ZAR 135 per night
ZAR 135 per night
The Birches Backpackers Lodge, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Birches Backpackers Lodge

Johannesburg, South Africa - 39 Anton Van Wouw Street, Franklin Roosevelt Park

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Description - Hostel

A small comfortable Lodge with 20 beds (linen provided) in several different sized rooms. Separate shower, bath and toilets facilities.
Relaxation deck, and thatch lapa (with communal dining table) and swimming pool. Barbecue facility available, otherwise some self cooking facilities are available. Larger group meals may be arranged by booking with the Lodge reception.
We provide breakfasts from R25. 00 per meal, evening meals from R30. 00, and between meals snacks from R20. 00.

Medical TOURISM:
Various medical facilities e. g. The EYE Hospital, various key specialist treatment facilities (Milpark, Sandton, Rosebank and various other hospitals & medical centres) who are major providers to foreign or out-of-town patients, are close to the Lodge - we provide a safe and quiet base for patient stays as well as assisting with transport arrangements to/from these facilities.

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Many different types of restaurants/cuisines and take away eateries are close by.
Call-delivery services for fast and restaurant food delivered to the Lodge - request menus and assistance from the Lodge staff.
Shops, Banks, Travel Bureaus, shops/malls, curios, markets, banks & ATMs close by.

The nearest underground railway station is an easy 6 km in Rosebank with another station about 8 km away, both in big retail shopping and entertainment districts.
The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens are 1. 5 km away, and the nearest banks (including foreign exchange services) and ATMs are an easy 500 metres from the Lodge gates.

For directions from the International airports, train or bus terminals, request directions from the lodge.
For road travellers, from the N3 highway, take the Beyers Naude Drive off-ramp and proceed in Beyers Naude Drive for approximately 8 km in the direction of Johannesburg City Centre, south. At the intersection of Mendelsohn Road, turn left and immediately right onto Anton von Wouw Street. Proceed about 500 m down the road, and number 39 will be on the right-hand side.

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The space
  • Property type: Hostel
  • Guest rooms/units: 5
  • Year built: 1948
  • Renovated: 2011
Hostel accommodations

Lowest price available: ZAR 135 (South African Rand)

Mixed Dorm Twin
  • Check-in: 2:00pm
  • Check-out: 9:00am

Hostel amenities

A relaxation deck overlooks a tranquil garden of Birch trees. Alongside the swimming pool is a covered entertainment area nestled in lush gardens.
We provide breakfasts from R25. 00 per meal, evening meals from R30. 00, and between meals snacks from R20. 00
A tea/coffee station with fridge and microwave facilities allows guests to self cater.
Braai/barbecue facilities are available.
Free WiFi is available

Booking agents for Baz Bus Hop-on Hop-off bus and other Southern African Tours.

BBQ area Breakfast (extra charge) Gardens Gay friendly Linen included Pets not allowed Pool (outdoor) Smoking not permitted Tour/sightseeing assistance WIFI (free)

Room amenities

Comfortable firm bunks, full linen, comfortable and quiet rooms/dorms

Backpacker facilities Non-smoking rooms Shared bathroom Television not available


Situated in a forest life, quiet suburb of northern Johannesburg, with nearby shopping malls, entertainment complexes, various well known sporting venues, parks and biking/hiking trails.
Mini/mache and normal golf, indoor swimming bath, botanical and zoological gardens, running, cycling, hiking, nature and game reserves are all close.

Points of interest
  • Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (1km)
  • Melville Koppies Nature Reserve and Anthropological Site/tour (1km)
  • Maropeng Museum, Sterkfontein Caves, Lion and Rhino Conservancy (30km)
  • Lion Park, Krugersdorp Game Reserve (35km)
  • Johannesburg Zoological Garden & Lake (7km)
  • Walter Sizulu Botanical Garden & Little Falls (spectacularly beautiful, 20k
  • Elephant Sanctuary, Monkey Sanctuary (70km)
  • De Wildt Cheetah and Wild Dog Sanctuary (80km)
  • Constitutional Hill Museum/tour (10km)
  • Apartheid & Victor Peterson Museums (20km)
  • Beer Museum (12km)
  • Mountain Sanctuary Reserve (90km)
  • Joburg Theatre (opera, stage shows, plays, ballet, restaurants, bars) (10km
  • Monte Casino, hotels, casino, Teatro (big shows operas musicals etc., 15km)
  • Lippizaner Horses (Sunday performances) (25km)

Food and drink
Eating out
Doppio Zero
High quality mixed International cuisine with strong Middle Eastern influence
Sophia's Cafe
Greek/International excellent cuisine
Best pizza & pasta place anywhere - highly recommended, quality , awesome service, reasonably priced and great atmosphere
Awesome Indian cuisine
Full Stop
Vibey mixed cuisine, strong Italian influence

Price details

ZAR 135 - 345 per night (South African Rand)

Group rates available for groups of 10 adults or more

An additional deposit may be requested prior to arrival. If so, you will be contacted directly after you confirm your booking.

Credit cards accepted on location: VisaVisa ElectronMasterCardMaestro UK

Available discounts


Booking and cancellation policy

Unless otherwise specified, booking payments are non-refundable.

50% deposit payable with booking

Cancellation fee 50% of total accommodation amount if cancelled less than 48 hours prior to arrival, 10% cancellation fee if cancelled more than 48 hours prior to arrival.

Breakfasts (and other special meal arrangements) are to be arranged and advised in advance with the lodge, and payable directly to the lodge.

Location - Hostel

39 Anton Van Wouw Street, Franklin Roosevelt Park
South Africa  02195

Latitude: -26.1473, Longitude: 27.98745

How to get there

For directions from various arrival points in and around the city, enquire from the Lodge for the best route advice.

Underground/metro & above ground railway stations as close as 6km
Various bus routes pass nearby. Taxis, shuttles, car hire, readily available.

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Nearest airport: Lanseria International - 29 km; OR Tambo International - 44 km