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Bakkie hire Pretoria

About Pretoria

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa and where the main parliament buildings are situated. Pretoria is an extremely green city which is famous for its Jacaranda trees which illuminate the streets with their purple presence. It’s also a stone’s throw away from bustling Johannesburg.

Pretoria is also probably recognised as the bakkie capital of South Africa as they are extremely common here. You won't feel left out if you rent a double cab hilux and drive around the city centre.

Bakkie hire in Pretoria is a great option as it means you have the freedom to traverse within these two major urban hubs of Gauteng whilst also having the option of exploring the sights and sounds of the nearby areas including game drives, lion parks and world class shopping facilities, restaurants and nightlife. It allows to see both the city and the surrounds with comfort and ease.

Best time to visit

Pretoria is home to over 70,000 Jacaranda trees hence it gets the title of ‘The Jacaranda City’. Spring in September is the best time to visit as you can witness the flowers in full bloom and therefore bakkie hire Pretoria is a great option but a better option is the convertible here. If you're in Pretoria as a stop over (spend a couple of days) though rather rent a 4x4 to get up north.

If you're stating in Pretoria for a longer period then you can definitely stay anywhere from September to February as these are the spring to summer months and will give you the best of both worlds.

Around Pretoria

The Union Buildings have beautifully kept grounds to enjoy as you gaze at the iconic architecture. The Voortrekker Monument pays homage to Settler history in South Africa.

If game is what you’re after also check out the Rietvlei Nature Reserve which is a short drive from the centre of Pretoria, which is also a great place to go hiking, have a picnic, go fly fishing or do some bird watching. Pretoria is also one of the rugby capitals of South Africa and a match at Loftus Versfeld is part of the experience of Pretoria. If you're just staying in the city bakkie hire in Pretoria is a great option, but if you're going out then look at a 4x4 rental option instead.

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Getting around Pretoria

Pretoria isn’t as gigantic as Johannesburg, but for this reason public transport is even more limiting, if you really want to experience all that Pretoria has on offer as well as getting to explore some of the other areas adjacent any kind of bakkie hire will suffice. However Pretoria also boasts some of the country’s best 4x4 trails close by, so hiring a 4x4 could also be an option.

Length of stay

Pretoria has many historically significant locations for the legacy of South Africa so to really experience this a week at least would be sufficient. If one wishes to explore the other locations nearby a little more extensively and get a chance to see some game in the area and do a bit of off road driving, 2 weeks would be a better option with visits to Johannesburg being an optimal way to experience Gauteng province. This said we always recommend a combination so hire a bakkie in Pretoria and spend the week in the city but take the last week and rent a nice big 4x4 for the bush. You'll thank us.

What to pack for your Pretoria visit

It’s always great to be prepared, Pretoria can become rather biting in the winter months so make sure you pack some warm clothes if you plan on being there during this time of year. However it can get rather hot and dry in the summer months with many thunderstorms, so pack for warm weather but also be prepared for some rain. Pretoria 4x4 hire means you need a couple of wellies to go in the boot as well as you might get some rain in the summer.

If you are going camping make sure to pack all the necessary extras as some lodges or camp sites might be limited with certain amenities found in the city.

Bakkie Hire in Pretoria, South Africa: Valuable Driving Information

  • It is the law to drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • It is illegal to talk on your cell phone whilst driving.
  • You have to wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • The legal driving age is 18.
  • It is not only illegal and dangerous to drink and drive, but car/bakkie rental companies in South Africa (including car/bakkie rental Pretoria) do not offer insurance that can offer coverage in the event of a car/bakkie accident.
  • While driving keep to the left hand lane and pass on the right.
  • Driving with your headlights on during the day makes you more visible to other drivers.
  • National roads in South Africa have petrol stations, or garages, with restaurants, restrooms and shops. Useful for taking breaks on long journeys.
  • Check vehicle at the start of each day that it has enough oil and water, and that all lights and indicators are functional and the tyre pressure is adequate.
  • Keep safe following distances.
  • Do not speed.
  • Speed limits on South Africa roads (unless otherwise indicated):
  • Urban roads - 60 km per hour.
  • Provincial Roads - 60 - 80 km per hour.
  • National Roads - 100 - 120 km per hour.
  • Fuel prices are government regulated, meaning they are roughly the same price at all petrol stations.
  • Petrol attendants provide Service at petrol stations. While tipping is customary, it is at your discretion.
  • Use the Drive South Africa distance calculator mapping your route from Pretoria if you're unfamiliar with the directions.

Why Drive South Africa?

Drive South Africa provides specialised Pretoria 4x4 rental. We’ve been seating adventurers in 4x4 recreational vehicles since 2002. We have first hand experience in off-road holidays and 4wd safaris. A comprehensive industry knowledge and a team of specialist consultants mean we can assist you on every aspect of 4x4 self-drive African safari holidays.

A trusted and established network of Pretoria 4x4 rental affiliates supply our 4x4 vehicles, these established bakkie hire companies offer a wide range of late model, low mileage vehicles. Drive South Africa’s online 4x4 hire booking service lets you obtain rental quotes and compare bakkie hire packages to ensure you find the right set up for your holiday, the best value and cheap 4x4 rental in Pretoria. Our online reservation service is quick, easy to use and requires no obligation, give it a try!

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