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Car Hire in Johannesburg Airport, South Africa

For many people visiting South Africa from abroad, Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg will be where they get their first glimpse of this diverse and vibrant country.  Car rental in Johannesburg airport is fast and efficient and you can be on your way in just a few minutes.  Just follow the signs from the arrivals hall and you will find yourself in the Johannesburg Airport car hire section, where all the major car hire companies have their offices; including Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty and Sixt rental cars.  You can compare car rental rates between companies to make sure you get a cheap deal. Several local companies also offer car rentals in Johannesburg airport, so there is plenty of competition.  It is generally best to book on-line before you arrive to avoid any delays, especially if you are arriving in the early morning, along with the rush of business travellers.

Out and about in your Johannesburg Airport rental car:

Johannesburg has very good, but very busy roads and directions can be a little confusing; I would strongly advise that you buy a good map in advance and plot your route so that you are familiar with the road numbers you will see on the signage.  A GPS Sat Nav is a great help – you can rent one at the Johannesburg Airport car hire office when you pick up your car or from the Vodacom shop (together with a pay-as-you-go local cell phone – much cheaper to use than International roaming) in the airport arrivals hall.  Expect the roads to be busy, especially at peak times – over one million people use them every day! You will need some cash to pay road Tolls as well as to pay for petrol – most fuel stations do not accept credit cards.

What to see and do in your hire car

There is plenty to see and do in Jozi or eGoli (two of the city’s nicknames).  Visit Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum, the Lion Park, the Lesedi Cultural Village or go and see the South African Lipizzaners in action.  There are several excellent shopping malls in Sandton, Hyde Park and Rosebank, to name just a few, and they all offer safe parking for your Johannesburg airport rent a car.

Taking your Johannesburg Airport car hire further afield

Everyone who visits South Africa wants to see the wildlife!  If you do not have enough time to spend a few days in the Kruger National Park, (about 5 hours drive from Johannesburg) take your rental car from Johannesburg Airport on a day-trip to the Pilansberg National Park just 2 hours away on excellent roads.  This is the fourth largest game reserve in the country and has all of the Big 5 and offers an exceptionally good chance of seeing plenty of game in a short amount of time.  But stay for a few days if you possibly can – it’s a great place and you can visit Sun City, next door, for golf, gaming and entertainment.   Enjoy your stay in Jozi with your Johannesburg Airport car rentals and just remember to Keep Left!