Moremi Game Reserve
5,000 sq. km
June to October
The oldest protected section of the Okavango Delta
On the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, you find the Moremi Game Reserve – a paradise for safari and wildlife enthusiasts. It was declared a Game Reserve in 1963 and the initially protected area was further expanded in the 1970’s. Today, it is home to a large variety of wildlife, including the Big Five.
The safari destination
The Moremi Game Reserve offers the very best in a Botswana safari. Its terrain features a mixture of open plains, dry woodlands, wide floodplains, criss-crossing waterways, and waterlily decorated lagoons, allowing you to explore its rich ecosystem by both land and water, in a 4×4 safari vehicle and in a mokoro.
The aim of the Moremi Game Reserve was and still is to preserve the prodigious local wildlife found in the region. This goal was headed by Mohumagadi (Queen) Elizabeth Pulane Moremi of the local BaTawana tribe. It is the BaTawana Royal title, that the Game Reserve derives its name from, “Moremi”.
Moremi is home to a tremendous diversity of wildlife including elephant, hippopotamus, giraffe, buffalo, crocodile, and a host of antelope species including the sable, roan, tsessebe, and the rare sitatunga. These animals along with lechwe, impala, zebra and wildebeest contribute to that which the Moremi is most famous for: its high density of both predator and prey alike. On safari tours in this area, you have the chance to safely come into close proximity with lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and even the rarely found African Wild Dog whilst on your game drives. When this is combined with the fact that both white and black rhinos have been reintroduced to the area around Chief’s Island, you have all the ingredients for a spectacular safari, which could include each of the Big 5.
Not all regions of the Moremi Game Reserve can be easily accessed and some of the more remote areas require a fly-in safari program. Not every region is open to the public either, which means you can also have a highly exclusive, high-end safari experience in the Moremi Game Reserve if you prefer.
One of the most famous sections of the Moremi Game Reserve is Chief’s Island. Formerly the designated royal hunting ground of the chief of the local BaTawana tribe, the island was eventually incorporated into the Moremi Game Reserve. Access to the island is not permitted to public vehicles and the island is host to some of the most exclusive lodges and tented camps in the Moremi.
The Xakanaxa Lagoon with its mopane forests and shallow lagoons offers fantastic opportunities for game viewing on both land and water. Located in the centre of the Moremi Game Reserve, the area is accessible by safari vehicle for most parts of the year. It is known to be home to a great wildlife concentration, particularly famous for its leopard and cheetah sightings, but elephants and lions can also be spotted here.
Another popular safari area in the Moremi Game Reserve is the Khwai Region, found to the north east of the reserve. The Khwai River forms the natural border of the Moremi Game Reserve and on both sides of the river you stand the chance of encountering amazing wildlife and birdlife. In the Khwai Community Area north of the reserve, you could even go on a walking safari or a night drive and explore the region in these wonderful ways.
Moremi Game Reserve safari tours can be enjoyed at any time of year as every season the park offers you something different. Some regions however, are difficult, or even impossible to access during certain times of the year and may even be closed between January and March. Speaking to one of our travel experts as to your perfect time to travel is therefore always advisable.
The Moremi Game Reserve deserves to be classified as one of the best wildlife areas not only in Botswana, but in Africa as a whole. No matter when you decide to travel and regardless of the part of the reserve you decide to visit, the amazing diversity of landscapes and wildlife will make your safari in the Moremi Game Reserve a memorable one every time.
Rare Wildlife Sightings
You could encounter African Wild Dogs as well as black and white rhinos on your safari tour in the Moremi Game Reserve. Your chance of witnessing both of these rare, magnificent creatures is higher in the Moremi than anywhere else in Botswana.
Different Safari Activities
You can go on spectacular game drives and wonderful mokoro excursions inside the Moremi Game Reserve. You can also go on thrilling night drives and walking safaris when overnighting just outside the reserve in the Khwai Community Area.
Botswana’s Wildlife up Close
You have the chance to see a wide range of animals up close, as the animals in the Moremi Game Reserve are known to be quite relaxed. You will be amazed at how impressive Moremi’s wildlife is, especially when seen up close.
Part of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve is a prime safari destination with excellent wildlife viewing.
Experience a helicopter safari as the world below you grows smaller and larger at the same time.
Quietly cruising through the peaceful waterways as you enter the wildlife world on a mokoro trip.
From basic to luxurious accommodations, the horizon will always look grand from your Moremi terrace.
Different vegetation attracts different wildlife, creating a unique experience; Moremi never gets boring.
WHEN TO GO
Best time to go to the Moremi Game Reserve
Both the dry and the green season offer something spectacular. During the dry season, conditions are ideal for game viewing and for mokoro excursions. The green season coincides with the calving season and during this time you will also find tremendous birdlife in the Moremi.
Dry SeasonApril to October
Best for wildlife sightings & mokoro trips
Green SeasonNovember to March
Best for birding & calving season
Why to go
A premier safari destination
The Moremi Game Reserve is one of the best safari destinations in Africa. The density and diversity of predator and prey species, together with its beautiful and varied landscapes, makes this a region which will leave you in awe, no matter what you have already seen before.
Moremi never disappoints; I’ve had incredible wildlife sightings here! And even though it’s one of the most popular game reserves in one of the best safari destinations in Africa, it doesn’t feel crowded and you can enjoy very exclusive moments.Marlene | Botswana Travel Expert
Classic Game Drives
In one of the best areas for wildlife sightings on the continent
Best done during the dry season between April and October
Night Game Drives & Walking Safaris
In the private Khwai Community Area just outside the Game Reserve
Things to do
Varied Safari Activities
Experience the various landscapes and diversity of wildlife of the Moremi Game Reserve in different ways: fantastic game drives through the open dry-lands, the floodplains and the forests; mokoro trips through the lagoons, waterways, and wetlands. Go on walking safaris and night drives just outside the Game Reserve in the Khwai Community Area.
- Classic Game Drives
- Mokoro Trips
- Night Game Drives & Walking Safaris
On the floodplains and lagoons, elephants enjoy the ample fresh water supply; they feed in the fig tree and leadwood forests.
A maze of waterways, lagoons and lush riverbanks make the perfect home for these territorial giants.
African Wild Hunting Dogs
These smart but rare hunters are regularly seen in the dense Mopane forests around the Xakanaxa Lagoon.
African Fish Eagle
Listen for this hunter’s distinct call and recognise them by their white head and dark wings.
WILDLIFE IN THE MOREMI GAME RESERVE
One of the best wildlife regions in Botswana
Surrounded by a fantastic diversity of wildlife species, you can fully immerse yourself in the natural habitat of the animals nearby and reconnect with the nature all around you. Look out for the Big Five and many more species you’d expect on a classic safari: giraffes, hippos, antelopes, and even African wild hunting dogs.
Where to stay Moremi Game Reserve
Khwai Guest House
Khwai Leadwood Camp
Rra Dinare Camp
Okuti Camp Botswana
Sango Safari Camp
The Moremi Game Reserve is a protected section of the Okavango Delta, located on the eastern side of the famous inland delta in northern Botswana. You can access Moremi by 4×4 vehicle on a guided safari or even self-drive tour. Depending on the location of your lodge and after heavy rains, small Cessna Grand Caravan aircrafts operated as shuttle service take you from Maun to the Moremi Game Reserve.
- Moremi Game Reserve
- Maun 140 km | 3-5 hours’ drive | 20 minutes’ flight
- Okavango Delta 100 km | 25 minutes’ flight
- Khwai Region 60 km | 3 hours’ drive | 10 minutes’ flight
- Savuti Region 150 km | 6-8 hours’ drive | 35 minutes’ flight
- Makgadikgadi Pans National Park 300 km | 6-8 hours’ drive
- Kasane 320 km | 10-12 hours’ drive | 55 minutes’ flight
Experience the Moremi Game Reserve
Botswana Fly-In Safari
Places Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls
USD 4,510 per person
Places Chobe National Park, Flood Plains & Forest Reserve, Savuti Region, Moremi Game Reserve
USD 4,250 per person
Chobe & Okavango Delta Safari
Places Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti Region, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls
USD 6,600 per person
The Great North Route
Places Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Community Area, Savuti Region, Chobe National Park
USD 5,250 per person
Places Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Community Area
USD 2,940 per person
Kalahari & Okavango Delta
Places Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Moremi Game Reserve
USD 4,490 per person
The Best of Namibia and Botswana
Places Sossusvlei, Etosha NP, Okavango Delta, Chobe NP, Victoria Falls
USD 4,590 per person
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