Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve Introduction

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.

Moremi Game Reserve Game Viewing

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.