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Johannesburg is the New York of Africa. It is the gateway to the most famous national park in Africa known as Kruger. Absorbing both African and international influences, it has its own culturally rich identity. Also known as Egoli, translated to the City of Gold, it was built around the gold rush in the 1900s. It is now leading the way in fashion, music, art and finance. We choose to be in the cultural hub of Braamfontein because we believe that the area gives the most real vibe of central Johannesburg - where you can experience everyday life surrounded by students, travellers, academics, alchemists and artists. Once in Joburg is a way of life that incorporates both long stay and short stay travelers that range from students and young corporate to budget backpackers and digital professionals on the move. SLEEP, EAT, EXPLORE at ONCE IN JOBURG, located in the vibrant student area of Braamfontein. It is surrounded by skyscrapers, street vendors, art, many great bars and restaurants. Once in Joburg is a place for the avid solo traveler, couples and families. We offer 4-sleeper dorm beds, twin rooms, private double rooms and triple rooms. All the rooms have an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and free fast WiFi. All our rooms have a personal safe and hanging space for your clothes. Our in-house restaurant and bar, The Immigrant gives the hostel a really great vibe as you are able to interact with guests staying at the hostel and the locals who frequent the bar. Breakfast is served daily at our in-house restaurant which is included in your booking. All our staff at Once in Joburg are energetic, fun and very helpful, if you need to book any tour from our tour desk, do an activity or simply want to have a guided tour with a friend. Our staff have free daily activities that brings the hostel together for a fun time of meeting people from around the world and sharing various stories about their travels. The coolest activities are “WineNot” on a Friday night and taking guests to the Neighbourgoods Market on a Saturday morning. Explore Johannesburg! There are many things that one could do in Johannesburg. Go on an art binge, go cycle in Soweto, go on a Kruger National Park tour, listen to live music at The Orbit, go bar hopping, eat great food and if you want to chill go to the Botanical Gardens.