Brown Sugar Backpackers
Brown Sugar is housed in a safe and secure mansion just 15 mins from the airport & 10 from the city centre...
This very spacious, 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!
We offer a FREE PICK UP service from ORTIA (OR Tambo International Airport) and PARK STATION (The central bus and train station) when you stay with us.
A 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. Breakfast is served from 07h00 to 10h00 daily.
We have 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. private room also have electric blankets to keep you warm in winter.
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. Meter taxi's are very expensive and our rates are always cheaper. We are 5 minutes from Eastgate International Shopping Mall which contains all the major banks, shopping, eating and cinema facilities you could ever want. The Bruma African Flea Market, biggest in Joburg, is on the same route and you can buy cheap African Art and 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 grockery, 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.
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 Eastren 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!
Availability & RatesTo view availability and prices please select dates and click 'Update Dates'
- 24 hour security
- Airport transfers
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book exchange
- Breakfast Included
- Cable TV
- Card phones
- Ceiling fan
- Common Room
- Currency exchange
- Fax Service
- Free Parking
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Meals Available
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Outdoor Terrace
- Pool Table
- Postal Service
- Reading Light
- Safety Deposit Box
- Swimming Pool
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
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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 Hostel World you need to send us your FLIGHT DETAILS (Flight number and ETA) via e-mail. One of our friendly drivers will meet you with a name board at arrivals.
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). You can wait at the upper level by the Rennies Foreign Exchange office where our driver will meet you as this 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 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 * SANDTON (Mandela Square) * ROSEBANK