Wildlife & Animals – Mokala NP

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Mokala is not a prime wildlife destination. There is a good variety of animals, but numbers are still increasing, and wildlife is still settling into the new environment since they have been relocated from Vaalbos National Park. Some of the species you might encounter are both rhino species, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and black wildebeest.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
GiraffeOccasional
HippoNone
BuffaloOccasional
ZebraCommon
White RhinoOccasional
LionNone
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

Mokala is home to some of South Africa's most unusual antelope species, such as tsessebe, sable and roan antelope. The sandy environment is prime habitat for brown hyena, suricate, bat-eared fox, aardwolf and the very elusive aardvark.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Although wildlife viewing is good at any time, the dry winter months of May through September are best. The drought forces animals to congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot.

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