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Lovely Lilydale, Magical Mokala

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Lovely Lilydale, Magical Mokala

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:33 pm

31 December 2012

We have just had 10 days in the KTP and are on our way to Mokala for a two night stay on our way back to Pretoria.

This will be our third visit to Mokala and it gets better with each stay. We had stayed at Mosu Lodge before and I wrote all about our newest National Park here

If you want rest, relaxation and want to see some of our rare antelopes Mokala is the place to be.

What?

You have not been yet :naughty:

Maybe this will help you change your mind :D :wink:

Lilydale has its own entrance gate and there is a two way radio at the gate. Give your details and you are in the park

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The road between Mosu and Lilydale is open and the fence is off to so game can now move freely

Lilydale Camp

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Our braai area with the Riet River in the background

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We had a 5 bed unit, two beds in the loft

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Welcome to Lilydale :D

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Re: Lovely Lilydale, Magical Mokala

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:00 pm

Thank you barryels, tedredrum, hilda, Super Mongoose, Trrp-trrrrrrr :thumbs_up:

01 January 2013

We had just relaxed the previous evening having arrived at 3.00pm after a long drive from Twee Rivieren. Once again the staff at Mokala were very friendly and very efficient when we checked in. Lilydale now has a restuarant and we used it for lunch and the food was good and not overpriced :D

We basically had today in the park and decided we would drive till Mosu Lodge. Have a break and then return to Lilydale doing some of the other loops on the way back and also spending some time at the bird hide.

The start of 2013 was very good to us :D

Our first sighting was a herd of Roan Antelope :dance: Still to see one in Kruger after many trips there. The roan were skittish but did stop when they got a comfortable distance from the road.

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Re: Lovely Lilydale, Magical Mokala

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:52 pm

Just further on there was a herd of Sables :D :dance: They were still there when we returned to Lilydale later. This is a selection of photos from both those sightings

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Re: Lovely Lilydale, Magical Mokala

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:49 pm

Further on we saw Tssessebe

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and with a warthog

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Kudu

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Giraffe

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a wilderbeest

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We then stopped at the hide.

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Re: Lovely Lilydale, Magical Mokala

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:20 pm

Thank you hilda, Phillip1, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, yoda, Lionspoon, Pumbaa, anne marie, Timbits, Cape of Storms :thumbs_up:

Glad I am convincing you about the magic of Mokala :wink:

The hide had attraccted warthogs, red haartebest, tssessebe, kudu, gemsbok and wilderbeest. Some photos from the hide

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Re: Lovely Lilydale, Magical Mokala

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:07 pm

Thank You anne marie, Yoda, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, MM CoS :thumbs_up:

yoda wrote:Duke,
Some more fantastic photos :cam:

What camera equipment are you using? (Body and lense?)


The one Sharifa is not using :tongue: :lol:

Look here Yoda

and the canon 500 lens we use on a 1D mark IV.

On the return trip to Lilydaye we did the Kameeldoring and Doornlaagte loops and saw the white rump zebra. I wrote about the breeding project on this zebra here and we may just see the quagga again.

and we only noticed the finer details of photo 2 when processing :roll:

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Buffalo

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a steppe buzzard

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Re: Lovely Lilydale, Magical Mokala

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:11 pm

We get back to Lilydale and find this southern masked weaver building a nest

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We go for lunch at the newly opened restuarant which we find to be very good. When we leave for the afternoon drive the weaver has made good progress :shock:

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and admires its work :D

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On the drive we see Black Wildebeest

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Gemsbok

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Eland :dance:

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and this baby tssessebe that has tagged on to a sable

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Mokala grows on me with each visit. The catch line for Mokala, on the permit is:

Where endangered species roam

See you there :wink:

Thank you to all for your comments :thumbs_up:


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