world, with 2 964 beds, is the only public hospital serving the 3.5 million people in Soweto, Johannesburg.
  3. Johannesburg is the world’s biggest man-made forest, with over 10 million trees. This number is set to grow, as City Parks launched the Greening Soweto project in 2006, with the goal of planting an extra 200 000 trees in the famous township. Not only do Joburg’s trees combat the greenhouse effect, they help reduce noise in this ‘urban jungle’.
  4. Johannesburg is the world’s largest city not built on a coastline, or on a lake or river. That’s why Joburg is also called the world’s biggest ‘dry port’. More than half of the cargo that arrives through the ports of Durban and Cape Town arrives at the container terminal at City Deep.
  5. With the rich archaeological site known as the Cradle of Humankind on the outskirts of the city, it’s not surprising that 40% of the planet’s human ancestor fossils have been discovered in the Joburg area.
  6. The Johannesburg Zoo based in Parktown, is over 100 years old, and houses the only two polar bears in Africa – Geebee (who came from Canada) and Wang (who came from Japan).
  7. OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the biggest and busiest airport on the continent of Africa. It is estimated that 28 million passengers pass through its terminals every year.
  8. There is also a Johannesburg in California, although it only has a population of 176 people (2000 census). It was named by miners who had worked in the gold mines of Johannesburg, South Africa.
  9. The Shaft of Terror, located at the popular amusement park of Gold Reef City, is a vertical-drop roller coaster that has the distinction of being the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa. It has a 47-metre drop, and a G force of over 6 Gs!
  10. Johannesburg is the home of Kwaito music, a catchy genre of African house music that was born in the 90s and has become a South African phenomenon. It is most famous for its catchy lyrics that embody post-apartheid township culture.