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Sprawling across one-third of the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve is a natural paradise. The diverse and enchanting terrain stretches from grasslands to floodplains, forests to waterways, dry savannah to lagoons, and pools to pans, and it’s absolutely stunning.
These fertile lands attract one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, ranging from the classic Big Five to a host of endangered species.
Among the extraordinary abundance of game, you’ll spot large herds of elephant, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, spotted hyena, jackal, impala and the largest population of red lechwe in Africa. You can spot all the big cats including lions and leopards, although the cheetah population is more elusive.
Moremi is renowned for its rarer species, including the critically endangered African wild dog. It’s also one of the only places in Botswana where you can spot both black and white rhino, after four individuals were relocated here from South Africa in 2001. Poaching eradicated rhino from the region, however since the successful reintroduction, the rhino population is increasing.
Known as the ‘Land of Plenty’, there’s no shortage of ways to soak up this magical region. Highlights include the Moremi Tongue on the eastern side of the game reserve, accessible by 4WD.
You can also visit Chief’s Island, the largest island in the Okavango Delta, accessible by mokoro (dugout canoe traditionally used in Botswana). Spanning 70km long and 14km wide, the island is one of the most game-rich areas in the region, and it’s also home to some of Botswana’s best luxury lodges.
Whether you head out on a motorboat, in a safari vehicle, in a mokoro or on foot, you’re sure to be rewarded with sightings of Moremi’s remarkable wildlife.
Moremi is a year-round destination, however the best time to visit Moremi Game Reserve is during the late dry season around July to October. As water levels recede, animals are forced to gather around major water sources, making them easier to spot during these months. Game viewing is great throughout the dry season from April to October, with the heat reaching its peak in October. You can also venture out on mokoro safaris from April to December, when water levels are high.
The rainy season runs from November to March, bringing beautiful lush scenery, newborn animals and exceptional birdwatching. Expect frequent downpours during the rainy season, particularly from January to March when some roads become impassable and some lodges close.
The Moremi Game Reserve features on our Luxury Botswana Safari, with two nights spent exploring this incredible region. With such a close proximity to the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve is a fantastic addition to any Botswana holiday. As tailor made holiday providers, Wayfairer can include Moremi on any bespoke Botswana tour, or extend your time here according to your preferences.
Our favourite place to stay in Moremi is Mombo Camp, where you’ll experience supreme luxury in stunning natural surroundings. Set on the northern tip of Chief’s Island, the largest island in the Okavango Delta, Mombo Camp has just nine lavish tents.
You’ll find indoor and outdoor showers, elegant bathtubs, plush bedrooms and beautiful views overlooking the floodplain packed with wildlife. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, head to the gym, relax in the library and enjoy a drink as you watch wildlife passing by.