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Accomodation in Semi Lux bugalos at Mosu Lodge

Unread post by Bushhappyfred » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:32 pm

Hi, I see that there are no braai facilities etc in these bungalows. Does anyone know if there are communal facilities to braai etc or does one have to eat in the restaurant only?

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Re: Accomodation in Semi Lux bugalos at Mosu Lodge

Unread post by Dotty » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:58 am

Hi bushhappyfred
I copied this

Mosu Lodge

* Luxury Executive Suites (2 units)
* Self Catering (braai, micro wave, two plate stove, fridge, utensils, cutlery & crockery)
* One Bedroom with double bed with electric blanket
* WC, shower, bath, hand basin
* Fire place and air conditioner

* Semi Luxury Rooms (13 units)
* Non-self Catering (only electric kettle, no braai area, no fridge)
* One Bedroom with two single beds
* WC and shower, hand basin
* Wall-fitted heater and ceiling fan

from here I don't know if it is of any help??
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Re: Accomodation in Semi Lux bugalos at Mosu Lodge

Unread post by Boorgatspook » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:17 am

Hi bushhappyfred, as Dotty pointed out its only the Luxury Executive Suites that have braai facilities.
When staying in the semi luxury units, you will have to have your meals at the restaurant. There's no communal braai facilities.

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Driving throug the Mokala NP

Unread post by taxinms » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:06 pm

Is it possible to drive with a normal car in Mokala NP or do I need a 4x4-Car? I want to visit the park in November 2010 after two weeks in Kruger NP.

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Re: Driving throug the Mokala NP

Unread post by Senyetse » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:29 pm

Hi taxinms,

We were in Mokala in December and there were several sedans in the park.

It should be no problem, the roads are pretty good gravel, although the road from the N12 to the park gate can be a bit corrugated. Just lower your tyre pressures to ease the ride.
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Camping at Mokala

Unread post by pathfinder » Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:41 am

Hi all

En route to the KNP from Cape Town we are considering spending a night at Mokala in December. We are geared for camping on this trip so would like to know if any forumite has camped at Mokala and any info on it would be much appreciated?
Camping Kruger Dec-Jan 2010/11
Trip over :(
Perhaps Kalahari Dec 2011 ? :)

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Re: Camping at Mokala

Unread post by Dotty » Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:04 pm

here you are a link to naomic's trip report
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Re: Camping at Mokala

Unread post by annie R » Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:47 pm

Yes, you can camp at Haak en Steek camp. There's one rustic chalet there and 5 campsites. No electricity, no kitchen or cooking facilities, but there are gas geysers and one toilet and one shower each for men and women, fairly basic but certainly not sleazy. The campsite has a stunning setting overlooking a small waterhole - or at least it did in January last year when we were there, but there was talk of relocating the campsite at some point. Whatever you do, don't miss Mokala. The staff are very friendly and going on a night drive there will hopefully give you a chance of seeing an aardvark up close and personal. And of course the Kalahari thornveld is just beautiful.

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Mokala - Info

Unread post by Stoffel » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:49 am

We had the privilege to spend our second two-night stay in Mokala (Mosu Lodge) this year. This wonderful park been described similarly and I second the opinion that this is the new jewel of South Africa's National Parks. I also visited the park on four day visits since it opened.

The 21 km of gravel road from the N12 to the park's entrance gate has surely improved since my first visit, but in my opinion it is still not suitable for a conventional caravan. But the "fun" starts as soon as you leave the N12. Most of this road is af you are driving through a corridor with game farms on both sides. Last Thursday we saw sable, kudu, blue & black wildebeest, impala and zebra before we reached the park's border fence. On the last 4 km (with the park now on your right-hand side) we saw our first ever eland in the park as well as buffalo.

There was a huge difference between our January visit earlier this year and this last visit. Everything was lush and green in January and we were travelling with our air conditioner switched on. This time we could hardly see anything green and we drove with the heater switched on. In January big parts of the roads within the park was muddy. This time it was very dusty - especially in the northern part of the park.

We saw a lot of game, but the rhinos (black & white) are still eluding us. But we could tick off kudu, blue wildebeest, eland, buffalo, steenbok, springbok, impala, tsessebe and roan.

This time we could not get accommodation in one of the self-catering units - in spite of the fact that (except for two units) all the non self-catering units are changed into self-catering units at Mosu. We had dinner in the restaurant on our first night and breakfast on both mornings. I don't have word to describe the great experience we enjoyed everytime we visited this superb restaurant. The hospitality manager (Susan) and her crew (Paseka, Nicky, Lydia and others) are the best. I had their rack of lamb and my wife ordered the venison pie. Fantastic!!!

On both mornings I had the 'Mokala Breakfast' and my wife enjoyed the omelette. Talking abourt a great breakfast!!!

The second night we used our mini weber. While sitting outside, Nicky and Lydia came around with some freshly baked mine bread loafs which were offered to everybody not having dinner in the restaurant - just to persuade visitors about the nice things the restaurant has to offer.

The restaurant in Mokala is operated by SANParks itself. And you cannot compare a dining experience in this restaurant with restaurants in Kruger for instance. You can see that the personnel in this restaurant still have in pride in their job and what they are offering the client. How I wish that SANParks can revert back to the old days when it was still an experience to eat in their restaurants. Keep it up Mokala - you are doing great.

Some great news I received during my visit is the fact that the remaining private lasnd that devided the main park area and Lilydale to the north, was eventually bought by SANParks. They are now busy making the road between the present game area and Lilydale.

Another piece of news I received was that a tree house was built in a big tree (I guess it will be a camel thorn tree) overlooking a water hole. It will soon be available for reservations.

Building of the new Motswedi camping area will commence rather soon.

If you have not been to Mokala yet you surely have a "to do" on your list of places to visit in South Africa. I can only compliment Deon Joubert (Park Manager) and the rest of his personnel for what has been done in Mokala up to date. I am fortunate that I have to work at Modder River (between Mokala and Kimberley) from time to time. I found fantastic accommodation and restaurant facilities nearby - name Mokala.
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Re: Mokala - Info

Unread post by toktokkie » Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:22 pm

Hi Stoffel, thanks for sharing your experience at Mokala with us We are very keen to visit the park during our September holiday, we will be touring with our conventional caravan and we were told that the road is fine, but now are feeling worried after your comments on the road We now feel very unsure about what we should do. Is it really bad, even if we take it really slowly?

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Re: Mokala - Info

Unread post by Stoffel » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:49 pm

Toktokkie

If you are prepared to travel real slowly, you'll make it with a conventional caravan (however, I will not do it with mine). 21 km to the entrance gate is a long way to travel at 20 - 30 kph (the speed I would travel). From the entrance gate it is another 6 km to Reception (quite corrugated) and then another 10 km to Haak-&-Steek (not bad, but not the road I would like to do with my caravan).

I will love to camp at Haak-&-Steek, but rather with my tent -although my wife is not very keen on it. She reckons the facilities are too basic for her taste.
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Re: Mokala - Info

Unread post by toktokkie » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:38 am

Thanks for the info Stoffel, definitely will not risk the trip in our caravan then, have no desire to refit the whole interior, as people we know had to do ater travelling on a gravel road, all their "built in" cupboards ended up on the floor, including the fridge!! Also not too keen on tenting, so will camp nearby and spend a day travelling in the park. Really looking forward to seeing somewhere new!!

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Mokala

Unread post by neecie » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:49 am

Hi
Need advice re staying in chalets at Mokala? Where are the best birding spots? What is the accommodation like? Which is the best camp to stay at? Planning a trip at end October. Thanks.

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Re: Mokala

Unread post by Dotty » Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:13 pm

Hi Neecie,
Check out this index here for Trip reports about Mokala (with photos )Hope this helps
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Re: Mokala

Unread post by louis dreyer » Thu Nov 11, 2010 3:04 pm

Please can somebody help me.
We are going to Mokala during december 2010, im looking for a good quality park map with roads on, we will be staying at Lilydale Rest Camp.
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