Mokala National Park is located at Modder River, South Africa. It is south-southwest of Kimberley (Northern Cape) and west of Cape Town
The name 'Mokala' is derived from Setswana which means "Camel Thorn".
The park was declared on 19 June 2007 when it replaces the de-proclaimed Vaalbos National Park. Mokala replaced Vaalbos National park because of prospecting rights in the park and a successful land claim.
Mokala National Park's landscape consists of a dynamic and beautiful mix of veld, koppies (hills) and open plains.
Flora and fauna
Camel thorn (Kameeldoring) tree is prevalent throughout the park.
In the park, you can come across animals such as Rhino (Both black and White Rhino), Buffalo, Tsessebe, Roan Antelope, Mountain Reedbuck, Giraffe, Gemsbok, Eland, Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Kudu, Ostrich, Steenbok, Duiker and Springbok.
Generally, Mokala National park boasts of temperature as low as -4°C in cold winters; the coldest months are June to July. The summer is as high as 44°C; the warmest months range from December to January.
The closest airport is Kimberley Airport.
- Kimberly Airport, Comp Patterson Rd, Diskobolos, Kimberley. Kimberly airport is the closest to Mokala, where you can also obtain car rental services.
- Mokala Interpretation Centre. This centre gives history on how the park has changed over the years. It comprises artefacts and rock engravings displaying the communities that have been in the region for several years. It also displays Mokala's rich biodiversity, the detailed information of animals and plant species.
- Mosu Restaurant, Located at the Mosu lodge. It offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with different types of dishes. Special menu requests can be made for events like weddings, gala dinners, buffets, an intimate candle lit engagement or honeymoon meal.
- Haak en Steek Camp.
- Mosu Lodge.
- Lilydale Rest Camp.
- The Motswedi Camping Site.