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Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi Game Reserve

The waterhole, wildlife's meeting place

Star beds, sleep in the wild

Zebra stripes - which is which?

Game drive vehicles also use snorkels ...

The King, and possibly a spotty prince!

Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve

An enchanting blend of grassland, open woodland, near-hidden lakes and the odd large lagoon: this is Moremi.

Proclaimed a game reserve in the early 1960s, it lies at the heart of the Okavango Delta – and still features the old pole bridges that hint at the safaris of yesteryear.

Key to the reserve is the Mopane Tongue, a dry-land peninsula that is fringed by the beautiful Khwai River and merges into a wilderness of wetland areas.

Just outside the reserve, a scattering of small, comfortable lodges lie along the river; inside, a handful more nestle up near the expansive Xanaxaxa Lagoon, and one or two campsites welcome more adventurous visitors. And then there are the exclusive enclaves of Paradise Island and Chief’s Island.

Arguably of greater significance for Chief’s is that, since the beginning of this century, the island has seen the reintroduction into Botswana of both black and white rhino – a landmark effort linked to exceptional security that has finally seen the return of the rhino into the farther reaches of Moremi – and beyond.

While night driving and walking safaris are prohibited within the reserve, those along the Khwai River are subject to no such restrictions. Yet for most visitors, this is little hardship. Days are spent in search of wildlife – by 4x4 or on the water.

Prides of lion lazily awaiting nightfall – or venturing out to enjoy last night’s kill; zebra and giraffe roaming through the trees, their camouflage stripes and spots accentuated by the dappled shade; baboons cavorting at dawn or dusk. A tell-tale grunt from a lake or lagoon gives away the hiding place of a hippo as it cools off in the heat of the day. A grey shadow morphs into an elephant ambling out into the open.

To explore in Moremi is to enter into the animal kingdom; few would ask for more.

Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve: in detail

Safaris visiting Moremi

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Ground Squirrel Safari

7 days • 2 locations • 1 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

Experiencing the wilderness with an engaging guide whilst staying in a private mobile camp is often the highlight of a safari. Combine that with a charming camp overlooking the Okavango Delta and you’re onto a winner!

Visiting Moremi, Okavango Delta

US$5,370 - US$7,300 per person

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Red Lechwe Safari

9 days • 3 locations • 1 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

Superb guiding from three fabulous camps full of character in three contrasting areas for a fabulous safari to the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert.

Visiting Moremi, Okavango Delta and 1 other area

US$10,060 - US$16,820 per person

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Porcupine safari

11 days • 4 locations • 1 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

Visit dramatically contrasting landscapes boasting a variety of species during this exploration of Botswana’s top-safari destinations. A combination of national parks and private reserves allows for a range of activities.

Visiting Chobe, Central Kalahari and 2 other areas

US$9,000 - US$13,570 per person

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Aardwolf Safari

5 days • 2 locations • 1 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

Two sister-camps within private concessions bordering Moremi Game Reserve offer access to excellent game, varied landscapes and a range of land and water-based safari activities. A great-value safari in one of Botswana’s best wildlife regions.

Visiting Moremi, Okavango Delta

US$4,260 - US$7,000 per person

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Serval safari

6 days • 2 locations • 1 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

A fabulous safari staying at two of the finest luxury camps in Botswana’s Okavango Delta – Vumbura Plains and the legendary Mombo Camp. Untamed wilderness, top guiding and exceptional wildlife.

Visiting Moremi, Okavango Delta

US$11,040 - US$21,120 per person

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Steenbok Safari

9 days • 3 locations • 1 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

A classic Botswana safari exploring the Moremi, Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta. Excellent wildlife viewing and a variety of activities from three of our favourite traditional tented camps.

Visiting Chobe, Okavango Delta and 1 other area

US$6,110 - US$9,500 per person

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Wild Dog Safari

13 days • 5 locations • 1 country
KASANE AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

An in-depth discovery of northern Botswana’s wilderness, from Chobe and the private Kwando Reserve to the Moremi and iconic Okavango Delta with a great variety of activities and wildlife.

Visiting Chobe, Moremi and 2 other areas

US$9,180 - US$15,600 per person

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Tsessebe safari

7 days • 3 locations • 1 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

Visit three sister-camps in and around Moremi Game Reserve during this thorough exploration of the Okavango Delta. A range of activities provide excellent opportunity to observe the local birdlife, mammals and fauna.

Visiting Okavango Delta, Moremi

US$4,760 - US$8,880 per person

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African Jacana Safari

7 days • 3 locations • 1 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

An adventurous introduction to Botswana blending prolific wildlife, incredible landscapes and varied activities staying at relaxed camps in the Chobe Enclave, a community-owned reserve bordering the Moremi, and Makgadikgadi Pans.

Visiting Kalahari Salt Pans, Moremi and 1 other area

US$6,140 - US$8,110 per person

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Reedbuck safari

8 days • 3 locations • 1 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

Focussing on the Okavango Delta and combining the crème de la crème of Botswana’s camps – Zarafa, Vumbura Plains and Mombo – this is one of the finest safari experiences in Africa.

Visiting Moremi, Okavango Delta and 1 other area

US$14,490 - US$27,160 per person

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Our travellers’ wildlife sightings in Moremi

This is their success for sightings in Moremi Game Reserve.
Click on a species for more detail. How we work this out.


Elephant

100% success

Hippo

100% success

Zebra

100% success

Giraffe

93% success

Lion

86% success

Wildebeest

84% success

Leopard

80% success

Buffalo

80% success

Spotted Hyena

75% success

Wild dog

68% success

White Rhino

40% success

Roan antelope

32% success

Eland

31% success

Sable antelope

30% success

Black Rhino

13% success

Cheetah

9% success

Pangolin

4% success

Aardvark

2% success

Sitatunga

0% success

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Most recent reviews of our safaris to Moremi

Click below to browse all 229 reviews from Moremi Game Reserve.
All from our travellers; all are in full & unedited.


99%
229 reviews since August 2007
Excellent
223
Good
11
Average
1
Poor
0
Terrible
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The Bosun from Falmouth

Arrived 11 Feb 2020, 8 nights

"Feb 2020 trip"

"...impressed by the knowledge, quality of service and attention to detail ... …" Read The Bosun’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs S from Essex

Arrived 31 Oct 2019, 12 nights

"A successful return trip"

"A successful return trip... Looking for wild dogs at the start of the rains. …" Read Mrs S’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mssrs RMN/AT from London

Arrived 27 Oct 2019, 24 nights

"A memorable and wonderful three weeks"

"It was a very memorable and exciting three weeks …" Read Mssrs RMN/AT’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs K. from Nice

Arrived 1 Nov 2019, 16 nights

"wow, wow, and wow"

"what an amazing experience...thanks to tracy...for making everything so easy. …" Read Mrs K.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Miss K. from Solihull

Arrived 2 Nov 2019, 7 nights

"My best safari ever"

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs D from Strathaven

Arrived 17 Oct 2019, 11 nights

"my october trip"

"Everything went very well... …" Read Mr & Mrs D’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs F from Hants

Arrived 27 Aug 2019, 16 nights

"Beyond expectations - simply fabulous"

"We found their first hand knowledge of the camps and service to be impeccable. …" Read Mr & Mrs F’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms A. from Seven Oaks

Arrived 29 Sep 2019, 10 nights

"Botswana trip"

"The trip as a whole was amazing- all the arrangements worked flawlessly. …" Read Ms A.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms B. from Cambridge

Arrived 14 Aug 2019, 15 nights

"My trip to Botswana"

"This trip exceeded my expectations. All three segments of the trip were great. …" Read Ms B.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs G. from St Albans

Arrived 24 Jun 2019, 13 nights

"June/ July in Botswana and Victoria Falls"

"We had a wonderful holiday and recommend Expert Africa without reservation. …" Read Mrs G.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

See all Moremi Game Reserve reviews

When to go to Moremi Game Reserve

Our month by month guide: What it's like to visit Moremi in Botswana


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Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Botswana in January

January is at the peak of Botswana’s rainy season. These rains are often in the evening and are short but heavy, with occasional thunderstorms. Temperatures will still be high but cooler than October–December. Animals are generally dispersed, and not easy to spot, with the best game viewing found in the north of Chief’s Island and on the eastern and southern sides of the Okavango Delta. January is also one of the best months to see the zebra and wildebeest migration in the Makgadikgadi salt pans and at Nxai Pan. Migratory birds abound throughout northern Botswana, along with a large number of breeding flamingos in the flooded salt pans. Rates are generally relatively low, making this a good time to visit on a budget.

  • Temperatures are still warm, with occasional thunderstorms
  • The bush feels alive; birdlife is at its most spectacular
  • Big game is dispersed
  • Zebra & wildebeest migration at its height
  • Availability in lodges and camps is often very good

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in January

Botswana in February

The weather in February is very similar to January, with heavy rain most days – often towards evening – and temperatures on the high side, albeit cooling off from the rains and surface water. Across northern Botswana, the landscape feels green and alive; insects and smaller animals are more easily seen, and many birds and animals are raising their young. However, the rains have created pools and waterholes in the bush and thicker vegetation and tall grass makes it trickier to spot larger animals. Further south, the game viewing is beginning to pick up in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Visitor numbers remain low, with attendant rates and availability in camps and lodges.

  • Temperatures still warm with occasional thunderstorms
  • Many animals with young; birdlife at its most spectacular
  • Big game is dispersed
  • Game viewing picking up in the Central Kalahari
  • Visitor numbers are low, so camp availability can be very good

Our view

This is not a great time to visit

Weather in February

Botswana in March

March usually sees Botswana’s main rains starting to tail off. Many days will be clear, with a strong sun raising temperatures. On some days clouds will build, and the late-afternoon may see a short thunderstorm. Across the country, the landscape is green and alive. Many birds and animals are finishing raising their young. Much of the migration is now moving north towards the Savute area or Chobe National Park, though thick vegetation still makes it trickier to spot even larger animals. March is one of the best times to be in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where many of the pans fill up and animals come to drink, closely followed by predators. With few visitors in most areas, rates may still be relatively low.

  • Variable weather: rains tailing off but still hot
  • Occasional small thunderstorms
  • Many animals finish raising their young; birdlife still spectacular
  • The best time to visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Few tourists visit during March, so rates often low

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in March

Botswana in April

During April the rains have usually stopped, though there may be still be the odd late downpour. This results in clear skies and a lovely green, lush landscape. Night-time temperatures usually start to drop during April with this being most noticeable in the Central Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi areas. The Central Kalahari is really coming into its own at this point and from April through to May/June the Savute region is a particular favourite of ours, with good predator/prey interaction. In much of northern Botswana, the camps are coming into their “shoulder” season, so rates are on the rise but still relatively low.

  • Evening temperatures cooling with just the odd shower
  • Northern Botswana is green and lush
  • Many animals still with young; good predator/prey interaction
  • Central Kalahari and Savute the best places for wildlife
  • A popular shoulder season time to book. Rates relatively low

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in April

Botswana in May

May is a very popular month to visit Botswana, often the last month of the “shoulder” season before camp rates hit their peak. While there is very little chance of rain, the annual floods from Angola are starting to make their way through the northern part of the Delta, and will eventually reach the majority of the Okavango late June. With cooler temperatures morning and evening, predator activity tends to be higher, although tall grasses can still obstruct game viewing. With cool crisp evenings, and the game viewing really picking up, this is the favourite time to visit for many of our team – and camp bookings throughout Botswana are snapped up quickly.

  • Cool mornings and evenings with little chance of rain
  • Game viewing is beginning to pick up
  • Predator activity increasing, though grasses still quite high
  • Last month of “shoulder” season for most camps
  • Availability goes quickly throughout Botswana

Our view

A very good time to visit

Weather in May

Botswana in June

June is the real start of the dry season. Temperatures are still cool in the morning and evenings with night-time temperatures sometimes reaching freezing, rising to 25–30 degrees Celsius during the day, with blue skies. Along with this comes a certain clarity to the air, favourable for serious photographers. Surface water and waterholes begin to dry up during this period and many animals begin to congregate around the remaining areas with water. Visibility is improving as the grass is beginning to die back, and game viewing is very good everywhere, with particular improvement in the Kwando–Linyanti areas. Not surprisingly, camp availability is becoming scarce and rates are high.

  • Warm, comfortable days; cold nights, morning & evenings
  • Air clarity favours serious photographers
  • Wildlife is gravitating to waterholes, making game-viewing productive
  • Grasses beginning to die back
  • Most camps are into peak season, with rates correspondingly high

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in June

Botswana in July

Evenings and mornings are still cool in July, and this combined with great game viewing makes it one of the most popular times to visit Botswana. Vegetation is really thinning out now making game easier to spot, with the few remaining waterholes attracting lots of wildlife. The north-eastern side of Chobe National Park, along the Chobe River, is also very rewarding, although this area can become very busy. Game viewing is extremely good in the Khwai areas, too, but again, this is a public area and – unlike in the private concessions of the Delta – vehicle numbers can be high. Camps are now very much into the peak season, and tend to be full.

  • Comfortable days; cold nights, morning & evenings
  • Game viewing very good as vegetation dies back and waterholes dry out
  • Chobe Riverfront and Khwai areas become very busy
  • Private concessions helps to avoid potentially high vehicle numbers
  • Now very much into peak season

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in July

Botswana in August

August is a popular time to visit Botswana, coinciding with the European summer holidays, and camp availability is difficult. Temperatures are generally cool at night, and comfortable during the day, although towards the end of the month they can rise above 35 degrees Celsius (albeit with low humidity). Cloudless skies bring spectacular star-gazing. Wildlife has congregated around the few remaining water sources, and much of the vegetation has now died back, so wildlife viewing tends to be varied and rewarding, particularly in the Okavango Delta. Depending on the rains in Angola this can also be one of the best times to see the delta floods at their peak.

  • Dry, warm days, with mainly cool nights
  • Cloudless skies with spectacular stars at night
  • A fantastic time for wildlife watching, particularly in the Okavango
  • Traditionally one of the best times to see the Delta in full flood
  • Peak season: so high rates and many lodges full

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in August

Botswana in September

September is another favourite month for some of our team members. Daytime temperatures are getting warmer, but nights remain cool. With the drier conditions, most of the greenery has faded from the landscape, and dust or even smoke create hazy conditions that aren’t great for photographers – though this does result in fantastic sunsets. This is another extremely good month for game viewing, with large numbers of elephant and buffalo congregating in the Chobe region and migrant birds begin to return to Botswana. Rates remain high – and availability correspondingly low.

  • Warmer days and cool nights
  • One of the best months for wildlife viewing
  • Large congregations of elephant & buffalo in the Chobe region
  • Hazy conditions less good for photographers, but brilliant sunsets
  • High season rates; many lodges & camps are full

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in September

Botswana in October

October is the one of the hottest months of the year, and usually one of the driest. Towards the end of the month the chances of rain can increase, and along with this can come greater humidity. The air is usually dry and hazy, making photography more challenging, but the lack of water and vegetation result in very good big-game viewing. Water levels are now much lower, so water-based activities such as boating, mokoro trips and fishing cease in many of the camps which are not on major tributaries.

  • Hot temperatures, with the chance of rain towards the end of the month
  • Great big-game viewing
  • Less opportunity for water activities in camps as floods recede
  • Hazy air not great for photographers
  • Final month of the peak season in camps

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in October

Botswana in November

November usually marks the end of the dry season in Botswana, when increasing temperatures drive a rise in humidity, sometimes culminating in the first rains. These are often short but very heavy showers in the late afternoon or during the night, and can be spectacular. The rains lower the temperatures slightly but bring a flush of green back into the dry landscapes. As waterholes in surrounding areas fill, wildlife will gradually begin to disperse as it is not restricted by the availability of water. November is a great time for birdwatching, with the arrival of many migrant birds. The first couple of weeks are very popular with travellers looking for great game viewing at lower rates as Botswana enters the “shoulder” season.

  • Hot in the middle of the day; sometimes humid
  • Heavy showers increasingly likely as the month progresses
  • Wildlife watching still good, but less reliable once it rains
  • Migrant birds start to arrive
  • “Shoulder” season brings mid-range rates in camps

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in November

Botswana in December

The rains in Botswana have now started, bringing some respite to the high temperatures. Game viewing becomes harder as wildlife is more dispersed but great sightings can still be had in the right areas such as Khwai and the Kwara and Mombo concessions. Areas such as the Makgadikgadi Pans change completely with the salt pans becoming covered in a shallow layer of water attracting large numbers of breeding flamingos. Low-season rates at many camps are a draw.

  • Temperatures starting to fall from the highs of October/November
  • Very high chance of rain, usually large heavy storms for short periods
  • Flamingos return to breed at the Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Wildlife more dispersed, so game viewing more challenging
  • Typically low-season rates in the camps

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in December

Botswana fact file

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