Mokala National Park

South Africa’s newest national park comprises dry woodland and arid, sandy areas, and takes its name from the Setswana word meaning “camel thorn tree”.  This tree is crucial to the dry Northern Cape region, for both humans and animals which rely on the tree as a much needed source of nutrition and shade. Both black and white rhino thrive here, while the rare roan antelope and tsessebe also can be found. The park also conserves various San rock art sites. Size: 26 485 hectares. Situated south-west of Kimberley in central South Africa.

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YITW 2013-14 – Getting to grips with Mokala National Park

After the epic Kgalagadi, I headed first to the impressive Augrabies NP, and then Mokala National Park, which is south-west of Kimberley in the centre of South Africa.

Honestly, it took me some time to appreciate Mokala. It lacks the size and wildness of the Kgalagadi, which is one of Africa's great wilderness areas. Although Mokala is located at the southern end of the Kalahari sand deposits, it is comparatively small, just 28 000 hectares, compared to Kgalagadi's 3,2 million hectares. And Augrabies' dramatic landscape is unique, compared to Mokala's comparatively mononotonous acacia woodland.

Mokala is located on old farm and hunting land, so there is much evidence of man's influence. There are lots of gravel roads and management tracks, and parts of the veld have been Read more »

Mokala National Park – Where endangered species roam

The newest national park in South Africa is Mokala, about 80kms south-west of Kimberley. Proclaimed in 2007, it is the park which effectively took over from the old Vaalbos National Park, which was claimed back by the original land owners in 1998.

South African National Parks started looking for a nearby property that could replace Vaalbos, and in 2005 a hunting property was bought from private owners. The park has grown significantly since then, as SANParks has bought up surrounding farms, and now is about 28 000 hectares in size. It’s still a smallish area, and there are plans to buy up more farms eventually.

Because it’s a new park, and the land had been farmed, visitors will notice old farm buildings and degraded veld Read more »

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