Start your Johannesburg Self Drive 4×4 Holiday

Johannesburg is the biggest city in South Africa, yet it is close to nature, wildlife and 4×4 trails.

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Our Recommended Vehicles for Johannesburg

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Toyota Hilux 2.4TD 4×4 Camp

A reliable and capable 4×4 vehicle that offers excellent fuel consumption and good off road performance. Good ride height ideal for game viewing. Equiiped with a roof top tent.

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Toyota Landcruiser 79 S/W 4×4 Camp

The Toyota Landcruiser is a very robust, reliable and exceptionally capable 4WD vehicle. A highly respected safari vehicle in Africa, with no electronics and ideal for remote area travel.

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Nissan Double Cab 4×4 MDE

This is one of Africas most reliable pickup trucks, with the ruggedness to take on any terrain.

Perfect for a self-drive safari. This camping equipped double cab pickup can seat up to 5 adult passengers. Its perfect for exploring the ‘world in one country’ that is South Africa.

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Ford Ranger D/Cab 4×4 Bushcamper

Superbly compact 4×4 camper suitable for up to 4 adults. Fully equipped with camping equipment. This is the vehicle you want on your African 4×4 adventure.

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Johannesburg Travel Advice


Johannesburg, ‘the city of gold’ is South Africas economic hub yet it also provides you the opportunity to be one with nature. The city is in close proximity to nature, wildlife and 4×4 trails, making it the perfect balance of a concrete jungle and biodiversity.

There really is a world of natural splendor in the Gauteng province so get out there are explore this magical country. The best way to traverse all the different types of terrain is by 4×4 especially if you are planning a self-drive safari holiday.

Hire a 4×4 in Johannesburg with Drive South Africa. You will receive industry leading service and we will get you out there enjoying these amazing places in no time.

Where to Stay Johannesburg

self drive safari joburgSouth Africa really does have options for all budgets however if you are going to be tackling grueling 4×4 trails it’s likely that you will be camping or staying in bush lodges.

There will be options for day trips if you are mixing business with pleasure after all Johannesburg is the financial hub of the country.

Around Johannesburg

Anyone knows that city life can become taxing, yet in Johannesburg that never really needs to be an issue with so much hiking and 4×4 locations nearby or even within the city itself.

Some of the areas within close proximity include private game lodges, the Magaliesburg Mountains which have a variety of lodges, hiking trails and 4×4 routes. There are also areas literally in the city which proudly boast a diverse range of fauna and flora. Notable areas for 4×4 driving include Klipriviersberg another great place within close proximity to the city is Hennops 4×4 and hiking trails.

Getting Around

You want a real African adventure right? So to achieve this the only real way would be with 4×4 hire as it really does open up your trip to a world of opportunities and exploration. 4×4 hire gives one the option of travelling far and wide. South Africa is an African country blessed with world-class facilities and cities with first-class amenities and first-class roads. However many of the amazing sights and scenery of South Africa is located in rural areas where roads can become inundated with potholes and dirt roads which seem like they could go on for days. A 2 wheel drive won’t suffice, so to really see what the country has on offer hiring a 4×4 really is the only option.

Length of Stay

This really will depend on your budget on how much time you have to spend in the country. Two weeks would have to be the absolute minimum if you want to get a nibble of everything on offer in the Southern tip of Africa. However a month or more would really be a way more sufficient time spent in the country to really get a real understanding of the dynamics and landscapes on offer. Check the visa requirements for your country of origin before planning on how long you would like to be in the country.

What To Pack For Your Trip

South Africa geographically and in terms of weather patterns is as diverse as it comes, so pack for all conditions. If you decide to travel up and down the country all at least get out of Johannesburg and explore the Gauteng Province this really does ring true. You could be in for hot, humid Durban the one day or in the colder mountain regions within a few hours of beach weather conditions.