If you’re looking for a classic luxury safari experience, look no further than the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Voted “the best game reserve in Africa” in 2008, it’s also the oldest one. It was established in the late 1963 by the local residents, concerned about the rapid depletion of the wildlife in the area. Thanks to their efforts, today the Moremi Game Reserve is one of the most intact and richest in wildlife diversity, reserves not only in Africa, but around the world.
Situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango river, it includes one of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa. The national park offers birdwatchers the amazing opportunity to observe more than 400 different species of birds, many of which migratory or endangered. As for the animal life, a safari tour in the Moremi Game Reserve often includes all year round face-to-face meetings with some of Africa’s most stunning creatures, including lions, cheetahs, leopards and elephants. After the re-introduction of the Black and White Rhino to the area recently, the reserve also became a “Big Five” destination.
Situated on more than 3,900 square kilometres, the Moremi Game Reserve contains stunningly picturesque landscapes and floodplains, some of which seasonally wet, as well as a wide array of lagoons, pools, pans and grasslands. The diversity makes for an excellent breeding ground for a large number of species, most of which are relaxed enough to allow for a vehicle to approach them.
The finest area of the Moremi Game Reserve is the Chief’s Island, where most of Botswana’s luxury safari camps are situated. The reserve covers most of the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and includes both dry areas and marshes, thickly wooded areas, home to the rare African wild dogs and leopards, and some prominent geographical features. The excellent temperature and warm climate make the Moremi Game Reserve a highly-sought after luxury safari destination all year round. The best times to visit are during the dry season, and particularly between July and October, as game viewing is at its peak during this time. Both children and adults are welcome on the tours, and have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Africa’s rarest and most precious wildlife species, including the buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, impala and cheetah, as well as nearly 500 species of birds.
Thanks to the National park’s diversity, visitors to the Moremi Game Reserve can choose between a wide range of activities, all of which include close-up meeting with the many different ecosystems, available in the area. The kaleidoscope of birdlife is best observed via a tour of the Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels. The wetlands support a striking number of animal and plant species, giving home to some of the world’s endangered animals and birds, such as the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl. The Chief’s Island is undoubtedly the most famous isle in the Okavango delta – once a royal hunting reserve, it’s now amongst the best locations for wildlife viewing in the world. The Khwai River, situated on the north-eastern tip of the reserve, offers home to very distinctive species, both predators and prey, and large prides of lions and buffalo herds are a frequent sight there.
The Moremi Game Reserve is one of the best places to enjoy the classic luxury safari experience in the Botswana area. The well-preserved national park contains a number of different ecosystems and offers visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy some of Africa’s rarest and most stunning wildlife species.