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Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:58 am

Camel thorn, Rock fig, Oldwood and Sweet thorn - hall stands of our Dec'15 memories

Trees play such an integral part in our life and existence - provide oxygen, increase biodiversity, reduce the effects of climate change, improve water quality and prevent erosion, provide wildlife habitats, offer cool shade, provide privacy and places for peaceful reflection, frame landscapes and create beautiful backgrounds.

It is with such appreciation for these silent giants that I would like to approach each of the 4 Travel Tales from the shades of trees iconic to each of the four regions/national parks.
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These trees will serve as, to quote from Gert Erasmus’s book ‘Witgat' (Shepherds tree), as hall stands on which I will hang our memorable moments - the sad (thorns), the good (fruit), the beautiful (flowers) and experiences (leaves) and what the gravel and tar roads revealed (branches).

It all started the beginning of 2015 around a braai in Cape Town with friends (married couple)…:
“You have never been further north than Satara?” I asked our friends very surprised although they have visited Kruger a few times already.
After some discussion, they replied: “Then we must make a plan!”
“If we go again, it will be camping style – which will in turn be a first for us”, I replied.
…and so this trip became a reality, but not before we first had a camping test run together at Wildernis Ebb & Flo - Apr’15: Let's go camping.

Driving from Cape Town to Crooks Corner and back, needed some careful planning especially doing it in 21 days. After considering the options, we agreed on the following route whereby we making use of the opportunity to visit a new park and also returning to others: depart on 7th Dec’15 Mokala NP (1 night), Klerksdorp (1 night), Sabie (1 night), Kruger NP (14 nights), Blydepoort resort (1 night), Golden Gate (1 night), Karoo NP (1 night) returning home on 27th Dec’15.

Another important matter I needed to take care of was getting the security, undercover agents and special enforcement in place to protect Cape Towns’s most valuable asset - Table Mountain. Reliable sources revealed an “I & I”- gang plotting a scheme to hijack Table Mountain while I am away. :whistle:

21 days, 6 iconic must visit places and 4 Travel Tales - here are links to them all for ease of reference:
- Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn
- Kruger NP - Dec’15: Rock fig, rock breakers - heart touching moments
- Golden Gate NP - Dec’15: Singing a song from the Oldwood tree
- Karoo NP - Dec’15: Sweet thorn – the beauty and the beast
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After about 900 km we arrived 13h36 at Mokala NP gate.
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We were welcomed by a small herd Tsessebes. :D
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The landscape as we made our way to the Mosu Lodge Reception. Image

At reception a very friendly, bubbly and helpful Kaylene Beukes assisted us providing us with all the necessary information. It was hot and such a wonderful feeling to walk into a cool reception room. :dance: Image

One cannot park one’s car next to the bungalows, but had to leave the car on the demarcated parking area. Assisting one with getting the luggage to the bungalows, one can use the trolleys made available to assist which was most welcome. :dance:

Our accommodation surrounded by the iconic Camel thorn trees.
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We settled down and with time still left in the day, time to explore the park…tbc :thumbs_up:

Everyone most welcome to enjoy the ride...you can Hop-on and Hop-off as your time allows... :D :D :D
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Last edited by Kaapsedraai on Fri May 27, 2016 10:01 pm, edited 3 times in total.
Current: Table Mountain's mood today
Finalised: Dec'15 Mokala ; Kruger; Golden Gate; Karoo; Sep'15 Bontebok; Jul'15 Agulhas; Aug'15 West Coast; Dec'14 Kruger
Future: 25 Jun - 12 Jul'16 MZNP; ADDO; Storms river & Wildernis NP

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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by isinkwe » Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:19 pm

I am ready , think I will take the front seat Kaapsedraai , I want the best view for this trip , a very interesting start
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I hate it when the voices in my head go silent.......I never know what they are planning. :roll:

So when is old enough to know better supposed to kick in ?

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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by HiggsieNJules » Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:26 pm

Hi - I'll take one on the top deck at the back , if that's OK. Nice cool breeze back there, maybe :clap: :clap:

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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by Tessa G » Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:07 pm

I have been watching the New Posts, eagerly waiting for one of your TR's to start and here it is :dance: :dance: and what a wonderfully original way you have done it Kaapsedraai. You really have given this a lot of thought. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: I love trees and am sure that I will find this very interesting.

I have my seat on the bus and think I might sit downstairs with an open window...I could get eaten by the sun on the open level. :lol:

The accommodation looks really lovely and you had some nice sightings to greet you on your arrival and to start your trip off. :dance:

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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by Philip1 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:36 pm

:hmz: Kaapsedraai, what a start at 02h00 in the morning. :mrgreen:
Great photo's so far. :clap:

On this bus, with my own...Image...refreshments. :dance:
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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by hilda » Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:52 pm

What a lovely start to the first of four new trip reports Kaapsedraai! :clap: :clap:

Awesome herd of Tsessebe welcoming you, followed by an amazing landscape shot! :clap: :clap:

Lovely accommodation! It looks so neat and clean all over! :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to read all about your Mokala experience! :popcorn:
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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by RosemaryH » Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:59 pm

Trip looks top class so far kaapsedraai :popcorn:

It seems isinkwe has brought along enough beers to share :wink: so I'll take a seat on this bus :D
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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by umtali1 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:24 pm

I am most definitely joining this bus :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: Looks like there are plenty of supplies. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

What a brilliant theme to take for your four parks :clap: :clap:

So pleased you have made it to Mokala..........finally, even if for one night :D :D :dance: :dance:
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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by Toddelelfe » Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:43 pm

I am on board, can´t wait for more of this TR :clap:
:dance: Plane is booked, KNP, i am on a mission :doh:
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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by Pumbaa » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:46 pm

I am on board as well, Kaaspedraai :dance:

Great scenery shots already :popcorn:

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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by impyim » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:16 am

This promising to be an amazing TR - great planning and amazing start to your journey. I'm on board (up the top for the best view I think).


Beautiful photo's (of course) and some great collages. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:36 am

What a lovely start :D :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: I am so pleased to be able to jump on the bus.

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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by barryels » Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:45 am

Great start to another long drive to Kruger and experiencing four parks in one go :clap: :clap: .

Great scenery pictures :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:00 am

See the bus is BIG 8) ...So enough room for one more to experience the beauty of nature with you. :dance:

Great start and the :cam: are stunning. :clap: :clap:

Can't wait to see what Mokala showed you. :dance: ...We had so much fun when we visited and loved every minute of our stay! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mokala NP - Dec'15: Relaxing under the shade of the Camel Thorn

Unread post by manicwalker » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:05 am

Kaapsedraai,,
I am on the bus! 8)
I will take a window seat downstairs,
that way I am closer to viewing the subject or subjects we see along the way.... :wink:
Thanks for the lovely intro photos... :clap:
Looking forward to more :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


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