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 rhinos after four individuals were relocated here from South Africa in 2001. Poaching eradicated rhinos 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.