Glenn Phillips, Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park, officially received a new fleet of vehicles from Toyota SA on May 11 in Skukuza.
They include 63 Toyota light-duty vehicles, including pick-ups, vans and minibuses, Toyota Hilux double cabs, 74 4x4 single cabs, eight Land Cruiser pick-ups, 17 Toyota commuter buses, six Hino buses, 60 Toyota Hilux nine-seater game viewing vehicles, a Toyota sedan, four Toyota ambulances and two Hino trucks.
The vehicles will be used or various conservation- and tourism-related functions throughout the park.
“KNP has traditionally used Toyota vehicles for many years...In 2002, South African National Parks outsourced the fleet to VUSWA, who introduced LDVs of another brand but later re-introduced the Toyota fleet, because the vehicles proved to be reliable and durable in our terrain. VUSWA’s contract with SANParks ended in 2015 and we then decided to in-source our fleet, purchasing a new consignment of vehicles from Toyota,” said Phillips.
He indicated that LNM Auto, an accredited private company, had been contracted to service the fleet and manage the three workshops in KNP while providing the park’s emergency breakdown service.
“At the end of last year, Toyota donated four special visitor management vehicles to the KNP at a time when the park was busy and needed such vehicles for visibility on the roads. This is testimony that our relationship with Toyota is like that of siblings who have each other’s back and assist one another when in need. We also appreciate that Toyota customised the new vehicles by colour coding them at no additional costs,” concluded Phillips.
KNP’s fleet includes 371 vehicles that range in size and models from light commercial and heavy commercial vehicles to those that provide medical services.