Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve

In 1962 the local BaTawana people set aside a third of the Okavango Delta to protect it for the future. They called this the Moremi Game Reserve and it encompasses a large area of the Delta's wetlands and the main dry peninsula that juts into the Delta, known as the Mopane Tongue.

Moremi protects the core of the Okavango Delta, and several safari camps are built within it. However, most of the Okavango's small safari camps and wildlife lodges lie outside Moremi – in their own private wildlife reserves. (Read more about the private safari reserves of the Okavango Delta …)

Moremi is lush and varied – a patchwork of lagoons, shallow flooded pans, plains and forests. It is one of Africa's finest areas for wildlife, with particularly high game densities. The animals found here are numerous and relaxed, often allowing vehicles to approach closely.

Moremi's finest area is probably Chief's Island, where you'll find several of Botswana's top safari camps. However, there are several prime areas on the edge of the Mopane Tongue, where the land meets the Okavango's permanent waters, which can also be reached with a mobile safari, including the Khwai River (or North Gate) area, Xakanaxa Lagoon and Third Bridge.

Safari camps in the Moremi Game Reserve

Within the private areas of Moremi, the Chief's Island area and the Xigera Reserve, there are several safari camps, including:

Mombo Camp

Mombo Camp is the flagship Wilderness Safaris' camp in Botswana, and certainly one of the most expensive photographic safari camps in Africa. (Read more about Mombo Camp ... )

Little Mombo

Mombo's very similar sister-camp, Little Mombo, is a tiny camp that offers high-level comfort and facilities. (Read more about Little Mombo ... )

Chief's Camp

Chief's Camp is the pride of Sanctuary Lodges' operations in Botswana. (Read more about Chief's Camp ... )


Xigera feels like a tropical, slow and romantic camp. To get a closer feeling of wilderness you can also discover the Xigera mokoro trail here. (Read more about Xigera ... )

Xakanaxa Lagoon is an obvious stop to include in most mobile trips, and has three reliable camps – situated adjacent to each other:

Camp Moremi

Moremi is a popular camp with groups of travellers, and stands in a wildlife-rich area at the tip of the Mopane Tongue. (Read more about Camp Moremi ... )


Xakanaxa Camp is a classic old camp, one of the few independents in northern Botswana. (Read more about Xakanaxa ... )

Camp Okuti

Some years ago, Camp Okuti was taken over by Ker & Downey and was radically re-designed and refurbished at the end of 2005. (Read more about Camp Okuti ... )

Small group safaris to Moremi with Wild about Africa

Are you thinking about travelling to Botswana on safari and joining a small group for a comfortable camping adventure or luxury camping safari? Or are you planning to visit the Moremi Game Reserve on an exclusive private guided camping holiday? Wild about Africa can give you excellent ideas for Botswana safaris to Moremi Game Reserve.

Areas within the Moremi Game Reserve

Chief's Island

Despite what you might imagine, many areas within the Okavango Delta are largely dry. Chief's Island is huge and perhaps the Okavango's most famous island. It was once the royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi, the traditional leader of the local tribes. He gave it to supplement Moremi Game Reserve in the 1970s, and it is now one of the region's best areas for game. Although part of the Moremi Game Reserve, Chief's Island is private. Though camps here do still abide by the national park's rules on walking and driving at night, you will have a very personal, undisturbed time here.

Khwai River

On the northeast tip of Moremi, Khwai River is a lovely area where tall evergreen trees line a wide floodplain. It boasts an excellent density and diversity of predator and prey species. In recent years there's been a large pride of lion here, hunting buffalo and elephant, while leopard sightings are consistently good. Saddle-billed storks, wattled cranes and many species of kingfishers and bee-eaters are common.
On the north side of the Khwai River, you can stay at the Khwai River Lodge, which overlooks Moremi Game Reserve in a particularly scenic area.

Xakanaxa Lagoon

In the heart of Moremi, at the tip of the Mopane Tongue, lies Xakanaxa Lagoon. Here the mopane forests meet a patchwork of deep waterways and shallow flooded areas. It's unforgettably beautiful and packed with game. Leopard and cheetah are regularly seen and the density of antelope is amazing. The area's birdlife is exceptionally varied, from innumerable herons, egrets, storks and other waders to many species of harriers, buzzards and kites.

Third Bridge

A short drive from Xakanaxa, in the heart of Moremi, Third Bridge stands on an island with plenty of thickets and several large, open plains. There are campsites for mobile safaris and lots of animals – a combination that has brought it fame for close encounters of the animal kind! Being on the boundary of the land and water areas of Moremi, mobile safaris will often organise boat trips from here, or sometimes excursions to sleep out on the islands.

South Gate

At the southern entrance to Moremi, in quite a thickly forested area, is a campsite that is used by mobile safaris. The area south of here, just outside the game reserve, has more open areas and some attractive stands of acacia which attract surprisingly prolific game, often including herds of giraffe.
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