Hi travellers, welcome to Africa's Zoo Lodge Backpackers. 'YOUR HAVEN IN THE JOHANNESBURG JUNGLE'We are proud to announce that we are the primary listing for backpacker accommodation in the Johannesburg Northern Suburbs in both the Lonely Planet and Lets Go Guide Books for South Africa.The Lodge ... More
Africa's Zoo Lodge Backpackers
Hi travellers, welcome to Africa's Zoo Lodge Backpackers. 'YOUR HAVEN IN THE JOHANNESBURG JUNGLE'We are proud to announce that we are the primary listing for backpacker accommodation in the Johannesburg Northern Suburbs in both the Lonely Planet and Lets Go Guide Books for South Africa.The Lodge is situated in the lush northern suburbs of Jo'burg and offers you the comforts of home. Within walking distance you will find the shopping and entertainment districts of Rosebank and Hyde Park. Do your banking, go to the movies, treat yourself to a meal at one of the 40 restaurants, or go to a club.Experience the Great African Curio Market and flea market or stroll to the Zoo get an intro to wildlife, or the Zoo Lake for a romantic row in a boat with your better half.You may prefer to relax in our treed gardens or take a dip in the swimming pool. Weekend B-B-Q's are the order of the day.Browse our travel centre where our trained staff can assist you with travel arrangements:- book a day tour, overland trip, accommodation, car hire or transport.A pick-up can be arranged at a cost.
We booked several nights for a group while working on a project in one of the townships. We wanted someplace safe and not too rowdy, although members of our group are reasonably tolerant and some have traveled widely with primitive accomodations. The outside facilities are pretty, but inside there are unattached floorboards, rooms lit be a single low-illumination bare bulb, plumbing that does not work, and questionable wiring. Worst was the manager, who drank heavily much of the time (as did his assistant), make lewd comments to women, and occasionally spoke in an abusive manner. There was much coming and going by people who were not "guests." On the last night before we left, someone knocked on the door of the two youngest in our group three times, and passed out on the floor after the last time. Eventually, it was not clear if we were safer inside or outside the locked gates and we had to move to a hotel.
My husband and I stayed in the Africa Zoo Lodge Backpackers in Parktwon North for a week in the beginning of October. The staff and owner were absolutley fantastic.They went out of there way to make sure we had everything we needed at the lodge and for our ownward travels. Great stuff Well Done Derek and Tim
After staying at Zoo Lodge in November 2005 and returning this year in March, the improvements at this backpacker are awesome!
Inside its tidy and clean, there is new bed linen in all the rooms including the dorms, the new manager is friendly, enthusiaistic and helpful! There's also a new stove, a new washing machine, a new microwave and satelitte TV has been installed and the gym is just brilliant!
Security has also been upgraded and even though this was not a poblem before, one feels safe and one's belongings are secure.
I was also reminded how central and convenient Zoo Lodge is. Its close to all the major routes and highways and getting around is quick and easy. Public transport and mini bus taxis pass the lodge on a regular basis and there is also sufficient parking on the property if you're driving.
The suburb of Rosebank is a 10 minute walk and it offers everything you may need - inexpensive restuarants, cinemas, cafe's, pubs, a major supermaket, several banks, pharmacies and travel agents. An underground station is currently being built, so getting to and from the airport will also be a breeze in the near future.
I look forward to staying at Zoo Lodge again and would recommend it to anyone visiting or passing through Johannesburg.
Dont miss the Friday night braai (barbeque) fresh ostrich, prawns, steak, chicken, salads and its free!
We, a group of 10, stayed for 5 nights in preparation of our trip through South Africa.
Bushy and the staff were excellent in all aspects of service and giving us advise for our onward travels. We highly recommend Africa's Zoo Lodge to anybody wanting safe, clean and happening accommodation.
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