Mokala National Park is situated approximately 80 km south-southwest of Kimberley, and west of the N12 freeway to Cape Town. Nestled in the hills, Mokala’s landscape boasts a variety of koppieveld (hills) and large open plains.
The isolated dolerite hills give the place a calming feeling of seclusion. A big surprise awaits when you pass through the hills and are confronted by the large open sandy plains towards the north and west of the Park. Drainage lines from the hills form little tributaries that run into the plains and drain into the Riet River.
Mokala is a Setswana name for a Camel Thorn (Kameeldoring). These trees occur in dry woodland and arid, sandy areas and are 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 varies from a small, spiny shrub barely 2 m high, to a tree up to 16 m tall with a wide, spreading crown.
The Camel Thorn is an incredible resource to both wildlife and humans who survive in often harsh conditions characteristic of this area. Traditionally, the gum and bark have been used by local tribes to treat coughs, colds and nosebleeds. Some even use the roasted seeds as a coffee substitute.
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.
Facilities and Services:
Mosu and Lilydale have superb facilities for conferences, weddings, events or workshops. Each conference room has a digital projector and wall mounted screen. Mosu have big indoor fire place to make fire in winter. Only Mosu Conference room has Air conditioning.
Accommodation at Mokala National Park:
Mosu Lodge has 15 air conditioned, fully equipped self-catering units. All units have en-suite bathrooms and an outside braai facility.
- 2 Luxury Bungalows (LB2D) with double bed, DSTV bouquet and bath as well as shower in bathroom.
- 4 Family bungalows (FB2D) with double bed and DSTV bouquet
- 8 Self-catering units (SCB2S) with single beds
- 1 Universal Access unit (UA2D) with double bed
All units have quality wooden furniture. Mosu Lodge boasts a cool sparkling swimming pool for the warmer months. 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.
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.
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.
The Motswedi Camping Site is a one of a kind camping experience in our beautiful park. 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.
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.
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. 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.
Flyfishing - 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.
The Park is currently 19611 ha in size and the following species occur in the park: Black Rhino, White Rhino, Disease-free Buffalo, Tsessebe, Roan Antelope, Mountain Reedbuck, Giraffe, Gemsbok, Eland, Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Kudu, Ostrich, Steenbok, Duiker and Springbok.
Cold winters (coldest months June - July) as low as -4 deg C while the summer (warmest months December - January) is as high as 44 deg C. Frost occurs, with the earliest date recorded being 27 April and the latest date 23 September, while its duration can be as long as 107 days.
Bungalow (BD4D): 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, 1 en-suite bedroom with a double bed, Braai facility in lapa, Gas fridge / freezer, Gas stove and oven, Hand basin, Kitchen, No air-conditioning, No electricity, No smoking, Perimeter view, Utensils, WC and shower.
Bungalow (BD3): 3 single beds, Air-conditioned, Hotplate and Fridge, No smoking, WC and shower.
Bungalow (BD5): 2 x Single beds on loft for children, 3 x Single beds ground floor, 5 x Single Beds (3 adults and 2 children), Air-conditioned, Hotplate and Fridge, No smoking, WC and shower.
Chalet Ch3d (CHALET CH3): 1 double bed, 1 single bed, Air-conditioned, Hotplate and Fridge, No smoking, WC and bath.
Family Bungalow (FB2D): 1 bathroom with WC, shower, hand basin, 1 x Queen bed, Air-conditioned bedroom, Air-conditioned bedroom, DSTV (limited channels), DSTV (limited channels), Fireplace, Fireplace, Fridge, Fully equipped kitchen with 3 plate stove/oven, Grass gazebo and outside furniture, Lounge with ceiling fan, Microwave, No smoking, Open plan kitchen, Outside braai facilities, Self Catering, Sleeper couch/bunk beds in living area.
Luxury Bungalow (LB2D): 1 bathroom with bath, shower and wc, 1 bedroom with double bed, Air-conditioned, Electric blankets, Fireplace, Fridge, Fully equipped kitchen with 4 plate stove/ oven, Microwave oven, No smoking, Open plan kitchen, living and sleeping room, Sleeper couch in living area.
Self Catering Bungalow (SCB2S): 1 bathroom with WC, shower, hand basin, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, Air-conditioned, Air-Conditioning, Fridge, Fully equipped kitchen with 3 plate stove/oven, Grass gazebo and outside furniture, No smoking, Outside braai facilities.
Camp Site (CK6): Breakfast nook overlooking watering hole, Built in breakfast nook, Extra vehicles are charged a fee per night, Kitchen with washing up area, No power point, Private Wc & shower (solar geyser).
In addition to the full cancellation of a reservation, any amendment to an existing reservation, which results in the value of the revised reservation being less than the original value, could result in cancellation fees being levied, according to the following schedule:
- No cancellation fees will be incurred for cancellations or changes 46 days or more prior to arrival;
- Cancellations fees of 50% of the total reservation is payable for cancellations and changes received between 45 and 30 days prior to arrival;- A 100% cancellation fee is payable for cancellations received within 29 days of arrival;
- A 100% cancellation fee is payable for non-arrivals (no-shows).
If the arrival date of the itinerary is postponed prior to or on date of arrival and then cancelled at a later stage, the fees that applied at the time of amendment will be enforced if the amount is greater than the new cancellation fees.
Modification and cancellation charges may be levied on any other reservations amended or cancelled online, irrespective of the channel through which the reservations were originally made, and subject to the terms and conditions.
- Conservation levy is always excluded from the booking amount and needs to be settled on arrival.
Situated approximately 80 km south-southwest of Kimberley west of the N12 freeway to Cape Town and is clearly sign-posted.