From humble beginnings as a tiny mining town to the bouncing, bustling metropolis we see today, Johannesburg is a city full of wonder - and hiring a car from the airport is the best way to see it.
The second-biggest city in the entirety of Africa, Johannesburg is home to more than three million people. Known locally as Joburg, Joanna or Jozi, Johannesburg offers a South African experience you're never likely to forget. There are few cities on the planet, let alone Africa, as diverse or wholly unique as Johannesburg. You'll really want to see as much of this fascinating city as is humanly possible, and hiring a car from its international airport is the best way to do this.
O. R. Tambo International Airport, to give the facility its official title, is the busiest airport in the whole of Africa. With world class car hire facilities, Johannesburg Airport is the best place to start your South African adventure - and by booking with DriveNow, we'll ensure that you get the cheapest possible deal.
Found around an hour's drive east of Johannesburg itself, O. R. Tambo International Airport is large enough to look after a staggering 28 million passengers annually, though 18 million passed through in 2014. Flights are available to every continent on the planet, so it will come as little surprise that O. R. Tambo International Airport acts as a major gateway to the African continent itself.
There are several car hire companies present in the airport, including well-known names such as Avis and Hertz. By booking ahead with DriveNow, you can secure a vehicle even before your plane has taken flight. When you land in Johannesburg, it will be ready and waiting for you, so all you have to do is pick up the keys and make the journey along the R24 to the centre of Johannesburg itself.
It's hard to single out absolute must do's in Johannesburg, but you simply must pay a visit to the Apartheid Museum. It's here where you can learn all about the rise and eventual fall of South Africa's segregation past. There's a lot to get through, but it is well worth your time.
To keep up on your South African history, you could do worse than a visit to Xarra Books. This place is chock-a-block with tomes specialising in African politics, history and art, so be prepared to come away with a veritable library!
Keen for something that's a little more upbeat? The AECI Dynamite Factory Museum is packed to the rafters with information and artefacts surrounding South Africa's explosives industry, which was a vital part in Johannesburg's beginnings as a mining town.
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