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Moremi Game Reserve Highlights

The Moremi Game Reserve is situated north-east of Maun in the Okavango Delta and covers nearly 5000 sq km, approximately 30% of the Okavango Delta. The habitats vary from open grasslands, isolated island sanctuaries and papyrus-fringed channels to low sandy islands and dry land on which wildlife and plants thrive.

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 sq km in size, it is the largest expanse of solid ground within the Okavango Delta. A safari to Moremi Game reserve will give safari goers a ring side seat to all the action that can be found on a Big 5 safari.

There are no fences around the reserve, allowing the animals to migrate freely 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 limited amount of guests plays a major role in the reserve's exclusivity and the preservation of its biodiversity.

Sun Safaris Says

The Moremi Game Reserve is located within the greater expanse of the Okavango Delta wetland. It's most renowned area is at Chief's Island where a number of superb lodges and camps are located.

Moremi Game Reserve camps in the Xakanaxa area as well as those on Chief's Island offer excellent year-round game viewing, but we recommend a combination with a "water" camp in the private concessions in order for guests to get a more complete experience of the Okavango Delta.

The Moremi is home to a permanent water source, which makes it a fantastic place for game viewing during the dry season when the animals flock to the rivers to drink.

The Moremi has been the location for the conservation of and research on the endangere African wild dog. It remains one of the best places to view this predator.

 

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Safari Lodges within Moremi Game Reserve

Little Mombo Camp

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.

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Mombo Camp

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.

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Chief's Camp

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.

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Khwai River Lodge

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.

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Camp Okuti

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.

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Camp Moremi

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.

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Xakanaxa Camp

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.

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Khwai Tented Camp

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.

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Machaba Camp

Machaba Camp is located in the Khwai Concession, adjacent to the Okavango Delta's 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 t...

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Rra Dinare

Rra Dinare, meaning ‘Father Buffalo’, is a newly opened lodge occupying a private concession looking onto the Gomoti River, adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve in southeastern Okavango Delta where wildlife ambles across the floodplains in front of the lodge.

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Sable Alley

Sable Alley brings spacious comfort and luxury to the prestigious Khwai Private Reserve where some of Botswana’s best wildlife viewing takes place. 12 Suites, vast and inviting, offer simple pleasures and leisurely days overlooking the marshy water.

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Khwai Bush Camp

Khwai Bush Camp is a family-friendly classic safari camp in the exclusive Khwai area of the Okavango Delta that caters specifically for children of all ages and offers special activities for kids, while adults can indulge in game drives and walks.

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Sango Safari Camp

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.

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Banoka Bush Camp

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.

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Khwai Family Cottage

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.

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Hyena Pan

Hyena Pan is located in the Khwai Private Reserve, bordering Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve, and is a rehabilitated wildlife area now dedicated to conservation. The area is inundated with wildlife and the camp is simple, positioned overlooking an active waterhole.

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Tuskers Bush Camp

Tuskers Bush Camp is a rustic-chic tented safari lodge in its own 365 000-hectare private conservancy nestled between Botswana’s Nxai Pan in the east and Moremi in the west. 6 Tents in total and a view overlooking an active pan.

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Sky Beds

Skybeds is a dream come true for the adventuring, nature-loving, star-gazing Botswana travellers. A 3-bed camp in Khwai Private Reserve offers the ultimate outdoor sleeping experience with creature comforts and excellent game viewing.

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Nokanyana Camp

Nokanyana opened its doors in 2018 as new family-friendly luxury tented accommodation in the Khwai Concession bordering Moremi Game Reserve where the presence of wildlife is abundant all year round.

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Saguni Safari Lodge

Idyllically located in the Khwai region of Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Saguni Safari Lodge hugs the gentle bend of the Mbudi Lagoon, welcoming an abundance of wetland-loving wildlife right to the vicinity of the tented lodge.

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Moremi Game Reserve Game Viewing and Activities

The vast numbers and diversity of wildlife found in this area all year round is magnificent, from herds of buffalo to tiny steenbok. Elephant, impala, spotted hyaena, lion, leopard and cheetah are all found here, plus, small predators like serval and side-striped jackal are occasionally seen.

Birdlife is prolific, with water birds like African Jacana, Pygmy-Goose, Goliath Heron, as well as migrant waders in summer, which are particularly common.

When the masses 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.

 

Moremi Game Reserve Seasons and Climate

Moremi Game Reserve is a permanent water source in the Okavango Delta. During the dry, winter season, which lasts from April to October, the lack of water elsewhere means that the wildlife flocks to the rivers in the Moremi, making game viewing a fantastic experience.

October is considered the hottest month, when temperatures can exceed 40 degrees Celcius, but it is also known as one of the best times to travel for game viewing purposes. 

The rainy season begins in November and lasts until March. These are the summer months, and despite the rain, the temperatures are hot. This season, depending on the rainfall, can render some areas of the Moremi inaccessible, as water levels rise and floods occur.

The herbivorous animals always give birth in the rainy season, when there is plenty to eat and drink, and being a visitor during the calving season will prove a memorable game-watching experience.

Top Destinations

The Moremi Game Reserve offers extremely productive year-round game viewing safaris. Mombo Camp is a very luxurious safari camp located on Chiefs Island and 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 enjoy regular predator sightings, while game viewing via motorboat offers a safari from a different perspective.

Khwai Tented Camp is a rustic, traditional safari camp, ideal for those guests wanting to get closer to nature. This is a mobile camp that relocates according to game movements and water levels.

Machaba Camp is a luxury tented camp positioned on Khwai River. Eight tents and 2 Family tents are nestled among the trees, enjoying one of the best game viewing locations in Botswana.

How to Get There

Sun Safaris will arrange for guests to fly from South Africa (OR Tambo International Airport) to Maun, which is Botswana's safari capital. Maun is the centre point for all safari comings and goings in the country. 

Guests visiting the Moremi Game Reserve on safari will connect with a scheduled air transfer or road transfer, organised by their Sun Safaris agent, to their safari destination in the Moremi Game Reserve.

It is an area of permanent water and depending on the amount of rainfall, some camps or lodges are only accessible by air or by boat.

The transfers between camps could be considered game drives, as the routes taken go through Moremi's wildlife areas.

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