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 Post subject: Re: Car choice/best vehicle for Kruger
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:59 pm 
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Hi there

Perhaps we can offer some assistance. I am not sure abut plugging Car Rental companies and rules, but I do know that First Car Rental has a fleet of Nissan Levinas.

We rented one last years for our trip to Kruger. Not much luxuary, but it took 4 of us with ease, had massive load space and lots of compartments in the cabin for other things like cameras, binocs etc.

I do know that while we looked for cars to rent, a few of the other car rental companies had Opel Zafiras as well. We found the Levinas and Zafiras to be much cheaper to rent than SUVs, and will propably offer more space.

We have never needed the higher suspention from an SUV. We have always used sedans, or mini MPVs and they worked for us.

Enjoy the trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Car choice/best vehicle for Kruger
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:03 pm 
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I have travelled to Kruger with all kinds of vehicles - the last 15 years in a motorhome. For me that is the ultimate vehicle for Kruger.
And if you compare the costs of renting a vehicle plus a bungalow with renting a motorhome and paying camping tariffs, then the 2 should come out about even. Especially if you are 4 or 5 people.

Last week we parked at sunset dam and other water holes for 3 hours on end. Made breakfast, read a book and just relaxed. It was great. We could do it because our home was right there.
You should have heard the remarks of the people in the cars next to us when they smelt the bacon. A real jealous lot!!


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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental Suggestions?
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Hi cholley and Welcome!

You definitely don't need a 4x4 for Kruger. Some prefer a higher clearance vehicle, but I personally prefer a sedan and not only because it costs less (I prefer to spend my funds on more nights in the park), but because I prefer to be more on eye level with the animals 8) . I've found good rates in the past with AutoEurope, which is a consolidator.

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental Suggestions?
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I went with a Kia sportage...good height and very comfortable. Much cheaper than a 4x4.

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 Post subject: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:27 pm 
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I believe you need to PM (private message) me since this is a request for non-park/private entities.

I have read MANY pages of the car rental strand and still need help.

Need suggestion for rental companies with automatic SUVs.

The following companies are out:
First Car Rental desk closes before our flight gets in
DriveSouthAfrica reqires that we get insurance we don't need
Avis and Europcar only have manual transmissions
Expedia and Travelocity said there were NO cars at all

Need:
Room for 4 adults, 4 med. suitcases & a cooler with BBQ food and drinks

Automatic: We prefer automatic transmission since we are alreay gonna be driving on the opposite side of the road for us. Using a stick shift on the "other" side might really throw us off...

SUV: We have been told the grass will be high when we are there becasue of all of the rain Nov.-Dec. So, we were planning on an intermediate SUV.

Travelling Novemeber 27th - Decemer 3rd from Nelspruit Airport to White River for the night, then to Berg-En-Dal for 1 1/2 days and Skukuza for 2 1/2 days, then onto the Panorama Route/Blyde Canyon for 1 day.

Any suggestions are appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:31 pm 
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Try the Nissan Grand Levina, not SUV proper, but brilliant.

Well, there are so many to choose from. :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:41 pm 
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Thanks for your suggestion! I would love to try the Nissan - if I could find an automatic for rent.

I need a rental company name. I've tried many, many already - with no luck.

The following will NOT work:
First Car Rental desk closes before our flight gets in
DriveSouthAfrica reqires that we get insurance we don't need
Avis and Europcar only have manual transmissions
Expedia and Travelocity have no SUVs


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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:59 am 
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It seems as though there will always be some sort of insurance applicable to rentals in South Africa. I am sure other mites from lands afar can confirm this, but doing dummy bookings it looks like it always include insurance. I am not sure if you call the rental companies directly whether they will waive the cost though... :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:33 am 
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Thanks for the suggestions re: calling about insurance. I have found several companies that rent without the unecessary insurance, but none of them have the car type we were hoping for... I will call directly.

Now I see that most of the rental counters at Nelspruit airport are closed before I get in, which is an additional hurdle to overcome.

Do you think that the extra height of an SUV or van is warranted for late Nov/early Dec?? With the rain and higher grasses, we thought it would be beneficial.


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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
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About the Nelspruit Desks closing
Why not ask your accommodation in White River to collect you for a small fee and then return to the airport early next morning after breakfast.
Distance between the airport and WR isnt to big.
(i did this last year and was much more relaxed)
I will PM you a rental company.

btw, there is always insurance but not always full insurance for windshield and tyres

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:06 pm 
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I rent a group E vehicle from Hertz, which they describe as a "KIA Sportage 2X4 Auto or similar". To the best of my recollection they have never actually given me a KIA, I get something "similar", which the interpret broadly enough to have given me a Nissan X-Trail 4x4 on occasion.

I've always been most satisfied with Hertz, which I cannot say for the other global rental outfits.

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
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Thank you, thank you all! I found a good car for us and an OK price (not great, but still manageable). I NEVER would have tracked it down without your help.


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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:30 pm 
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Hi All,

Just one thing about an Xtrail - the back windows do not go down all the way - depending on the height of the pax - the window can be right in your line of vision.

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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: Car Rental - Need Automatic Intermediate SUV
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:13 am 
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Try Sunny Cars they have SUV's and have great conditions.... 8) we rented a Renault Koleos a kind of SUV but this was a stick shift maybe they will have it in Automatic too. :hmz:

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