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This is South Africa’s newest Park, proclaimed as recently as June 2007, and is conveniently situated only 80km south west of Kimberley. Mokala is a Setswana name for a Camelthorn tree (Kameeldoring) (Acacia erioloba), and this Park is dominated by magnificent specimens of these picturesque gnarled and twisted trees.
They vary from a small spiny shrubs barely 2m high, to a 16m high trees with wide, spreading crowns. Mokala National Park’s 27 500ha landscape varies between koppieveld (hills) and large open plains with the isolated dolerite hills giving the place a feeling of calm seclusion that contrasts with the large open sandy plains in the north and west of the Park. Drainage lines from the hills form little tributaries that run into the plains that drain into the Riet River on the Park’s northern border. Mokala is an important area for the regeneration of valuable species and is home to, amongst other species, lack Rhino, White Rhino, Buffalo, Tsessebe, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Mountain Reedbuck, Giraffe, Gemsbok, Eland, Zebra, Red Hartebeest,Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Kudu, Ostrich, Steenbok, Duiker and Springbok. Situated in the transition zone between the Karoo and Kalahari biome, Mokala’s thornveld savanna, dolerite outcrops and riverine vegetation attract a prolific number of bird species. Some of which include; the blackchested prinia, blacksmith lapwing, melodious lark, cinnamon-breasted bunting, freckled nightjar, short-toed rock thrush, pygmy falcon and northern black korhaan.
Getting There There are two entrances to Mokala, coming from Kimberley towards Cape Town on the N12. The first turoff from the N12, on the right, leads to Lilydale (37km south of Kimberley) and at the second turnoff from the N12 (at the Heuningneskloof Crossing) you turn right to get to Mosu and the main reception (57km from Kimberley). Within the Park, there is an internal gravel road (26km) that links Lilydale to Mosu. Mokala National Park makes an ideal two or three night stopover when travelling to or from some of the more northerly situated Parks. There is also a light aircraft landing strip for those who prefer to fly in.
Attractions &; Activities As in all our Parks you can do your own selfdrive game viewing but why not just sit back and relax on one of our day or night open-vehicle guided game drives. Let us take you to see the fascinating rock engraving of the original inhabitants of the Park on the san rock art excursion. Apart from the restaurant at Mosu, we also do special outdoor catered-for meals that you let you really enjoy the African savannah with delectable food. You can start you morning with a bush breakfast or in the evening you can request a good old traditional open fire south african braai (barbecue) where the fare is cooked to perfection under the canopy of a large Camelthorn tree. As evening slips into night, look up and enjoy the brilliant, shimmering starlight which is so clear that you feel as if you can reach out and touch the stars. For those staying at Lilydale you have the added attraction of the Riet River. The river is very popular with fly fishermen (on a catch-and-release basis only) and is a favourable habitat for the large- and small-mouth yellowfish. inflatable canoes (rubber ducks) can be hired for a self-guided 1- or 3- hour trip down the river at very reasonable rates. We take you and the rubber ducks down to the river and then fetch you at the end of your river adventure.
Things to Seek
- Roan antelope
- Black Wildebeest
- White Backed Vulture
- Indigenous plant species