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The economic heart of South Africa, known locally as Jo'burg, often gets bad press due to its high crime rates. However, these problems typically happen in the town away from tourist areas, while nearby are many worthy sites to check out by motorhome rental.
The largest city in South Africa has bags of culture in its nearby townships of Soweto, while several big national parks can be reached in a couple of hours, along with the world famous Sun City.
There's not much to see downtown apart from some good museums and galleries such as the Origins Centre, Mandela Museum or Workers Museum. Seeing Constitution Hill about the old fort prison is also an option in town.
Gold Reef City to the south is worth a trip for learning about the history of the gold mining here and for its amusement park. A Soweto township tour is also high up on many visitors' itineraries but be sure to use an official township tour operator. Sophiatown is an eye opener for learning the heritage of this multicultural suburb.
A special place for those with kids is to take a drive to Sun City, a couple of hours northwest, near which is the huge Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Closer still by motorhome is the South Africa capital city of Pretoria, which could be incorporated on a trip to the World Heritage Cradle of Humankind.
Forever Resorts, Badplaas ,is an ideal holiday motorhome site for families. Located east of Johannesburg, it features all sorts of activities for kids, including water slides and pools, as well as some recreation for adults. The resort has comfy rooms, as well as sites for motorhomes and campers.
Hollybrooke Farms is near the Cradle of Humankind, northwest of town, and offers the perfect farm experience through an array of activities. You can explore the farm by quad bike to check out the animals, as well as engage in paintballing. Accommodation is chiefly in stone cottages.
Dinokeng Game Reserve is north of Pretoria and is a fine place to stay, with its chalets and sites. There's also a swimming pool and restaurant onsite and game drives take in the reserve and its wild animals.
Traffic is thick in Johannesburg and, despite the state of the public transport system, it is not advisable to drive during peak hours. However, having a vehicle is still the best bet as the city is very spread out, but try to have GPS as signage is poor. Also check the rental firm has full insurance coverage.