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    Morning forum,

    I would appreciate some advice regarding Tankwa.

    We would like to spend a few nights in the park, staying at Elansberg, driving from Cape Town in a rental. Looking at the prices of renting a sedan compared to a 4x4, there is a huge difference. Would it be possible to enjoy the park in something like a polo or would it be best to bite the bullet and rent the 4x4? We are planning to go onto mountain zebra national park after tankwa.

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    Default Re: Tankwa in a sedan

    You do not need a 4x4 to travel on the regular Tankwa roads. A bakkie or a good SUV will handle the terrain better, but you often see Golfs, Polos or small Toyotas merrily bouncing along. Best to avoid a vehicle with low profile tyres or a car without a proper spare tyre. You will be well advised to take a compressor and tyre plugs.

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    I think it will be very stressful in a normal car.

    You don't need 4x4, but something with decent tyres on as mentioned.

    Make sure you take the tyre warranty!
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    Default Re: Tankwa in a sedan

    Quote Originally Posted by thepilot2005 View Post
    Morning forum,

    I would appreciate some advice regarding Tankwa.

    We would like to spend a few nights in the park, staying at Elansberg, driving from Cape Town in a rental. Looking at the prices of renting a sedan compared to a 4x4, there is a huge difference. Would it be possible to enjoy the park in something like a polo or would it be best to bite the bullet and rent the 4x4? We are planning to go onto mountain zebra national park after tankwa.

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    We stayed at Elandsberg recently. While there we drove around the park and up / down the Gannaga Pass a few times. You don’t need a 4x4….. a normal high clearance 2x4 bakkie or SUV will do perfectly.

    That said, I would think twice about a low sedan, especially with low profile / normal road tyres. Some sharp stones on those roads.

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    Default Re: Tankwa in a sedan

    The best 4x4 is an Avis Polo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiksilver View Post
    I think it will be very stressful in a normal car.

    You don't need 4x4, but something with decent tyres on as mentioned.

    Make sure you take the tyre warranty!
    I don't know that tyre warranty is always the best way to go. I once rented a bakkie in East London and picked up a puncture (could be easily replaced with plug). On return of the vehicle I mentioned the flat and that it would need to be checked. Conversation went like this:

    Me: I picked up a puncture which would need to be plugged, I put on the spare.
    Lady at counter: OK sir, there is a R2000 charge for that
    Me: I've got the tyre insurance.
    LaC: Yes sir, I see that, there is a R2000 charge that we will put against your credit card.
    Me: How is that possible?
    LaC: Here sir, please check the fine print that you signed. Can I use the same credit card you use for the booking?
    Me: What is the use of the tyre insurance then if I have to pay R2000 for a plug that HiQ will probably do for free?
    LaC: (just ignores the question).
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4xhilux View Post
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    So, if you ever get a puncture in a rental, go to your local tyre shop and sort it out yourself before returning the car.

    Good lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cainslie View Post
    So, if you ever get a puncture in a rental, go to your local tyre shop and sort it out yourself before returning the car.

    Good lesson.
    Yes, this is what I did with a later rental when I got another puncture. Got a puncture at some point, had it plugged at a tyre shop (cost me nothing), and returned the car when my trip was over.
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    Default Re: Tankwa in a sedan

    Yes well maybe, but any puncture on a normal car tyre in the Tankwa will wreck it. No snot plug will fix it.
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    Default Re: Tankwa in a sedan

    Excellent advice. Thanks for the info’ - I’ll find a more appropriate vehicle than a polo.

    We are thoroughly looking forward to seeing that part of the world. I wish I had time to drive the landy down from joburg, another time…
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    Just keep an eye open for snakes at Elandsberg….we had a yellow cape cobra wanting to come inside.

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    Default Re: Tankwa in a sedan

    Have done the Tankwa twice in a Polo and once in a RAV 4 . If you get a Polo - make sure it is the VIVO as it has higher profile tyres and also has a full size spare whereas the newer Polo has a marie biscuit spare. If you drive carefully you shopuld not have a problem. We did have one puncture in a Polo but I plugged it and carried on. We came down the Ouberg Pass then up and down Ganaga staying at Elandsberg all three times. Then out towardsCeres twice and Calvinia once. One minor puncture through this all.
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    Default Re: Tankwa in a sedan

    Tankwa is a tyre eater -sidewalls- I know many drivers who have lost tyres - friends only a few weeks ago. I see there is a warning on T4A on the access road. I did not have hassles but drove 60kmh and had 3 ply sidewalls. The worst time to drive is when the roads have been recently graded and there is lots of shale standing upright.

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