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Re: Mokala campsites .....

Unread post by Div » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:13 am

No freezer facilities at the campsites at Haak en Steek .

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Re: Mokala campsites .....

Unread post by Hollebollegys » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:54 am

Ilona

There is a large fridge freezer in your private kitchen at Motswedi. I do not know how to post pictures but visit my website www.wildeboer.co.za and look under MOKALA SPRING, I posted detailed pictures of the kitchen, bathroom and toilet at Motswedi.

The pictures will give a good idea. The lights were also upgraded and are now bright.

A very nice place camp.

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Re: More land added to Mokala

Unread post by umtali1 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:02 am

Rooies wrote: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.


I did read this a while back but since we will be visiting Mokala later this year we became more interested in the park. It is not clear from press releases where the new land has been added. As we don't know the area could someone tell us where the additional land is in relationship to the Mokala map on the Sanparks website.

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Re: More land added to Mokala

Unread post by mh_baer » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:09 am

umtali1 wrote:I did read this a while back but since we will be visiting Mokala later this year we became more interested in the park. It is not clear from press releases where the new land has been added. As we don't know the area could someone tell us where the additional land is in relationship to the Mokala map on the Sanparks website.


In my opinon the press release is somehow misleading. Lilydale was already part of Mokala before. They just put down the fence between the eastern and western part, which was - regarding this map -
http://www.sanparks.co.za/images/parks/ ... rk_map.JPG
approximately at the 10.7 km between Kameeldoring Loop and the Lilydale pin.
Taking down the fence in November has already led to more animals in the Lilydale section as we could see during or stay in December.

New is Valschfontein, which should - AFAIK - be between Stofdam Bird Hide and the Lilydale pin. Valschfontein extendeds the park to the north. I interpret Daphne's quotation "rectifying the park’s inefficient shape" that SANParks tries to fill up the corners in the map, especially those with acute angles, as they lead to longer fences.

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Re: Mokala NP - 3 day visit

Unread post by MarkusF » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:50 pm

Hi JDW,

The park is surrounded by game lodges. Advice on these I can't give you as we have not stayed there.

Mokala is a small park, but a gem if you want peace and quietness. Mostly known for their antelope species. If you're lucky you will see black rhino.

The road network is very good for sedan (weather permitting) and can be done in one day. But as I said it is rather a park to enjoy the scenery than animals.

Stefan, one of the guides, are very knowledgeable and it is worthwhile to go on any of the drives that's on offer with him. You will also see a bit more of the park than from normal tourist roads.

Stofdam hide is a great place to relax and the picnic site on Matopi loop road you can have brunch with braai grids available with plenty of shade if you wish.

Importantly it is a park where you can relax and enjoy beautiful landscapes sunrises and sunsets. If you stay at Mosu lodge, don't forget to watch the floodlite waterhole, plenty of animals come and go after sunset and during the day. Warthogs and antelope also frequently visit the green grass within camp boundaries.

Mosu lodge also have a well run restaurant, good value in price and excellent service and the food are very tasty.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Mokala NP - 3 day visit

Unread post by Dotty » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:57 pm

Hi JDW,
There are a few topics here in the Index :D
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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread post by umtali1 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:37 pm

Mokala – what a little treasure

This year we visited Mokala for the first time. We were tempted because it is a new park, not on everyone’s bucket list, and just liked the description of it. We certainly were not disappointed. :thumbs_up:

Although it is quite a small park, it had lots of pleasant surprises in store for us. It’s known as a place for encouraging some endangered species as well for the wonderful bird life. You will read about all of those in our TR (when I get round to it! I will add a link here ..) It's not a place for those seeking big predators.

We stayed at Mosu Lodge which has a very busy waterhole in sight of the chalets and restaurant. The accommodation was of a very high standard. Normally we do self-catering, but decided to use the restaurant on a couple of occasions. The food really was superb and, even better, still locally sourced. All the staff in the camp were very friendly and helpful.

Our only disappointment with Mokala is Lilydale camp. This overlooks the Riet river, which is not within the park boundaries, so there are no animals coming down to the river to drink other than farm cattle. If you fish then this IS the camp for you.

Unless you have a good 4x4 with low gear don’t attempt to go down to the river via the fishing roads. You may find it difficult to get back up :o

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread post by moobox » Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:07 pm

Definitely on my list. I want to plan it into a trip to Augrabies and KTP. From what I can see there are two gates. One at Lilydale and then a main gate south of Mosu Lodge. So I would be thinking of entering at Lilydale, staying three nights at Mosu Lodge or Haak en Steek and leaving from the southern gate. Does that sound like I'm on the right track?

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread post by Son godin » Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:31 pm

Hi Moobox,

That's the best way to enter the park from Kimberley. The road however to Mosu Lodge can be closed in case of severe rain in the area, but most of the time not that difficult to reach Mosu Lodge. My travel vehicle is a 4x4 and therefore not restricted to road conditions. Although you do not need a 4x4 its always the best option for bumpy roads.

umtali 1 raised a valid point about driving down to go fishing near Lilydale. We went down in a 4x4 and had the unfortunate luck of finding a vehicle traveling down while we battled the up hill that is fairly steep and impossible to make in an sedan vehicle.

Promotional articles about activities in the park refers to canoeing. This activity is not available any more. Maybe got to do with the road down to the river and keeping the canoes intact.

We also exit at the Lilydale gate after our stay at Motswedi campsite. If you enjoy camping book at the camp site instead of Haak en Steek. In April the Haak and Steek camp was closed for maintenance work, but might be opened by now.

Remember no fuel available, so fill up at Ritchie unless you want to travel to Ritchie / Kimberley during your stay to get fuel. On return back home via Bloemfontein we had the bad luck of no fuel available at Jacobsdal. Luckily for 2 jerry cans available we could drive further to Bloem.
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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread post by umtali1 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:52 pm

It's also worth remembering that supplies are very limited so always go well equipped with everything. We stocked up in Kimberley. Someone mentioned that the water was not drinkable. We found no issues there at all. Perhaps that's more of an issue when camping.......

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Re: Mokala NP: advice, etc

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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