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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Tembe & Kgala » Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:40 am

damned , they're fully booked. anyone has a good advice?

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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Dogbert » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:49 pm

Just google car hire in upington - there are a few.
We did that road in a Pajero no problem. You must have a proper offroad 4x4 with high clearance. Its not technical - just a bit sandy - make sure your tires are nice and soft...

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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Tembe & Kgala » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:09 pm

thanks a lot . a second one is fully booked, too. let's hope it's not gonna be the same for each of them.
ps :do they deflate and reinflate the tyres in Twee rivieren petrol station?
ps : everybody agrees that Toyota Hilux is the best choice. what a bout a nissan Hardbody ? equivalent?

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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby propolis » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:35 pm

Any 4x4 like toyota or nissan will do.

The attendants at Twee rivieren petrol station will deflate it for you. Also, you realy need to make sure at the nossob service station what you deflate the wheels to if you gp to Bitterpan.

Also, you must inform Nossob what time you will be leaving for Bitterpan as they will do a calculated time of arrival at Bitterpan, because if that time expires, they will come and search for you
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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Tembe & Kgala » Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:23 pm

we may have the choice between a Hilux double cab and a DEFENDER. what is best?
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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby propolis » Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:33 pm

Either is very good, : but my personal choice - Hilux Double Cab any day

Have a Freelander in the UK, but for the Khalagadi as mentioned above
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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Tembe & Kgala » Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:42 pm

aaargh I'm so stupid , it's a defender , not freelander sorry ;o))

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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Dogbert » Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:54 pm

Hilux - better (faster) on tar roads - reliable.
Defender - not so much...

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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Tembe & Kgala » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:33 pm

Great thanks a lot. any feedback on Britz? anybody did rent from them?
good service , serious company , well maintained vehicules, etc...?
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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Tongasabi » Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:51 pm

Defender less bumpy on tracks.. but any 4x4 will do fine at the Bitterpan track, just back from the park (and Bitterpan). The exit road from Bitterpan towards Mata Mata did have some more challenging dunes. I did not lower the tyre pressure of my Defender Td5 though (which is however recommended) and only used low range once. With deflated tyres it would have been easier.

Bitterpan is a nice camp, Willem, the attendant did wake us up for lions drinking next to his hut. Later we did see a big male and a female drinking at the pan, nice :-) Will post some images at my blog soon.

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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Tembe & Kgala » Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:54 pm

no need of any feedback concerning Britz. they rent from joburg , cape town or Windhoek , not from upington.. grrr
any experience with those guys? :
http://www.kalahari4x4hire.co.za/Vehicles.html

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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Tongasabi » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:04 pm

No, but I've seen their vehicles in the park... As they are based in Upington that will help in case of a break down.

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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby propolis » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:21 pm

Just watch the quote / costs because you will be charged by the hiring company for the costs of the delivery driver to deliver and collect the vehicle to and from Uppington

Have you asked Corne if they can recommend someone else for you thats more local
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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby Tembe & Kgala » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:29 pm

hello thanks for the advice
Corne doesn't have any available vehicule for us , and didn't recommand me anyone. The company i was talking about is situated in Upington..

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Re: acces road to Bitterpan

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:36 pm

The brand of vehicle is no issue - Tyre pressure is!! On sand keep good momentum with low tyre pressure - typically 1 bar or 1.2 at the most. Make sure you have a compressor for re-inflation. Re-check pressures once going, as heat plays a major role in the pressure.
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