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Re: Car choice/best vehicle for Kruger

Unread post by Pamwe Chete » Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:15 am

Hi All,

The Nissan XTRAIL is better than the suggestions on the table at the moment. Why do I say this:
I drive one and it is very reliable
It has good ground clearence
It has 4x4 capability (if you take from the 2.5l up)
It have 3 12V power supplies in the car (for things like charges, cooler boxes etc)
The back seats can fold flat once you are in the park, creating a perfect playpen for kids
It has ample packing place
It is not that heavy on petrol
Nice aircon
Comfortable to drive


And thats it
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Re: Car choice/best vehicle for Kruger

Unread post by karriep » Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:29 am

I have been to KNP a number of times and always find a higher vehicle best - I am going back in Jan 2010 (yipee..i'm counting down the days!) and am going to rent the VW caravelle, i find it is nicer being able to see frther back into the bush and the extra space makes it easy to have a cool box on the back seat within easy reach for a nice cool drink...
one word of advise though, make sure you don't get a Mercedes Vito - the rear windows do not open which makes it useless for game viewing, and everyone will be fighting to go in the front seat lol!!
also the nissan x-trail windows only go halfway down in the back, which really irritated the rear passengers on my last trip!
and i agree that the aircon is great just for a blast when the heat gets too much, but otherwise keeps the windows down and your ears open

Hope you have an excellent trip to my favorite place on earth <3 :P

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Re: Car rental and advice

Unread post by UKbadger » Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:29 pm

We have just spent another 2 Kruger weeks in an Avansa and loved it!
8)

It’s not quite as tall as an X trail and isn’t 4x4, but has lots of space for two. The trick is to remove the front passenger headrest and have the non-driver sitting in the back.

The view is almost as good as in the front, but has easy access to both sides. 8) 8)

Unfortunately virtually all modern cars have rear windows that do not quite go right down and the Avansa’s leave about 5~6cm of glass showing. If you are a photographer, a big double been bag works very well on it, as you need a bit of glass showing for the bag to stay firmly in place! Our been bags were from wildlifewatchingsupplies, a bit pricey but excellent.

There are 3 rows of seats leaving lots of accessible room in the back for bags cool box, cameras etc. without cluttering up the middle seats. If like us, you like to park up at a waterhole or nice shaded river view to make up your sandwiches, half the middle seat folds forward and makes a useful if not perfect table to work on.

There were times when a bit more height would have been nice, but then a low camera angle was often better! :?

Just don’t leave your lights switched on when you stop, as IT IS POSSIBLE to run the bat. flat at a long stakeout!

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Apologies for some repetition from previous post here!!!

Have a Great Trip.

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Re: Car rental and advice

Unread post by michel367 » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:20 pm

Last year we had a Hyundai Tucson and the back widows dropped all the way. Could get everywhere with it and performed quite well.

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Re: Car rental and advice

Unread post by Timepilot » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:19 am

I'll chuck in my 2c worth here as well.

We were'nt sure which vehicle we would end up with this year as it was classified as X-Trail or similar from No.1. We were expecting a 2X4 as well.

We were pleasantly surprised to be greeted with a Kia Sportage 4WD. There was only 2 of us so it was plenty roomy, even carrying 3 weeks worth of supplies and our gear incl a jerrycan (ran out of money last year and nearly could'nt get fuel - but that is another story :) ). The back seat folds down flat so everything packs in neatly. This vehicle was comfortable to drive with loads of leg room. The only problem I had was that the seats were a tad narrow across the shoulders for me because of the shape but this was not a major discomfort - and we spent a lot of hours in the vehicle.

The back windows do not go down all the way, but my BIL who spent a couple of days with us did not have a problem in the back seat - but he is tall at 6ft+. He also did not have leg room problems.

It's high enough to get a good view and easy enough to scramble around in for photo's.
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Re: Car rental and advice

Unread post by African Lynx » Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:42 pm

Hi All,

The official replacement of the Condor is the Fortuner. They are alot higher than your Avenza and slightly higher still than the X-Trail/Tuscon SUV's. They can seat 7 if need be but 5 in total comfort. And there windows go all the way down with probably the widest in their class.

How do I know this? Because I own one!! Mines an automatic with cruise control, best combination when gameviewing!!

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Re: Car rental and advice

Unread post by billyf » Tue Sep 15, 2009 6:26 am

Hi Utah - the vehicles mentioned by Ilovemeerkats are all regarded as compact SUVs or "softroaders", therefore not really meant for serious off-roading. Although 4x4 is available for most of these - ground clearance and no low-range gearboxes prohibits rocky terrain. This is not a problem for Sanparks roads unless you want to tackle a special 4x4 trail.

Of the 4 mentioned, the X trail is probably the roomiest, and for height, the Tucson. But generally speaking, there is very little difference, and all are very good game viewing vehicles. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Car choice/best vehicle for Kruger

Unread post by yoda » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:44 pm

Hi All,

A bit of advice on the following please:

For my trip next March I have narrowed my choice of car down to the following:

Kia Sprtage - Auto (Hertz)
Hyundai Tuscon - Manual (Avis)

Any ideas on which would be the best option to go for?

Thanks
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Re: Car choice/best vehicle for Kruger

Unread post by michel367 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:29 pm

I would prefer the Tucson.
Had it last year and it was just great.
Backwindows go down all the way. Nice size and real easy to handle. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Car choice/best vehicle for Kruger

Unread post by saraf » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:03 pm

Very, very happy with the Tucson we were given on our recent trip.

Enough room for both of us plus luggage, high enough to get decent views, lots of storage space for all our books to be kept handy.

As there were an awful lot of them in Kruger at the same time as us, I suspect the hire companies think they're great too.

Would definitely have another one.
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Re: Vehicle for 6 adults for Kruger and SA driving

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:49 pm

Hi Juanita,

How wonderful that you are coming back and bringing your parents with you to experience the wonder of our country. :clap:

We just recently went to a KZN park with the whole family and hired a Toyota Quantum which is a mini bus sort of vehicle.
It seated all 10 of us comfortably but must admit some of the windows didn't fully open but we rotated our seating and everyone seemed happy enough.
Not sure if there are any in that category that would all open.
It had plenty of room for luggage, even under the seats.

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Re: Vehicle for 6 adults for Kruger and SA driving

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:31 am

saraf wrote:I do know that Elsa's family has a few photographers so if they didn't have opening windows there would have been a riot.
He he, you know us too well Sarah! :wink:

As I recall, the only windows that didn't open at all were the ones next to the back row of seats, but then with only 6 you could leave that area for luggage.
The others opened at least half way and of course the front 2 fully.
Must say it wasn't the most comfortable of vehicles but then we are pretty spoilt with our own vehicle! :wink:
but it had a very good air conditioner, coped well in the extreme heat we had on the way home.
I am not sure if they come with an automatic gearbox, ours was a manual.
And it had plenty of power, to haul all 10 of us and a trailer up pretty steep hills.

Good idea to have a look at the website.
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Re: Little Rant and request for help

Unread post by fee » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:35 pm

Hi. I drive an Avanza and specially bought it to use in Kruger.
Has good height for KP and is economical and comfortable. I lift my disabled father into it, so it should be cool for less mobile people.
Its seen many trips to Kruger and will see many more.
I recommend it.

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Re: Little Rant and request for help

Unread post by fee » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:37 pm

Sorry forgot to mention has great boot/trunk space as well.

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Re: Car choice/best vehicle for Kruger

Unread post by yoda » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:50 pm

Hi,

We had a Huyundai Tuscon on our recent trip in the KNP. Good car. My only advice would be to go for an automatic if you have the option. I found the constant gear changing a bit annoying as I had a manual.

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