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.
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.
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.
|Language||English, Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa|
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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.