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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. Johannesburg car hire is easy with the many branches available in the area.

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. Car hire Johannesburg should be considered if you want to travel short distances in and around the city, but if youn want to go more North then consider hiring a 4x4 vehicle instead as the road might get a bit rough for a compact car hire.

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. If you're staying in the city the hiring a car in Johannesburg is you best option but you might want to consider a luxury or 4x4 option as well, depending on your budget.

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. Our recommendation is always to rent a car in Johannesburg for the first week and then take a 4x4 up north to see the wildlife.

What to pack

It's 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. More of a luxury car hire option here than your 4x4.

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 Johannesburg really 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.

Cheap Car Rental Johannesburg

We frequently compare our auto rental Johannesburg rates to make sure we bring you the lowest rates for car hire in Johannesburg. Cheap car hire has never been this easy. Hire a car in South Africa using budget car hire, economy car rental and luxury high end vehicles, Drive South Africa is a specialist car rental company, we’ve got a vehicle to allow you to explore South Africa and Johannesburg specifically. We’ve also made special arrangements with South Africa cheap auto rental South Africa companies and branches in our neighbouring countries to allow you to engage in cross border travel into the likes of: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia and even Malawi, ensuring you’ve got absolute freedom to explore Southern Africa at a pace that suits you best.

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Related FAQ's

Is self-driving allowed in Pilanesberg National Park?

Yes, self-driving is allowed in Pilanesberg National Park. Self-drive in Pilanesberg is the best way to explore the park. However, You don’t need to drive a 4wd - 2wd sedans are suitable, though you will be better off with a higher car.

What should I be aware of when driving in South Africa?

South Africa drives on the left-hand side of the road. A valid driver’s license or an international driver’s license permit, a photo and signature of the holder, printed authenticated in English is accepted in South Africa. Please bear in mind, if your licence does not have a photograph you have to carry your passport. Seatbelts are compulsory, If you’re caught not wearing your seatbelt you will be subject to a fine. Speed limits on freeway are 120 km/h (75 miles) and 60 km/h (37 miles) in towns or cities (unless indicated). Always check the road signs and obey the speed limit.

Can I use my credit card in South Africa?

All extensive credit cards can be used in South Africa like MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Diners Club at convenience stores and at the hotels. It will be useful to carry your passport with you at all times as a proof of identity since it may be required in some occasions.

Is South Africa a good family destination?

South Africa is a destination that is particularly receptive to family travel, from the coast to the mountains, gorgeous beaches, activities like encountering zebras, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, lions and cheetahs for the whole family to explore, but life changing for children.

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. 

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