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09 December 2016

Media Release: Fire at Mokala National Park

A brand new tourism facility in Mokala National Park was destroyed by a fire on Wednesday.

The blaze broke out at the Dinokeng Treetop chalet, situated about 8 kilometers from Mosu Lodge reception, around 2pm. The facility and the beautiful camel thorn tree, in which it was nestled, burnt to the ground. Fortunately the rest of the park's facilities had not been affected by the fire because the park staff immediately responded to assist in bringing the fire under control. This fire in Mokala National Park comes less than two weeks after the Tsitsikamma fires in which the restaurant and Storms River rest camp shop was completely burnt down.

Park Manager, Deon Joubert, said it was a very sad day for Mokala because the treehouse was a real gem, carefully constructed and tastefully decorated. It would have been a major draw card and was due to be listed on the central reservation system in January 2017, he added.

Fortunately, no fatalities were recorded and an investigation will be conducted to establish the exact cause of the fire.

The Kameeldoring Treetop chalet is still available for bookings and a similar facility will be constructed in 2017.

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South African National Parks (SANParks) Arid Region Communications
Tel: 073 546 6321

Enquiries

Nadia Lemmetuis
Regional Manager: Communications, SANParks
Tel: 073 546 6321
E-mail: [email protected]