The largest city in South Africa is a vibrant mix of cultures and wealth and an excellent introduction to the country...
Johannesburg is the second-largest city in Africa. Visitors arriving at Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport (JNB) can easily access Johannesburg car hire to explore a city larger than London.
It is located 56 km away from Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa and host of the 2010 World Cup.
Johannesburg developed in the 1880s when gold was found nearby. Since then, the city has been rebuilt four times, allowing visitors to wander through streets crammed with Victorian and Edwardian colonial-style buildings. There are also many modern skyscrapers and upmarket suburbs. There is a good variety of shops in the city, particularly in the upmarket areas of Rosebank and Sandton.
Heading out of the city will bring you to a range of exciting places to visit in your rental car. Where will you explore?
Lesedi Cultural Village is around 25 minutes from Johannesburg and offers traditional crafts and dance displays. The Newtown Cultural Precinct contains the Market Theatre and Museum Africa, as well as Kippies, a jazz club. The Johannesburg Art Gallery contains some historically important art and the Apartheid Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the oppression of people in South Africa's past.
The Gold Reef City theme park allows families to experience the Johannesburg Gold Rush. Another popular family attraction is the zoo, which is home to around 2000 animals. The city also contains the Emmarentia Dam and Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, with over 81 hectares of gardens and water sports and the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens, with fountains, terraces, lawns and croquet on Sundays.
Located around 180 km from Johannesburg, the Sun City resort offers accommodation, entertainment and events, as well as sporting activities and shopping. Closer to Johannesburg, the shanty town Soweto plays a key role in South African music, dance and fashion and is a popular destination for visitors.
Lovers of wildlife will find that a car is necessary to access national parks such as Kruger National Park, where they can see Africa's 'Big Five' animals.