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Explore South Africa’s city of gold with a motorhome hire from Johannesburg
Affectionately called, Jo’burg or Jozi, E’Goli (“the city of gold” in Afrikaans), Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa. It’s also the driest, as it is the only city not built near water. But even without the gorgeous coastlines and mountains found in other cities, Johannesburg is full of interesting things to see and do. It’s also one of the best cities to roam through in a camperv hire from GoSee thanks to the many nearby camping grounds and natural reserves filled with exotic animals.
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Best times to rent a motorhome in Johannesburg
It’s probably no surprise that summer can get very hot in Johannesburg, but generally stays at a very pleasant temperature, with cooler nights. It’s also the best time to head to game parks and see animals in their natural habitats, as they come out in plain view and often stay around water holes in the drier, warmer months.
With that in mind, aim to have your Johannesburg camper rental road trip from November through to March. If you make it over for the coolest months, be sure to pack warm clothes because nights can get very cold.
Plan your itinerary well and in advance and get ready for an epic RV rental adventure in South Africa.
A city worth its weight in gold
From South Africa's divisive history through the 80s and 90s to its diverse culinary roots and modern attractions, Johannesburg has something exciting and interesting for every kind of traveller.
Learn about the city's rich culture and history
Soweto - Head your RV rental to this important historical site in Johannesburg where many demonstrations were led throughout the 70s and 80s, and now a crucial look at modern South African life.
Museum Africa - If the name didn’t already give it away, this is Johannesburg’s social and cultural history museum, filled with African artifacts, photography collections, and geological exhibitions, all housed in a former marketplace.
The Sci Bono Discovery Center - A must-see for families with kids, this interactive children’s museum offers many thrilling exhibits and workshops where fun and knowledge are combined.
Bassline Club - A live music venue and institution with a rich history of hosting the biggest and most important musical acts, both local and international.
Apartheid Museum - Inside the stunning design and gorgeous landscape of the building is a deep dive exploring the unique and divisive history of Southern Africa through the eyes of historians, filmmakers, and designers.
Jozi Food Market - From fresh produce to grilled meats, local dishes, and artisanal products, Jozi Food Market is a wonderland of tasty smells and delicious foods.
Get the best out of nearby nature and animals
Pilansberg Nature Reserve
Drive your motorhome hire two and a half hours from the city, and you might get your first chance at seeing the ‘Big Five’ animals—lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants, along with rarer animals like cheetahs and brown hyenas. Even though Pilanesberg Nature Reserve is just a fraction of the size of Kruger National Park, still, it is always worth a visit.
Marakele National Park
Venture a little further for a three-hour drive in your campervan rental to this quiet and tranquil landmark. It’s all in the name—Marakele translates to ‘place of sanctuary’ in Tswana.
Mabalingwe Nature Reserve
One of the most popular reserves in the area, this sprawling 12,000 hectare malaria-free land sees hundreds of thousands of adventure seekers visit and camp in its gorgeous bushlands.
Taste your way through top restaurants
The priciest but most incredible restaurant on this list, Marble is a sleek rooftop restaurant offering the highest quality local dishes, meats, craft cocktails, and handpicked wines.
NexDor Food and Wine Emporium
Situated in Soweto's famous Kilakazi Street, this venue will give you all the luxury to try the traditional South African food with a lively atmosphere.
The finest seafood restaurant specializing in prawn and peri peri dishes to make your mouth water and wallet hurt (it’s quite spendy.)
Samaz Butchery and Braai
Head your campervan hire into this no-frills but delicious local go-to for authentic South African braai meat and side dishes.
Campsites you don’t want to miss
- Malonjeni Guest Farm - Only 30 minutes driving from Johannesburg, this quaint privately-owned farm houses 250 caravan sites and 12 kinds of antelope to discover during your stay.
- Manyane Resort - The perfect family-friendly campsite when you are tired from your campervan hire Johannesburg trip. The large site has plenty of shade, powerpoints for your devices, and other amenities and facilities like an on-site restaurant, shop, and swimming pool.
- Bontle Campsite - Situated in the Marakele National Park, this site sits right before the Waterberg Mountains. Feel truly at peace in the tranquil and quiet surroundings after a tiring camper trip in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- Magalies Sleepy River Campsite - Right on the banks of the lovely Magalies River, and only an hour away from Johannesburg, is this adventurous campsite. Enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and horse riding before tucking into some local barbeque.
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Motorhome rental Johannesburg: Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost to rent an RV in South Africa?
You can rent a full-suite RV or campervan from as low as 6,000 rand a day, up to over 10,000 rand for more luxury options. Search for the best rates for your camper rentals in South Africa and get the cheapest deal with GoSee.
What if I have a breakdown with a camper?
With full CDW insurance, you are covered in the event of a breakdown, and you will be able to access roadside assistance to get you on the road again.
What is the cheapest RV hire agency in South Africa?
The cheapest RV hire agencies include Maui Motorhomes, Bobo Campers, and Britz Campervan hrie. You can choose to rent 2-berth, 4-berth, or even 6-berth motorhomes from all three and the other best and cheapest campervan rentals on GoSee.
What is the minimum rental period?
Most rental companies require you to rent for a minimum of one or two nights. You can verify this on the booking page when looking for the best deals through GoSee. Always make note of your pick up and drop off date to avoid any hassle on your entire trip.
What is the minimum rental age?
In most cases, you need to be at least 21 years old to hire an RV in South Africa. In addition, you need to present a full driver’s license. Please check this requirement with the specific motorhome rental company. Otherwise, you can find out this information by beginning the booking process, as all insurance options are usually outlined on the booking page.
Can I pick up my RV in one location and drop it off in another?
Do you want to head to Cape Town after exploring Johannesburg? Yes, you can definitely explore Cape Town in your RV! You may also opt to end your trip to Port Elizabeth. Simply check by searching for your ideal pick up and drop off locations through our website so you can drive to the south, north, east, or west. Note, that there may be an additional fee for this service.
Are your vehicles pet-friendly?
Some companies forbid pets from traveling in rental motorhomes, but most allow it. Double-check by reading the terms and conditions for the rental before booking.
How do we pay for our rental?
To pay for your rental, you will need a valid credit card with enough funds to cover all costs of your camper hire Johannesburg booking and any excess fees.
What type of equipment is available for motorhomes, campervans, and 4wd?
While it varies from company to company, motorhome rentals Johannesburg generally include unlimited Mileage and full bedding and kitchen equipment for rentals of 18+ days (available at additional cost for shorter rentals), and a free baby seat for 19+ day hires.
You also generally get Full CDW Insurance (with a variable excess based on the campervan model), and roadside assistance for the vehicle, and a guidebook of campsites in your travel destination.
Depending on the rental company, engine lubricant expenses may also be covered when receipts are presented with the return of your vehicle.
Other types of more specialized equipment like hunting, water sports, off-roading, adventure, and outdoor gear may be available as an additional rental to your motorhome.
Are other passengers allowed to drive the motorhome?
While every Johannesburg motorhome rental company is different, most companies charge for additional drivers listed on the camper rental booking. You can verify this during your booking process through GoSee.