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 Post subject: Re: Breakdowns, car problems, flat tyres
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:57 pm 
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Thanks Sheenaugh-Lee. Actually, we won't be going to Nelspruit. We head straight from the airport to Malelane and do all of our shopping there. I am wondering if there is a place in Malelane where I might find a can or two.

 Post subject: Re: Breakdowns, car problems, flat tyres
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:22 am 
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Malelane has a Midas on the same side of the road as Pick and Pay, and quite a few tyre repair outlets in the same area, so you will definitely get something there.

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 Post subject: Breakdown with electronic problem
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:01 am 

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We broke down between Letaba and Satara on a public holiday.
Towed to Satara camp where we were fortunately staying for 5 days.
Suspected an electronic problem causing no fuel to get through, but had a big struggle finding someone willing and who had the diagnostic machine required to come out to Satara.
Roadside assistance near Letaba as well as the autoelec in Skukuza has no machine to diagnose problems.
As so many cars today are filled to the brim with electronic components, that seemed very odd.
Hoedspruit autoelec was not willing to come out, mechanics on call wanted more than R4000 just to come to Satara!
Finally found Jaques Mouton from K & S autoelec in Phalaborwa that was willing to really go the extra mile (literally) to help.
We were so grateful that through his help we were able to continue our long awaited holiday!
Wanted to post this as there was very little info available here when we broke down and though the staff at Satara was Very kind and did their best to assist, it seems that if you have an electronic problem everyone just wants to tow you at great expense and then you are left with no vehicle to enjoy fabulous Kruger!

 Post subject: Getting a flat wheel - what to do???
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:05 pm 

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Location: Johannesburg

I have been pondering on what the best steps are to follow when you get a flat wheel in the Kruger Park. I've not seen any rules mentioning this scenario except that you are not allowed to get out of your car.

So what do you do? The worst case is that you have less than an hour to get to the camp and you are driving on a road with no traffic and there is no cell phone signal. Then the unexpected happens. Bang - a flat. (A few years ago, young lions near Satara loved biting cars tyres) Eish.

Any suggestions?


 Post subject: Re: Getting a flat wheel - what to do???
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:28 pm 

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Antong, just get out and change the wheel. What else can one do?

 Post subject: Re: Breakdowns, car problems, flat tyres
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:39 pm 

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Location: London, UK
We had the misfortune of a flat on the Punda to Shingwedzi road, this trip just finished.

It was too far to limp to Babalala the closest get out point. So we scanned the area for a few minutes, read the manual and then proceeded to change the tyre (one of us keeping a constant watch and listen and making noise any animals would hear). It was around 15 minutes before the first vehicle arrived. He helped keep watch and sped up the task.

Anyway ... the key point I wanted to make was something I then learned. We only get one spare with our hire car, and that was used up! Happily, Shingwedzi have a vehicle workshop and were happy to fix the puncture in our (now) flat spare ... it took about 10 minutes the next day. We simply went to the petrol station and the attendant gave us directions to the workshop. It was such a relief to have a viable spare again!!

 Post subject: Vehicle trouble
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:29 pm 

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I am not sure where this should be placed
Today my wife asked a question of me and I didn't know how to answer it.
She asked what do you do if you get a flat tyre of car break down in the park.
You can't just stop get out and open the boot to start the repairs.
What is the procedure?

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