MOREMI GAME RESERVE is situated to the north-east of the Chobe national park and Okavango Delta Botswana to the east. Moremi is covering around 5,000 sq kms of grassy floodplains, winding waterways, palm-fringed islands, mopane woodland forests and lush, lily-covered lagoons; only 30% of the game reserve is land. With this blend of diverse habitats, Moremi wildlife reserve is not only exceptionally beautiful but additionally provides refuge for an amazing quantity and variety of game.
The Moremi Game reserve was established in 1963 and can be divided into three areas: the permanently flooded delta, Chief’s Island and then the mainland areas – accessible by vehicle, Mopane Tongue and Mboma Island. It has become one of the most successful wildlife havens in Africa – a tribute to the founders and protectors of this sanctuary.
Moremi Botswana wildlife safaris
Moremi National park is where hippos wallow in crystal-clear lagoons, where huge herds of impala and tsessebe roam the savannah and where the rare sitatunga and red lechwe antelope live in the papyrus banks of the waterways. Elephant are a regular sight Around Khwai River during the dry season together with buffalos, giraffe as they come to visit the water pools for a drink. Naturally this profusion of life attracts predators and the Moremi offers an excellent chance at seeing lion, jackal, leopard, spotted hyenas, the endangered wild dogs and even cheetah.
Bird watching in Moremi Botswana is exceptional with many water birds visiting the papyrus swamp during the rainy season creating opportunities for sighting several migrant species. Regular sights include ducks, geese and herons among others.
Moremi game reserve offers opportunities to view game and birds on foot, on 4X4vehicle safaris or using a dug out sausage tree canoe ride on Khwai River under direction and lead of an expert game ranger.
When to visit
Game viewing is excellent from July to October when the salt pans near the Okavango delta ran dry thus creating a few water pools and holes that attract several herds of animals. May to August are rainy months with cold nights and warm days. Late October to December is extremely hot during the days.
Although much of the game is migratory, the choice grazing and permanent waters ensure game viewing all year round. However the peak months are in the dryer winter months (June to September) when large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra that have been feeding in the Kalahari over the wet summer months, swarm back into the Moremi. By July, when the Okavango floodwaters reach the Moremi it is bursting with game. Most of Botswana game reserves are in malarial zone and so is Moremi game reserve. Visitors need to take precaution treatment and drugs.
Moremi Botswana accommodation
Moremi Botswana tourism is creating eco-tourism policies that aim to keep the park as natural and beautiful for many generations. The reserve includes a few Botswana game lodges located near the edge of the lagoon. There are 4 private camps near the south gate, Khwai river and Xakanaxa lagoon.
Camp Moremi located near Xakanaxa lagoon offers unbeatable game viewing especially for July when the dry season draws thousands of animals to the lagoon water holes. Banora Bush Luxury camp is another option with 10 tented canvas rooms located in Khwai river paradise east of Okavango delta.
Find other Botswana game lodge facilities from Kwai river lodge. Mombo camp, Baines camp, Sandibe safari Lodge, Xakanaxa Camp and many other options offering great value for money on safaris in Botswana
Most of the game lodges Botswana have private airstrips for light aircraft charters and transfer shuttles for game drives to the parks and neighboring Okavango delta or Chobe National Park. There are airstrips at both Khwai and Xakanaxa, but most visitors to Moremi drive in from either Maun or Savuti.