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Explore this vibrant and historic city, alongside stunning nearby Safari hotspots, at your own pace when you rent a car in Johannesburg. Full of exciting activities, Johannesburg one of South Africa's most vibrant cities. JoBurg is blessed with a fantastic road network and enjoys a rich history alongside its breathtaking scenery. Therefore, if you're seeking freedom and you want to experience the best this city has to offer at then it's a great idea to rent a car in Johannesburg. It doesn't matter whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, you can choose from short or long term car rental.

It’s your choice: Where to go in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, which started its humble beginnings as a dusty mining camp, is now a hip and happening place. Travelling to this city from any part of the world is easy. This is because most countries offer flights to O.R. Tambo International Airport, a major airport located just outside Johannesburg in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni in the province of Gauteng. This world-class standard international airport is considered the gateway to the country thus receiving the most direct international flights. You can also do self-drive, overland safaris and travel in on cross-border coach routes if you're travelling to Johannesburg from neighbouring countries through the 50 plus border posts with Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland. There are a plethora of places to go when you visit Johannesburg, South Africa.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Dubbed as the 'city of gold', Johannesburg is most famous for its astonishing museums and being the home of Nelson Mandela. Time and again the city and its environs have proven to be a hub for culture vultures, romantics and art and nature lovers. With car rentals in Johannesburg, you can experience the wonders of the city's best safaris. For instance, you can take a 10-hour tour to the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in an open 4×4 safari vehicle or a five-day tour of the Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. You can also hire a rental car to the Kruger National Park which is about 420 kilometres from Johannesburg and take in some of the sights along the way. There are plenty of petrol stations, and the roads are in good condition — plus self-drive offers you flexibility and a more rewarding experience.

Important Info about Johannesburg

With subtropical weather conditions, Johannesburg enjoys a sunny climate making it perfect for driving around. The city experiences relatively mild temperatures due to a high elevation of 1,753 meters. There are over 10 million trees in Johannesburg, making it home to the largest man-made forest in the world. It is also the largest city in the world not built on a coastline, river or lake making it the largest dry port. Despite its gold mining history, Johannesburg has an incredible landscape especially if you're a city enthusiast, with its skyline featuring most of the tallest buildings in Africa. Some of these include Carlton Center, Ponte City Apartments, Marble Towers Apartments, and many others. Since the city is divided into a plethora of little communities, you will encounter plenty of local and international mouthwatering cuisines. You also find some of the best organic foods in Johannesburg. You can visit the Grillhouse Rosebank, Johannesburg for tantalizing steak with malts and fine wines. It features an upstairs music venue and a cigar lounge.

Weather in Johannesburg
Country Johannesburg
Language English, Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa
Currency South African Rand
Time-Zones UTC+2 (SAST)
Country Code 011

Good to know

The city Johannesburg is an expansive and expanding city which at one point will require you to use vehicular transport. But instead of the hustle of getting a taxi all day long, do yourself a favour and rent a car in Johannesburg. If you're a foreign citizen visiting the city, you're permitted to drive provided you have a valid licence from your country of residence, and it is translated one of the official languages in South Africa. Speed limits and travel distances in Johannesburg are displayed in kilometres on road signs. Here, people drive on the left side of the road. You are required to have your driving licence and photographic ID at all times, and if your ID doesn't have a photo, you're expected to carry your passport for photographic identification. If you need directions, you're highly advised to stop and ask at a petrol station.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Johannesburg

Rent a car in Johannesburg and get to experience everything this vibrant place has to offer. Take a 45-minute drive to the only World Heritage Site in Gauteng, the historical Cradle of Humankind. This 47,000-hectare site is home to some of the oldest hominid fossils in the world. Ensure that you rent an open-air vehicle if you want to explore the vast grasslands of the Lion and Safari Park and see some of South Africa's wild animals in their natural habitat. Drive from Johannesburg to Pretoria and witness the Magaliesberg Mountains, which is estimated to be 100 times older than Mount Everest. Visit the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve then go on a hot air balloon ride which will treat you the most spectacular views of the Magalies and its environs.

What to bring to your friends from Johannesburg

One of the best things about visiting another country is gifting your family and friends with souvenirs from your trip once you get back home. Johannesburg does not lack with keepsakes that your friends will appreciate for years. Go shop for a unique assortment of African crafts from the Rosebank Sunday Market which opens every Sunday from 9am to 4pm. Nelson Mandela memorabilia is also available in most markets, curio shops and galleries in Johannesburg. You can get anything from coasters, books, artwork, t-shirts and many more. Get artisanal spirits from the Time Anchor Distillery located in Maboneng at the Aerial Empire Complex. This distillery produces a wide range of gins, rums as well as other liqueurs which you can gift a friend with. At the Cradle of Humankind, you will find the Lesedi Cultural Village where you can buy Ndebele art.