The Moremi Game Reserve is slightly elevated protected tribal land on the eastern boundary of the Okavango Delta. The largest island in the delta, Chief’s Island (Mombo Camp and Chief’s Camp), is within the Moremi and is a rich wildlife haven.
The Moremi is where the vast kalahari grasslands meets the live-giving waters of the Okavango. There are no fences here and so animals migrate freely between the Moremi and these grasslands with vast herds of elephant migrating from the dry Kalahari in search of water as the dry season progresses. Moremi Game Reserve is particularly known for its predators, both of the mammal and feathered variety. Possible sightings of wild dog, cheetah and leopard are the highlights. Resident species in the Moremi include lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, hyena, zebra, kudu, lechwe, sable and roan antelope. Animals in the Moremi tend to be relaxed, often allowing vehicles to approach closely so the Moremi is a photographer’s delight.
As it is a National Park, neither night drives nor game walks using rifles are permitted in the Moremi Game Reserve, however please don’t let this put you off as the exceptional quality of the game-viewing more than makes up for this.
Many people have heard of the concept of staying at a ‘land’ camp and a ‘water’ camp when on a Okavango Safari. Broadly we agree with this and many of the Moremi camps would be considered ‘land’ camps as they predominantly focus on 4×4 game drives. However some of the Moremi camps do offer some water activities either year round or during the seasonal flood.
Finally Moremi camps are in a national park, not a private concession, so expect to see other vehicles on your game drives including mobile safaris and private 4x4s (except in the private Mombo concession). However this is not a major disadvantage especially if combining a Moremi camp with a camp on a private concession in the Delta.