Johannesburg Airport

Car Hire Johannesburg Airport

Johannesburg is South Africa’s biggest city and the world’s largest city that isn’t on a waterfront. It’s a city of extremes with the stunning buildings of the wealthy business zone together with the gated communities of the city’s rich contrasting with the poverty of the crime ridden townships.

Johannesburg Airport Mini Guide

About Johannesburg Airport
Johannesburg Airport, properly called OR Tambo International Airport is Africa’s largest, handling 18m passengers last year. The airport currently offers the longest non-stop air route in the world with three airlines flying from Johannesburg to Washington DC and it offers non-stop flights to all inhabited continents.

The airport has six terminals confusingly split into three pairs named A and B together with Teminal C which has been demolished and is now nearly rebuilt. Access to the terminals from the planes is by air bridge making disembarkation easier for passengers. Transport from the airport to the city centre can be by bus, taxi, hire car or the Gautrain link to Sandton. Car rentals should be collected from the multi-storey parkade outside the terminal buildings.

For departing passengers, the airport has nearly a hundred shops selling a huge variety of goods and nearly thirty restaurants ranging from full a la carte, through steakhouses, to pizza and snack bars.

About Johannesburg
Johannesburg is a historic city and has been pivotal in the development of the country for good and bad. No trip to the city would be complete without a visit to the Apartheid Museum where the ideology behind the cruel regime is explained and the cruel way it was implemented, showcased through photographs and exhibits.

The existence of the townships on the outskirts of the city shows that stark inequalities still exist in the country decades after the end of apartheid. A stunning view of the modern city is achieved from the ‘Top of Africa’ viewing deck of the Carlton Centre, Africa’s tallest building.

Art lovers will enjoy the Johannesburg Art Gallery which has the largest and most valuable collection in Africa. For a different kind of museum visit Origins, which details the work of anthropologists in determining the development of the human race from our primate ancestors. The displays are a fascinating eye-opener on the discoveries made in the nearby, so called ‘Cradle of Humanity’.

Just outside of the city is ‘Gold Reef City’ a combined amusement park, casino and shopping centre, perhaps more interesting for the glistening gold roof than the entertainment inside.  For a better shopping experience try one of the many shopping malls beloved by the people of Johannesburg. One of the most popular is the Oriental Plaza where you can bargain with the owners of the 360 shops that make up the mall. More upmarket still is Sandton City in the business district.

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Originally built on the discovery of gold in the Witwatersrand it grew from a disorganised and wild town to the modern city of today but not before being fought over in the Boer Wars. Today there’s plenty for the tourist to see and do during a stay in the city.

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