Moremi Game ReserveThe Moremi Game Reserve was named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana Tribe, and covers roughly 40% of the eastern Okavango Delta. Due to the early protection of the land since 1963, the fauna and flora is relatively undisturbed. The park has a unique combination of scenery including open savannah, forests, floodplains and lagoons. Even though it is only roughly 5000 km² in size, it offers some of the most diverse wildlife watching experiences, and is particularly successful with predator sightings, such as Leopard and Wild Dog. It also provides a great destination for birders, with over 500 recorded species in the Reserve. Moremi Game Reserve is one of the best places to watch wildlife in Botswana and should be considered a must visit destination for animal lovers.
Things to do in the Moremi Game Reserve:
This depends partially on your mode of travel and/or what activities your accommodation has to offer. If you are staying at one of the lodges, your activities will mostly revolve around game drives and boat cruises. If you are travelling with your own vehicle, game drives can be done via self-drive. In addition you can book a boat cruise from either Xakanaxa or Mboma boat station. Mboma also offer mokoro rides through the delta.
How to get to Moremi Game Reserve:
Moremi Game Reserve is easily accessible by light aircraft from most destinations in Botswana. If you are starting your safari in Moremi, it would be recommended to arrive in Maun, which is the major hub for this region.
If you are travelling via self-drive, it takes about 3-4 hours from Maun, and the duration will vary according to which campsite you have booked. Bear in mind that you will require a fully equipped 4x4 for driving inside the park, as you may be crossing a variety of terrain including deep sand, deep water and mud. It is recommended to drive in convoy with at least 2 vehicles, especially in the rainy season between November/December to April.
Where to stay in Moremi Game Reserve:
If your budget allows, I would suggest to stay at Chitabe Camp, which offers great game viewing year round. It is not essential to stay inside the park to experience Moremi, as there are several lodges located on the borders offering a similar experience such as Shinde, which is another firm favourite.
If you are travelling via self-drive, Camp Moremi, Camp Xakanaxa and Camp Okuti are accessible by vehicle, or you can choose from one of the many of campsites. Camping is not for the light hearted and needs to be taken seriously. Animals are roaming freely, and it is not unheard of to have an Elephant or even Leopard walk through your camp in the day, and Hyenas scavenging at night.
TIP: Campsites book out from a year in advance, especially during peak season (June - October) so make sure you plan early!
Click the blue link for a list of accommodation.