Overview – Moremi GR
Moremi Game Reserve is located in the Okavango Delta. This is possibly the most productive area for wildlife viewing within the delta. Aside from the wetlands, it consists of a dry peninsula, which is excellent for classic game-drive safaris and offers more wildlife sightings than the mokoro (dugout canoe) trips. All the Big Five are present. The quality of the guiding is superb, and there tends to be as much emphasis on the birds and little creatures as on the flagship species.
Pros and Cons
- Excellent wildlife viewing with the Big Five present
- Great birding destination, particularly for waterbirds
- Game drives and mokoro trips are available
- A large choice of small, exclusive camps
- Mobile camping safaris are possible in part of Moremi
- Lodges are very expensive
- Night drives and walking safaris offered in other parts of the delta are not permitted in Moremi
- Off-road driving – allowed in the private concessions in the delta – is not permitted in Moremi
- Many areas become inaccessible in the wet months, from December to March
Moremi Game Reserve offers exceptional wildlife viewing. Rhino has been successfully reintroduced here, but sightings are still a bit hit-and-miss. The reserve is a major stronghold for wild dog. Most animals are very relaxed, which ensures quality sightings. Aside from the flagship species, there are large concentrations of red lechwe, impala, blue wildebeest and Burchell's zebra.
Moremi has the best of both worlds within the delta. There are big areas of wetlands with papyrus-lined channels and floating water lilies, perfect for mokoro safaris; and there are big tracts of land used for 4x4 safaris. The area is a mosaic of lagoons and islands, with all kinds of habitats, from grassland to thorn scrub and mopane woodland.
Weather & Climate
Moremi has a Dry season (April to October) that’s bookended by the reserve’s coolest and hottest temperatures. The mercury drops to an average afternoon low of 26°C/79°F in July, then soars to a high of 34°C/93°F in October. There’s little variation in the average temperature during the Wet season (November to March), which remains fairly hot at 31°C/88°F. The rainy months are characterized more by brief showers than unrelenting downpours.
Best Time to Visit
The Dry season (April to October) is ideal for wildlife watching and exploring. Temperatures are mostly mild, there are plenty of animals on the peninsula, and the Okavango’s water levels are perfect for mokoro (dugout canoe) trips. You won’t see the best of the birdlife, though, which visits in the Wet season (November to March). Prices are also steeper in the drier months, as this is Botswana’s high season.
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Anthony is a photographer and writer for travel magazines and Lonely Planet, including the guides to Kenya and Botswana & Namibia.
The Okavango’s Park
Moremi Game Reserve is the delta’s most accessible corner and one of the most rewarding wildlife areas in Africa. It’s possible to see the Big Five here, although the recently reintroduced rhino is present only in small numbers and very...
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Amazing experiences with Botswana wildlife
Had an amazing time with Australian photographer extraordinaire Ken Duncan and his lovely wife Pam (www.kenduncan.com) and a group of fellow photography enthusiasts from Australia, New Zealand and the UK organised by Patrick and Elaine...