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A traveller’s guide to the Moremi Game Reserve

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Alice Lombard

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Author: Alice Lombard - 16 January 2017

Last Update: 30 January 2024

Moremi Game Reserve is located on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and was named after Chief Moremi of the Botswana tribe. Moremi is a stunning montage of lily-covering wetland, sparkling floodplains, open grassland and dappled forest.

Moremi is home to nearly 500 species of birds (from water birds to forest dwellers) and a vast array of other species of wildlife – including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala, red lechwe and African wild dogs.

When to go

Pelicans and sunset – two of my favorite things. #moremigamereserve #natgeoyourshot #royalafricansafaris #tlpicks

A photo posted by Michael Lorentz (@mlorentz23) on Sep 21, 2016 at 7:09am PDT

Moremi can certainly be considered a year-round destination, as there are always areas that provide incredible wildlife experience. However, for those wanting to view the Okavango at its highest levels – the late dry season of September to October is the best time to travel. This time of the year is also considered the best time for game viewing due to the animals concentrating along the waterways.

Where to stay

Camp Moremi

There are 11 tents, one family room with an En-suite bathroom comprising of a shower, vanity and toilet, second bathroom with shower, vanity and toilet.

Guest activities include morning and afternoon game drives throughout the many different ecosystems that the Moremi Game Reserve has to offer. Explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels by boat for a chance to enjoy the picturesque waters of the Okavango Delta, with its kaleidoscope of birdlife.

Camp Xakanaxa

A relaxed and friendly atmosphere together with personalised and caring service evokes a feeling of coming home.

The stylish main buildings extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms to maximise the views over the surrounding lagoons and islands. The elegant lounge and dining rooms, built of local timber, reed and thatch, feature a small library, expansive sundeck, plunge pool and sala with day bed. The fire-deck extends over the Khwai River and creates an enchanting environment in which to relax after dinner. There is also a larger pool with elevated sun deck in the expansive grounds.

What to see

Visitors at Moremi Game Reserve can expect to see big herds of elephant and buffalo – all manner of antelope and plains game and a huge range of bird species. However, all major predators are present in healthy numbers as well as endangered wild dogs. You will also get the opportunity to see crocodiles sunning themselves on sandy riverbanks – while hippos and fish eagles dominate the deep lagoons.

What to do

Guests activities include morning and afternoon game drives through the many different ecosystems that the Moremi Game Reserve offer. Experienced guides will introduce you to a whole new world of wildlife. Enjoy Mokoro safaris in the Okavango Delta, boating, game drives, walking safari, night drives that will allow a unique insight into Africa’s rarely seen nocturnal world, village visit and witnessing approximately 400 bird species including Pel’s fishing-owl and slaty egret in the Okavango Delta. Through Botswana safaris – you’re guaranteed an African adventure as well as the best memories of your life.


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