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Car Hire in Johannesburg

About Johnnesburg

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 which 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 hiring a light vehicle will be sufficient. Johannesburg also isn’t far from the wildlife abundant country of Botswana and renting a camper to cross over the border is also an option if one wishes to do a self drive safari. Car hire in Johannesburg is easy and simple with Drive South Africa as we have numerous branches in the area to cater for your needs, just arrive and enjoy.

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. Hire a car in Johannesburg or 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. If you'd like a more upper class experience then Rosebank or Sandton city is your best bet.

The Braamfontein area is great for the abundance of arts, culture and nightlife. Other notable areas are the iconic Mellville and cosmopolitan Greenside. Another great option to taking a short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - The Cradle of Humankind.

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Getting around

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

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

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

Greenside is very similar to Mellville but is also in close reach to some of picturesque parks the city has on offer.

Sandton

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 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 to hire a car in Johreally is a click or a phone call away. Call today to find out what the best deals are for hiring a car 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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Related FAQ's

When is the best time to visit Johannesburg?

Johannesburg is best visited during the months of March to May and September to November. The weather is generally warm and dry during this period. 

How do you calculate rental days for car rental?

Car hire suppliers work on a 24 hour time period from the time of collection to calculate your rental “days”.  If you rent from Friday 09:00am to Saturday 09:00am it is considered one day. If you rent from Friday 09:00am to Saturday 11:00am you have passed 24 hours and will pay for a second rental day. No grace period is granted when a rental vehicle is returned late.

What is it like travelling by train in South Africa?

Travel by train in South Africa isn’t at connected as certain countries in Europe or Asia, however what it doesn’t have in options it makes up for in style, comfort and affordability. The newly developed Gautrain service has brought South Africa into the limelight with a world class facility and there are still many options in luxury travel for longer distances.

 

Does South Africa have any decent galleries or museums?

Due to South Africa’s extensive history and diverse culture there is a wealth of museums and art galleries to enjoy all over the country. Check out this rough museum guide here

Wouldn’t I get a better rental rate if I go directly to the car rental supplier?

Drive South Africa has negotiated discounted rates from all the major suppliers due to our buying power. We are, therefore, able to offer an exceptionally good rate to the consumer along with excellent service and a simple booking process.

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