Moremi is best visited in the dry season and game viewing is at its peak from July to October, when seasonal pans dry up and the wildlife concentrates on the permanent water. The winter months of May to August can be very cold at night, but pleasantly warm, under clear blue skies, during the day. From October until the rains break in late November or early December, the weather can be extremely hot - both day and night.
Moremi, hunted by the Bushman as long as 10,000 years ago, was initiated by the Batawana tribe and covers some 4,871 km2, as the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. It combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes Moremi so well known.
The Moremi Game Reserve covers much of the eastern side of the Delta and combines permanent water, with drier areas - making for some startling and unexpected contrasts. In the Moremi you can experience excellent savannah game viewing by 4x4, as well as bird-watching on the lagoons. There are also thickly wooded areas, which are home to the shy and rare, Leopard. To the north-east lies the Chobe National Park which borders directly on to the Moremi Game Reserve.
Although just under 5 000 square kilometres in extent, it is a surprisingly diverse Reserve, combining mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. Only about 30% of the Reserve is mainland, with the bulk being within the Okavango Delta itself.
The Moremi Game Reserve, although not one of the largest Parks, never fails to impress even the most experienced of travellers. Home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers) and a vast array of other species of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyaena, jackal, impala and red lechwe. Wild dog, are regularly sighted and have been the subject of a project run in the area since 1989 – thus these animals are often seen wearing collars placed on them by the researchers. It is claimed that the Moremi area contains upwards of thirty percent of all living wild dog.
The Reserve offers the opportunity to explore not only in 4x4's but on foot and by mokoro - a dug-out canoe, hewn from either ebony or sausage-tree and poled by your personal Guide. Although, today most of the mekoro (plural of mokoro), are made from fibre glass, thus helping to preserve the magnificent and old, trees of the delta.
Game viewing is at its peak from July to October, when seasonal pans dry up and the wildlife concentrates on the permanent water. From October until the start of the rains in late November or early December, the weather can be extremely hot.
Moremi Game Reserve is frequently described as one of the most beautiful conservation areas in Africa. There is a network of waterways criss-crossing the Moremi Game Reserve. These waterways hem in two large landmasses - Chiefs Island and the forested Mopane Tongue. Moremi has an interesting and protracted history. The area was first hunted by bushmen as many as 10 000 years ago. The idea to create a game reserve in this part of the Delta first originated in 1961 and was approved by a traditional Batswana council in 1963. The area was officially proclaimed a game reserve in April 1965. Various extensions have been made over the years, the most recent being in 1992. The Moremi Game Reserve was named after Chief Moremi of the BaTswana tribe.
Because the Moremi Game Reserve covers such a large area, the topography is very varied from end to end. The vegetation at Moremi combines mopane woodland, acacia forests and savannah grasses, with floodplains and lagoons. It’s due to this range of habitats that Moremi Game Reserve boasts such a great diversity of animal and birdlife. It is the excellent wildlife viewing that makes Moremi so well-known.
Wildlife in the Moremi Game Reserve
The differing habitats in Moremi support a wide variety of wildlife all year round. The dry season (July -October) is when game viewing is at its peak. Large herds of elephant and buffalo congregate near the permanent water in the area to drink. You can also expect to see a wide variety of plains game like zebra and all sorts of antelope species as well as predators like lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. The birdlife at Moremi is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to forest dwellers.