The Moremi Game Reserve is slightly elevated, protected tribal land on the eastern boundary of the Okavango Delta. The largest island in the Okavango, Chief’s Island, is within the Moremi. (But on a private concession).
The Moremi is where the vast kalahari grasslands meets the live-giving waters of the Okavango delta. Here there are no fences. Vast herds of elephant migrate from the Kalahari grasslands in search of water as the dry season progresses.
Predator Heaven in the Moremi Game Reserve
The Moremi Game Reserve is particularly famous for its predators, both of the mammal and feathered variety. Wild dog, cheetah and leopard sightings are a highlight. Resident species in the Moremi include lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, hyena, zebra, kudu, lechwe, sable and roan antelope. Another plus point is that animals in the Moremi tend to be relaxed. Often they are content for vehicles to come close. So the Moremi is a photographer’s delight.
But, as it is a National Park, neither night drives nor game walks are permitted. However please don’t let this put you off the Moremi. As the exceptional quality of the game-viewing more than makes up for this.
Many people have heard of staying at a ‘land’ or a ‘water’ camp when on an Okavango Safari. Broadly we agree with this. Many of the Moremi camps would be considered ‘land’ camps as they focus on 4×4 game drives. However some of the Moremi camps do offer boating activities either year round or during the seasonal flood.
All the Moremi camps are in their own private areas. But they do also drive in the public areas of national park. So you should expect to see other vehicles on your game drives. The exception is the Mombo concession on Chiefs Island (where Mombo Camp and Chief’s Camp are located.)
TIP: So we recommend that you combine a 2-3 night stay at a Moremi camp with a stay at one of the water-based or seasonal Okavango delta lodges in a private concession.