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Re: Car Rental Question

Unread postby nighthawk2 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:44 pm

The drive from OR Tambo to Malelane is about 4 hours but depending upon where you are flying in from & how long that flight is as well as arrival time, I would recommend staying overnight in JNB if you plan on renting the vehicle in JNB.
If there are 3 adults & depending upon how much baggage you have, a sedan may be a bit on the cramped side.

Depending upon where you hire the vehicle, rooftop tents are not part of the package - certainly none at OR Tambo that I have seen.

Usually for international visitors, unlimited mileage is the standard option.
As for insurance, check out your options.
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Re: Car Rental Question

Unread postby Leanawel » Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:39 am

pviral

Just a thought :hmz: You are aware of the fact that you can fly in from JHB to Skukuza airport and rent a car at the airport?

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Re: Car Rental Question

Unread postby pviral » Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:51 am

@leena yes we are aware.. however, if we have to rent a car inside park the cost of renting car inside park is same renting from JNB. So we are looking for some budget friendly options.

@nighthawk2 thanks for suggestion. We have 10hr long flight and landing at 7 am.. so I am assuming we would be fresh to drive.

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Re: Car Rental Question

Unread postby Leanawel » Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:49 am

:thumbs_up: true pviral - that flight is expensive :whistle:

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Questions on vehicle rental

Unread postby Esusino » Sun May 03, 2015 8:38 pm

Dear all,

we are planning our first trip to KNP and we just started to look into the vehicle we would rent
Can you give us some advise on this questions?

- any good experience with Thrift at Tambo Airport?
- we will be visiting in December, is the grass high?
- we are planning to get a Nissan Xtrail 2x4, anyone knows if it s possible to fully open the rear window?
- any other advise is some then appreciated

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Re: Questions on vehicle rental

Unread postby Elsa » Sun May 03, 2015 9:56 pm

Esusino, do have a read through the very good topics we have on car rentals Here and also Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger
Loads of very good advice and info in there. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Questions on vehicle rental

Unread postby carolv » Sun May 03, 2015 11:40 pm

Hi Andrea

Just back from time in South Africa, including Kruger, and between us we had 5 rental SUVs - Nissan X Trails, Honda CRV and Hyundai IX35 - none of these vehicles had rear windows which fully opened. Coming from the UK this is not a spec which we are accustomed to but it seems to have become the norm for vehicles in RSA. Apart from that, they were all good in other respects. The other point I would make is that no matter what you book ahead, it is never guaranteed that you will get exactly the vehicle you have actually 'booked' and depending on what time you arrive at the rental office, the earlier you get there the more likely you are to actually get the vehicle ordered. Please pm me if you need any other details as to the differences we found in each vehicle.

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Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger

Unread postby Salva » Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:22 am

Hi folks,

9th time SA this october!

This time we are taking along my 4 year old kid and my mother. This makes me doubt about which car to rent. I don't care so much about automatic or not. To me thé question is: will the car have enough space for everybody to enjoy the trip (7 days Kruger, 2 weeks western cape). We will be 3 grown-ups, 1 kid and we will have 4 pieces of big luggage, 3 or 4 pieces of hand luggage and a stroller. I am considering a Toyota Fortuner. For those who have experience with it: would this car have enough space and also: would the windows in the back go down all the way? I don't know this type of car and never see it on european roads.

The alternative would be a people mover (Hyundai H1 or VW camionette) but I have been told that you can not put down the windows in the back. That would not make for a good experience for my mother who will be in the back most of the time. On the other hand..plenty of space in this car.

Any advice? many thanks.
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Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger

Unread postby arks » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:35 pm

I don't know about the Fortuner's luggage space, but I do know that the windows in the back of the Fortuner do go down all the way, as I often ride in the back on birding excursions with friends in Cape Town.
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Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:55 pm

If it's like the one we hired a feew years back, the back seats fold down, which gave us ample room for our luggage - 4 cases, 4 pieces of hand luggage.

We were 4 adults, 2 in the front, 2 behind, and then as I said we folded down the very back seats.

The new models however might be different.

As Arks has said the back windows do go right down (at least they did in our car!!!) :thumbs_up:
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Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger

Unread postby JimS » Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:40 pm

Hi

I drive a Toyota Prado and the luggage space is all but identical to a Fortuna. I have a 40 litre Engel fridge in the luggage area and there is still space for luggage for 4 adults, 3 bags of cameras and lenses, 2 laptop computers, and food for 2 weeks. This was the load on the last trip to Kruger.

The back windows lower all the way down, I often sit in the back to take photos with a big lens.

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Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger

Unread postby iLoveMeerkats! » Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:38 pm

We had the Fortuner last year (40 days) and LOVED it. Very comfortable, plenty of room, and the windows went all the way down. We pretty much stay on the dust roads and it handled beautifully. It was an automatic which was what we wanted. We were upgraded to the 4x4 so I am not certain about the 2x4 in terms of handling. We would get that one again in a heartbeat.

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Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger

Unread postby cheetahlady » Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:58 pm

Hi Salva,

We hired a fortuner in June. We were 3 adults, and at one stage 5 adults. We fit quite comfortably in the Fortuner. Plenty of luggage space if you fold down the 3rd row of seats. Windows in back roll down completely. Advantage of a bit of height in the park. Diesel version very efficient. Decent power. Comfortable ride.

I think that it would be a good choice for your situation.

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Re: Car choice/best vehicle/Insurance for Kruger

Unread postby Salva » Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:05 pm

Thanks a million for all the feedback!

The Toyota Fortuner it will be!

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