Rain clouds were gathering when we arrived at Mokala National Park about 75 kilometres southwest of Kimberley in the Northern Cape. We smelled the hot earth and watched the sky darken as we set up camp before the first big splats fell. Although we were by no means newbies at this Kalahari thornveld park, it was our first time at Mokala’s Motswedi campsite.
Our site was on one end, with a fine view out over the waterhole. A stately kudu bull and a few warthog came to drink while we were setting up camp. A wagtail came to see what we were up to, a barbet and a woodpecker flitted through the camelthorn that provided some shade. Luckily, the rain held off till we were organised.
Because we have no small kids of our own, we resent the noisy intrusion when we go to a place of nature. We also resent their parents for not teaching them about the magic of nature and how to respect its quiet. If we had our way, kids under 12 wouldn’t be allowed at camps like Motswedi. End of rant.
The next day we had the joy of watching busy little meerkats near the main Mosu camp, with a second meerkat sighting late in the afternoon as we returned from the Matopi picnic site. We also shared a peaceful interlude with a pair of giraffe on the Tsessebe Loop. The road to the Haak & Steek cottage is now closed with a boom, which makes sense to give you peace if you’re staying there. If you’re not, like us, it was frustrating not to be able to gain access to the great little waterhole at the old campsite down that road.
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First timer’s guide to Mokala National Park
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