The Moremi Game Reserve is situated 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.

Okavango delta from the sky

The different  habitats within Moremi Reserve also include the semi-arid mopane scrub in the wetter areas mixed woodland, tall mopane woodland mixed woodland, 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, an huge 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.

Elephants splashing in a pool

The Reserve boasts the major predators as 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, hippos, 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.

Leopard in the high grass

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 by road to Maun, 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.

Mum Giraffe and her baby

During my  trip around Botswana, after i crossed Chobe Park, i spent 3 days in the Moremi Reserve and Okavango Delta camping at  ‘’Xakanaka ‘’ (I 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 and ‘’ thind bridge’’, one of the most game rich area’s of the Reserve, then i got Maun. Here i had the wonderful scenic flight over the Okavango Delta with its freshwater wetland dotted by herd of elephants, buffalos and zebras before going on with my tour and heading to the charming Kubu Island.

Camping at Xakanaka

Information

Website: https://www.moremi.com/index.php

When to go: the best time is the dry season from June to September when game concentrations are at their highest, the climate is cool and dry and the risk of malaria low.

Where to sleep: in Maun there is a wide range of accommodations and some local tour operators that can arrange the daily trip or a long safari through the area. I slept with my own tent at Sedia Hotel ( they have rooms, a restaurant and a big area where to camp). Through the park the best choice is to bring your own tent as you can live a real and breathtaking experience in the middle of the wild nature.

Website: http://botswana-reservations.com/

Flight companies: i had my 45 min. scenic flight with Delta Air (the office is just opposite the Maun airport entrance). Check at https://www.okavangodelta.com/visit-the-okavango-delta/air-charter/

 

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