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Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:52 pm

there are people who rent the Mahindra double cabs. I saw people driving these rental Mahindras in Kgalagadi in March, and they had no problems.

I rented "the Mahindra" (in April) and it was a very good one. Any problem at all. It's a diesel, and double cabs is good against dust. There is a picture of "my" car in THE PARADISE.
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Unread postby Bekke » Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:55 pm

I did many a request for quotes and have read all the terms and conditions. The only one that I would have taken (if I did not take my own Hilux DC in the end!), was Desert 4x4.
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Unread postby PinkNosedPenguin » Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:45 pm

Bekke, what was it that was so good about Desert 4x4 (or that weren't happy about with the others)? I have been waiting for an email reply for them for a week now - not a dickie-bird . . .

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Unread postby Bekke » Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:43 am

PnP, people of the Northern Cape are not big on e-mail (they are far too relaxed...) Give them a call.
What was good about them: Their terms and conditions do not include fineprint that they actually do NOT cover gravel road driving etc (like ALL the others). They also have trustworthy bakkies, that should be Kgalagadi-proof. Ant they are not expensive at all.

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4 nights KTP/which car

Unread postby Suzan » Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:08 pm

I really need some help....We are planning a trip to KTP
Coming from Upington, arriving 17th of September for 4 nights.
After KTP we are driving to Augrabies.
Which Rest Camps shall we pick????
Which car shall we rent????
Is there anyone who can help?????

Thank you so much

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Unread postby DuQues » Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:22 pm

Hi and welcome Suzan!

Carwise there has been quite a bit written about it, the consensus is that you take what you can pay. However, you will be best of in a 4x4 as the roads can be badly corrugated and you have a higher seat. However a sedan will do you perfectly if you go to the Auob side.

How about the first night in Twee rivieren, followed by 2 nights in Urikaruus, and again a day in TR?
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Unread postby madach » Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:18 pm

I agree with DuQues. Stay in Twee Rivieren for two nights and then two nights in either Urikauus, Kalahari Tented Camp or Mata Mata for two nights. Then either one more night in Twee Rivieren or straight to Augrabies. If you stay in the Auob riverbed and don't go further than Kij Kij waterhole in the Nossob riverbed then a normal sedan should be fine. I prefer to use a high car, but use whatever your budget allows you to rent. Should you want to go to Nossob then a high car is preferable because of the high banks on the sides of the roads in that area.

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Unread postby Suzan » Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:16 pm

Thanks so far. Unfortunately there is nothing available in Urikaruus. In Twee Rivieren and Mata Mata are still some chalets available, but i suppose i have to make a decision soon.
What about XausLodge....is it worth the money?

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Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:08 pm

Hi Suzan and Welcome!

Have you considered KielieKrankie? Only 4 chalets, stupendous view, good location between TR and MM. And far more affordable than Xaus Lodge. Altho dividing only 4 nights between TR and MM isn't a bad option. What you DON'T want to do is be moving camp too frequently!
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Unread postby Bekke » Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:30 am

If you want the wilderness-camp feeling, you can also try the Tented Camp near Mata Mata. It will be possible to drive from either the KTC or Mata Mata, via 2R, to Augrabies in a day.
You will see enough beauty between 2R and Mata Mata to want to come back again for much longer...

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:34 pm

There is no bad choice in Kgalagadi Suzan, it depends if you want the traditional camps or wilderness camps.
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Which rental car company?

Unread postby matnikstym » Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:18 pm

I know I've read this before, but can't find the right thread. Does anyone have any advice on choosing a rental car company? I've gotten 3 quotes from the Upington webpage, all for the same vehicle-Hilux 4X4
4X4 850R pd + 58R pd insurance 80% 250km pd
4X4 800R pd + 50 pd full insurance unlimited km
4X4 930R pd 80% insurance included unlimited km
Any reccommendations?
Thanks in advance!
Also-for a 12 day trip in KTP, is renting a fridge recommended?
Thanks!
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Unread postby arks » Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:13 am

I've been using a consolidator, since 2000. In SA they subcontract depending on the airport. In Upington, it s(edit) They usually have the best rates, so you might want to give them a try. Have a great trip!
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Unread postby matnikstym » Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:46 am

Thanks arks! I did check but they don't have any 4X4's available
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