The world-famous Moremi Game Reserve covers the Eastern and Central parts of the Okavango Delta and is regarded as one of the prime game viewing areas of the world. It is made up of a number of distinct parts, including the Khwai River, Khwai Community area, Xakanaxa Lagoon, Third Bridge and its jewel in the crown, Chief's Island, which is surely the most desirable place in the world for a safari. All of the areas have their own distinctive features and reasons to visit.
Chief's Island takes its name from Chief Moremi, a local leader who used the area as his royal hunting ground until the late 1970s. It is one of the largest permanent dry areas in the Delta, making it a superb location for game viewing year round and is home to one of Botswana's two population of wild rhino. The lush vegetation supports a huge variety of animal and birdlife, making this the place to be for the best big game viewing in Botswana. The number of lodges on the island is limited, meaning an ultra-exclusive game viewing experience.
The Khwai River lies at the North-Eastern tip of the reserve and is a superb location for seeing the otherwise elusive leopard and a huge variety of birdlife. Beyond the river is the Khwai Community area, which, whilst not officially part of the reserve, shares an unfenced border to allow the free movement of game and contains a number of lodges, all of which offer off road game drives, walks and night drives.
The Xakanaxa Lagoon is where the desert meets the delta, where waterways are surrounded by dense mopane forest and make for an excellent birding location. It is also a great area for seeing a leopard as they are well camouflaged as they move through the trees. With just three camps in the area, it offers a really exclusive safari experience.
A visit to the Moremi Game Reserve is an experience not forgotten in a hurry, with a low density of camps, high density of animals and some of Botswana's most unique game resident here, we would encourage everyone to include this on their itinerary.
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