Mokala National Park

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Mokala National Park is not a farm in the usual sense but a National Park lodging.  You actually cannot explore the Park, since there are game that are potentially dangerous (no lions, but there are Cape Buffalo and Rhino’s).  The Park is a breeding facility that serves to increase numbers of endangered wildlife to help restock other parks.  The landscape is natural and there are some picnic areas that are open to “careful strolling”, and in the “fenced” lodge area there is some natural rocky terrain with a few succulents.  “Fenced” refers to a very short electrified fence that you could step over if you had to.  But as there are no predators, nor elephants, and the rhino’s and Cape Buffalo tend to stay in other parts of the Park, it is safe to wander around the lodge area at night.  Food was excellent!  Large Leopard tortoises hang out eating the grass around the lodge and at night Springhare are evident by their bright eyeshine.

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Termite mounds in the grassland.

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The road inside the park

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Safari vehicle used for the day or night drives offered at the park.

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Our large and well-appointed cottage at Mosu Lodge.

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Vegetation in the park.  We are at the picnic area.  Elsewhere you can’t get out of your vehicle.

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Lunch at a the Kameldooring Picnic Area in the park.

 

The Sofdam bird hide provides many opportunities to observe a variety of animals.  Below some examples of what we saw during one of our visits to the hide.

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Interior of the Stofdam bird hide.

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Looking out from the bird hide.

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African Buffalo  (Syncerus caffer) at the bird hide waterhole.

 

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African Buffalo.

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Male Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus).

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Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus).

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Vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus).

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Red hartebeest antelope (Alcelaphus busselaphus caama).

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The cottages at the Lilydale camp.

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Very large Sociable Weaver nest.

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Beautiful sunset.