Use your car hire Johannesburg to explore this rising South African city. A place filled with history, natural wonder and all the modern conveniences available. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the car to fit your travel needs by comparing the prices of international providers to give you a list of the best deals and coverage for your rental car requests.
Johannesburg is a city with a dark history that has made great strides in turning around its image. There are many museums, shopping and cultural attractions to keep visitors of this diverse city entertained. Johannesburg has the nicknames Jozi and Joburg. It is the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa by population. It is considered Africa’s economic powerhouse due to the city’s modern and prosperous commercial, financial and mining industries. Downtown Johannesburg has the tallest buildings in Africa with many international organizations located there including: First National Bank and IBM. Named one of the greenest cities in the world, Johannesburg has a nearly six million trees. The city takes great prides in its parks and continues to invest in planting trees particularly in places that were hardest hit by apartheid. Johannesburg was a proud host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final game. The game was played in the Calabash Stadium which is the largest stadium in Africa. It was also the location of Nelson Mandela’s first speech after his release from imprisonment in 1990. The historical beginning of the Johannesburg we know today was founded on the discovery of gold and diamonds. The gold rush of Johannesburg began in the 1880's. At this time it was a rough and disorganized city full of miners from other continents. Johannesburg has a subtropical highland climate due to the city’s location on the Highveld plateau. The summer months of October – April, offer sunny, hot days with afternoon thunderstorms that cool provide cool comfortable evenings. The winter months, May – September are typically dry and filled with sun but cool off dramatically once the sun goes down.
Kruger National Park was South Africa’s first national park in 1926 and today it is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. The Big Five game animals can be found in the park. This includes the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.
The Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about 30 miles northwest of Johannesburg. There are complexes of limestone caves with 2.3 million year-old fossils. The most famous discoveries include the Australopithecus Africanus nicknamed Mrs. Ples found in 1947. The site’s name, Cradle of Humankind, comes from finding some of the oldest Hominin fossils ever discovered. Some of the fossils date back 3.5 million years.
Take your car hire to Cape Town along the southern coast of Africa is a cross country trek which takes about 13 hours. Here you will find breath-taking natural beauty. There are the Table Mountains, touring over 1,000 meters as well as miles of coast with beaches for surfing and family fun.
Take your rental car on a day trip to Pretoria, only about one hour from Johannesburg. Explore one of the country’s three capital cities with a rental car from HAPPYCAR. Pretoria offers diverse architecture, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, and the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary.