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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 versus saloon
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:14 pm 
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Luckily I am not a Sandton 4x4 dude, & know my vehicle limitations. & BTW, it was proving a point, not being Gung-Ho, I will never put my Family in danger & the car that was rented on the opposite side is stuffed even after I pulled it to safety with my Truck. :wink:

Oh yes, as a family we have been through worse. :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 versus saloon
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That wasn't meant to be personal Scipio. I only wanted to stess that the unpredicatability of the elements can leave a 4x4 driver more vulnerable than the saloon driver, because he might take bigger risks.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 versus saloon
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Good point, MM.
Golden rule: If you can't walk it, don't drive it. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 versus saloon
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I have had a 4x4 for 15 years, but then I have toured Zim, Bots, Nam etc extensively. In all my years of visiting Kruger I have had to use 4x4 once and that was to pull a fool out who went off road in a saloon and got stuck in thick sand.

In my opinion a 4x4 is not needed in Kruger, not for driving or veiwing. We tour around a lot, and it is very necessary in some of the other SA parks. So why restict yourself? If you have to decide on a vehicle for all your needs as a lover of nature, get a 4x4.


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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 versus saloon
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Ai MM, no offence taken, I was lekker silly but, as a family we have traveled extensively in the bush, (Ask Spookie :twisted: ) & as Dakka said, a 4x4 gives you a small amount of freedom that is not experienced in a saloon.

During the rain in the area we "helped" a few rentals out of a muddy road that is otherwise good. Then again, I had some of my best sightings ever in a saloon.


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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 versus saloon
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a 4x4 gives you a small amount of freedom that is not experienced in a saloon.


Very true. And the roads in many of the parks are a bit tough on saloons, escpecially during the rainy season.

I must admit that there have been many times in the the parks except for Kruger that we could not experience a large part of the park in our sedan. I'm talking of places like Mapungubwe, Marekele, Namaqua National Park. That's why I'm looking at buying a 4x4 in the near future

We must also remember to distinguish between a 4x4 and a high clearance 4x2 vehicle/bakkie/soft roader/SUV. There are places that these softroaders vehicles would not be able to travel.

So it all depends where you are going and what the roads are like and how much of the park would you be able to visit in a saloon?

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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 versus saloon
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Ja, Ja, JA, what a TR. :wink: Senyetse, a hi rise 4x2 is the same price as 4x4 these days. Go for 4x4, i 8) t is better, I know from experience.


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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 versus saloon
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I know of a Hummer going for sale for R200 000. It's bright red, has lots of lovely logos on it, flashing lights and a sound system that fills its whole boot area... :lol: :lol:

the sound system alone costs about R200 000. :wink:
Imagine driving through the Park in that :thumbs_up:

The Impies would all keel over in fright.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 versus saloon
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:lol: MM.
What about those bling mags and low profile tyres? I'm still trying to work out what's the use of low profiles on a 4x4. :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: 4x4 versus saloon
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Scipio wrote:
Ja, Ja, JA, what a TR. :wink: Senyetse, a hi rise 4x2 is the same price as 4x4 these days. Go for 4x4, i 8) t is better, I know from experience.


I am only considering a 4x4, I know of several people who chose to buy a 4x2 only to regret it. :wink: I was just saying, the subject is saloon vs 4x4 but we must not forget that a high clearance 4x2 could also be sufficient especially in KNP if it is more cost efficient. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Renting a car in Nelspruit Airport
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If you are comming from overseas then you need an International Licence.
There is Avis and Europcar.
Avis' number at the airport in Nelspruit is +27 13 750-1015.
Europcar's number is +27 13 750-2871. They both have websites where you can book on-line


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 Post subject: Re: Renting a car in Nelspruit Airport
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Audrey,

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Do I need an international drivers license?

We rented this summer from both the Johannesburg and Cape Town airports and did NOT need an international drivers license nor was this even mentioned. Our licenses issued in Canada were fine on their own.

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 Post subject: Re: Renting a car in Nelspruit Airport
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Audrey where are you coming from.

UK driving licences are accepted if it's the photo one.
The old fashioned paper only ones are not accepted and one needs an International permit.

We have used both Avis and Europcar at Nelspruit.
Both were fine, Europcar is usually a bit cheaper.

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 Post subject: Re: Renting a car in Nelspruit Airport
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Rhino car hire also delivers at KMIA, and has very good rates.

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 Post subject: Re: Renting a car in Nelspruit Airport
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Xankanka wrote:
Hi Audrey,

I presume you come from the UK. You will need an international driving licence.

Hope this helps
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Not if your UK licence is a combined photo and paper one.

We stay in SA 6 months each year on a holiday visa, and our photo/paper licence is all we need. We hire time and time again. Trust me.

If however it's the old paper only version you will need an international permit.
(That is of course assuming that you are from UK!!!!)

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