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On the banks of South Africa's Mooirivier, Potchefstroom is a flourishing arts and education town outside of Johannesburg. While it doesn't have many primary tourist sites, the atmosphere in Potchefstroom is progressive and inviting because of its many universities.
Potchefstroom is equated with higher education in South Africa, with five universities and dozens of other educational institutes. As a result, the city has great infrastructure for sporting and cultural events. There's a burgeoning theatre scene along with ample shopping, dining and drinking facilities.
Potchefstroom is bisected by N12, locally known as Nelson Mandela Drive. This major road cuts southwest to northeast and hosts most of the local facilities. Tourists are likely to disembark at Potchefstroom railway station, near N12 and across the street from North West University's athletic stadium. This is also where you'll find the best selection for car rental in Potchefstroom.
With car hire in Potchefstroom it is convenient to drive to and from Johannesburg, which is only 75 miles away. Most of the driving is via the Moroka Bypass, and the entire trip takes around 1 hour, 35 minutes to complete. Visitors can easily hire a car in Potchefstroom and visit Johannesburg on a daytrip without committing to overnights in a big city.
Potchefstroom is also within reach of Cape Towns' international airport, which is an additional 15-minute drive past Johannesburg along the Moroka Bypass. Cheap car hire in Potchefstroom means you can transfer to the airport according to your own schedule without paying a hefty taxi fare.