Car Hire in Johannesburg
Johannesburg, also known as ‘the city of gold’ is the commercial capital of South Africa, with a legacy linking back to the gold rush to the area in the late 1800’s. Jozi as it’s more fondly referred to by locals is a sprawling urban playground with a wealth of shopping centers, beautiful public parks and a rich heritage that has shaped South Africa’s history. The city has a lot to offer nearby with many options for hiring a car to these various locations, immerse yourself in African tribal culture at Lesedi Cultural villages which isn’t far from the CBD, so car rental Johannesburg will be sufficient. Johannesburg also isn’t far from the wildlife abundant country of Botswana and hiring a camper to cross over the border is also an option if one wishes to do a self drive safari.
Best time to visit
Johannesburg experiences chilly winters with sunny days, but the mornings can become unbearably cold. It’s widely considered that the best time to visit Johannesburg would be during the spring or summer months, where weather is warm and dry. This is also the best time to see all the flora in bloom and Johannesburg is also accredited for having the biggest man-made forest on the planet. Car hire Johannesburg is ideal or get a 4x4 if you are travelling up north, but avoid convertibles as rain or bad weather could adversely affect your trip.
Around the area
Johannesburg is famous for its parks for which there are many, Emmarentia Dam is a popular picnic destination and every now and then they host live music. The Maboneng Precinct is great for those wanting to experience the newly developed urban life in Johannesburg. The Braamfontein area is great for the abundance of arts, culture and nightlife. Other notable areas are the iconic Melville and cosmopolitan Greenside. Another great option to taking a short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Cradle of Humankind.
Johannesburg really is a sprawling city scape of roads and routes. Although public transport has improved with the introduction of the world class Gautrain rail network, this facility is still limited to where it can get to, so even more so than the other two major urban areas of the country a car is absolutely essential when wishing to navigate the city.
Length of stay
Johannesburg is doable in a week but if one wishes to really immerse themselves in the culture whilst experiencing neighboring towns, nature and wildlife, roughly two weeks would be a more sufficient time frame.
What to pack
Its best to prepare for all weather conditions, the summer months are generally hot and dry and the winter months can become bitterly cold. Summer has the occasional thunderstorm so pack some waterproof clothing and a jacket or two.
Where to stay
Maboneng is a newly developed area in the heart of Johannesburg, dedicated to building a more holistic, artistic city. There are a world of guest houses, backpackers and boutique hotels to choose from in the area.
Melville is a very established urban, residential, business and entertainment area in Johannesburg with a world of accommodation facilities to choose from which suit all budgets.
Greenside is very similar to Mellville but is also in close reach to some of picturesque parks the city has on offer.
Sandton is one of the financial and business hubs of the city and is definitely a region which is for the higher end tourist looking for a bit of pampering and luxury in the city.
Why hire a car in Johannesburg with Drive South Africa
Johannesburg really is a sprawling metropolitan area almost impossible to navigate without your own vehicle. Not to worry, with Drive South Africa’s extensive experience in this field, hiring a car in Johannesburg really is a click or a phone call away. Call today to find out what the best deals are for car rental in Johannesburg to ensure you have the best experience possible while travelling through South Africa’s biggest and most commercially driven city.
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