The beautiful 'Land of Plenty' and one of Africa’s best wildlife viewing regions

Look out for the Big Five, as well as other endangered animals

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. 

Featured Moremi Trip Ideas

The Moremi Game Reserve features in our Luxury Botswana Safari, with two nights spent exploring this incredible region. With such 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.

Where to stay in Moremi Game Reserve

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.

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