Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi is one of the leading wildlife areas in Africa and is popular for a good reason; it is one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves found anywhere in Africa. That combination of wildlife and birdlife with the waters of the Okavango Delta and the unique bushveld as a backdrop makes for an experience unmatched by anything else in Africa.
Moremi Game Reserve Facts
- Size & Location: 5 000km²
- When to visit the park: Winter is best as the roads are drivable, summer rains cause complete havoc with the roads, and the accessible areas shrink dramatically
- Climate: Summer is hot and humid, while winter is mild and dry
- Rainfall: 525mm per annum varying
- Altitude: 930m - 1000m above sea level
- Location: in the east corner of the Okavango Delta in north-west Botswana
- Accommodation: Lodges In The Moremi Game Reserve
Where is Moremi Game Reserve located?
Moremi is located in the southeast corner of the famous Okavango Delta and is easily accessible by either road or light aircraft transfer from Maun. However, once in the game reserve, it is highly recommended that one is in a proper 4x4 as roads turn into tracks once one enters through the gates.
The closest access gate into Moremi is 'South Gate', which is approximately 93 kilometres away from Maun (a 2 hours drive if the roads are in good condition).
To view the Moremi Game Reserve location from a HERE Map, click here: HERE Maps - Moremi Game Reserve
Information On Moremi Game Reserve
Boasting dense concentrations of wildlife at any time of the year, the Moremi Reserve supports a wide range of habitats from riparian woodlands, floodplains, reed beds, permanent wetland through mopane and acacia forests to dry savannahs and secluded lagoons.
Moremi occupies approximately 20% of the Okavango Delta landmass.
The Wildlife to be seen in the Moremi Game Reserve varies between large herds of buffalo, elephants (particularly during the dry season), giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, jackal and the full range of antelope, large and small, including the red lechwe.
As the mopane bush gives way to floodplains and riverine forests, other animals become abundantly visible, and the whole spectrum of Africa's wildlife can be seen.
Birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers. There are many species of ducks end geese, as well as an amazing variety of heron.
Visitors must take special precautions against malaria. DO NOT SWIM in any of the rivers or lakes within the reserve; crocodiles will get you.
Best Time to Visit Moremi Game Reserve?
As with most game reserves and national parks within Southern Africa, winter is the preferred time for safaris to Moremi, in other words, high season (most expensive). But as Moremi has a permanent water source (the waters of the Okavango Delta), the wildlife does not disappear deeper into the bushveld when the summer rains arrive; they remain in the same areas as they would in the dry season.
This is what makes the Moremi Game Reserve so popular; it offers excellent year-round wildlife sightings.
The only real difference between the summer and winter months (other than the heat) is the rainfall. The rainfall can make the tracks (roads) within the reserve a lot more tricky to navigate if one is on a self-drive safari.
When looking to visit the Moremi Game Reserve, a top tip is to figure out what you are looking for first. Is it a lodge that offers more land-based safari activities, or is it a lodge that offers more water-based safari activities? The waters of the Okavango are highest in winter (best for water based activities) and lowest in summer (best for land-based activities).
Main Attractions Of Moremi Game Reserve
- Poling in a dugout canoe (mokoro) excursions
- Motorboat excursions (we would suggest a sunset option)
- Morning and afternoon game drives
- Abundant Moremi birdlife
- Amazing wildlife, including; lions, leopards, wild dogs, elephants and hippos, to mention only a few
- 'Chief's Island' and 'Mboma Island'
- A stay at any of the lodges and camps with the National Park
- A fly-in transfer is also highly recommended