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 Post subject: Re: Planning - Car(s) needed
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:28 pm 
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Good advice in here. :thumbs_up:

We've played around with hiring a 4x4 for only part of a trip (to do 4x4 trails in KNP :dance: ) and then swapping to a sedan. But the shorter hire time, plus 1-way charges for each vehicle, made it more trouble that it was worth. I'm sure I'll still price it out as we get closer to locking in a vehicle, esp since we're looking at 3+ days in Greater Kruger where the car will just sit idle, but I'll just stay with one vehicle unless the cost savings are great.

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 Post subject: Re: Planning - Car(s) needed
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Okay, one car it is.
I'll probably be looking at a 2x4 with difflock. Are there any places we are likely to want to go to that really want a 4x4?
Remember, Cape town to Joberg is set in stone, but the route isn't. (We'll have to visit family near JHB, so flying out through there.)
To me its all new country, and this topic might be of some value to others playing around with the same idea.

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 Post subject: Carhire 3000?!
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Have booked a car with CarHire 3000 and paid the full amount...has anyone had any experience with this company?!

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 Post subject: Re: Carhire 3000?!
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Yes we used them in USA in 2006....they were excellent. Very good rates and all was in order!!

Have booked with them for our trip to SA this year as well, so hope they are still OK!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Carhire 3000?!
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We're using them too for this summer.
Seemed to be the best value.
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 Post subject: Car rental in K. N. P.
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Has anyone experience renting with Drive South Africa, pick up from Nelspruit Int Airport, returning to Phalabora. We are looking at a 10 seater bus for a family.


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 Post subject: Re: Car rental in K. N. P.
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Hi wildebeeste,

If you have a read through This Thread I am sure you will find loads of advice re the various rental companies.

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 Post subject: Car Rentals IN the park, or what services available?
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Hi All,

I was reading through some of the car break-down stories, and am wondering if (probably not) there are any rental places inside the park in case a calamity of sorts happens to yours?

Are there any outside the park, near Lower Sabie for instance, or repair shops?

Does Kruger have any type of towing service?

I know these are all remote-chance questions, but I would imagine quite a few things do happen while there.

Thanks greatly..


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 Post subject: Re: Car Rentals IN the park, or what services available?
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There is no rental facility in the park itself. You can however rent vehicles at all the adjoining airports and places such as Phalaborwa and Nelspruit.

There is a limited breakdown assistance facility available, operating from Skukuza. Call the KNP emergency number in case of breakdown.

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rentals IN the park, or what services available?
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Skukuza has car hire (Avis), and of course you'd find it in Nelspruit, the Kruger-Mpumalanga airport, Malelane, and Komatipoort as well (I assume you're going to the southern regions). Both Skukuza and Letaba have repair workshops, and both would arrange towing if needed, while all towns along the Kruger border have garages too.

Now, make sure your car is in good running order, Morgandy, and stop worrying that it may break down; rather, enjoy your holiday to the full! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rentals IN the park, or what services available?
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I know that there is an Avis counter within the Skukuza-reception building, so I assume that the cars must be stationed somewhere close by.

I once hired a car from Avis Kruger-Mpumalanga airport, but when we got to Croc Bridge, there was something wrong with it. The depot at Skukuza immediately drove a new car out to us at Croc Bridge, where it was swapped free-of-charge. I actually asked the driver where he had come from, and he confirmed that it was Skukuza.

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rentals IN the park, or what services available?
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And of course most car-hire places have their own emergency lines in case of breakdowns and will always be able to help.

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rentals IN the park, or what services available?
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Unfortunately if your rental car does get stuck in the KNP due to a mechanical fault you will have a wait for the replacement vehicle to arrive.
This is due to the fact that most of the rental companies will be based at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
If you do want peace of mind the closest, as has been mentioned, is Avis in Skukuza.
I would hope that most of the big rental companies will have procedures in place to deal with a break down in Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rentals IN the park, or what services available?
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I've had several experiences with car problems whilst in KNP, it's best to be sure that you have local — Nelspruit or Phalaborwa — phone numbers for whatever car hire company you use.
Just the reassure you, I'll detail my experiences:

1. Years ago (I think it was 2000), I had a flat near Olifants (where I was staying) and rather than waiting for another passing car, I drove the 8-9Kms back to camp, which destroyed the tyre.
The petrol station attendant at Olifants removed the tyre and installed the spare, but as I had another few weeks in the park, I needed to replace the ruined tyre.
This was before everyone had cellphones, but I was able to reach Avis at the Phalaborwa airport (using the pay phone and a local calling card!) and drove there next day.
They replaced the spare (and charged me for the destroyed tyre), but also discovered that there was a fault (warning light) with the car I had, so they replaced that as well.

2. In 2006 I had several car problems.
I was renting through the excellent consolidator AutoEurope (which you might check as their rates are very good) and my car was actually from National/Alamo.
In the far north (Parfuri) one of the car's electric windows jammed and couldn't fully close — which can be dangerous, particularly when you're around baboons.
I contacted National/Alamo (at, I think, their Polokwane office, which was the closest) and they arranged to meet me at Mopani (my next camp) with a replacement car.

Later in that same trip, when I was staying at Lower Sabie, my car died totally near Skukuza.
I was out of emergency cellphone range, but fortunately a passing motorist reported my situation and help arrived and I was towed back to Skukuza.
A replacement car was sent from Nelspruit, but only arrived after gate closing — we had arranged the late entry for the car-hire company — so I had a long, long wait at Skukuza that day :( . I then had to pay a fee to be escorted back to Lower Sabie after gate closing time.
The plus on this "adventure" was that the second leg of my "escort" (from Nkulu to LS) was provided by a ranger in an OSV and en route we had a superb sighting of a female leopard!

Next day I discovered that a major warning light was flashing in this replacement car, so I rang National/Alamo at Nelspruit yet again and several hours later they met me at Crocodile Bridge (seemed to me better to take a drive to Croc Bridge than to wait in camp at LS) with a third replacement car.
And on my return drive to LS, I had only my second ever cheetah sighting in KNP — which I likely would not have had if I hadn't needed to go to Croc Bridge to change cars.

Since then (KNP visits in 2007 and 2008), I've not had any further car problems.
But I don't think that you need to worry unduly.
As long as you have contact numbers for you car-hire company (and I expect their national emergency number would connect you with the local office as well), you'll be fine.

(And if I can help with any other advice for traveling from the US to SA, please ask!

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 Post subject: Vehicle Hire Assistance
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Hello all

Will be coming back to Kruger in April 2012 and we are a party of 4 largish adults. We currently have an Nissan X-Trail on order, but we were wondering if anybody knows where we might be able to hire something like the Toyota Fortuner, ( not with camping gear )

If you can help, please reply soonest

Thanks

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