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Visitor Tips

  1. The fishing spots of De Krans and Kleinbek are only accessible by 4x4 or high clearance vehicles.
  2. A two-night stay is recommended to truly experience the magic of this Park.
  3. There is no petrol station in the Park.
  4. As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night.

Where To Stay


Road Conditions

As a result of the dry weather conditions that the area is experiencing, the access roads leading to Mokala National Park via the Mosu and Lilydale Gates are in a poor condition.


Please note that there is no restaurant facility available at Lilydale Rest Camp. Please view the Restaurant Operating Times information for Mosu Restaurant.

Things To See

  1. Endangered mammal species
  2. Indigenous plant species
  3. The Camel thorn tree – iconic to the landscape of Mokala

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The park currently offers a range of different accommodation types from luxury bungalows to camping.

Mosu Lodge

Mosu Lodge has 15 units. Accommodation at Mosu Lodge hosts:

All units have quality wooden furniture.

Mosu Lodge boasts a cool sparkling swimming pool for the warmer months, restaurant with bar facilities, outside lapa, lounge and entertainment area with built in fireplace, a state of the art conference facility. Guided game drive activities complete an unforgettable experience. Due to the layout of the camp at Mosu Lodge, we regret that guest can’t park their vehicles next to their chalets. The parking is in front of the reception and baggage trollies are provided to load and off load guest luggage.

Luxury Executive Suites (LB2D)

Luxury Family Bungalow (FB2S)

Self-catering Bungalow (SCB2S)

Semi Luxury Units (LB2S)

Universal Access, Non Self-catering Unit

Lilydale Rest Camp

Lilydale Rest Camp offers 12 self-catering, air conditioned units overlooking the Riet River. Warm exhilarating summers can be spent by the swimming pool. Breathtaking sunsets and glittering diamonds in the sky, are all added by nature to compliment an unforgettable visit.

Bungalow (BD3)

*Units number 9, 10 and 11 are furnished with a stove and oven and not hotplates.

Bungalow (BD5)

Chalet (CH3)

*Unit number 12 is furnished with a stove and oven and not hotplates.

Mofele Environmental Centre

Mofele Environmental Centre is more rustic and in a farm style setting. This is ideal for big family get togethers, weddings, school groups and reunions. There are nine en-suite rooms, newly converted to accommodate 60 guests in total.

Rooms vary from three double bunk beds (accommodating six guests per room) to five double bunk beds (accommodating ten guest per room). It has a kitchen, dining room, bar, lounge and entertainment area with a built-in fireplace for the cooler months. This lodge also has an excellent conference facility that can host up to 60 delegates. A sparkling pool near the outdoor lapa and braai area offers undisturbed workshop or family fun time.

Mosu, Mofele and Lilydale have superb facilities for conferences, weddings, events or workshops. Each conference room has a digital projector, wall mounted screen and sound system. Both Mosu and Mofele have big indoor fire place to make fire in winter. Only Mosu Conference room has Air conditioning.

Semi Luxury Rooms

Haak en Steek Camp

Haak en Steek Camp with its rustic cottage tucked away in the bush offers unspoilt views over the nearby watering hole. The cottage can accommodate four guests and has a gas stove and geyser, outside braai area with lapa and lights that are solar powered. Due to the close proximity of the cottage to the camping site at Haak en Steek this site is for the exclusive use of the cottage guest that may (for a big family or friends gathering) hire the camping sites as well.

Rustic Cottage

Motswedi Camp Site

The Motswedi Camping site is a one of a kind camping experience in our beautiful park. Opened on the 15th of September 2011 each camping site boasts its own ablution and cooking facilities, outside braai areas under shaded trees. All camping sites are in a semi circle around the nearby watering hole. For your safety it has an electrified fence surrounding the perimeter.

Camping Sites

Stofdam Bird Hide

The new Stofdam Bird Hide can only be booked directly through via the park on (053) 204 8000. The hide will be an exclusive one night bookable unit.

Stofdam Bird Hide

Kameeldoorn Tree House

The Kameeldoorn Tree House can only be booked directly via the park on (053) 204 8000.

Kameeldoorn Tree House

Please note:

Accommodation images may differ from the actual units as refurbishment of various accommodation types occur on an on-going basis.

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Activities & Facilities

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The park has a lot of opportunities for outdoor adventure.

A number of activities at Mosu Lodge such as guided morning, day, sunset and night drives are available for guests to partake in. Bush braais (minimum of 5 guests) and breakfasts under a 400 year old camel thorn tree are a combination of a guided game drive and a bush dining experience. Bookings for the bush braais and breakfast need to be made 2 weeks in advance. Guided Rock art engraving drives to explore our cultural heritage are also available to our guests.

Other recreational facilities include, a swimming pool, DSTV Hotel boquet in bars, a lounge and fire places.

Mosu Restaurant

This restaurant is situated at the Mosu Lodge, is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mouth-watering meals can be selected from the a-la-carte menu that includes our very famous homemade venison pies (secret recipe), curries, venison fillets, veggie stir- fries and even kiddies meals. All are specially prepared for our guests with true Northern Cape hospitality and friendly service. Special menu requests for functions and events like weddings, gala dinners, buffets or even an intimate candle lit engagement or honeymoon meal can be requested. It is requested that visitors pre book for restaurant meals with reception. Guest who overnight at the Haak en Steek and Motswedi camping sites will need to make arrangements for an inclusive game and dinner reservation if they wish to dine at the Mosu restaurant after 18:00 p.m. A minimum of four and maximum of ten people per special request. Arrangements and bookings are to be done by 12:00 on the day that the dinner will be requested.

Matopi Picnic Area

Matopi picnic area, although not fenced off, will give the day visitor the opportunity to bring along a picnic basket or have a braai, surrounded by the unspoilt natural area, with the comfort of an ablution facility near the braai area.

Kameeldoring Picnic Area

The new day visitors picnic area was opened in December 2012. It is set amongst Kameeldoring trees, with the comfort of ablution facilities near the braai area.

Birders delight is the Stofdam bird hide overlooking Stofdam. Catch the crimson breasted shrike or kingfishers in action.


Lilydale Rest Camp is situated on the Riet River and is said to have some of the best fly-fishing spots in the area. Catch and release fly fishing offers an exciting experience for visitors. The fishing spots of De Krans and Kleinbek are not accessible by normal sedan vehicle. Only 4x4 or high clearance vehicles can travel on these roads.

Please note that there is no ATM facility available in the park.


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How to get there

Note to travellers:

How to get there from Kimberley

Mokala - Lilydale Rest Camp

Distance from Kimberley to Lilydale Gate is 59km.

Mokala - Mosu Lodge

Distance from Kimberley to Mokala main Gate is 74km.

How to get there from Hopetown

Mokala - Mosu Lodge

Distance from Hopetown to Mokala is 92km.

Mokala - Lilydale Rest Camp

Distance from Hopetown to Lilydale gate is 107km.

GPS Coordinates

Main gate S 29° 12 46.5 E 24° 19 34.1
Mosu Office S 29° 10 20.7 E 24° 21 00.5
Mofele S 29° 10.081 E 24° 22.137
Lilydale Gate S 29° 04 23.6 E 24° 27 59.3

Gate Times

Months Times

16 October - 15 March

07:00 - 19:00

16 March - 30 April

07:00 - 18:00

1 May - 31 July

07:00 - 17:30

1 August - 15 October

07:00 - 18:00

At gate of entry: All guest need to report to the closest reception from the gate to obtain a gate permit number, before they travel to other camps or drive in the park. Each reception is situated 6km from the gate.

Gate Registration & Indemnity Form

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Vital Information

Note to travellers:


The rainfall, mainly during summer, is erratic and can be as high as 700 mm per year (June to May), but also as low as 300 mm per year (June to May). The average annual rainfall for the park is just over 400 mm per annum.

The temperature is less erratic than the rainfall with cold winters (coldest months June - July) as low as -4 °C, while the summer (warmest months December - January) is as high as 44 °C. Frost occurs, with the earliest date recorded being 27 April and the latest date 23 September.

Fuel Stations: Petrol/ Diesel

There is no fuel station or groceries shop in the park. The closest fuel station is at Modderrivier.

Handy Hints

Contact Information

If you have any enquiries, please contact the park:

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Fact Sheet

The journey from Vaalbos National Park to Mokala National Park

November 1997 & December 1998

Reports were received regarding the land claim lodged against Vaalbos National Park by the Sidney on Vaal claimants.

July 1998

SANParks decided to investigate five (5) alternative areas to replace Vaalbos, and reports indicated a piece of land in Wintershoek in the Plooyburg area, south west of Kimberley, as the best option.

May 1999

The University of Pretoria also did a similar exercise and their report indicated the same area.

November 2002

The land claim was officially gazetted and SANParks accepted the validity of the claim.

November 2004

Negotiations with the Wintershoek land owners were officially launched.

November 2005

The Wintershoek land owners accepted the offer to purchase and the plans for the exit strategy and wildlife translocation started.

March 2006

15 March 2006 - Phase I of the animal translocation started and the first 33 animals (19 Zebra; 8 Gemsbok and 6 Red Haartebeest) were translocated to Addo Elephant- and Tankwa Karoo National Parks.
17 March 2006 - The first animals were born at the new park (2 giraffe).

May 2006

29 May 2006 - SANParks took over management of the Wintershoek property.
30 May 2006 - The submission report for the purchase of the Wintershoek property was approved by the minister of Land Affairs, Thoko Didiza

June 2006

15 June 2006 - The sale agreement between SANParks and the Wintershoek land owners was signed.
22 June 2006 - The first animals (5 giraffe) were offloaded at Wintershoek from Vaalbos.

July 2006

10 July 2006 - Announcement for stakeholder participation in the naming of the new park was launched.

October 2006

26 October 2006 - The final phase (Phase III) of the translocation saw the last animals from Vaalbos offloaded at iNyathi-AENP (14 Plains Zebra).

December 2006

The name “Mokala”- which is a Tswana name for the Camel Thorn tree (Acacia Erioloba) which grows in the area - was accepted by the SANParks Board and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism as the official name of the new park.

June 2007

19 June 2007 - The official proclamation, naming and launch of Mokala National Park by Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.

Mokala - Camel Thorn Acacia erioloba (Cameeldoring)

Occurring in dry woodland and arid stony or sandy areas, this is one of the major tree species of the desert regions of Southern Africa. This immensely important species has a great range over the Northern Cape and North-East province. It varies from a small, spiny shrub barely 2m high to a tree up to 16m tall with a wide, spreading crown. The seed pods are characteristic in shape and colour. This tree provides valuable shade and an essential micro-habitat, e.g. the home of sociable weavers, in the thirst-lands of the far north.
The Camel Thorn is an incredible resource to both wildlife and humans who survive in often harsh conditions. Traditionally, the gum and bark have been used by local tribes to treat coughs, colds, nosebleeds and even tuberculosis. The roasted seeds are used as a coffee substitute.

The Topnaar of Namibia made a powder from the inner bark that was used to perfume the body and the home. Local farmers say the pods are an excellent fodder source and its use as a good firewood is widely renowned.

Source: Van Wyk, B. & Gericke, N., “People’s Plants: a guide to useful plants in Southern Africa”, Briza Publications.
Source: Palgrave, K.C., “Trees of Southern Africa”, Struik Publishers.

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Park Map

National Map

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Regional Map

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Vegetation & Geology

Mokala National Park is home to seven indigenous plant species namely:

The panoramic landscape is underlain by various geological types such as:

The largest part of park is mainly underlain by aeolian sand of tertiary to recent age covering the Dwyka tillite. The soil type varies from deep red and yellow sands (Hutton- and Clovelly soil forms) to shallow and stony (Mispah- and Kimberley soil forms); while the pans are very clayey (> 30% clay content) with the dominant soil forms Arcadia and Oakleaf.

In terms of Acocks' classification (1953) the vegetation of the park consists of Kalahari Thornveld Proper (Veld Type 16). According to the new vegetation map by Mucina et al. (2005) two vegetation units occur in the park namely Kimberley Thornveld (Svk4) and Vaalbos Rocky Shrubland (Svk5) of which both are part of the Savanna Biome.

Bordering towards the north is a very important unit called the Northern Upper Karoo (Nku 3) which forms part of the Nama Karoo Biome.

One of conservation objectives of the park is to conserve the interface of two biomes, (Savanna Biome and the Nama-Karoo Biome). Being a national park, it should serve as a permanent reference area for wider exploration surveys in the Northern Cape region.

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A total of 863 animals were moved from the old Vaalbos to Mokala.

The Park is currently 19611ha in size and the following species occur in the park:

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People with disabilities

Wheelchair Access


Mosu Lodge:

Universal Access (UA2D)

The unit is accessible to the mobility challenged. The cottage features one bedroom with a double bed and a bathroom with universal access shower and basin. It also includes a wall heater, ceiling fan, kettle and boasts a perimeter view of the waterhole.

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Please note:

Accommodation images may differ from the actual units as refurbishment of various accommodation types occur on an on-going basis.

Accessible Activities & Facilities

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Mokala National Park lies in the heart of one of the safest and least developed parts of our beautiful country, the Northern Cape. This park will become a “must visit” to all nature lovers, outdoor fanatics and everyone else who enjoy fresh air and tranquillity. In contrast to some of the more basic accommodation on offer at most of our national parks, Mokala offers up-market accommodation facilities, state of the art conference venues, first class catering and warm hospitality. Future developments will also include a day visitor’s area and more rustic wilderness self-catering camps.

Conference Facilities

Both the lodges (Mosu & Mofele) have superb facilities for conferences or workshop and teambuilding events. Each conference room can seat 30 delegates in boardroom style or up to 40 delegates in theatre style. There are no breakaway rooms, but both facilities have a big fireplace in each, with air conditioning at Mosu Lodge Conference Room.

Conference E-Brochure

Mokala National Park Conference brochure

Conference Equipment

Tables, Chairs, Flip charts & pens, White board & pens, Overhead Projector, Data Projectors, PA System, Podium, VHS Recorder and TV, CD Player, Mints, Water & Cordials.


Meeting Rooms

Name: Mosu Lodge Conference

Name: Mofele Lodge Conference





Please see accommodation tariffs

Conference Facilities

The conferencing facilities includes an overhead projector, data projector, white boards, flip charts etc.


Above tariffs does not include any meals, drinks or beverages. Please request separate quote for all catering.

Contact Information

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