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“This young reserve has heaps of potential”

Mokala National Park
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We camped at their lovely waterhole campsite and what a great experience this was. Each site has it's own private ablution block and mini-kitchen. I think this is a first for Sanparks and hope this style will continue into the other parks.

The park itself is the newest in the Sanparks range. It is home to some of the more unusual antelope species. It is well populated and should improve further while the expansion continues. The park is a little out of the way and some 60 kilometers from Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province. It is however a useful stopover between Namibia and the Eastern Cape or perhaps even between Johannesburg and the Cape Province.

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We booked at Mosul lodge for one night and we liked it so much that we booked a second night. Our hut did not have a kitchen, but was very nice. Very comfortable beds and beautiful African style decor. Thatched roof cottages. Mosul lodge is not large, only 15 units of different sizes, but it is very nice. There is waterhole that is lit at night and we saw a fair amount of animals come to drink in the daytime and at night.
The restaurant is excellent. Not only beautifully decorated, but the service and the food are very good. You can prebook your meals and even order what you want to eat so you can get your meal a bit faster. Upon arrival at the restaurant you are greeted with a small non-alcoholic cold drink.

The staff at the reception was also very friendly and efficient. There are day and night drives that you should book as soon as you arrive.

There are self drives on dirt roads that are in fairly good shape. These drives will take you pass small waterhole and at least one very nice blind in front of a large waterhole. We saw lots of animals including giraffes, warthogs, elands, Kudus, White Rhinos, red hartebeest, impalas, springboks etc and a variety of nice birds. I highly recommend driving on these roads. You have to be back before 7 pm when they close the gate.

We enjoyed this place so much and it was so relaxing with good food and accommodations and interesting activities without the large crowds you may see at other parks that we would definitely return and spend more time and maybe stay at their other lodge. Camping facilities are also available.

3  Thank Sarracenia
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

the visit was very enjoyable. we didn't experience any problems. the watering hole at daybreak is recommended for seeing lots of animals. You are not allowed to drive after sunset of before sunrise.

1  Thank heleenmills
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

This really is a wonderful place to stay where one can see game coming down to the waterhole both during the day and in the evening as the sun sets, it's quieter than many of the National parks so the game behaves a little more skittishly when confronted by a vehicle and the park does not have any of the big predators although it has many disease-free Buffalo, lots of smaller game and plenty to see.

If you want to see the Big Five, this is not the park for you, but to get a real feel for the veld and its inhabitants this is superb. The accommodation is good and the staff very friendly and helpful. We self-catered and braaing (barbecuing) under the stars with the sounds of the bush around really made our stay memorable,

1  Thank maxellwood
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

With no large predators in the park, it is wall to wall game, and you can't go very far at all without wonderful sightings. The park has no tar roads and although we were fine with our sedan car, we would recommend a 4x4 as some parts of the road system are not so good. But we did like the fact that this is not a packed park and we were not surrounded by other visitors and cars and we could enjoy everything at our leisure.
The visitor accommodation side could do with a little work, as they do not seem very jacked up in that regard and although the chalets are very nicely done, the upkeep and minor maintenance is lacking. The restaurant is a very strange affair - the food is excellent and surprisingly well priced, but if you don't book in advance you run the risk of not being served, or in fact finding the restaurant not even open for the night. We feel that it is not always practical to book every meal in advance, and with the prices that are charged for the chalets, they could be more accommodating in this regard. There is also very little cellphone reception in the park, and no effort has been made to provide internet or wifi facilities, which could be a problem if staying for any length of time.
We turned up at the restaurant one lunchtime when the weather had changed our plans and asked for a simple toasted sandwich. We were told that as we hadn't booked it would be an hour before we could be served, which was fine with us as we were in no hurry. However, there were only actually two tables of diners in the restaurant at the time, and we couldn't understand how they could not cope with a couple of sandwiches when there were only 7 other patrons.

3  Thank Binty12
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