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activities

Situated in the heart of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, Moletadikgwa Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a remarkable variety of animals, birds, trees and other plants. Activities for guests at Mokabi Lodge focus on enabling them to enjoy as much of this diversity as possible, in their own time and at their own pace.

Trails

Several well-marked trails traverse a variety of habitats and terrain on Moletadikgwa. Four short trails, the Warthog, Waterbuck, Klipspringer and Duiker Trails, begin at Mokabi Lodge and together form a choice of circular routes. Trails are marked in both directions with green and white signs that bear the spoor of the animal for which the trail is named. A much longer walk, the Zebra Trail, can be accessed from the road that passes the House Dam or by crossing over the small hill south of Mokabi Lodge on the Kudu Trail. The Leopard and Bushbuck Trails. which incorporate some steep sections, provide a scenic link between the Zebra Trail and the Duiker/Waterbuck Trails. All trails have panoramic views of different parts of the Waterberg. The well-known landmark Hanglip (30km to the east) is always visible on the Zebra Trail and, on a clear day, it is possible to get a good view of Aasvoelkop (90km to the west) from both the Zebra Trail and the start of the Waterbuck Trail. A map of the trails is provided for easy reference. (See detailed file about our trails and trail map).

Guided Walks

Lyn Wadley is an accredited field guide as well as a professional archaeologist with an extensive background in the identification of botanical remains. Tree and nature walks can be arranged for a nominal charge. (See file on trees). Richard Wadley is a professional geologist with wide experience in the field. There are many interesting geological and geomorphological features to be seen on the property.

Bird Watching

Mokabi Lodge is a registered Bird Friendly Establishment. Over 230 species of birds have been identified on the property so far and undoubtedly many more remain to be sighted (See file on birds). From October to April, numerous summer migrants from Europe, central Asia and the Middle East are breeding visitors to the area, adding to the resident population. Guests are encouraged to report new sightings.

Game Viewing

Over 200 animals visit or live on the farm: giraffe, zebra, blue wildebeest, kudu, impala, red hartebeest, warthog, waterbuck, mountain reedbuck, bush pig, duiker, steenbuck, bushbuck, klipspringer, baboon and vervet monkey are seen regularly. In addition, leopard, cheetah, serval, brown hyena, aardwolf, caracal, civet, genet, jackal, aardvark, porcupine, honey badger, night ape and pangolin occur but are seldom seen (See file on mammals).

Game may be viewed on foot, by mountain bike or, by arrangement, on game drives with one of the owners. Guests may not use their own vehicles.

Mountain biking

The farm is ideally suited to mountain biking. One formal route of about 10km has been laid out and marked on a map, but there are numerous other vehicle and game tracks that can be used. This is a particularly good way to see animals.

Horse Riding

Although there are no horses on the farm, riding is available from Horizon Horse Trails nearby.

Other Activities

A restaurant (with bar and TV lounge), "Explorers", is located at a timeshare resort nearby; and there are other restaurants between the farm and Vaalwater.

Further afield, there are several "Big Five" game farms that accept day visitors for game drives. Another property offers elephant rides and elsewhere there is a white lion breeding farm that accepts day visitors. In Vaalwater, there are two good curio shops with a wide range of African crafts at reasonable prices.