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Guide to Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana

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Devryn Panaino

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Author: Devryn Panaino - 18 February 2019

Last Update: 30 January 2024

Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve forms part of the Okavango Delta – the world’s 1000th World Heritage Site. It’s also the only official protected area in the Delta – and holds significant scientific, environmental and conservation importance.

Elephants in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.
Elephants in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.

If you’re looking to experience an authentic Botswana safari, the Moremi Game Reserve should be at the top of your travel bucket-list. It’s home to over 400 species of birds and game viewing is spectacular here – as it’s home to both Black and White rhino – and all four other species of the Big Five.

When to Visit the Moremi Game Reserve

The months of June to September is the best time to visit the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, as the rest of the country dries up during this period and the resident wildlife will draw tens of thousands of game to the area, making for truly spectacular game viewing.

Where to Stay

Camp Moremi

Located beneath giant ebony trees, Camp Moremi brings true meaning to the word safari in the Xakanaka area of the Moremi Game Reserve.

The camp accommodates 22 travellers in African-style safari tents, each individually sited on a raised teak platform with private adjacent facilities and viewing deck, most offering unsurpassed views of the Xakanaxa Lagoon.

Boma at Camp Moremi, Botswana | Photo credits: Camp Moremi
Boma at Camp Moremi, Botswana | Photo credits: Camp Moremi

Activities here include game drives in open 4×4 vehicles and exploring the surrounding Okavango Delta lagoons via motorboat.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located on Chief’s Island in the Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve. This area is known as the “Predator Capital of Africa” and is ideal for game viewing.

View from Sanctuary Chief's Camp, Botswana | Photo credits: Sanctuary Chief's Camp
View from Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Botswana | Photo credits: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

The luxurious camp is ideal for an exciting African safari due to the vast numbers of animals that congregate all year round. Chief’s Island is one of the many islands created by the seasonal flood waters of the Okavango Delta and is well-known for the finest game viewing in Southern Africa, including both black and white rhino completing the Big Five.

With the finest cuisine and wines, the camp is also consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure.

Moremi Crossing

Moremi Crossing is a new 16 tented camp built on a palm fringed island surrounded by the Moremi’s game-rich seasonal floodplains and overlooking Chief’s Island.

Moremi Crossing will be a new style safari camp combining luxury with simplicity. This is a 100% eco-friendly development featuring the latest in solar and waste disposal technology.

Moremi Crossing in Botswana | Photo credits: Moremi Crossing
Moremi Crossing in Botswana | Photo credits: Moremi Crossing

Accommodation consists of 16 en-suite and spacious tents on raised decks, each with their own veranda. Other options include both a family tent and a honeymoon tent.

Mokoro Safari – A Unique Okavango Delta Experience

A mokoro safari takes place traditional canoe commonly used in the Okavango Delta in Botswana as a popular mode of transport and now utilised for game-viewing safaris. The oarsman stands in the stern and pushes it with the pole. A mokoro ride in the Delta is an absolute must-do activity on a Botswana safari.

Mokoro safari in Botswana.
Mokoro safari in Botswana.

All guides learned at a very young age as low as seven years old, making them experts polers. This vessel allows you to experience the delta in stealth and tranquillity which allows guests to get close to birds and other animals.

 


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