The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Mokala National Park

Afrikaans name: Mokala Nasionale Park

Lilydale Lodge overlooks the river

Mokala National Park

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

The Mokala National Park was born out of land claims that were successfully lodged against the land covered by Vaalbos National Park. New land was bought in the Wintershoek area in 2005 and the translocation of game from Vaalbos was started.

The park gets its name from the Camel Thorn tree (Acacia erioloba) which is known as the "Mokala" in the local Tswana language.

Overnight visitors can stay in one of a variety bungalows and self-catering units. There is a restaurant at Mosu Lodge which serves a variety of meals. There are picnic sites available as well.

The park covers an area of 19,611 hectares and is home to a variety of game including Black and White Rhino, Roan Antelope, Cape Buffalo, Tsessebe, Giraffe, Gemsbok, Eland and more. Birders will enjoy a Kalahari and Karoo species.

Visitors to the Mokala National Park should be aware that normal sedan cars cannot access all areas of the park as some roads are only accessible by 4x4's or vehicles with high ground clearance.

What have you seen at the Mokala National Park?



Sandy roads

Woodland habitat

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Roan Antelope

The rare Roan Antelope

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Temporary pan

Waterholes are good places to wait for game

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Motswedi Campsite

Motswedi Campsite

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Wild Issue 47 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 21

Wild Issue 13 - Author: - Published: 2010 - Page: 60

Wild Issue 18 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 8

Wild Issue 22 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 75

Wild Issue 23 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 44

Wild Issue 25 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 9

Wild Issue 27 - Author: - Published: 2014 - Page: 12

Wild Issue 35 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 56

Wild Issue 46 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 31

Wild Issue 9 - Author: - Published: 2010 - Page: 36

Wild Issue 13 - Author: - Published: 2010 - Page: 18

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 290

Wild Issue 2 - Author: - Published: 2007 - Page: 8

Stuarts Field Guide to National Parks & Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd ed - Author: Chris & Mathilde Stuart - Published: 2018 - Page: 264

go! - Issue 135 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 40

go! - Issue 171 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 40

SA 4X4 - Vol 21 No 2 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 42

Country Life - Issue 280 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 53

Getaway - Vol 30 No 06 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 75

go! - Issue 128 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 52

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 654 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 16

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 632 - Author: - Published: 2014 - Page: 18

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 632 - Author: - Published: 2014 - Page: 29

A - Z of South African National Parks - Author: South African National Parks - Published: 0 - Page: 52


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