Wildlife & Animals – Moremi GR

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Botswana.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Botswana.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Botswana.

Moremi offers excellent wildlife viewing, both on land and from a mokoro (dugout canoe). Rhino were extinct in the Okavango, but both black and white rhino have been re-introduced in the reserve, although sightings are still rare. All the other Big Five are easily spotted. Even the leopards are quite relaxed here. Wild dog sightings are some of the best in Africa. The middle of the Dry season, when the area is most flooded, and food is plentiful, is the time to find the dogs denning.

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The Okavango has good general wildlife, but the most common swamp-adapted animal is the otherwise rare red lechwe, which can be seen wading through water in big herds. The semi-aquatic sitatunga is harder to find. Other unusual antelope include tsessebe, sable and roan. Spotted-necked and African clawless otters can sometimes be seen swimming in the channels.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Moremi Game Reserve has seasonal wildlife viewing. The best time to visit is in the dry months, from July to October, as there is an influx of animals gathering here at that time. A lot of the lodges close from January to March when some areas become inaccessible.

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