Brown Sugar Backpackers
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.
We offer a FREE PICK UP service from ORTIA (OR Tambo International Airport) and PARK STATION (The central bus, train and Gautrain station) when you stay with us between 07h00 and 22h00. (Read the Terms & Conditions)
FREE buffet type BREAKFAST is INCLUDED in the rates and consist of: Eggs, bread, jam, cheese, cold meat, fresh fruit, cereal and muesli, yogurt, fruit juice, tea and coffee. On selected days we have freshly baked muffins and other surprises. Breakfast is served from 07h00 to 10h00 daily. Note: Should you depart before 07h00, we will provide a take away breakfast for you.
FREE Wi-Fi and guest stations with fast ADSL internet, so bring your own device, get the code, log on and share your African experience with your friends and loved ones back home.
Wall HEATERS and FANS in all the rooms with international plugs to charge your electronic devices for Europe, USA, Asia and where ever you come from and we sell adapters at reception. private room also have electric blankets to keep you warm in winter.
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 under ground gas, which is much safer than LPG or bottled gas.
Reception open from 07h00 to 22h00 but the bar area will remain open until 00h00 or later, depending on the vibe and guests. We sell SIM cards (starter packs) and vouchers for your mobile phone and all RICA'd so just pay, load and be connected in Africa.
We are a haven for people who prefer to do their own thing. 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 well-stocked bar doubles as a reception after 22h00 in the evening. You can book all your transfers, car hire, Baz Bus tickets, dinners, and tours to Soweto, Apartheid Museum, Kruger National Park and the big bad city center.
We have our own drivers and vehicles due to the poor public transport in Johannesburg (South Africa) for your convenience and offer transfers at the set rates. Public transport 200m from our gate or use Meter taxi's, which is often expensive. We will match or beat any meter taxi rates. We are 5 minutes from Eastgate International Shopping Mall, which contains all the major banks, shopping, eating and cinema facilities you could ever want. Accross the road from the mall is Food Lovers Market. Markets of the world is on the same route and you can buy cheap African Art & Crafts and souvenirs for your friends and family before you fly out.
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 kitchen with a gas stove and all the crockery, cutlery, pans and pots to whip up and enjoy your own meals. Free tea and coffee all day long for our guests. We offer pub lunches (truly South African) from 12h00 to 14h00 daily and prepare fresh home cooked dinners every evening from 19h00 to 19h30 and very popular with guests and we cater for vegetarians. Vegetables and salad served with all dinners.
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.
Browse our web site and go to the ACTIVITIES page to view all the tourist attractions, clubs and activities in and around Brown Sugar and or Joburg. We have added active links for your convenience to view, read and plan your trip in advance so that you don't miss a beat while on holiday in our beautiful country.
We have an ELECTRONIC BOOKLET with all the facilities on what is on offer at Brown Sugar Backpackers Lodge.
We cannot wait to meet you and show you Joburg!
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 Hour Security
- Airport Transfers
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Free Breakfast
- Cable TV
- Card Phones
- Ceiling Fan
- Child Friendly
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Currency Exchange
- Telephone/Fax Facilities
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Parking
- Free WiFi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- Internet Access
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Late check-out
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Security Lockers
- Luggage Storage
- Meals Available
- No Curfew
- Non Smoking
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Outdoor Terrace
- Pet Friendly
- Pool Table
- Postal Service
- Reading Light
- Reception (limited hours)
- Safe Deposit Box
- Shuttle Bus
- Steam Room
- Swimming Pool
- Taxes not included
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
- Towels Included
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 2 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
MAIN RECEPTION HOURS from 07h00 to 22h00 daily
Note: The day staff will open the hostel at 06h30 for cleaners to start with public areas
Reception will flow over to the bar from 22h00 until about 23h00/24h00
Tip: Make sure you ask the manager or staff member on duty how to get in and out of the property between 23h00 and 06h30
CHECK IN TIME is from 12h00 only
Note: If your room is ready before 12h00 the staff will allow you to check in before 12h00. During April to November we are very busy with group bookings and this can delay the occupation of the booked room on date of arrival if the group checked out on this date.
CHECK OUT TIME IS STRICTLY at 10h00 on date of departure, dorm beds included
Note: If you leave later in the day you are welcome to lock your stuff in our day storage while you explore Jo'burg before you depart later in the day or evening.
If you need to enter or exit the hostel between 23h00 and 06h30, please notify the staff to gain access codes and remote control.
PLEASE NOTE AND RESPECT OUR NON-SMOKING AREAS:
* ALL Bedrooms including the Cabins and Dorms
* Dinning room
* Common areas and Lounges
* Internet and Telephone Area
* Main Reception
Guests are welcome to smoke in all the outside areas, patios and balconies, at the swimming pool and on the cabin veranda's and the boma area.
Day and Long term Luggage Storage: All left luggage must be marked clearly with a name, surname, date left and contact details on the provided luggage tags.
Left luggage will be kept/stored for a maximum of 10 (ten) days at no charge, thereafter we will charge ZAR10 per day for up to 60 (sixty) days. Unclaimed luggage will be disposed of after 60 days without warning if you did not notify us in writing.
FULL PAYMENT of the outstanding balance is required on check in where we accept cash and all major master and visa credit cards. We do not accept American Express or Diners Club credit cards. If you fail to pay your account on date of arrival; we require your passport/s to be handed in at reception for safe keeping until the account is paid in full on or before departure.
We offer a FREE pickup service (transfer) from the OR Tambo Airport (previousy know as Johanneburg International Airport), which cannot be exchanged for a free drop off at any time.
NOTE: The Free pickup service is EXCLUDED for all groups and 5 (five) or more passengers, guest with discounted rates and single camping guests
Please read our reservation and cancellation policy on our web page when you confirm your booking with us. Hostel World bookings not cancelled via the Hostel World booking system within 48-hours will be liable for the FULL payment of the first night.
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PLEASE NOTE: We offer a FREE pick up service from the OR Tambo International Airport and or Park Station (The main bus and train station).
After you have confirmed your reservation at Brown Sugar Backpackers with HostelWorld you need to send us your FLIGHT DETAILS (Flight number and ETA) via e-mail to verify if you qualify for the FREE pickup that is valid Monday to Sunday from 07h00 to 22h00 daily. We will send you an e-mail with all the details.
Park Station pick up service: We are about 10-15 minutes by car from the station. Just call us when your bus or train has arrived (they are not always on time so do not call us from the bus). You MUST call us on 011 648 7397 when you have arrived and we will tell you where to wait. It will be on the upper level where the Gaubus departs (Red City Sightseeing Hop-on-hop-off bus) because our driver will meet you as this terminal where that is a safe place to wait.
SELF DRIVE (RENTAL CAR)
ADDRESS: 75 Observatory Avenue, Observatory Extension 1, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
If you do not have a GPS navigation system, do not panic as we are easy to find.
1. From OR Tambo International Airport you must take the R24 (West) route towards JOHANNESBURG.
2. Drive on the highway until you pass through the Gilloolys Interchange.
3. When you see EASTGATE Shopping Mall on your left move over to the right hand lane as you will approach the FIRST traffic light.
4. At the traffic light turn RIGHT into MARCIA Street and follow the road that makes a sharp turn to the left around the dam.
5. Keep on MARCIA Street that becomes OBSERVATORY Avenue until you reach Bezuidenhout Valley Park in the dip on your left.
6. At the top of the road you will go through a 3-WAY TRAFFIC light and we are about 200m on the RIGHT No 75.
Have a safe trip and remeber to keep left in SA!
* OR TAMBO International Airport (ORTIA)
* PARK STATION (Central bus, Gaubus, Gautrain and Train station)
* EASTGATE INTERNATIONAL SHOPPING MALL
* JOHANNESBURG CITY CENTRE (10 minutes by car)
* DOWNTOWN (10 minutes by car)
* BRUMA AFRICAN MARKET
* 'CHINA TOWN' walking distance for small grocery, fresh vegetables and fruit supplies
* MAJOR BANKS and RESTAURANTS
* SOWETO and APARTHEIDS Museum
* RADIUM BEERHALL (Oldest surviving pub and grill in Joburg)...5km
* SANDTON (Mandela Square)