Activities in the beautiful Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta
The Moremi Game Reserve is located north-east of Maun town and covers nearly 5000 sq-km, encompassing over 40% of the World Heritage site listed Okavango Delta, and it was the first area of Botswana to be declared game reserve in 1963.
The Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem of water-lily lagoons, papyrus-lined waterways, knee-deep floodplains, shady forest glades and rich savannah grasslands.
The different habitats within Moremi Reserve also include the semi-arid mopane scrub in the wetter areas mixed woodland, and tall mopane woodland mixed forest, riparian woodland and large grassland areas that ensure a diversity of game and birdlife.
The most prominent of Game Reserve’s several distinctive components is Chief’s Island, a vast game-rich expanse of forest and savannah between the Boro and Santantadibe rivers to the west. This pristine Island is also a paradise for birdwatching.
The Reserve boasts the major predators like lion, leopard, spotted and brown hyena, cheetah and the endangered wild dog.
It is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife: elephants, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, blue wildebeests, jackal, impalas, kudu, red lechwe, sable antelope, roan antelope, Nile crocodiles and other species of antelope are part of the resident Reserve population and all love to take a splash in Moremi’s fresh waters.
The chance to see the “big five” are high since the white rhino was reintroduced in the Reserve in the Chief’s Island area. Moremi boats over 500 species of bird including the slaty egret and the wattled cranes.
If you are coming through Chobe National Park and you plan to spend some days around the Reserve, the entrance is the North Gate of Khwai.
If you are not crossing Chobe, but only visiting its riverfront around Kasane, you’ll get to Maun by driving on the main road. Maun is the gateway-town for all the activities through Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve like game drives (the Maqwee south gate is 99 km), scenic flights over the Delta and trip with motorboats and cruise along the narrow papyrus-lines channels of the mighty Okavango Delta.
During our trip around Botswana, after we crossed Chobe National Park, we spent 3 days in Moremi Reserve and Okavango Delta camping first at “Xakanaka” (we also had the boat cruise along the delta channels here), one of the most beautiful parts of the Okavango Delta in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve well known for its varied game sightings.
Then we camped at “third bridge“, one of the most game rich area’s of the Reserve, before reaching to Maun. Here we had the pleasant scenic flight over the Okavango Delta with its freshwater wetland dotted by a herd of elephants, buffalos and zebras before going on with our tour and heading to the charming Kubu Island.
Need to Know
1) When to go
The best time is the dry season from June to September when game concentrations are at their highest, the climate is cold and dry and the risk of malaria low. Moremi Reserve Website.
2) Where to sleep
Maun offers the right choice of accommodations and some local tour operators that can arrange the daily trip or a long safari through the area. We slept with our tent at Sedia Riverside Hotel (they also have a restaurant facing a pool and a big area where to camp). Through the Park, the best choice is to bring your tent as you can live a real and breathtaking experience in the middle of wild nature.
3) Where to eat
Maun offers a few restaurants where you can have a tasty dinner. Click below on Tripadvisor to see all the restaurants and the customer reviews.
4) Tour Operators
If you are looking for a good tour operator to visit Botswana or the countries of the southern part of Africa, we suggest you Undhuvu Safari and Tours.
You can also check with Desert and Delta safaris, Kalahari Tours, Afro-trek Safaris or Cape Fig Safaris. If you are a professional photographer or a photography enthusiast you can also check with Pangolin Photographic Safaris.
5) Okavango Delta scenic flight
We had a 45 min. Scenic flight with Delta Air (the office is just opposite the Maun airport entrance). Check more info here at Okavango Delta Air Charter.
6) Guide book
Lonely Planet is always our favourite guide book.
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