Explore Johannesburg

Why Johannesburg is the place for Backpackers

These great things about Johannesburg will surely spice up your backpackers stay in Homebase Melville hostel! You can check other affordable attractions here,

Truly, Johannesburg is an exciting place to stay in Melville for backpackers,

..and this is just the tip of the iceberg. The following places and tour spots are unique to Johannesburg, Melville, and all in all makes your stay in Homebase Melville a true one-of-a-kind experience!

Our affordable hostel is near the following landmarks and attractions in Melville:


city view of Melville during sunset near cheap hostel Homebase Backpackers Johannesburg

Top Backpacker Activities Of Johannesburg

Apartheid Museum

Take an emotional walk through the museum chronicling the story of 20th century South Africa and the now-defunct Apartheid system.

Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City is one of South Africa’s top family attractions. Reminiscent of an authentic turn-of-the-century mining town and conveniently located just 8 kilometers from the centre of Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Zoo

The Joburg Zoo situated in the leafy northern suburb of Johannesburg covers 55 hectares of land. The zoo was founded in 1904 when the land was donated by the firm of Herman Ekstein.

Mellville Koppies

Melville Koppies is a Nature Reserve and a Johannesburg City Heritage Site. It is the last conserved remnant of Johannesburg’s ridges as they were before the discovery of gold in 1886.

Montecasino Bird Garden

With a multitude of beautiful walkways within magnificent gardens allowing you to relish in, and marvel at a variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world.

Mountain Sanctuary Park

Mountain Sanctuary Park is a privately owned nature reserve,nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains.

Neighbourgoods Market

The Market is a source for specialty foods & goods – a meeting point to enjoy the community, swop ideas and be inspired by the energy of Johannesburg!

Origins Centre Museum

The Origins Centre is the world’s only museum dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind.

Pilanesberg National Park

Among Southern Africa’s fascinating game reserves, Pilanesberg National Park is possibly the most accessible. Situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, this vast area promises thrilling big game viewing in a malaria free environment.

Rosebank Art & Craft Market

Giving you the vibrance of a truly African marketplace filled with a warm energy and rhythm. We offer an assortment of artifacts, beading, wiring, sculptures, gifting options and paintings representative of our African heritage.

SA National Museum of Military History

The South African National War Museum was officially opened on 29 August 1947 by the then Prime Minister of South Africa, Field Marshal J C Smuts PC, CM, OM, DTD, KC

The Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of eight in the country. It’s the world’s richest hominin site, home to around 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils.

The Lion and Safari Park

Get closer than you could ever imagine to Africa’s most incredible wildlife.

Walter Sisulu Botanical gardens

This Botanical Garden was founded in 1982, but has been a popular venue for outings since the 1800’s.

Wonder Caves

The cave was discovered by Italian miners in 1898. They mined out approximately 15% from the formation and brought them to the surface.