Welcome to Mokala National Park
Named after the Tswana for 'camel thorn', the dominant tree found in South Africa’s newest national park, Mokala encompasses grassy plains studded with rocky hills and these trademark trees. Indigenous to Southern Africa, camel thorns can range from small, spiny shrubs standing barely 2m to 16m-tall trees with wide, spreading crowns. The species is an important resource for both the people and wildlife living in this harsh region – the local tribes use the gum and bark to treat coughs, colds and nosebleeds. (Some people even roast the seeds as a coffee substitute.) Mammals in the 200-sq-km park include black and white rhinos, roan antelope, Cape buffaloes, giraffes and zebras.