Moremi Game Reserve

Why Go?

Mosaic of wetlands and woodlands

Moremi Game Reserve is one of Botswana’s most rewarding safari destinations. Protecting a third of the Okavango Delta, it is a magical mix of waterways winding between secluded islands, woodlands and lily-covered lagoons. This rich diversity of ecosystems makes for extraordinarily beautiful scenery – and some seriously good game viewing too!

Although part of the world’s largest inland delta, Moremi is not all the watery wilderness that you might expect. To the east, a peninsular of dry land called the Mopane Tongue includes the wildlife hotspots of the Khwai Riverfront and Xakanaxa Lagoon. These regions, together with exclusive Chief’s Island (the largest landmass in the Okavango), are the best places to see Moremi’s predators and herds.

Set off on game drives across wide-open grasslands, onto the hunting grounds of lion prides and wild dog packs. Elephants and buffalo herds gather on sunny riverbanks and leopards rest in the branches of giant riverside trees. Along with thrilling game drives, many of Moremi’s camps and lodges offer boat or mokoro safaris too. Cruising reed-lined waterways is a great way to see the region’s rich birdlife along with local specialities such as red lechwe antelope.

It’s worth noting that Moremi was the first sanctuary in Southern Africa to be proclaimed a reserve by the local people. The Ba’Tawana set aside the reserve back in 1962, and it is still the only region of the Okavango Delta to be formally protected. Wildlife here is relaxed around vehicles and the game viewing is excellent at all times of year. That said, the best time to visit Moremi is the dry season months of June to October when the floodwaters arrive and animals flock to this lush oasis.

Take a look at our camps and lodges section for help in choosing between Moremi Reserve and its neighbouring private conservancies. Our tours and safaris page gives inspiration on other top reserves that complement this game-rich region, or you can simply contact one of our Botswana experts for assistance in creating a personalised itinerary to match your interests and budget.

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Top Experiences

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN MOREMI

1. Go on a Game Drive

Led by sharp-eyed guides, morning & afternoon drives in open 4X4s are the best way to see the Kalahari’s animals. Lodges on private concessions offer spot-lit night drives too, the best way to spot nocturnal ‘specials’ like brown hyena, aardwolf & porcupine.

2. Take to the Water

Many Moremi Reserve lodges sit next to water & offer excursions by motor boat. It’s a great way to see birds & smaller animals – ask us about the best accommodation for water-based safaris.

3. Track Cats & Wild Dogs

With so many animals around, it is little wonder that Moremi is a predator paradise. Lion, leopard & cheetah are all seen regularly & the reserve is a vital stronghold for the African wild dog.

4. Go Bird Watching

The birdlife along Chobe River is spectacular! Listen to the cry of the fish eagle; see spoonbills and storks on the floodplains; the colourful flash of a kingfisher and flocks of carmine bee-eaters.

5. Go Private

Privately-run concessions adjoin the Moremi Game Reserve. They offer equally good game viewing & the chance to go on spot-lit night drives (not permitted in Moremi) plus guided walks.

6. Visit a Local Community

With guides & staff drawn from nearby villages, several Moremi lodges encourage interaction between their guests & the local community. It’s a great chance to learn about life in big game country.

7. Walk the Wild

Whether it’s a stroll around camp or a morning spent on Chief’s Island, the biggest land mass in the delta, a guided nature walk reveals the intricate details behind Moremi’s giant trees & big game.

8. Book a Spa Treatment

Several Moremi lodges rank among the finest in Botswana, offering unbridled comfort & service. Especially recommended for honeymooners, these camps offer spa treatments, private dining & romantic touches.

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