provide some privacy while you lounge outside; no longer does everyone walking past your chalet to the restaurant or the pool get an eyeful of what you’re up to.
Beyond Mosu, the new Motswedi campsite is one of the chief new developments. Six sites are arranged in a semi-circle around a waterhole, making for prime viewing at any time of day or night. Each site has its own ablutions with solar-powered geyser, a braai under shady trees, and its own cooking area with two-plate gas burner and gas fridge/freezer. There’s a low electric fence (solar-powered) to keep buffalo and rhino out but no power at the sites.
Motswedi replaces the older Haak-en-Steek campsite, where campsites can now be booked only in tandem with the rustic cottage as part of a single party. So, no more bickering between cottage guests and campers!
Also new since our last visit is a bird hide at Stofdam, just before the start of the Doornlaagte Loop. Unluckily, the dam was dry so we ticked nothing more than a wagtail and a crimson-breasted shrike. Management assured me, though, that the dam is in the drainage line and rainwater usually fills it, and when levels drop in the dry season they use a borehole to top it up. But there’d been some recent bad luck with a lightning strike that wiped out the pump.
Two new unfenced picnic areas – one on the Matopi Loop beyond Haak-en-Steek, the other on the Kameeldoring Loop – make for a pleasant stopover and chance to stretch your legs. They’ve been kept simple but provide three essentials: braai units positioned to let you catch some shade, toilets and washing-up sinks.
Despite the summer heat, we won’t be waiting another three years before we go back to Mokala. We might even make it a special stopover between Cape Town and Joburg sometime, what about you?
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