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Ghandi Backpackers Lodge
Reviewed March 30, 2011

This is a great place to stay. It is modern, clean, quiet and run by a nice Swiss from Zurich.

Food at the nearby Portuguese resturant was excellent. The two watchdog were well behaved and had been trained to sleep: tickle a foot and they may wake up.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 17, 2011

We got picked up (for free) at the airport by Chris and brought over to a nice villa in the quiet Kensington area of Johannesburg. Done up over two years ago by Heinz, it was just the perfect spot to drop our bags and soak up the big city atmosphere. There is a variety of sleeping options from dorms to family rooms, a medium sized swimming pool, a bar, a TV/Sitting room and a fully equipped kitchen, which turns out to be quite handy as there are not too many eating options close by. Light breakfast (cereals, toasts, coffee/tea) is included.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2010

Absolutely the best choice to stay in Joburg. It's in the nice residential suburb Kensington, central to everything else, the best location.
The dorm is very basic with only one light switch also for the bathrooms (not practical when people are already sleeping). Don't expect too much privacy. If you want that, book a private room. There are heaters in the room, little typical SA ones, but they work!
In the main building you feel quickly at home. A brand new big and complete kitchen with free breakfast! A living room with tv. Swimming pool on the terrace. A cosy bar with an ever friendly Heinz always at your service, easy going guy...
Easy internet use + printer!
FREE!!! airport and busstop drop off. In a city where public transport is not existing and taxi rates are so high (about 15EUR for 15min) this is definately one of their biggest assets. And driver Chris is superfriendly and flexible. You would just want to cruise the whole day with this guy.
After 3 days in and out because I did excursions from here I felt like coming home and being part of the family.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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1  Thank cinsy
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

Get a Single Ensuite Room on the return from Kruger NP. Price is reasonable as it is ensuite, with very clean room & shower, the toilet really nice, comparable to 2-3 stars hotel standard. Heater provided in the room too.
I saw the dorm area too, while looks standard, but they have many shower stalls inside, which I think it is necessary (unlike the problem I faced in another BP that actually on the same street).
Supposed to have free pick up, but the owner went to airport to pick up other guests though while I am in bus station. And when I called him up, he asked me to take taxi and shall refund. They did give me the refund, but not in full, as they have their own fixed charge for pick up, while taxi driver normally charge more.
Drop off to airport is not cheap though, but they are others who charge even more.
Transportation is Jo'burg is problematic!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 14, 2010

I cannot rate this beautiful lodge enough. It is run by an experienced manager and staff, it simply is the best place to stay in joburg. High standards of cleanliness and hospitality

On a daily basis the whole place is thoroughly cleaned. Heinz is the most pleasant host and probably the most respectful person I met in Joburg

Stayed here twice, will always stay here nowhere else is good enough!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2016, traveled solo
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Address: 15 Doris Street, Johannesburg 2094, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
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Ranked #16 of 121 Specialty Lodging in Johannesburg
Price Range: $27 - $34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 32

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