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Re: shopping en route to mokala

Unread post by arks » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:37 pm

Thanks to all for the advice and suggestions :thumbs_up:

@ Lonehill Birders: I hadn't considered the N1, but it does look like a better option — Google maps tells me that while the route is longer than the N12, it's faster 8) I'll still want to get at least milk (I don't care for longlife milk at all) closer to Mokala, will there be a basic shop at Petrusberg or Jacobsdal? Also, where's the best place for topping up my petrol? As for 'wasting precious time', as an overseas visitor, I often find doing shopping in a strange town part of the adventure! :wink:
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Re: shopping en route to mokala

Unread post by Lonehill_Birders » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:55 pm

arks, you will find fresh milk and bread at any of the large filling station shops, in the vicinity of Bloemfontein. You by-pass Bloem on the N1, but there are 3 filling stations before you turn off onto the R48. They also have limited supplies of groceries, remember to take charcoal and wood with you.
It took us less than 6 hours to travel to Lilydale, and we, being birders who stop for no reason at all, took it easy. The traffic was also fairly light. I am sure Petrusburg and Jacobsdal will have a Spar at least, we didn't notice, because we had stocked up with everything we needed beforehand.
If you want to stop for fuel and breakfast along the way, just before Kroonstad is a good place to eat and buy your supplies (it's either a Shell or Engen garage with Wimpy and take-away)
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Re: shopping en route to mokala

Unread post by arks » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:15 pm

Thanks for your suggestions LHB, perhaps I should explain that I'm flying into ORTambo on 25 Oct, sleeping over in Melville (to combat the jetlag), where I'll be having breakfast with a friend before heading for Mokala. I can do most of my grocery shopping in Melville, but what I'd really like to know is where is the closest place to Mokala where I can buy milk and petrol — Jacobsdal? Petrusburg? Or must I take care of these things before the R48 turnoff? Since I'll be leaving Joburg with a full (hired car) tank, I'd prefer to top up as close to Mokala as possible.
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Re: shopping en route to mokala

Unread post by okie » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:29 pm

Its a long way round to go via Bloemfontein . I would go via Kimberley and buy these essentials there . You pass a number of shops and filling stations in the city where you can get it .

Besides , the only people who go to Bloemfontein , are those were born there , and still do not know how to get out of the place :whistle:
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Re: shopping en route to mokala

Unread post by WillemK » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:59 am

In Mokala, do not miss out on Stofdam and the bird hide as well as the waterhole at the far end (the turn) of Matopi loop. I usually sit there for hours watching and taking photos of the birds. Look for my trip reports on my blog (in the right hand side you'll find links to my other trips reports to Mokala. I've just return from a weekend away in Mokala (I am a regular visitor to the park) and I am preparing the latest trip report for my blog (to be posted in the near future).

http://willemkruger.wordpress.com/

There is a shopping mail and a filling station as you exit Kimberley - as mentioned by the other members. If you want to go via our favourite town (Bloemfontein), you can fill up in Koffiefontein (12km detour) and Jacobsdal (1km detour).

Okie - that is why Bloem is the best kept secret in South Africa, we do not talk about it :naughty: .
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Re: shopping en route to mokala

Unread post by angiek » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:13 am

There is a very nice Spar in Jacobsdal.
There are various shops just before exiting Kimberley where you can shop.
We were in Mokala in April and enjoyed it very much. Enjoy you stay.
PS Melville is the suburb I grew up in in the 70's/80's :)

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread post by Obelix » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:21 pm

Hi all. Does anybody perhaps know whether the BD5's (Lilydale) have microwave ovens?

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread post by avon vosloo » Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:20 pm

Yip, they do - enjoy your visit.

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Mokala National Park expands

Unread post by Lesego » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:45 pm

South African National Parks' (SANParks) newest national park, Mokala National Park in the Northern Cape has added two important properties, Lilydale and Valschfontein as part of its park expansion programme.

SANParks' Managing Executive of Parks, Paul Daphne, said that with the inclusion of the two properties, Mokala is now 28 151 hectares. This achievement was marked with a fence cutting ceremony held today (Thursday 8 November 2012) at the Valschfontein section of the park.

Speaking at the fence cutting ceremony, Daphne said, Mokala National Park was established in 2007 as an alternative to the Vaalbos National Park, which was the subject of a land claim. Today’s event marks the realization of a commitment that SANParks made to the Northern Cape Government at the time of the land claim and subsequent loss of the Vaalbos National Park.

He said Mokala National Park has immediate plans to focus on rectifying the park’s inefficient shape and the separation of the park into two sections.

According to Daphne, since the year 2000, SANParks has added a total of 558 897 hectares to the national parks system. The Government and SANParks accounted for 54% through direct acquisition, donors acquired 21%, contractual inclusions of private land a further 11%, and the transfer of other government land 15%.

“In order to achieve its national mandate of conserving representative samples of South Africa’s different ecological landscapes, the establishment of ecologically sustainable parks remains a priority for SANParks. In this regard, the expanded park offers a diversity of vegetation types characteristic of this area of the Northern Cape, ranging from rocky koppie vegetation through Acacia lowlands,” said Daphne.

“The expansion will allow the animals to roam freely between the East and West of the park and visitors will also be exposed to more animal movement. This can only lead to increased visitor numbers and make the park more sustainable and we are very excited about the dropping of this fence as it signifies the seriousness with regards to our mandate as SANParks of increasing the national conservation estate.”


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More land added to Mokala

Unread post by Rooies » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:20 am

The original size of Mokala was 19 611 ha, but since 1997, an additional 8580 ha were added. This was celebrated yesterday with the cutting of the fence which separated Mokala from one of the farms that were acquired by SANParks.

Since the year 2000, 558 697 ha were added to our National Parks.

Well done SANParks. :clap: :clap:
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Re: More land added to Mokala

Unread post by Dotty » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:53 am

The official post about this is here I will merge these posts there very soon
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Mokala .... electricity

Unread post by ilonaharris » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:13 pm

Good morning .... I recently met a fellow caravanner who told me that the camping sites at Mokala have got electricity, however, I see no reference to power points on the site. Was this person one over the eight when he told me, or has power been installed at the caravan and camping sites? Thank you!!!

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Re: Mokala .... electricity

Unread post by Hollebollegys » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:55 pm

The campsites have solar powered lights in the kitchen,toilet and shower. The geyser is also solar powered.

But there are no electrical powerpoints.

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Mokala campsites .....

Unread post by ilonaharris » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:01 am

Thank you re electricity at the campsites at Mokala. Are there freezer/refridgerator facilities at the campsites in Mokala?

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Re: Mokala campsites .....

Unread post by shumba » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:28 am

The private ablutions have solar power lighting, albeit very dim. The kitchenettes are kitted out with a 2 plate gas stove and a gas fridge/freezer.


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