This Garden of Eden in the Okavango Delta is a top wildlife-viewing destination in Botswana that is easily accessed and has different accommodation options to suite all travellers.
The Okavango Delta is already one of Africa’s best safari destinations and the Moremi Game Reserve is at its heart. Covering one third of the entire delta and protecting its core, Moremi also holds the pristine, highly productive Chief’s Island. Once the royal hunting ground of Chief Moremi III, the protected interconnected waterways, islands, lagoons, grass plains and forests are now overflowing with verdant life of different kinds.
We’re in love with Moremi for a bunch of reasons. Here are just three to give you a taster:
Rare animal species
Wildlife abounds in Moremi as a result of it being a key conservation area as well as having diverse ecosystems that support a rich variety of animal life in northern Botswana.
The red lechwe loves the marshy wetlands of Moremi so this otherwise rare water-loving antelope is found trapesing in big herds across Moremi. Game drives in Moremi are often jam-packed with exhilarating sightings and opportunities to witness great animals interactions that are heightened in the dry season. It is home to multiple endangered and vulnerable predators, such as cheetah and lion. Sightings of endangered African wild dog packs are known to be particularly frequent and exciting at Moremi.
Over 500 bird species occupy the air and lagoons of Moremi Game Reserve, with particularly impressive water bird species. Pied kingfishers hide amongst the reeds, whilst slaty egrets pick fish and insects from the water, and the call of the African fish eagle can be heard as it circles in the sky above. About one thousand plant species provide shelter and nourishment to the wildlife of Moremi.
Highly accessible location
While the best season to visit Moremi Game Reserve is during the annual dry season from about May to November, Moremi’s position in the Okavango Delta makes it easily accessible throughout the year.
After catching a 45-minute charter flight from Maun or Kasane to a private airstrip in the Okavango Delta, guests are taken to Moremi Crossing or Gunn’s Camp by friendly Under One Botswana Sky staff on a motor-boat or mokoro canoe. Both modes of transport are used throughout guests’ stay in Moremi to get around the waterways and to the different islands. At least one mokoro ride is advised as almost all visitors to the Okavango Delta will say that a mokoro ride is a trip of a lifetime!
Whilst staying in the Moremi area, guests are taken along the waterways between the two camps on Chief’s Island and Ntswi Island. On the way, relaxing hippos and thirsty elephants will most likely be seen taking a dip in the cool water. Bush walks around Chief’s Island with an expert guide give guests an authentic safari experience with close but safe encounters with the abundant wildlife the island is so famous for.
Different lodging options
Under One Botswana Sky offers guests a choice of accommodation types so that the travelling styles of all safari enthusiasts should be covered.
For those wanting some of the creature comforts of home, Moremi Crossing has luxury accommodation in 16 meru safari tents, each with its own private wooden deck and spectacular views over the Boro River. The tents are spacious and airy with en-suite bathrooms with a shower and toilet. The half-moon shaped main area is built on different levels to create intimate spaces in the dining room, bar and lounge.
The more adventurous can rough it out in fly-camping style. Guests sleep in small tents pegged into the earth like the safari-goers of earlier times. Unlike the latter, however, stretcher beds make the experience comfortable yet no less unique.
Every trip to Moremi Game Reserve is special. Contact us to book your safari in the heart of the Okavango Delta.