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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?
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:58 pm 
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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
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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
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
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: 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?
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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
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:38 am 
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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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