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Re: Mokala NP: ADVICE

Unread post by WillemK » Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:37 am

Hi Alf

I visited Mokala three times earlier this year, each time just for a week-end staying at Mosu lodge. In February the road was still closed between Lilydale and Mosu lodge but during my last visit it was open. Upon arrival at Reception (my last visit) a new map was issued to me showing the dirt road between die two camps. On the Saturday I took a drive to Lilydale and it was a pleasant drive. Not much animal/bird life but nice open space for a relaxing drive (unlike the bushes of Mokala).

Later today I am leaving once again for the week-end at Mosu lodge and I do plan to enter via the Lilydale gate. After the week-end I'll provide you with first hand experience.

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Re: Mokala NP: ADVICE

Unread post by Div » Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:44 pm

Alf, you can definitely enter at the Lillydale gate and will go to the Lillydale reception which is about 5km away.You can drive to Mosu through the park as the roads are connected. The Sanparks website is not yet updated.It is scenic drive to take and sightings with a bit of luck may be very good.Especially when you enter the Mokala section and Kameeldoring loop you may see Buffalo, Roan , Sable or the elusive Rhinos. Enjoy your trip.

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Re: Mokala NP: ADVICE

Unread post by WillemK » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:54 pm

Just returned from Mokala after a week-end spent at Mosu lodge (my fourth visit to the park since Feb 2011).

On Friday afternoon I entered at Lilydale gate but I had not idea one should report to Lilydale reception to get a permit before you can start the drive to Mosu lodge. I told Tess at Mosu lodge that a notice should be put on the forum or at the gate that a person should first report to Lidydale reception to receive a permit before continue to Mosu lodge. Or even the staff at Lilydale (answering the gate) should explain why one should first report to Lilydale for a permit before heading to Mosu lodge. I told them I have a booking at Mosu lodge and could not understand why I should report to Lilydale as no reason was provided. Only now I do understand and I'll do it defintely next time.

More info for first time visitors/using the Lilydale gate:

1. The 16km dirt road towards Lidydale gate was in excellent condition as it seems it was graded (hope it is the right word) last week. This morning there was already signs of corrugation as there are a lot of sand on the road. I can see why it could be a problem but I am sure it can be worst than some of the road of the Kgalagadi. And I just love the Kgalagadi.

2. The turn off to Mosu lodge is just a few meters after the Lilydale entrance gate to the left. After about 4km you'll find the previous formal gate and border fence between Lilydale and Mokala which is now open. After another few kms you'll find the first waterhole and 4km after the border fence you'll find the second waterhole and the start of the Kameeldoring and Doornlaagte loop. Just follow the road signs to Mosu lodge.

3. All the road in Mokala is open and driveable with an ordinary sedan motor. Some of the roads in the park were also graded.

4. Looks like a new picnic place is being built at the turn of the Kameeldoring loop.

5. I was disappointed with the level of water in the Stofdam (the waterhole for the bird hide) but I got a few nice photos. Not sure why the water level is so low - drought? But I saw some water/mudd areas in the field.

Despite my initial ignorance - I really didn't know that one should report to Lilydale first), I had once again a very successful visit with sightings of almost all the "big" game. I hope I can start the "WillemK trip report - let the photos tell the story: Mokala edition" very soon.

Lesson learned - report to Lilydale reception for a permit if you enter at Lilydale gate before driving to Mosu lodge.
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Re: ACCOMMODATION PHOTO'S

Unread post by Buglette » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:31 pm

Mokala

We stayed at Mosu Lodge in a self-catering bungalow SCB2S No. 7. We had aview of the waterhole from our patio. Sorry didn't take pics of our bungalow but here are a couple of the pool and conference centre at Mosu Lodge.

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mokala self-catering advice needed

Unread post by arks » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:09 am

I'm thinking about going to Mokala in late October. My first choice would have been the Haak-en-Steek cottage, but I'm not comfortable about staying there all on my own (I would have preferred it with campers at the camp sites, as it used to be :( ).

However, I recall reading someplace that it's a LONG walk from the car park to any of the self-catering units at Mosu. Is this correct? I don't do well with schlepping luggage etc long distances, so could use some advice on this.

Perhaps the new units at Lilydale might be my best option? How far is Lilydale from the "action"? From the map it looks to be a very long way both from the (main) gate (is there another gate?) and most of the tourist roads. The chalets (CH3D) look very nice. Do they all have views over the river?

Any and all advice will be much appreciated.
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Re: mokala self-catering advice needed

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:48 am

Hi Arks,

It is a distance from the parking area to the chalets at Mosu but a trolley is provided to cart your luggage.

We have not stayed at Lilydale but the two sections are now connected and we saw a fair bit of game on the Lilydale side too.

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Re: mokala self-catering advice needed

Unread post by Jonkers » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:45 am

Indeed you can't park your park next to the chalet at Mosu, but with the trolley it is easy to do. And it's not so far and they are so friendly there you will get help with schlepping your luggage on the trolley without any doubt. I really enjoyed Mokala, little newest gem of San parks. And I actually loved it that cars were out of side and people had to walk to get to the reception, restaurant etc or for a social visit to another chalet.

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Re: mokala self-catering advice needed

Unread post by Munchkin » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:59 pm

:roll: We carried all our "stuff" down to our chalet - only realised much later on that there were trollies available for this! :doh: However, staff at Mokala are super efficient and helpful. They let us park our bakkie close to one of the offices so that we could plug in our Fridge/Freezer into an electric plug via a long lead. Kudos to Mokala from us! :-)

Accommodation at Mokala - first class! (That's if you survive the road to get there! :tongue: ) We only stayed for one night but in hindsight, wish we had booked an extra night or two! Def going to look into coming back for a longer stay!
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Re: mokala self-catering advice needed

Unread post by Lonehill_Birders » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:09 am

arks, we stayed at Lilydale at the end of April, and loved the camp. We were at the new cottages to the north of the reception area, almost at the end, (the one that we stayed in is newly renovated after burning down some time ago and the view over the river is fantastic. The cottages are well equipped and we saw lots of birds around the camp. As far as game is concerned we did some of the drives in Lilydale section and saw quite a lot of antelope, but it doesn't take long to get to Mokala section, it is a lovely drive.
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Re: mokala self-catering advice needed

Unread post by Boorgatspook » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:40 am

Arks, one thing that you also should just keep in mind is rain. Although there is no problem driving within the park by a normal sedan it do becomes a problem when it has rained. Last June when I have stayed at Mosu Lodge for 7 days, the road between Mosu Lodge and Lillydale were closed and when it did opened again it was only for 4x4 vehicles. If you are going to drive a normal sedan, I would suggest getting info from reception on the road conditions nearer the date of arrival.

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Re: Mokala NP: ADVICE

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shopping en route to mokala

Unread post by arks » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:14 pm

I'll be driving from Joburg (Melville) to Mokala (Lilydale) on 26 October. First question, it looks like the N12 goes right thru Kimberley? And second, is there any sort of supermarket close to the N12 — I think that there may be a Spar? — where I might buy things like milk and veggies?

I'll be able to get most of my groceries at the PnP and Woolies that are close to where I stay in Melville, but it's a longish drive, so if possible, it would be nice to get those few things that might spoil closer to Mokala :wink:
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Re: shopping en route to mokala

Unread post by Hugh » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:33 pm

Arks i would suggest you get most of the stuff you need in melville . Its a long road to Mokala . We travelled that road recently and I cant remember seeing any decent super markets en route .( kimberlyhas super markets but its the bother of trying to find parking etc and having to get off the main road . Have a great time there .. )
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Re: shopping en route to mokala

Unread post by Lonehill_Birders » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:24 pm

It would be a good idea if you could do your shopping beforehand. Take the Woollies or PnP long-life milk, use a cooler for the rest, you don't want to waste precious time stopping in a strange town to do shopping.
We travelled to Mokala on the N1 via Bloemfontein, then turned right onto the R48, towards Kimberley (look on Google maps)
The N1 is quicker to travel on, better condition and there's only 2 stop/starts just outside Bloem on the R48, otherwise the road is quiet and in good condition. At Petrusburg you turn left onto the R705, via Jacobsdal, and you reach the N12 about 55km south of Kimberley. As you reach the N12, you cross straight over onto a dirt road which is the access road to Lilydale. We much preferred this road to the N12.
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Re: shopping en route to mokala

Unread post by Div » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:11 pm

The N 12 does in fact go through Kby.Just before you exit Kby you will pass a Super Spar where you can buy whatever you need.There is more than enough parking.
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