A rich assortment of animals at Mokala

Just as with the birds we showed you 2 days ago, Mokala National Park has an incredible variety of four and six legged creatures on show.

The large mammals are the easiest to see and photograph. During our 4 day visit in April 2018 we recorded over 750 different sightings of 30 different kinds of mammals!

The white rhino is the biggest of the animals in Mokala. Here they are shy and elusive and we were very happy to see a few of these endangered creatures.

Remember those mud-loving buffaloes we showed you a few days ago? Well that wasn’t our only encounter with Mokala’s growing population of African buffalo and we were very fortunate to come across several more herds and a few loners while exploring the Park.

Mokala’s giraffes are shown off to great effect in the open landscape dotted with their favourite Camel Thorn and Umbrella Thorn trees.

Mokala is certainly one of the reserves with the greatest variety of antelope in South Africa, many of which are rare in other national parks. Amongst others we managed to see black and blue wildebeest, blesbok, eland, gemsbok, grey duikerimpala, kudu, mountain reedbuckred hartebeest, steenbokwaterbuck, tsessebe, sable and roan antelope.

Not forgetting that we’ve already shown you loads of photos of Mokala’s springbok and plains zebras.

Mokala also has a wide variety of smaller mammals that are easier to overlook; Baboons and vervet monkeys, ground squirrels, warthogs, meerkats and yellow mongooses all crossed our path from time to time.

Mokala’s insects, amphibians and reptiles make you work harder for sightings of them, but for those who go to the effort there’s an astonishing variety of less conspicuous creatures waiting to entertain and enthrall!

If you’d like to learn more about Mokala National Park, why not have a read through the detailed post we did about the Park in 2016.

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32 thoughts on “A rich assortment of animals at Mokala

  1. Beth

    I enjoy coming back to your site over and over–seeing the animals in their natural habitat.

    Now, consider this and see a totally different approach to animal life, culture, value–whatever else: (hyperlink removed)

    I am not vegetarian, but with pictures like this, I might become one. Other than this particular section, I like studying about the Chinese culture.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      I’m glad to know that you like visiting de Wets Wild, Beth – thank you very much for that, your participation means a lot to us!
      But if you don’t mind I am going to edit the link to those very upsetting photos out of this comment. I wouldn’t want anyone, especially children, enjoying this particular post suddenly finding themselves in a horrible juxtaposition 😉

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Dankie, Dina! Mokala is in 2007 geproklameer na Vaalbos Nasionale Park in n grondeis tot niet gemaak is. Myns insiens was dit n baie goeie skuif; ek het Vaalbos een maal besoek en moet erken die tekens van diamantdelwerye deur die park versprei het my nie beindruk nie. Mokala is grootliks ongeskonde en baie besonders!

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  2. kim blades, writer

    Definitely paradise! The giraffe are so graceful for such large animals. It’s wonderful to see photos of the rarer antelope as well as the more common and also I love it that you take the time to look for and photograph the insects and small creatures!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      We just can’t sit still while on holiday in our beautiful wild places, Kim, so we often come across the smaller creatures while walking around, and find that the small fry can be just as fascinating, if not more so, than the bigger creatures.

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  3. John

    Amazing pictures you have taken, from the largest to the smallest animals.😊 I’m always so impressed when I see Kudu’s horn, not often I see that nice animal on any tv show.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks, John! I wonder why it is that an animal as spectacular as the kudu (especially the adult bulls) doesn’t often feature in wildlife documentaries? When you come to South Africa you can enjoy them to your heart’s content!

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