If you’re visiting Johannesburg for the first time, whether on business, seeking a cultural experience, craving an adrenaline rush or merely just on holiday looking to relax, the best way to get around and avoid going astray would be in a car hire Johannesburg with a vehicle with a GPS, taking full advantage of the 5,600 km of tarred roads and highways.
Johannesburg, the ‘City of Gold’ and shortened to Jo’burg or Jozi is also known as Egoli (City of Gold) or Maboneng (City of Lights) and curiously enough the ‘Big Naartje’. It is the wealthiest province and largest city by population in South Africa and second largest city in Africa. It is also one of the world’s largest cities not situated on a coastline, river or lake as well as being listed as one of the 50 largest urban conurbations in the world with over 6 million trees making it the largest man-made forest in the world. Twinned with Birmingham (UK) and New York (USA) Gauteng has 25 museums, 21 golf course and 58 swimming pools.
Not one of South Africa’s three capital cities, Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng and is the seat of the Constitutional Court, having the final say on interpretation of South Africa’s constitution.
In comparison to Cape Town’s laid-back manner, Johannesburg is fast paced where people seem to be on the move all the time enjoying a selection of night life made up of nightclubs, pubs, theatre, ballet and restaurants and although Johannesburg has had a bad reputation for a number of years, urban revival is taking place in the city. The Market Theatre which was a thorn in the side of the apartheid regime and produced some of South Africa’s best theatre, is now the centre piece of the ‘Newtown Cultural Precinct’, an inner city regeneration project connected to the rest of the city by the ‘Nelson Mandela Bridge’ that is filled with fabulous restaurants, jazz clubs, museums and art galleries with the ‘Orient Plaza’ offering Indian-style bazaar shopping. The ‘SA Breweries World of Beers’ gives one the opportunity to witness the art of brewing with samples and a bar and the ‘Sci-Bono Discovery Centre’ is a hands-on science centre aimed for children and young people.
A few pointers for safety when visiting Johannesburg are before venturing out, double check on the safety of the area you’re visiting, always carry your medical aid and a certified copy of your passport or ID. Don’t wear expensive jewellery or flash cameras and large amounts of money or talk on your cell phone while walking and when driving, keep your doors locked at all times.
Car Hire Johannesburg
For fun seekers there is ‘Gold Reef City’, a theme park with much information on gold mining and the early years of the city and if you wish to go back even further in history, the ‘Origins Centre’ at Wits University in Braamfontein offers ‘Khoi San’ rock art with the earliest origins of proto humans. In your cheap car hire vehicle take a drive to the ‘Cradle of Humankind’, a World Heritage site marking some of the earliest humanoid discoveries ever made and stopover at the botanical gardens. If your children want a really close-up experience with animals, the Johannesburg Zoo has much to offer or alternatively visit the ‘Lion Park’, high on the list of ‘must-sees’. Of course the gambling man can always take a leisurely drive to ‘Sun City’ on good roads, north-west of Johannesburg.
There is something for everyone in Johannesburg, if you have made use of car hire Johannesburg services. For those that prefer outdoors with the harmonious noise of nature and bucolic beauty, an hour’s drive from the city to the ‘Vaal River’ is a must. The Vaal is a long time favourite as a weekend retreat for city dwellers needing an escape for relaxation, fishing, swimming or water skiing and for the more affluent, a house boat can be hired or instead take advantage of the waterfront watering holes, golf course, spas and lodges. Besides the Vaal River, for more excitement there is the ‘Magaliesburg Mountain’ range where you can climb or go for a hot-air balloon ride, experiencing a bird’s eye view of breathtaking scenery and then enjoying a scrumptious champagne breakfast after landing.
Whether you’ve taken a flight, train or bus to Gauteng you can be rest assured you’ll find based at OR Tambo, in the city and surrounding areas, a choice of car hire companies like Avis, Budget, Europcar, Herz and Sixt including many others. Better still, pop into an Internet cafe and search for ‘cheap car hire’ companies where you’ll have access to an array of car hire companies offering specials and vehicles to suit your specific need and if you’re thinking of camping, there are car hire companies that provide camping equipment along with your car hire vehicle. Depending on the duration of your stay, check for unlimited mileage, additional extras and if stuck without a credit card, search for companies that provide car hire vehicles for cash payment. See what options are available with regard to insurance cover, if there are any special waivers or if free roadside assistance is offered. Most importantly for Gauteng, check on what the car hire companies offer with regard to e-tags for those e-tolls you’ll find yourself travelling through.
A cheap car hire vehicle for people on limited funds will give them the opportunity to
experience the night-life Johannesburg has to offer and get to places like the ‘Pilanesberg Game Reserve’, two hours from Johannesburg or on the outskirts of Johannesburg, the ‘Sterkfontein Caves’ a World Heritage site or the ‘Lesedi Cultural Village’ that highlights traditional culture with overnight stays available.
To ensure your holiday or business trip is enjoyable and successful, opt for a car hire vehicle getting you where you need to be on time and if on a tight budget, take advantage of a cheap car hire Johannesburg vehicle, reliable and low priced for affordability.