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Mokala National Park

How to get there

Note to travellers:
  • Sedan vehicles might not be suitable for all roads within the park when there has been rain in the area. Please contact the park for up to date information with regards to the accessibility of the roads both internal and external.
  • Please note that during the rainy season we have to close some of the internal roads of the park for the safety of the guests. This will have a direct impact on the road leading from Mosu Lodge to Lilydale Rest camp. The alternative route/detour will be along the N12 to either of the camps.
  • Late arrivals (after the official gate closing times) will be charged a R300 escort fee to be guided to the accommodation. This service needs to be pre-arranged with the park.

How to get there from Kimberley

Mokala - Lilydale Rest Camp

  • Take the N12 route to Cape Town from Kimberley.
  • Travel for 37km from Kimberley until just past Modderriver and Ritchie
  • Turn right at the Lilydale signboard onto a gravel road.
  • Travel 16km until you get to the gate of Lilydale on your right hand side.
  • The main Administration and Reception Building is a further 6km inside the park.
  • Allow about 40 minutes’ drive from Kimberley to the Lilydale Rest Camp reception.

Distance from Kimberley to Lilydale Gate is 59km.

Mokala - Mosu Lodge

  • Take the N12 route to Cape Town from Kimberley.
  • Travel for 57km from Kimberley, until just past Wintershoek entrance
  • (Pass the Lilydale Signboard)
  • Turn right at Hayfield / Heuningneskloof Crossing, onto a gravel road.
  • Travel 21km until you get to the gate of Mokala National Park on your right hand side.
  • The main Administration and Reception Building is a further 6km inside the park.
  • Allow about 70 minutes’ drive from Kimberley to the main lodge.

Distance from Kimberley to Mokala main Gate is 74km.

How to get there from Hopetown

Mokala - Mosu Lodge

  • From Cape Town, follow the N12 north, past Hopetown.
  • Travel for 65km from Hopetown,
  • Turn left on the Hayfield / Heuningneskloof Crossing, onto a gravel road
  • Travel 21km until you reach the gate of Mokala National Park.
  • The main Administration and Reception Building is a further 6km inside the park.

Distance from Hopetown to Mokala is 92km.

Mokala - Lilydale Rest Camp

  • From Cape Town, follow the N12 north, past Hopetown.
  • Pass the Mokala Mosu signboard on the N12 and carry on towards Kimberley.
  • Travel on the N12 for 20km from the Mokala Mosu sign board
  • Turn left at the Lilydale signboard, onto the dirt road
  • The Jacobsdal flyover will be to your right, opposite your turn off to Lilydale to your left
  • Follow the dirt road for 16 km until you find the Lilydale gate on your right.
  • The Lilydale reception and lodge is a further 6km inside the park
  • Optionally you may enter at the Mokala main gate, check in there and drive through the park, towards Lilydale rest camp.

Distance from Hopetown to Lilydale gate is 107km.

GPS Coordinates

Main gate S 29° 12 46.5 E 24° 19 34.1
Mosu Office S 29° 10 20.7 E 24° 21 00.5
Mofele S 29° 10.081 E 24° 22.137
Lilydale Gate S 29° 04 23.6 E 24° 27 59.3

  • Air – closest airport is Kimberly International. There is also a private landing strip in the park.
  • Car rental services at airport

Gate Times

Months Times

16 October - 15 March

06:00 - 19:00

16 March - 30 April

06:30- 18:00

1 May - 31 July

07:00 - 17:30

1 August - 15 October

06:30- 18:00


At gate of entry: All guest need to report to the closest reception from the gate to obtain a gate permit number, before they travel to other camps or drive in the park. Each reception is situated 6km from the gate.


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