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Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by junglebird » Tue May 23, 2017 12:54 pm

Hello

We are flying into Nelspruit in June and will hire a car there. We want to fly out of Skukuza airport...will returning the car be an issue if it is not from Avis? Is Avis the only car hire available inside the park?

Kindly suggest the best option. Also, the car companies are pretty vague about the excess they'll charge in case of damage and think want to swipe the deposit on our card...any suggestions on how to avoid this is greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue May 23, 2017 2:29 pm

I think Avis is the only rental agency inside the park. My suggestion would be to contact them directly to confirm your options, terms and conditions etc.

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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by Crested Val » Tue May 23, 2017 3:20 pm

If Avis is still the only car rental at Skukuza aiport, it would seem you have 2 options, unless other rental companies have some sort of arrangement :hmz:

1.Fly in and out of Skukuza (though maybe you have already booked your flight in to Nelspruit?)

2. Rent with Avis at Nelspruit (MKIA) when you arrive, so that you can leave your car at Skukuza Airport there when you fly home.

Hope you come right, and enjoy your trip. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by junglebird » Wed May 24, 2017 8:36 am

Thanks Karin and Val for your replies.

Am trying to contact Avis but their terms of excess is not very clear plus they have limited mileage on offer. Still working it out.

Thanks again.

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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by Elsa » Wed May 24, 2017 1:57 pm

As far as I know I think you can also use Budget rental from Skukuza, think they have an arrangement with Avis.
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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by junglebird » Wed May 24, 2017 2:03 pm

Thanks Elsa. I want to rent at Nelspruit airport and want to return at Skukuza airport. Are you saying Budget guys at Nelspruit will allow me this option? I couldn't find anything like that yet. Any links possible?

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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by Elsa » Wed May 24, 2017 2:42 pm

In the link you will see they operate from both Nelspruit and Skukuza, so i would assume you can pick up and drop at different airports.

http://www.budget.co.za/RentaCar/car-hi ... langa.aspx
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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by junglebird » Wed May 24, 2017 2:48 pm

Thanks so much Elsa. Will check it out.

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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by johanrebel » Wed May 24, 2017 9:50 pm

I'm sure Hertz will allow you to pick up at MQP and drop off at SZK as well. You can basically terminate the rental at any location of your choice, and they will pick the vehicle up. At a price, of course.

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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by Shutterbug » Thu May 25, 2017 5:16 am

Avis and Budget operate out of both KMIA and Skukuza Airport.
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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by junglebird » Thu May 25, 2017 8:43 am

Thanks Johan and Shutterbug.

Think they are giving the option for Skukuza reception...still checking for the airport. The excess coverage is also not very clear yet.

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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by Stark » Thu May 25, 2017 12:44 pm

I just came from Kruger and can confirm Budget and Avis operate at the Skukuza airport at the same desk. I rented via Budget but my paperwork was Avis, go figure. :)

You can call the Avis/Budget SA customer service to confirm dropping off at Skukuza, or call either location direct. I did this when my travel plans changed and the local offices are very helpful.
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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by Stark » Thu May 25, 2017 12:47 pm

FYI I went through Expedia and got unlimited miles and the basic insurance cost was baked in, no additional out of pocket for me when I arrived. I also have a Visa Signature card I used for the booking as it has rental insurance as a free perk.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by junglebird » Thu May 25, 2017 1:31 pm

Thanks for the info Stark.

Apparently Avis bought over Budget...that solves the mystery of your paperwork :D

Contacted both Budget, Avis and checked online too...all give different quotes with different excess and mileage. Unfortunately none of our cards offer the insurance bit on car rentals. Checking if a travel insurance will cover it.

Hope to finalise soon.

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Re: Car hire - From Nelspruit, drop at Skukuza airport

Unread post by junglebird » Fri May 26, 2017 12:05 pm

Thanks everyone for your inputs.

Just an update - Expedia has the cheapest rate but want a deposit swipe of ZAR48000 which is unrealistic.

Have booked with Avis direct though its ZAR1200 more :shock:


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