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The greatest jewel in Botswana’s travel destination is the Okavango Delta, a magical world of wetland paradise located within the arid Kalahari, where the scenery is at its most majestic and animals and birds at their most prolific. Visitors may glide silently through the clear waters in mokoros or watch the game wandering about the campsites and remote lodges. Nowhere else in Africa is there such bio-diversity to lift the spirit and enlighten the heart. The most famous concession is the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta.
Travellers regard the Moremi Wildlife Reserve as the most spectacular and beautiful game park in Southern Africa. It covers more than 1000 square kilometres of grassy floodplains in the north-eastern corner of the Okavango Delta. The terrain includes savannahs, waterways with banks of reeds, palm-covered islands, thick Mopane forest and lush, lily-covered lagoons.
With such a wide variety of vegetation comes an incredibly diverse spectrum of wild life. Huge herds of impala and tsessebe are in the area, while in the dry season large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, elephant and zebra flock into the park from the Kalahari in search of food and water. The rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope live in the papyrus banks of the waterways. Lions, cheetahs and packs of wild dogs hunt in the open grassland. The reserve is home to over 400 species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle, the Crested Crane and the Sacred Ibis.
In 1961, concerned about the increase in game hunting, Mrs. Pulane Moremi, widow of Chief Moremi III, established the reserve on her own land. It was the first time an African tribe had founded and administered a game park. Since it’s creation the tribe and the government have increased it’s size to an area covering close to 5,000 sq. km of the Okavango Delta. The project has been a profound success, attracting thousands of visitors every year.
Moremi is accessed either by air (light aircraft fly to the airstrips that service the lodges) or by road via Maun. A self-drive through Moremi is advisable only for experienced 4×4 drivers and only in the dry months.The summer rains can make parts of the Moremi inaccessible and some lodges close over the December- February period.
One of the best areas of Moremi is Chief’s Island. This is a large area of land in the middle of Moremi, and used to be the hunting ground of the local Chief Moremi. This is where some of the best wildlife viewing is to be found, and also some of the best camps and lodges, such as Chiefs Camp and Mombo Camp.
Other important areas of the reserve include the Khwai River area in the north east, and Xakanaxa Lagoon also in the east, south of Khwai.
Our travel specialists at the Booking Company will gladly help and assist you with creating an itinerary in the Moremi Game Reserve. Whether you would prefer a Fly In safari, Mobile Safari, or a special tailor-made itinerary we can advise and book accordingly. The Okavango Delta offers a number of game lodges and camps from land based activity camps to water based activity camps. We have a comprehensive listing of lodges including the luxury lodges such as the exclusive Vumbura Camp to the classic lodges such as Little Kwara Camp. If you would like to extend your trip to Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park or Linyanti Reserve, we would be most happy to assist you with those arrangements too. We can advise on when the best times are to travel to the Moremi Game Reserve as well as what to pack, travel insurance, medical recommendations and much more.
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