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Known for its constant buzz, skyscrapers and never ending hype of activities, the City of Gold, Johannesburg, is a city that never stops and one that has established itself as the premier destination for both business and leisure seekers. Avis’ Best Roads campaign brings you the iconic Ring Road beltway adventure in the City of Gold.
 
This city is the vibrant heartbeat of South Africa and offers both the hustle-and-bustle that is expected of a modern urbanized city, and also the plush and tranquil sprawl of modern-day suburbia. 
 
The City of Gold has grown from a modest mining town to becoming an iconic city that has both prestige and an incredible legacy. The beltway guarantees a breath-taking and impressive trip around the city of Johannesburg. 
 
For a memorable experience, travelers can enjoy Africa’s most famous beltway through the use of an Avis vehicle. The beltway is made up of a subset of freeways that circle Johannesburg. A trip on the Ring Road will move you to all four corners of Johannesburg, starting with Sandton City, also known as the “Africa’s richest square mile”. Sandton has over the years headed upward with a barrage of Manhattan-style skyscrapers that function as landmarks throughout Johannesburg, particularly Sandton City’s pyramid-style rooftop.
 
A short drive from “Africa’s richest square mile” will land you in the charm of the city’s Northern suburbs – where there are over six million trees that draw the visitor to buzzing, trendy suburbs like Parktown, and Norwood. The Northern suburbs will impress you with its restaurant-lined avenues that cater to the dining and décor set; the high street of Greenside that so easily dons the mantle of hip chic; and the fashionable Melville. Navigating through these plush suburbs of Johannesburg can be enjoyed in one of Avis' vehicles.
 
A trip to Johannesburg would be incomplete without a visit to Soweto. Upon leaving the northern suburbs of Johannesburg a smooth drive can be enjoyed in a comfortable Avis car to Soweto. The drive will see you on the N1 concrete made highway. Quite a fitting name for a freeway that is in a city that is known as ‘Africa’s concrete jungle’. Soweto is not only the most populous black urban residential area but also has a rich and intriguing history. There are a couple of heritage sites, amenities and vibrancy about the place that will make you enjoy Soweto and want to even extend your stay. 
 
After a trip to the lively Soweto, a perfect day in the city can culminate through the nightlife that the city offers. The Ring Road will take you from the south of Soweto to the lively and dynamic night life of Johannesburg. From shebeens, and clubs to lavish cocktail lounges the Ring Road will take you to your destination of choice.
 
Whether it is business or pleasure that brings you to Johannesburg, the Ring Road will get you there. 
 
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Ring Road around Johannesburg

The N1, N3, and N12 form the Johannesburg Ring Road around the city.

The Johannesburg Ring Road is Africa’s most famous beltway. It is made up of a subset of the freeways that circle the city of Johannesburg, South Africa and services the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area. Construction on the Ring Road began in the late 1960s. Sections of the Eastern Bypass first opened in 1971 while the last section of the Southern Bypass opened in 1986.

The Ring Road had two major aims when it was built: first, to allow traffic not destined for Johannesburg to bypass the city along a number of high-speed freeways in quick and easy fashion; and second, to allow for the mobility of the South African Army to defend the then apartheid state from hostile neighbours, or to quell violence in Black townships during a state of emergency. Over the years, however, as Johannesburg has grown, the Ring Road has now become frequently used by local residents for commuting between home and work.