Kalahari – Mokala National Park
About the Birding
Located at the transition zone between the Karoo and Kalahari biomes, this park plays host to a nice mix of species within close proximity, making for wonderful birding. Departing from Mosu Lodge, moving west towards Tsessebe loop, one will pass through typical thornveld savannah, where you should keep a lookout for African Pygmy Falcon, Chat Flycatcher, Marico Flycatcher, and Fawn-coloured Lark on the sandy soils. They can often be found calling conspicuously from the tops of the thorn trees, whilst scanning the ground could yield Northern Black Korhaan.
About the Birding Site
Mokala National Park, located roughly 60km south of Kimberley, was proclaimed as recently as 2007 after the nearby Vaalbos National Park was de-proclaimed. This park covers more than roughly 20000 hectares, has large tracts of thornveld savanna habitats with isolated dolerite ridges and outcrops and thus is home to an array of arid specialist fauna and flora.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
South African Citizens & Residents (with ID) : R50 per adult/day, R25 per child/day
SADC Nationals (with passport): 100 per adult/day, R50 per child/day
Standard Conservation Fee: R200 per adult/day, R100 per child/day
Gate hours vary month to month, please visit the website prior to arrival for details.
Times range from 07:00-19:00 in Summer (October to March) and from 07:00-17:30 in Winter (May to July).