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Bakkies in South Africa are used for a number of different commercial and recreational purposes. Also known as pickup trucks, bakkies are mainly used for transporting products and livestock, particularly on farms. Such vehicles can also be used for hunting, and off-road adventures. For the secure transportation of products in towns and cities, cargo vans are also regularly used.


Bakkies, or pickup trucks, are flatbed trucks. They can be used for transporting crates of goods, if the crates are lashed securely. The trucks are relatively small and easy to handle in metropolitan areas, yet they are powerful enough to handle rugged terrain such as dirt tracks and off-road locations.

Modifying Bakkies

For transporting livestock, it is necessary to modify a bakkie by adding cattle rails, which are also known as bakkie rails. These rails surround the flatbed of the truck, providing a safe, robust cage that will protect livestock while also preventing the animals from escaping. The rails can also be used to make hunting rigs on recreational vehicles.

Cargo Vans

Cargo vans are generally more suited for deliveries of products in metropolitan areas. They provide a boxy cargo area that completely encloses your goods, keeping them safe and secure throughout the journey, and reducing the risk of goods going missing. They can carry more than bakkies, but are more difficult to handle off-road.

Buying Used Bakkies and Cargo Vans in Western Cape

The Western Cape is one of the largest provinces of South Africa, so if you live and work there it is important to find a vehicle that can handle long trips. Fortunately, finding used bakkies and cargo vans for sale in Western Cape is exceptionally easy. Bakkies are very popular throughout South Africa, and this means it is very easy to find secondhand bakkies for sale, often at very reasonable prices. Many bakkies have been modified for particular purposes, such as hunting or sightseeing, so it is important to pay attention to this when you are deciding whether to make a purchase.

Cargo vans are slightly less popular, but they are a good choice if you need to transport large quantities of product in metropolitan areas. You will find many local dealers who specialise in these sorts of vehicles, as well as many private sellers.