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Re: Rent a 4x4 in/ Hoedspruit; possible?

Unread post by pixelpower » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:28 am

Just got a quote from Britz.

Their cost to deliver the car in Hoedspruit and pick it up there afterwards is R 8,800 on a total bill of R 23,000.

Ouch. :(

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Re: Rent a 4x4 in/ Hoedspruit; possible?

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:27 pm

Ouch indeed! :shock:

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Vehicle Options

Unread post by Yoda » Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:08 am

So I have the options of hiring a Nissan X-Trail (manual) or a Toyota Fortuner (auto).

I would prefer the Toyota as it is auto. But it is R2,000 more expensive than the Nissan (for the 10 days that I will have it).

Bearing in mind that there are only 4 of us.
Which is the better option to go for?

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread post by badprop_za » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:49 am

Hi Yoda,

are the vehicles diesel or petrol. Obviously a diesel will be a better option for fuel economy. If the X-Trail is manual and Fortuner diesel, you have to decide if you will save more than R2 000.

Also, I think the Fortuner also has got more space than the X-Trail.
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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread post by Hippotragus » Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:57 pm

I know it is a difficult choice - more space versus saving of R2000.

I would go for the Fortuner, bearing in mind you need room at the back for 4 sets of luggage plus food and other supplies for 4 people for the trip. I have a diesel Hilux 4x4 which is the bakkie (pick-up) version of the Fortuner and my husband and I (just the 2 of us) fill it with our stuff when we go to Kruger Park! It is very economical, compared to our previous petrol vehicles. I agree with badprop_za that a diesel vehicle would be more economical than a petrol one.

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread post by MxM » Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:43 pm

Where are you going?

The Xtrail has better windows for viewing game but the Fortuner has a better suspension for rough roads - not that the other is seriously bad, but if we are looking for differences...

Also, I would rather go for a manual and petrol. Petrol is quieter and have found some birds and smaller wildlife moving off when a heavy diesels comes although my 2.4 petrol was no issue. A manual is nice as it can be more easily idled at a low speed, say 20 km/h if the cruise control only allows for speeds above 40 km/h.

Sure that both will be good though.

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:38 pm

The norm with rental companies is to have petrol vehicles as the standard option. Diesel option are to be requested if you are keen to have it. We have done so with our Fortuner that we booked for December.

I would suggest you call or contact the rental firm to get the details from them directly.

You have more of a chance with the 4x4's should you wish to have a diesel option. It is still not a guarantee.
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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:08 pm

I would ask about the spare before making the decision. It is not a hire company spec, but a manufacturers.

I know that BMW & Merc supposed 4x4s compromise your safety with a sub standard spare. They must not have any challenging dirt roads in Europe!
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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:05 pm

The Fortuner Via Avis was a winner. Group I from memory. The automatic transmission makes for great driving comfort in the park.

Best was the extra high compared to other vehicles, no other driver or passengers were at a higher point than us which helped for photography in the longer grass encountered at time of year.

Other 4*4's read IX35 have lower seats and windows that don't go down all the way.

Each to their own in the end. Choose which suits your pocket and needs.
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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread post by Hiker2014 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:24 am

JDW wrote:Hiker
Your vehicle needs depend on both the parks and other locations that you intend to visit.
Where are you going and what do you want to see?
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We know that we don´t need a 4WD, but would like to have a vantage point to get good photo opportunities. Avanza is affordable for us but if it´s not any higher than a compact car it won´t be a good deal.

Will spend 8 nights at KPN, between Letaba and Crocodile Bridge. We stay 2 nights at Talamati ( uneven road, but a compact car would be fine here if I´m not wrong), so the idea is to get the most affordable height :thumbs_up:

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Re: Vehicle Options

Unread post by saraf » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:10 am

Hi Hiker2014,

An Avanza is an excellent choice, its high (not as high as others granted) and cheap to hire when compared with the other vehicles. and you get plenty of space. The only thing I would say is that on normal roads its not as fuel efficient. We've hired three now, and it's predecessor the Condor so we are happy with it.
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Re: Auto Rental advice needed

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:56 pm

In November I am looking to fly, either to JHB or closer to Kruger & hiring a car.

How do you handle the 100 km per day option, or do you go for unlimited mileage, or is there an option in between?

Also would you fly to Joburg & drive or Nelspruit/Hoedspruit and hire a car there?
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Re: Auto Rental advice needed

Unread post by saraf » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:06 pm

You can fly directly into Skukuza airport now BB. Car rental via Avis at the airport. We always take the unlimited mileage but then we are international customers so we don't get a choice.

When we are weighing up the options we look at:

Cost of hire car - usually cheaper at Joburg
Cost of tolls, cost of petrol.
Better choice of vehicle at Joburg

Time and stress. Driving back to Joburg on a Friday was an absolute nightmare.
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Re: Auto Rental advice needed

Unread post by cheetahlady » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:22 pm

BB, when hiring as a local, you pay a lower rate but get stuck with a daily mileage limit. Try negotiating a higher limit (we had 200 km/day but it was 10+ years ago) or see if there is an unlimited option (will cost more ). The one time we did a local hire, we avoided backtracking and had to watch the mileage as the overcharges can add up quickly. Remember to factor in you mileage to and from the park.
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Re: Auto Rental advice needed

Unread post by Yoda » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:59 am

I always go for the unlimited mileage option, even if it is a bit more expensive.

The one time I didn't, it annoying that every time I drove, I thought of how much extra it was costing.
I think my limit was 100km/day. Which isn't much, especially since Kruger to Jhb is 400km.
And I usually do more than 100km a day in the park :big_eyes:

So I now go for the unlimited mileage and then I know what I am in for


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