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4x4 hire in Upington - any good/bad experiences?

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4x4 hire in Upington - any good/bad experiences?

Unread post by xmarksthespot » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:34 pm

Visiting from the UK in February and on an itinerary for 2 adults that includes camping in the Richtersveld NP. Need to get all equipment locally so I'm planning to hire a fully-camping-equipped four wheel drive vehicle in Upington (Hilux, Discovery or similar). Does anyone have any experience of 4WD rental companies in Upington that they'd like to share please? (have checked Trip Advisor but little up to date info there).

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Re: 4x4 hire in Upington - any good/bad experiences?

Unread post by Luca » Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:05 am

I rented car two times with kalahari 4x4 hire without any problems. Pieter, the agency owner, seems to me very honest person. I would suggest you this agency for your 4x4 rental.

Please check info and contact them here: http://www.kalahari4x4hire.co.za/

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Re: 4x4 hire in Upington - any good/bad experiences?

Unread post by Russ » Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:16 pm

Hi,

we also travel from the UK and hire from Kalahari 4x4, both Pieter and Neil ( the son) are very helpful and nothing is too much trouble. they are very knowledgeable and understanding and do not look to charge you for little 'problems' that may occur, including having the number plate taken, and eaten? by hyenas or a 'lost' spotlight.

Regards

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Re: 4x4 hire in Upington - any good/bad experiences?

Unread post by xmarksthespot » Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:03 pm

Thank you Luca and Russ for sharing your experiences.

I am currently weighing up various options including your suggestion. I'll aim to post here again after my trip with my experience of dealing with each supplier (quotes, responsiveness, helpfulness etc) as well as feedback on how we got on with the vehicle, camping equipment and service from the chosen supplier.

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Re: 4x4 hire in Upington - any good/bad experiences?

Unread post by flo.rian » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:44 am

@xmarksthespot:
Did you already booked your 4x4 and have any experiences for me/us?

I'm looking for a camper, but only found one via http://www.drivesouthafrica.co.za and already send an enquiry, but I'm not sure how fast they are with a response or if any of them are available for our trip in April 16.

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Re: 4x4 hire in Upington - any good/bad experiences?

Unread post by xmarksthespot » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:38 am

@flo.rian,
As per my post, our trip is in February (2016) and I will post my experiences after my trip. Expect to read that here by early March.

As far as I am aware, Drive South Africa don't have their own vehicles, they are a consolidator/agency providing an online booking platform for other rental organisations (usually the larger ones). I often think it's best to go to someone who actually supplies and maintains the vehicles themselves. I also like to support local businesses if I can.

Given my itinerary, this time round I wanted a company based in Upington - not just someone who could provide a vehicle there - as I always think it's reassuring for off-road trips if support is near at hand and from local people who know the area.

Have you approached the company that both @Russ and @Luca have used? @Luca has already provided a link.
Another option is a small family-run company in Upington called Desert4x4 http://www.desert4x4.co.za
Both these local companies replied promptly to my email outlining what I was looking for.

Hope that helps for now.

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Re: 4x4 hire in Upington - any good/bad experiences?

Unread post by xmarksthespot » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:39 pm

As promised in an earlier post, now that my trip is complete, here is my experience of the two companies I approached in Upington.

For information my 12 day trip started and ended in Upington via:
Augrabies Falls - 2 nights [optional 4WD-only routes available in the park]
Port Nolloth/McDougall's Bay - 2 nights
Richtersveld NP - 3 nights [4WD essential throughout the park]
Ais Ais (Namibia)
Fish River Canyon (Namibia) - 1 night
Keetmanshoop (Namibia)
Mesosaurus Fossil Camp (Namibia) - 1 night [optional 4WD-only route available]
Kgalagadi - Kalahari Tented Camp 2 nights and Kielekrankie 1 night [optional 4WD-only routes available]

Many roads in Namibia are gravel and so a 4WD gives a nicer ride. The height of a 4WD cab aids good game viewing.

It's first worth saying that I have rented 4WD in Namibia and Australia before and found large differences in vehicles and service and hence a need to thoroughly research. While I have been to SA many many times I have not rented a 4WD there or been to the Richtersveld where a 4WD is essential. So for me it was especially important to get answers to questions and issues that I had experienced previously to ensure the trip would be safe and that the vehicle would be suitably equipped.

I approached Kalahari4x4 and found Pieter Nel helpful and responsive. I dealt via email from the UK. Unfortunately I found that I had to ask to get information rather than it being offered and that he wasn't that good on detail - for example I had to ask the same question more than once.

I chose Desert 4x4 in the end and a Toyota Landcruiser. There was just my wife and myself but we like a double cab. The prospect of a single unit and hence our gear getting less dusty than in a Hilux, say, was also appealing. Mari van der Walt was patient with all my questions and very thorough in her replies. Communication was great throughout and the vehicle was delivered to and picked up from my accommodation in Upington, on time and as agreed. We had no problems with the vehicle, it was comfortable, well-equipped and much more fuel-efficient then I had imagined. It was indeed a dust-free experience. The vehicle had a rear high level light that was very useful when we camped. The camping gear provided was excellent - fridge/freezer, crockery, cutlery, gas cannisters, jerry cans, braai gear, extra fuel, bedding, bedding mats and much more. We asked for - and were provided with - a dome tent as we prefer this over a rooftop tent. On the first night we found there were no tent pegs but Mari ensured they were delivered via courier. Would we use Desert 4x4 again? Absolutely.


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