Mokala is situated approximately 80km 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 2m high, to a tree up to 16m 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.
Road resurfacing will be taking place on the main tourist road that starts at Lilydale Lodge and ends at Mosu gate, from 23 March 2015 to March 2016. The road will be open for guests to drive on throughout the construction period but possible stop-and-go waiting periods will be enforced while construction is ongoing.
Accommodation & Facilities
Since this is developing park, there are no tourist facilities such as picnic sites, overnight accommodation and restaurants - except for conference groups.
Mosu Lodge has 15 units. Accommodation at Mosu Lodge hosts:
- Two air-conditioned luxury bungalows;
- Three family bungalows, all air-conditioned;
- Seven self-catering two bed en-suite units with air conditioners;
- Two non self-catering two bed en-suite units with air conditioners;
- One universal access non self-catering unit with double bed, en-suite.
- 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 cant 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
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.
The restaurant at Lilydale Rest Camp offers guest breakfast and light lunch. Please book this upon arrival at reception.
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.
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), with air conditioners. 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.
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.
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.
The Park is currently 19611ha 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.
1. Accommodation rates do not include Conservation Fees which are payable at the entrance gates.
2. Please ensure that you are familiar with the Rules & Regulations of National Parks before making a booking.