Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve covers an area of approximately 1800 miles and contains within its borders 20% of the Okavango Delta. One of the attractions of Moremi is its diversity of habitats, from riparian woodland, flood plain, reed beds and permanent wetland through mopane forest to dry savannah woodland. Moremi is one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. Elephants are numerous, particularly during the dry season, as well as a range of other wildlife species from buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, jackal and the full range of antelope, large and small, including the red lechwe.
Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta is haven to a wide variety of bird life and many water dependent animals. For birding enthusiasts, not only does the woodland offer a wide range of species but also the chance to drive to the edges of large lagoons which offer fantastic birding. There are many species of ducks and geese, as well as an amazing variety of heron
By Air: The most convenient entry point into Botswana for visitors to the Okavango Delta and Moremi GR is through Maun Airport (MUB), the country’s main tourist airport.
By Road: Moremi is located 154km/95mi from Maun and can be reached by plane or 4x4, although the road is sometimes closed after heavy rain. Whether you will be driving or flying here will, to some extent, depends on where you are staying. Many lodges are only accessible by chartered plane, but lodges and campsites in the Moremi tongue are usually accessible by 4x4. Several budget safari operators run 4x4 trips to the Moremi tongue, but self-drive visitors can also go independently.
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 is a fantastic birding destination, for both woodland birds and waterbirds. The guides tend to be enthusiastic bird watchers, which helps keen birders not familiar with the area. Unfortunately, walking is not permitted in the reserve. Mokoro (dugout canoe) trips offer a good opportunity for photography, as birds tend to let you come very close when gliding on the water.
Best Time to Visit
Moremi Game Reserve can be visited throughout the year, but the best time for wildlife viewing is in the dry months, from July to October. The wet months, from January to March, are less ideal because some areas become inaccessible and some lodges close.
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.