We were once again privileged to visit Mosu Lodge in Mokala National Park on 7 & 8 December. This was our third 2-night stay-over at Mokala and I visited the park on three different day visits. I said before that I am mad about Kruger, love Kgalagadi, adore Karoo, gets nostalgic about Bontebok .... but Mokala has something special that I struggle to describe.
Nevertheless, we arrived on quite a hot day. On our way between the main gate and Mosu, this was one of the first guys to greet us.
Mosu is really something special. Full points to Sanparks to change most of the accommodation to self catering units.
On our late afternoon game drives we saw lots of game. Mokala has some great kudu bulls like this one.
We were quite excited when we found our first ever white rhinos in the park. Even in our "Vaalbos days" (the deproclaimed park that was replaced by Mokala) we never saw rhinos. Oh well, the blackies are still eluding us.
This mother and child also came to say 'hello'.
We were also fortunate to find the "big" herd of buffalo.
And these little fellows really enjoyed the buffaloes' presence.
Seeing Mountain Reedbuck was also a first for us in the park. This ram has a bit of a deformed horn.
Mokala has a good population of eland. This one is an exceptional big bull.
We saw lots of Tsessebe with calves, but unfortunately never in a position to take photos. But the red hartebeest bulls must have had a feast of a time during the mating season.
We also saw blesbok, blue wildebeest, warthog, common duiker, impala, gemsbok, Burchell's zebra, roan antelope, steenbok, scrub hare, ground squirrel, waterbuck & nyala. The latter two still have to be removed. They stayed behind when Sanparks took over Winterhoek Safari Lodge - a hunting farm.
I dropped in at Lilydale Lodge. The two parts of the park are now joined, but a lot of work still has to be done before one can drive from the one lodge to the other within the park's boundaries. Presently it is still a long drive back via the N12. But the Lilydale area (the small part that I saw) is not nearly as scenic as the main part of the park where Mosu Lodge and Haak-en-Steek are situated.