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Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:54 pm

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Unread postby FishingOwl » Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:41 am

Are there any age restrictions in SA for car rental? Every country is different - but here in the States, for instance, the vast majority of rental companies don't rent cars to anyone under 25, and those that do require a huge insurance fee.

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Unread postby p@m » Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:18 pm

Hi Fishingowl, as far as I know, you cannot rent a car if you are under 23, unless it is rented by a company. Insurance is usually a lot higher for drivers under the age of 26.
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Unread postby Boabab » Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:03 pm

A higher car is better but I drive a normal car and never had serious problems with game viewing. It just gets difficult when you are at a sighting where there are a lot of cars, then the 4x4 helps so you can look over the roofs of the other cars.

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Unread postby Zellie » Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:35 am


If have been reading different discussions on vechile use in KNP. I am driving a 1.4 Citi Golf (am young all I can afford) :lol: will this car be adequate for KNP? I know the car have no air con :evil: at least I will be sleeping with air con :dance:

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Unread postby Senyetse » Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:23 am

Hi Zellie

I know people who have taken their golf's to places where most would not take their SUV's :lol:. Kruger's roads are prefectly fine, unless of course your golf has dropped suspension and low profiles! Then you'll have to stick to tar roads.
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Unread postby RichardS » Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:47 pm

bert wrote:You wont have any problems
Always see a few citi golfs driving around in KNP

Got to agree with Bert here. Your normal sedan will do quite well in KNP. Take lots of water if you are going in summer!!!!!
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Unread postby rayb » Sun Feb 03, 2008 5:32 pm

We went directly through Avis. They were competitive and the rate included all insurance. They have a depot local to the Kruger, so if anything goes wrong we would hopefully not be without a car for too long. I'm not sure that would be the same with some of the smaller companies and to be without transport for a couple of days would be a major hassle.
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Unread postby Scipio » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:38 pm

Hi Toneyridge, try a website called They will try to find the cheaper option. Enjoy the trip. :clap:

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Unread postby toneyridge » Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:44 pm

Thanks for everybodies advice. We have found a company called Carhire 3000 they look unbeatable.
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Unread postby debs » Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:15 pm

toneyridge, we have also looked at carhire 3000, nova carhire are competative to, might be worth a look?
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Unread postby sallyanna » Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:36 pm

hi all,
looking for some help with car hire in the kruger area if anyone can help. we are flying into nelspruit kruger mpumalanga (MQP) on 2nd august 2008 at 11.20 am.
and want to hire a car here to travel through kruger and then drop off at phalaborwa airport(PHW) on the 6th august 2008 outgoing flight is at 5.50pm. every time i try to book the rental companies either say there is nothing available or it will only come up with KMIA airport. what is the story with the different airports in nelspruit?
does anyone know about airport car hire? is there rental companies at the airports i am flying in and out of? also is it difficult to pick up and drop off at different airports, i thought this was pretty usual for travellers through kruger?
sorry, i know there is a lot of questions there but if anyone can shed some light i would be very grateful, im very confused!
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Unread postby arks » Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:41 pm

Sallyanna, it is certainly possible to pick up a car from KMIA and drop it at Phalaborwa, I did the reverse last September. You might want to try AutoEurope, a consolidator that I have used since 2000. They subcontract with Avis at KMIA and Phalaborwa. You will be charged a one-way drop off charge at Phalaborwa, but you shouldn't have any problem with booking a car. Unless of course there is some special activity at that time, but that seems unlikely. Good luck with getting a car organised and have a great trip!
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:09 am

Posted a response under airport question. You will have no problem. Avis even have an office at the small TSB airport near Malalane!

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Unread postby BunnyHugger » Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:22 pm

Hi Rayb.

I would have to assume that we are talking of travelling the roads in KNP since you are planning your trip there in the near future.

In my experience, the roads in KNP, are or have been in great shape. Even the sand roads have been very good.

This was the reason I asked for fellow forumites to post comments about the KNP roads in the road report post.

As long as you drive within the speed limits, I cannot see any potential problems of having to face any form of liability by driving on sand roads in KNP.

If you ask Jumbo, however, he will warn you to be on the lookout for other road renegades that may pose a bigger threat than the condition of the roads.

I offer this based on exposure to KNP roads only after mid to late March up to around late September. I have never been in KNP is summer so that may have a material impact.

I would go so far as to say that my experience of the sand rods inside KNP are better than some of the tar roads outside.
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