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 Post subject: Re: Vehicle Options
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:42 pm 
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Let's hope that all rental cars have got proper spare wheels in place.

Driving around on a Marie Biscuit spare wheel isn't going to end well for any car that travels on the dirt roads of KNP. Best to take the tar road straight to the Skukuza workshop if anywhere close by.

I've had a flat tyre in the past and the guy at the workshop was very good. Service with a smile, whilst I watched the Loeries feed on an adjacent tree.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:07 am 
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Decision made.
I have cancelled the Xtrail.


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Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:49 am 
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Hi :yaya:

I know you have made your choice but I thought I would give some advice anyway if anyone else is planning on choosing between the 2 options, I personally own a Nissan X Trail 2.5l 4*4 Auto petrol and that is just superb, love it to bitz, it is expensive on fuel but drives awesome, not too sure about the manual though :doh: ,

I will say you made a good choice in the sense that the Toyota Fortuner is an Auto, and therefore it is easier to drive around Kruger especially when anything can pop out at any corner at any given time. :thumbs_up: .

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Kallis,

Thanks for the input.

As I say, I had a XTrail last year. It was a good car and no complaints.
But just for driving slow and stopping all the time I got annoyed.

So thought may as well go for the Fortuner.


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The Fortuner Via Avis was a winner. Group I from memory. The automatic transmission makes for great driving comfort in the park.

Best was the extra high compared to other vehicles, no other driver or passengers were at a higher point than us which helped for photography in the longer grass encountered at time of year.

Other 4*4's read IX35 have lower seats and windows that don't go down all the way.

Each to their own in the end. Choose which suits your pocket and needs.

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Cant comment on the Fortuner, as I have never been able to afford the excess. ( circa 10k RSA ) And never been able to get an inclusive deal through the 2 main factor companies that I mainly use. Had the Nissan Xtrail last October/November, but it turned out to be a somewhat aged vehicle with in excess of 80,000km and very little, if any, servicing. Have opted for the Kia Sportage, thru Hertz, thru the factor for our next trip in April/May 2014, but there are only two of us this time round.

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We are seeking for a car that offers us a high position for viewing, but we don´t want to spend so much money, Toyota Fortuner or X-trail is not an option. The excess is a concern too.

What about Toyota Avanza? If this car doesn´t offer a higher position then we would rent the cheapest option, hyundai i10, opel corsa...

It seems that Toyota Fortuner offers the highest seats, but would be also interesting to compare between the cheapest options.


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Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:07 pm 
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Your vehicle needs depend on both the parks and other locations that you intend to visit.
Where are you going and what do you want to see?
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 Post subject: Re: Vehicle Options
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:24 am 
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JDW wrote:
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Your vehicle needs depend on both the parks and other locations that you intend to visit.
Where are you going and what do you want to see?
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We know that we don´t need a 4WD, but would like to have a vantage point to get good photo opportunities. Avanza is affordable for us but if it´s not any higher than a compact car it won´t be a good deal.

Will spend 8 nights at KPN, between Letaba and Crocodile Bridge. We stay 2 nights at Talamati ( uneven road, but a compact car would be fine here if I´m not wrong), so the idea is to get the most affordable height :thumbs_up:

Thank you for the feedback!


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We look like having a RAV4 for our month in Sth Africa.
It was chosen because of it's big rear door and flat bed with the seats down.
There will only be the 2 of us.Actually thought of getting a Toyota mini bus(8 person) as the sliding side door makes photography so much easier.
Most time spent in KNP( 18 nights) and Merkele NP (3 nights) early Sept until early Oct. 14
In 2010 when we went to pick up a 4 wheel drive we were told non were available so they
gave us a BMW with 5000kms on the clock.
We drove it from Cape Town to Durban, great on the Hwys but still went well over rough tracks, creek beds etc
When I informed the hirer that I would take it anywhere I would have taken the 4 w/drive he couldn't careless.
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Hi Hiker2014,

An Avanza is an excellent choice, its high (not as high as others granted) and cheap to hire when compared with the other vehicles. and you get plenty of space. The only thing I would say is that on normal roads its not as fuel efficient. We've hired three now, and it's predecessor the Condor so we are happy with it.

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E Orix wrote:
.Actually thought of getting a Toyota mini bus(8 person) as the sliding side door makes photography so much easier.


Just to warn you for the future - this is a no-no in Kruger. You must keep your doors closed at all times :lol:

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E Orix wrote:
.Actually thought of getting a Toyota mini bus(8 person) as the sliding side door makes photography so much easier.


Just to warn you for the future - this is a no-no in Kruger. You must keep your doors closed at all times :lol:


Definitely!!!

We were at an Ellie sighting recently, and a minibus type vehicle drove up and the door slid open, and a huge camera appeared!!!!

The Ellie moved towards them, and the photographer nearly fell out of the vehicle when the driver had to move quickly!!!!

Against the rules for a very good reason. :thumbs_up:

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saraf wrote:
E Orix wrote:
.Actually thought of getting a Toyota mini bus(8 person) as the sliding side door makes photography so much easier.


Just to warn you for the future - this is a no-no in Kruger. You must keep your doors closed at all times :lol:
:tongue: :cam: :lol: It would be a great idea if the park rules were different! EOrix, did the car insurance cover you out of tar roads?




Thanks!

Avanza will be our first choice, the only concern is that the pictures and videos I´ve seen the boot doesn´t seem to have a cover, is the baggage visible from outside?


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They do come with a cover but make sure you check it when you pick the car up at the car hire garage. Some people can be heavy-handed and they break. If it doesn't seem to be working insist on one that does. Although you won't need them in the park they are good for keeping the sun off food.

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