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 Post subject: Re: car rental for Kruger
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:33 pm 
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Hi,

I really don't think you'll have a problem with your driving licences at all. I believe the European licences are all very much the same i.e. it looks like the UK one and vice-versa. I have no problems with my licence in SA.

Regarding the car I would beware as the car may be quoted as a Toyota Avanza but usually they quote them as "Toyota Avanza or similar" so you might get a Nissan Tilda anyway. I have only once had the car that was quoted. They are almost always "similar".

Have a great time.

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 Post subject: Re: Auto Rental advice needed
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:52 pm 
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Hello,

We are going to be in Kruger at the end of April for 17 days going North to South. We are trying to decide which type of car to rent. We have miles with Avis to use and we were looking at either a Group O - Toyota Avanza or similar or Group K - Hyundai IX35 or similiar. I wrote to Avis and they said the group O could be the Avanza or Renault scenic or Nissan Qashqai and the group K either the IX35 or Kia Sportage,Honda CRv orRenault Koleos.
The K is of course more expensive, but if it is worth it we can do it. Can anyone advise if the group K selections sit much higher than the ones in O ? I have looked at photos and it is really difficult to see much of a difference. If there is a choice in either category we end up choosing, is there a better one amoungst the group or any that we definitely should try NOT to get ?

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Kelly


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 Post subject: Re: Auto Rental advice needed
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:28 pm 
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Hi Kelly, we had a Sportage for our 3 week stay in KNP and liked it. Clearance was good and the car was comfortable.

I haven't rented the other options you have, but good luck and enjoy your trip!

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 Post subject: Re: Auto Rental advice needed
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:20 pm 
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In 2011 we got the Renault Koleos and LOVED it. We had the Hyundai the time before and that was just fine. If you can afford the extra money, I would go with that class. How many people? We are traveling south to north to south during that time so perhaps we will see you. We will be in a class K from Avis.

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 Post subject: Re: Auto Rental advice needed
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:22 pm 
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Hi, Kelly, I've hired an Avanza in Kruger and have a Qashqai at home and think either would be fine in Kruger. They both have better clearance than an ordinary sedan though really in Kruger the only roads a sedan won't cope with are the low maintenance roads which are few and far between and quite short and the special 4x4 routes which you have to book.
The Qashqai is probably a bit more comfortable than the Avanza.
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 Post subject: Re: Auto Rental advice needed
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:48 pm 
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Thanks everyone. I am leaning towards the K class I think... still difficult to decide. 2 years ago we had a Corolla which was fine but since we will be there 17 days this time we are thinking it would be nice to have a bit more height and comfort. Last year (not in Kruger) we had a iX35 and one thing I didn't like was the passenger side seat could not be adjusted and sat really low. Did you have that too iLoveMeerkats! ? I had to sit on a pillow. Maybe if we go for the K class I will try and request the Koleos or Sportage. We will be only 2 people.
If we go with the O class I could try and request the Qashqai. I saw one here today and it looked nice, I have never seen an Avanza.

That would be fun to run into you iLoveMeercats !


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 Post subject: Re: Auto Rental advice needed
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:50 pm 
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I didn't notice the seat being too low (and i am short), but I generally sit in the back seat with the cameras - bouncing from the left side to the right. We have had some cars where the backseat windows didn't go all the way down and that is a huge problem for photography...but I can't recall if that was the Hyundai. I know the Koleos was perfect and I hope to get that again. It had built-in gps which was really fun as we marked our sightings. Only took about a month to figure that out. :wall:

I must say that we have not had much response from avis when it comes to asking for a particular car. They give you whatever they have. :( The cars change a bit each year, so you can't always compare what you got a year or two ago. They get you with that Hyundai OR SIMILAR thing. This time, we are going to have the car for 42 days so if it is awful, I just might see if I can change it. Wish me luck.

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 Post subject: Hire car - info needed for foreigner
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:12 am 
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I am trying to hire a car or mini van mostly for 8 days in KNP. We are a group of 5 including my 6'4" daughter - no small cars for us !

I have been looking at carhire company web pages but can not find out about WINDOWS that OPEN.

I have been recommended a Hyundai H1, but we do not have that model here so I can not compare. The similar size van here does not have opening back windows. (just a one sided flap thing)

So can some of the locals please advise me - does the H1 have proper windows, if not, what could you recommend.

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 Post subject: Re: Hire car - info needed for foreigner
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So many of these larger type 7 seaters have stupid back windows I was looking in the local Car magazine and they dont tell you much but i am sure some mites out there are more clued up than I am.

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 Post subject: Re: Hire car - info needed for foreigner
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Hi Dijo,

On the Hyundai website they have the back windows indicated as "swivelling".

My dad has a VW Combi and the windows next to the second row open completely, but the windows next to the third row don't.

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 Post subject: Re: Hire car - info needed for foreigner
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Hi Dijo
The only van with kind open window in the back is the Quantum 10-Seater Bus
(rented one last year for 6 adults)
Has one slidding window on each side for the passengers
Not much but still better then other brands

And has enough storage space

http://www.toyota.co.za/VehicleRange.as ... RangeId=10

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 Post subject: Re: Hire car - info needed for foreigner
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Hi Dijo. I rent Hyundai H1's on a weekly basis for business, and there are "hatch" type windows, in both the sliding doors. They are fairly small, but can open completely, and are certainly big enough for a camera lens, so the people sitting in the second row of seats are not completely "locked in". The windows right at the back (next to the back row of seats) are of the "swiveling" type.
The H1 is indeed ideal for 5 people, very roomy inside and with lots of luggage space. I would rent the H1 any day over the 10-seater Quantum, which is much more basic inside, and because of the 10 seats (which you don't need) it has very limited luggage space.


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 Post subject: Re: Hire car - info needed for foreigner
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Hi Dijo

The H-1 is (as far as i can tell) the South African equavalent of the i-Max.

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 Post subject: Re: Hire car - info needed for foreigner
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:29 am 
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Thanks for advice

I looked at the Australain i-max - and that is where my next big panic started - ...
- The driver and front pasenger have normal windows
- the first row of back seat have little flap windows that only open about 15cm, and you definately can not get you head out and smell the bush
- no windows for the third row.

It is the flap windows that worry me - do the H1 in SA have flap windows ? or sliding windows like the old Kombi. Need to get all the fresh air into the car

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 Post subject: Re: Hire car - info needed for foreigner
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:57 pm 
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Hi Dijo. The H1 has "Hatch" windows on both sides of the second row. These windows are fairly small (probably about 30cm by 30cm), but they can slide open completely, so you will have plenty of fresh air.


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