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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby Div » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:20 pm

Mosu lodge, definately. Enjoy!

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby AstroMatt » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:22 am

Thanks for the advice Hollebollegys, umtali1, and Div. Really useful and appreciated.
Have managed to book three consecutive nights at Lilydale, Mosu and then Haak en Steek Camp. Should get to see most of the park staying like this i think.
I called up the park and asked about the night drives and they are offered from Mosu and Haak en Steek, but not Lilydale. So think we will book onto something from Mosu.
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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby umtali1 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:44 am

Excellent, AstroMatt :thumbs_up: :mrgreen: You most certainly will get to see pretty much all of the park. The distances within the park are not great, so you will get time to stop and look. Look forward to hearing all about it :clap:

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby Goronta » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:20 pm

Good choice .We stayed there 2 years ago and we enjoyed the place and the park.
The staff at the reception was welcoming,helpful and very professionnal. :clap:

The restaurant was also nice and good. :thumbs_up:
It reminded me the restaurants with good family food we could find a few years ago in Kruger before they turned to a standard and poor tasting cooking from north to South ! :mrgreen:
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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby stephan groen » Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:17 am

Good morning,

We are going to Mokala this coming weekend. Really looking forward to this.

Could some of the mites please give some advice regarding the following:

1. Is wood & ice available at the shops?
2. Can one rent a gas braai at the picnic spots?
3. Any other general info?

We are staying at Haak & Steek and Mosu.

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:05 am

stephen,

mokala is one of the less commercial of the parks (fortunately) and so has no grocery shop , nor fuel.

we stocked up at P & P on the south of kimberly. there is fuel station just north of the north entrance on n12.

the mosu reception had a few of the basics as you would expect.

when we were there in october the picnic sites weren't manned, in fact we were the only ones there using the clean ablutions. there were skottles for wood braais.

making a detour to go back there next year we loved it so much.. enjoy your visit.
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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby stephan groen » Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:23 am

Thank you inyanga,

Looking forward to the peace and rest.
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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby Moesa » Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:59 pm

Hi Stephan

I visited last weekend and had a great time.

Like inyanga 1 said, there is no grocery shop in the Park. You will have to bring your own wood and ice.

The other info that I can give you is that the roads have been well maintained after the rain.

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby stephan groen » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:44 am

Thanks Moesa
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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby NadiaL » Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:48 am

Hi Stephan Groen,

Tell us about your first visit to Mokala NP.
I trust the experience surpassed all your expectations. :D

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby stephan groen » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:24 am

Hi NadiaL,

Only saw this now. Mokala is well worth a visit and most definately surpassed all expectations. A few brief notes:

1. There was Ice & Wood available for sale at Mosu, as well as some VERY basic groceries
2. The park is well managed and you can see that the staff take pride in their jobs. Each and every staff member can be complimented.
3. We had the best night drive I have ever been on at Mosu. The ranger himself took us (If I recall his name is JD). We saw aardvark, aardwolf, caracal (briefly), striped polecat. The ranger really made the drive a memorable one with interesting facts and not just the usual superficial "quick facts" that inexperienced guides usually give on such drives.
4. The roads inside the park are good and the gravel road from the main road to Mosu gate is also fine.
5. Haak & Steek is a MUST for a feeling of complete solitude.

My cousin, who joined us on the trip, was so impressed with the park he stayed over again in January en route back from their holiday in the Cape.

Well done to the Parks Management
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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby RhymeZA » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:12 pm

Hi

We visited Mosu a month ago. I can agree with Stephan on Mokala being a special park. Management was extremely helpful: when my parents had to move between units they ensured the new unit was ready by 10h30 :clap:

One disappointment though: no night drive was available either night of our stay. Apparently the ranger was doing walks so no night drives. Just keep in mind to maybe check before you go...

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby Hippotragus » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:24 am

I also agree with both the above posts - Mokala is a real treat. The staff are great, including the restaurant staff. The park has a lovely feel about it - relaxed but well-maintained. There are "special" animals there and interesting birds. I can't wait to go back, but no booking done yet!
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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby sternschnubi » Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:52 am

Hello Mokala-friends,
we will stay at Mokala at the end of feb. Any advices for the best campsite number at Motswedi?
Is there any possibility to make a night drive if you stay at Motswedi?
Thanks for you help.
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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread postby NadiaL » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:10 am

@ Stephan Groen,
That's excellent. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Mokala.
Than you for the compliments, I will surely convey it to Park Management.

@RhymeZA I'm happy the staff could attend to your parents' needs.

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