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Mokala National Park

Mokala National Park



+27 (0) 53 204 0158



Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 800 205 005


Size:  19,611 ha / 196.11 km2

Nearest major city:  Kimberley (1h20 approx by car)

Species Numbers:  60 Mammals        288 Birds        50 Reptiles

Big Five:  No


  • - Good day trip from Kimberley
  • - Beautiful scenery with big camel thorn trees
  • - Good range of activities including bush braais, guided drives and rock art

South Africa’s newest national park, proclaimed in 2007, Mokala National Park is considered the successor to the old Vaalbos National Park, which was deproclaimed in the late 1990s, after a successful land claim which saw the area returned to the local community.

Mokala is located within the Kalahari bushveld bio region, and is named after the Setswana name for the camel thorn tree that is commonly found here. The park protects transitional ecologies between the Nama Karoo and Savanna biomes.

The park’s tagline of “where endangered species roam” is a good summary of its intended purpose – to breed and protect rare and threatened animals like sable, roan and tsessebe antelope, black and white rhino and disease-free Cape buffalo.