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The Moremi Game Reserve is situated north-east of Maun in the Okavango Delta and covers nearly 5000 square kilometres, approximately 30 percent of the Okavango Delta. The habitats here vary from open grasslands, isolated island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels to low sandy islands and dry land on which wildlife and plants thrive.
Trees such as real fan palms, sycomore figs, jackal-berry and mangosteen characterise these island communities separated by open grassland and fragrant wild sage. The most prominent of Moremi's several distinctive components is Chief's Island, an enormous game rich expanse of forest and savanna between the Boro and Santantadibe rivers to the west. Roughly 1,000 square kilometers in size, it is the largest expanse of solid ground within the Okavango Delta. The island was originally the principal hunting ground of Chief Moremi, but it is now part of the game reserve that bears his name. There are no fences around the reserve, hence the animals are free to migrate to and from the Chobe Park to the north. Massive tracts of pristine parkland and privacy can be found here, encountered in very few places in Africa. The Government limits the number of guests allowed at any one time. This factor plays a major role and has made Botswana one of the more attractive options when it comes to choosing a safari destination.
The Moremi Game Reserve offers extremely productive year round game viewing. Mombo Camp is a very luxurious safari camp located on Chiefs Island. The camp is widely considered to offer the best game viewing in Africa.
Camp Moremi is located near Xakanaxa and is one of our favourite affordable camps. Guests have regular prefdator sightings and game viewing via motorboat is also possible.
Khwai Tented Camp is a rustic traditional safari camp, ideal for those guests who want to get really close to nature.
The vast numbers and diversity of wildlife found in this area all year round is magnificent, from herds of buffalo to tiny steenbok, a pretty dwarf antelope species. Elephant, impala, spotted hyaena, lion, leopard and cheetah are all found here and even small predators like serval and side-striped jackal are occasionally seen. Birdlife is prolific, with waterfowl like African Jacana, Pygmy-Geese, massive Goliath Heron and migrant waders in summer being particularly common.
This abundance and variety is due to the area's position on the ecotone between the ancient Kalahari sands and vegetation of Chief's Island, and the more modern, water-borne sediments and grasses of the Okavango Delta fan to the west. In addition, the annual inundation and drying of the floodplains allow the large numbers of wildlife to utilise both habitats to the maximum. When the inundation of water arrives in the area between March and May each year, large mammals are able to move into the Chief's Island area. The wetlands are fringed by large hardwood trees, containing shade, cover, nesting areas, and food, for a wide variety of mammals and birds. By September and October the wetlands have started to recede leaving behind vast floodplains of short green grass when the rest of the large islands are at their driest.
You should be aware that the Moremi Game Reserve is actually within the Okavango Delta. They are not two separate wildlife areas, and when guests visit camps within the borders of the Moremi, they will not be able to go on walking safaris or have night drives. This is because they need to adhere to the reserve rules. These rules don't apply to the camps in the private concessions.
The camps at the Xakanaxa area as well as those on Chiefs Island offer excellent year round game viewing, but in our opinion should be combined with a "water" camp in the private concessions in order for guests to get a more complete experience of the Okavango Delta.
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Sango Safari Camp is nestled under the cover of trees overlooking the Khwai River, and gets its name from the original inhabitants of the Khwai area. The camp is located on the periphery of the village of Khwai and on the boundary of Moremi Game Reserve.
Camp Moremi is an affordable safari lodge located within the borders of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Rewarding game drives are offered by the lodge in open 4 x 4 landrovers. Camp Moremi is a great safari option year round.
Banoka Bush Camp is located just north of the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp opened in 2010 and is one of the few camps accessible via self drive guests. Banoka offers superb value for money and allows guests to enjoy all the Delta game vieiwng activities.
This one-of-a-kind camp is situated near the gateway to the Okavango Delta, and to Moremi, which is known as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa.
Khwai River Lodge is located just outside the border of the Moremi Game Reserve within the Okavango Delta. The lodge has luxury chalets and all overlook the Khwai River. The Khwai area is renownded for its large mammal herds.
Camp Okuti is a family friendly safari lodge within the borders of the Moremi Game Reserve. The lodge has a unique design that overlooks a large lagoon - perfect for hippo spotting. Game drives are offered in an area that offers excellent year round game viewing.
Xakanaxa Camp offers wonderful game drives on the wildlife rich Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is a true year round land and water experience and is located within the borders of the Reserve.
Machaba Camp is located on the edge of the Moremi Game Reserve, one of the most beautiful reserves in Southern Africa, and offers spectacular game viewing. Abundant Elephant abound, often passing the camp looking for Acacia pods on their way to the waters of the Kwai River.
This thatched, private, family accommodation is a new addition to the recently opened Khwai Tented Camp and is set on the banks of a lagoon flowing into the Khwai River in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana.
Little Mombo is a premier camp located on Chiefs Island in the Okavango Delta. It is a luxurious camp for the discerning guest seeking the best safari experience money can buy. The camp is well known for offering probably the best wildlife experience in Africa.
Mombo Camp stands at the northwestern end of Chief's Island, deep within the Moremi Game Reserve and overlooking a floodplain.It is one of Botswana's flagship safari lodges with a reputation for excellent service, luxury accommodation and exceptional game densities.
Chief's Camp is one of Botswana's best safari camps. Located on the game rich Chief's Island is an excellent option for guests seeking a true big game experience. It is a premier camp cost wise.
Khwai Tented Camp is a rustic tented safari camp located close to the Khwai Community area. The camp is simple and suitable for guests seeking an Out of Africa safari experience. The Khwai River attracts a multitude of wildlife species.