Pick-ups are some of the most popular vehicle types in South Africa, with a healthy pick-up culture that embraces the functionality and versatility of this type of vehicle to such an extent that we gave them a local nickname – “bakkie”. Various brands of bakkies are available for purchase in South Africa, and with the rich bakkie culture, people buy bakkies for daily use in suburban areas as well, not just for use off the beaten track.
Author: Tony Hendricks
South Africans love big vehicles with off-road capabilities. The love for this class of vehicle comes from the abundance of gravel roads that can be found almost anywhere in the country, whether is it an old farm track or a dirt road in a nature reserve. We also love the Bushveld, which offers a playground for many types of 4x4 vehicles.
South Africa is alive with a healthy bakkie culture, to such an extent that locals have come up with this word for a mini-truck. The culture was born from the farming lifestyle of many South African households and these vehicles are required to travel on gravel roads over long distances, often hauling a load in the process.
Bakkies are very popular in South Africa, especially for those living in the areas surrounding the cities, where gravel roads lead the way home after a busy day at work. Although a selection of modern bakkies and SUVs is available on the market today, they are not always as rugged as their mini-truck counterparts and can lag in terms of hauling capacity for carrying big loads.