Once in Joburg

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Once in a Lifetime Experience

Situated in Braamfontein, Once in Joburg is an All Star Hostel, providing that same fun and vibrant atmosphere as our other hostel Once in Cape Town.

Our shared dorms fit no more than 4 people, either mixed or female-only, with en-suite bathrooms with shower, toilet and basin. You will sleep in our custom made beds, including a locker with a charging facility for your electronics and a reading light.

Several types of private rooms are also available, including Double Beds, Twin Rooms, Triple and even family-size. 4-Star Hotel facilities are included, such as Air conditioning, Flat screen TV, Tea and Coffee, Hanging Space and a safe. Also, check out our balcony floor.

Free breakfast is included for all guests, served at The Immigrant, our own in-house restaurant.

Our communal space is great to meet new people, plan your trip and even work. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the hostel.

Our Concierge service will help you book the best tours & activities from the local red bus, the Kruger National Park Big 5 (Safari), Graffiti tours, car hire and much more.

Braamfontein is the cultural and student hub of Johannesburg. We are close to Wits University, Constitution Hill, the Civic Centre and Newton. Also very near the Museum of Africa, Joburg Zoo, Carlton Centre and the South African Museum of Military History. Not to mention the best Retail Stores, Restaurants, Breweries, Coffee Shops, Bars and Clubs.

Rooms Types Available:

  • Twin rooms
  • Double rooms
  • Dorms





Canopy That Tree

Between Hartbeespoort and Rustenburg lies the 120 km Magaliesberg mountain range – a beautiful natural environment only 1,5 hours drive from Johannesburg. This 2400 million year old rock formation is the second oldest in the world and its surroundings are an ideal location for a full day of fun. The Canopy Tour allows you to view this environment from a bird’s eye perspective.

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Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1999. Experience the Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves in a fun filled day tour. This fun-filled full day tour starts at the Maropeng Visitors Centre. Read up on the facts about the evolution of the world and especially humankind.

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Lesedi Cultural Village

Enjoy an authentic African experience on this half day tour. We take you to Lesedi Cultural Village, where you will enjoy the rich African culture first hand. The people of Lesedi have created an African ambiance that you won’t find elsewhere! Visit five traditional villages including Xhosa, Zulu, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele. 

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Orlando Towers

Trying to blow-dry your hair in an ecologically responsible way? Fan of Nitro Circus and you want some action yourself? Then go up the Orlando Towers in Soweto for the jump of a lifetime! The hugely adrenaline-intensive bungee jump from Orlando Towers in Soweto, near Johannesburg, is the first one in the world to be set up between the cooling towers of a power station. 

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Soweto and Johannesburg Tour

Soweto consists of a community of extremes. On the one hand there is abject poverty and on the other hand there is extraordinary wealth in the upper class suburbs such as Diepkloof Extension and Selection Park. Some of the houses in that area sell for over one and two million rands. Today Soweto is the largest Black residential area in South Africa

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