Moremi Game Reserve is the major public land area within the Okavango Delta. The area is very game rich with the full diversity of Okavango species and most camps are able to offer boating and mokoro activities in addition to game driving. While the wildlife densities are excellent the quality is impacted by public park rules. Game drives have on road rules and must be completed before dark (no night drives). Unlike most of Botswana safari areas Moremi is a fairly high use tourist area with a large number of camps, mobile operations and even self-drive visitors using the park often leading to crowds at major sightings. Because of these quality factors we prefer to include Okavango Delta camps that are in private concession areas on our itineraries rather than Moremi. There is one isolated area of Moremi, Chief’s Island, that is only accessible by bush plane and contains three of Botswana’s most exclusive camps — Mombo, Little Mombo and Chief’s Camp. This area has exceptional wildlife quantities as well most of Botswana’s rhinos and can be thought of as a private concession although there are still no night drives.
Moremi Game Reserve forms much of the heart of the Okavango Delta stretching far from east to west across the Delta. Moremi can be reached by short bush flights from Maun of just 20 to 25 minutes and it is also accessible by road and is commonly included on mobile safari circuits.
Moremi has the full diversity of Okavango Delta species with excellent quantities of lion, buffalo, giraffe, and impala.
Moremi can be included as part of any itinerary. To learn more about our itineraries, click on one of the sample itinerary links below:
Of course, we also create custom Botswana itineraries so you can create your own trip that best meets your needs.
Best Times to Go
Moremi is one of the rare truly special safari destinations that delivers a great experience year round. This is because the Okavango has plentiful water year round so most wildlife is resident with very little seasonal movements although there is still some dispersal of species when rains add surface water. The absolute peak game viewing is late in the dry season of August through October though October gets quite hot. November through January is another outstanding time as many species have their calves and this also leads to active predators, it is a time of plenty when all the species look their best. November through March is also a great value time of year when some of Africa’s most luxurious safari camps have special deals with costs that are from 30 to 60% less than the peak season accommodation rates. We select the best camps for each time of year always considering the seasonal wildlife.
Below are some of the accommodations we recommend for Damaraland. Click a link below for more information.