Moremi Game Reserve has been a national reserve since 1963 and covers one third of the Delta on the eastern side. The 70km long Chief's Island is the main landmark and a wildlife haven. Following a successful rhino reintroduction programme, Moremi now boasts all the Big Five. In addition, Moremi harbours the largest population of red lechwe, protects habitat for endangered African wild dogs and is the best place to see Pel's Fishing Owl.
Acacia and mopane forest offer a range of habitats. Extended several times since its creation, Moremi now covers nearly 20% of the Okavango Delta and is over 3,000 square kilometres in size.
The reserve is marked by Chiefs Island in the East and Mopane Tongue in the West. The Mopane forests, which cover over a quarter of the reserve, are renowned for their height and make an interesting contrast to the wetlands elsewhere. They are also a perfect habitat of woodland birds not seen elsewhere. The reserve offers a full range of wildlife, including lions, leopard and white and black rhino, but is most famous for its population of wild dogs. About 30% of all living wild-dogs live in the reserve, making it at the forefront in research into these endangered animals. Combine this with over 550 species of bird and you can see why it makes such a great safari destination.
You can get to Moremi but either road or air. If arriving by road you need an experienced driver as once within the fence of the reserve the roads deteriorate to little more than sandy tracks cutting through the vegetation. Most clients decide to fly-in to small airstrips and enjoy the excitement and tranquillity of the remote and atmospheric camps and lodges such as Sanctuary's Chief's Camp (pictured below).
A short safari visiting the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta.