Moremi Game Reserve

About Moremi Game Reserve

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.


  • Home to one of only two wild rhino populations in Botswana and sightings of them are possible when staying here
  • Superb year round game viewing destination owing to an abundance of permanent water sources
  • Walking safaris on Chief's Island are a magical experience as you get very close to the big game of the area
  • The low density of lodges in the reserve means that you get a wonderfully private game viewing experience
  • Sightings of red lechwe, an otherwise rare antelope, are common here, which makes for a great photography opportunity as they run through the floodwaters


  • The biggest predators dominating the Moremi Game Reserve are cheetah, wild dog, lion, leopard and hyena
  • Large herds of elephant and buffalo also roam the areas, seeking water and refreshment.


  • November to April: The rainy season captivates visitors with spectacular wildflowers, dramatic thunderstorms and wonderfully photogenic sunsets. The plains game also give birth to their young meaning the predators are never far away
  • May to October: As the rains recede, animals congregate around the permanent water as the seasonal pans dry up. Game viewing is excellent throughout this period, with September and October seeing the return of migratory birds such as herons and storks

In The Know

    • A stay at one of the camps on Chief's Island will give you the chance to see rhino in the wild in Botswana - a rare opportunity as there are only two places in the country that offer this
    • The Moremi is a wonderful place for birding, especially around the Xakanaxa Lagoon where lodges offer specialist birding guides
    • This is the most expensive area of Botswana, but it is worth compromising slightly on the quality of lodges elsewhere to experience a visit here - it is truly spectacular
    • This is a great area for seeing endangered animals such as wild dog and rare birds such as the wattled crane.

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Situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta this game reserve is surrounded by the floodplains of the delta and is great for amazing cat sightings

Christine Grant Horticultural Expert, Cape Town

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