MOREMI GAME RESERVE
This gem of a National Park has garnered a number of important distinctions. in 2008, it was voted the ‘best game reserve in Africa’ by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association at South Africa’s premier tourism fair, Indaba.
It is the first reserve in Africa that was established by local residents. Concerned about the rapid depletion of wildlife in their ancestral lands – due to uncontrolled hunting and cattle encroachment – the Batawana people of Ngamiland, under the leadership of the deceased Chief Moremi III’s wife, Mrs. Moremi, took the bold initiative to proclaim Moremi a game reserve in 1963. It is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta, and as such holds tremendous scientific, environmental and conservation importance.
And, undoubtedly, Moremi ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa, possibly in the world. Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango, and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief’s island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent.
This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. Both Black and White Rhino have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a ‘Big Five’ destination.
Contained within an area of approximately 3900 sq kms, here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains – either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and mophane forests. This terrain makes driving Moremi’s many loops and trails both delightful and, at times, totally inspiring. Moremi is a very popular destination for the self-drive camper, and is often combined with the Chobe National Park to the northeast. The rustic Third Bridge campsite, situated near the pretty Sekiri River, flanked with thick stands of papyrus, is a favourite, creating lasting memories of resplendent Okavango sunsets.
The inviting tented rooms at Khwai River Lodge feature panoramic private decks. They’re the perfect theatre from which to enjoy the drama of the wild. After a day spent in the savannah, unwind in the tranquil pool or share stories by the fire. Want a massage on your private deck? All you have to do is ask. Read More
Peeking out from under a lush green woodland canopy sits Camp Moremi, in the Xakanaxa area of Moremi Game Reserve. This luxurious but down to earth and friendly lodge has a fantastic team delivering an excellent safari experience. This is prime game viewing area and Camp Moremi is the perfect place from which to exploring this wonderful corner of the Okavango. Game drives as well as boating is offered from this beautiful lodge. At the point where the life-giving waters of the Okavango Delta meet the vast plains of the Kalahari Desert, Mother Nature has created a sanctuary of Mopane forests, open grasslands, seasonal floodplains and riverine habitats, resulting in one of the most magnificent and welcoming animal environments in all of Africa. Camp Moremi offers a perfect base for exploring this prime game viewing area. Read More
Boasting spectacular views of a lagoon by the same name, Camp Xakanaxa rests on the banks of the Khwai River. Twelve luxury safari tents are situated on raised decks and cooled by a unique sprinkler system. An elevated, thatched guest area is positioned to overlook the Khwai River and lagoon, and is made up of an open-air lounge with large comfortable couches and an elegant dining area where superb meals are served. A plunge pool and sun deck overlook the Delta waterways, giving guests the opportunity to spend a lazy day in the sun. Read More
Mombo is a flagship Botswana camp, one of the finest in Africa, offering superb game viewing and an extremely luxurious safari. With a prime location on Chief’s Island and some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Okavango, Mombo is top of the wish list for many. Rebuilt in 2018, Mombo reopened as an even more luxurious camp though maintaining the essence of the original Mombo which so many have come to love. Read More
Okuti Camp is a delightful camp set alongside the Maunachira River which flows through Xakanaxa Lagoon within the world renowned Moremi Game Reserve, famous for the year round big game viewing. Okuti has a unique style, with 7 reed rooms set along the riverbank. Land and water activities are offered year-round, with morning and afternoon 4×4 game drives exploring this particularly pretty corner of the Moremi and boating along the peaceful waterways. Read More