Moremi Game Reserve
Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Garden of Eden’, Moremi Game Reserve comprises around 5,000 km² of mopane woodland, acacia forest and floodplains. Covered in part by the Okavango Delta, an astonishing amount of wildlife can be found on a tailor-made Moremi safari. Lion, leopard, cheetah and African wild dog are just some of the stars of the show. Large herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra from the dry Kalahari all come in search of verdant grasslands and water. As a result, the reserve boasts arguably the best game viewing in the Okavango Delta area.
About Moremi Game Reserve
As the Okavango Delta floods, much of Moremi’s wildlife seeks refuge on a body of land known as Chief’s Island, which is a real highlight of a safari in Moremi. In their search for dry land, incredible concentrations of game can be found here whilst the delta is flooded. Game viewing in Moremi is great year-round but this period promises a particularly spectacular Botswana safari experience.
The Khwai River and the Xakanaxa Lagoon are two other exceptional game viewing areas within Moremi. Renowned for their predator populations, both areas all but guarantee exhilarating game drives and sensational wildlife encounters. The reserve takes its name from Chief Moremi III of the BaTawana tribe, who proclaimed the area as a reserve in 1963 following a decline in animal populations.
Although called a reserve the Moremi Game Reserve is actually a national park, and in 2008 it was voted the best in Africa.
Moremi Wildlife Safaris
Few places rival Moremi Game Reserve when it comes to concentrations of wildlife. Sightings of lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and even leopard are common during luxury safari holidays in Moremi. Rhino numbers in the reserve are growing but sightings are still rare, whilst Africa wild dogs are relatively common, which is unusual for this elusive species. Cheetahs are typically found in the open grasslands where their speed allows them to hunt. Rare antelope species such as the red-lechwe and sitatunga are found both in the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta, alongside the sable, roan and tsessebe.
Bespoke Moremi safaris often include game drives, walking safaris and mokoro (canoe) trips, with fishing and helicopter flights also available to offer a unique perspective of the reserve.
Birding in Moremi Game Reserve
Recorded species of birds in Moremi and the Okavango Delta exceed 500. During Botswana’s summer months between May and November the delta is full of domestic and migratory bird species. There are a number of exciting birds of prey to be found on bird watching safaris in Moremi such as the Pel’s fishing owl, Bateleur eagle, martial eagle and black-chested snake eagle among others. Birding specials in the Okavango include the slaty egret, African pygmy goose and the rosy-throated long-claw.
Best Places to Stay in Moremi Game Reserve
There are several excellent Moremi accommodation options dotted around the reserve, suitable for everyone from honeymooners to those on family safaris in Moremi. Most properties offer both land and water-based activities, but not all, so if you’re interested in enjoying mokoro (canoe) safaris as well as game drives and walking safaris, suitable camp selection is important.
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Best Time to Visit Moremi Game Reserve
Game viewing in Moremi is good year-round. However, when the Okavango Delta floods, game tends to concentrate on the islands which means that some of the best safaris in Moremi are experienced between June and October. The shoulder season between April and June is also a good time to visit Moremi, when there is lots to see and typically busy areas like Khwai tend to be a little quieter. From January to March some parts of the reserve can be difficult to access due to heavy rain, and several properties will close during this time.