I recently had to do a trip to Gaborone which is a two day journey. When planning the route I discovered that Mokala National Park would be the perfect halfway stop and the cost of the accommodation would be less than at any other boarding establishment. I duly booked for one night on the way up and then another night three days later for the return journey. Clearly game viewing time would be restricted because I would be on the road for most of the day but what the heck - it would be great to be "in the bush". This would be my first stay in a park without my SO which seemed very strange.
A number of raptors welcomed me soon after the turn-off to the park - a Common Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite and a Steppe Buzzard
The normal polite greeting via two way radio at the gate took place. The 6 km to Mosu Camp never yielded much to report on.. Checking in was quick and efficient which left about an hour before closing time for me to do a quick drive on the Matopi Loop. Not far from camp a lone Buffalo bull greeted me with a steely stare.
I was granted permission to visit the Haak en Steek camping area because it was vacant at the time. The good rains had ensured that the water hole was full. A number of visitors made their appearance.
Kalahari Scrub Robin (not sure so please help!)
The vegetation was very lush along the Matopi Loop which made viewing rather difficult. A group of Kudu bulls were slaking their thirst at the Matopi Waterhole
A lone Tsessebe came ambling down the road and was not in the least concerned about my presence. The animals seemed a lot calmer than when I was last in Mokala.
Just around the corner I spotted another vehicle coming down the road!
When I returned to Mosu there was just enough time to pop down to Mofele camp. En route I saw these antelope....
this Nyala Bull had exceptionally long horns
...a young Kudu cow
....a Nyala ewe
....and a Red Haartebeest
This was certainly a worthwhile stop-over. Dinner in the restaurant was good.
Return stay to follow.......