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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:05 am 
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Hi there, i normally go through Thrifty and find them fantastic.
Pick up and drop off at KMIA at what ever time suits you.
Insurance not a problem as they take credit card details but nil deductions made,so long as you can prove the necessary funds available..
Last year I returned a vehicle I had booked 8 days prior to agreed return, due to arriving earlier.
Never expecting a refund you can imagine my surprise when the gentleman advised my refund would happen within 7 days . :thumbs_up: to thrifty.
And I'm going through them again in May next year...one happy customer :dance: :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Which hire car for Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:34 pm 
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This is very subjective Tim.

I can give you pos & cons

Pro high clearance;
Some sightings in the bush/distance will be better.
Probably more luggage space.
Probably more freedom of movement within the vehicle

Pro sedan
Will handle the tar roads & dirt roads
Cost


I wouldn't worrry about car jackers. You will (presumably) get straight onto the highway from the airport. Carjacking happens mostly at night, or during quiet times, and often in dodgy areas.

Would it maybe be possible to;
Store some luggage until after the Kruger visit or
Hire 2 different cars for 2 different phases of the trip?

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 Post subject: Re: Which hire car for Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:41 pm 
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Stranger Ranger wrote:
A car with a higher ground clearance is far more prefable for viewing, but not essential. In August the bush has thinned out a bit, so viewing should be easier. You do not need a sturdy car/4X4 as the tracks are well maintained. I have never been subject to a hijacking, but as a precautionary measure I would use the main roads on the way to the park and stop off in areas where there are lots of vehicles. I hope you have a fantastic trip.


I think Stranger Ranger gave excellent advice.

Why not hire a SUV-type of vehicle for your visit to Kruger and another one (sedan) for the rest of your stay in South Africa since hiring the sedan is usually less expensive than a SUV.

I hope you have a fantastic trip - and don't forget the TR :) :)

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 Post subject: Re: Which hire car for Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:08 am 
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Had Nissan Grand Livina a few years ago for 4 adults :thumbs_up:

It has a higher clearance then a ordinary sedan
And more then enough space to travel for a few weeks

And cheaper then a X-trail and with more space

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 Post subject: Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:18 pm 
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This was our solution. We are 4 large people :lol: , with 4 lots of suitcases, hand luggage cool bags and not forgetting the bags of logs for the braai, beer etc etc.
I present the Nissan NP300 Hardbody from Thrifty car hire at Joburg airport.
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It is only two wheel drive but gives you so much more confidence fording the streams, and over potholes and rough roads.
The rear windows go ALL the way down so it is easy to take photos and spot from the rear.

P.S. A thousand apologies to the forumette in the little black car who I passed and waved to on the morning of Sat 9th March near Lower Sabie. We were 300m past when my OH said there were ribbons on her car! I wasn't being pig ignorant, just on a different planet! :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger
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We have rented a Hyundai ix35 for our upcoming trip...last time we had a Renault Koleos which was a perfect car.... 8)

We rented the car at Sunny Cars, the company we used the last time we went to South Africa we had a fantastic experience with this company, cheap, easy and reliable cars. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger
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We went with a Kia Sportage this past trip to KNP and really enjoyed it. Comfortable car. :)

As for insurance, I rented the car with my Visa Signature card. If you use this card, it provides primary coverage in SA at no additional cost. :dance: Saved me a bit of money.

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 Post subject: Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger
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Just as Vinkie, we have reserved a Hyundai ix35 this trip. We also had a Renault Koleos last time and LOVED it.

Stark - I spent quite a bit of time with the kind folks at Avis and went through a special Long Term Rentals office (mini-lease). This was through the US Avis office, not the SA one. If you are renting for 30 days or more, the prices are considerably cheaper than going the regular route. Also, they looked up for me the price of no insurance versus full coverage, and because it was a package deal, it was actually cheaper to take the insurance. Go figure. We are getting the Hyundai for 42 days for about $2200 (dollars) which seems great. Unlimited miles, insurance, the whole thing.

I tried to get the Toyota Fortuner which is an AUTOMATIC, but they claimed it was SOLD OUT. Ratz!

This time....Kruger from April 10 - May 21!!!! Be still my heart :D
Biyamiti > Lower Sabie > Skukuza > Satara > Olifants > Letaba > Bateleur > Punda Maria > Mopani > Satara > Skukuza > Lower Sabie > Biyamiti

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 Post subject: Re: Rental Car Advise for My Kruger Trip
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We rented via Europcar from Hoedspruit and had a good experience. Us too were upgraded for free when our X-Trail wasn't available - we were bumped up to a full sized Toyota pickup. :dance:

This last trip we used Hertz in Nelspruit and were surprised to find that they gave us the cheapest rate for a Kia Sportage automatic. I like Hertz, but don't usually use them overseas for the whole price reason. :)

Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Rental Car Advise for My Kruger Trip
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:35 am 
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We have never rented "direct" from the rental company, we have always used one of the so called "factors" who have always worked out to be cheaper than the published fares.
Our October trip has us in an Xtrail, from Budget, but we have ordered the car through auto-europe.co.uk/

Good luck and have a great trip

Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Rental Car Advise for My Kruger Trip
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:29 pm 
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I've also used Auto Europe -- this consolidator is actually based in Portland, Maine :wink: (the US URL is autoeurope.com) -- in the past and recommend them. You should certainly at least check their rates before making your final decision.

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 Post subject: Re: Rental Car Advise for My Kruger Trip
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I have rented through Europecar a few times.
Never had a problem. In fact, the one time I had booked the wrong class of car, my mistake, and they were very happy to sort it out. I guess the pick up was Jhb Int so there were a few spare cars available.

Used Avis once - very expensive

Used Thrifty this past trip, and found them very helptful too.


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 Post subject: Re: Rental Car Advise for My Kruger Trip
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:28 pm 
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I always use Thrifty at KMIA as I find them cheapest OVERALL. There is cheaper websites but then the excess is much more and I rather pay a little extra and have a lesser excess, if something does happen. One must really compare the fine print properly to see what is the best value for money. I have done this exercise in detail about 5 weeks ago.

Thrifty at KMIA offer great service. I once even forgot my drivers license. As I had booked with them a few times before they still gave me a hire car as they had my details on the computer. I found this excellent service and don't think another hire agency would have done the same.

Thrifty first choice for me.


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 Post subject: Will I be able to rent an automatic 4x4 at Skukuza?
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:06 pm 
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So excited to fly directly into the new Skukuza airport! However since my SO and I don't drive stick shifts back in the States and are a bit rusty, (rusty is giving us more credit than we deserve), we want to rent an automatic vehicle but not a car as we will want to traverse many of the dirt roads and sit high in our vehicle. As of today on the Avis sight it says class I which is an auto 4x4 is "temporarily" unavailable.... We are booking for June 2015!!

We have a great nightmare of being on the opposite side of the road and car that we are used to..., shifting with the left hand instead of the right as we are used to and coming across an elephant herd. Can you imagine putting it in 1st instead of reverse in our slight panic...... :big_eyes:

Oh please Avis.... Can we get more automatic vehicle choices.... For our sake and for the sake of your vehicles?

And yes, we will take the super insurance..... :shock:

Dana


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 Post subject: Re: Will I be able to rent an automatic 4x4 at Skukuza?
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You donot need a 4X4 for the Kruger roads as a Sedan car will do the same Maybe get an automatic with high clearance and you will be able to see Do not( worry about driving on the right as you drive so slowly in nkruger you have plenty of time to reverse away fromEllies After a few daysd your rain will adgust and you wont hav any problems

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