Moremi Game Reserve

One of Africa’s densest concentrations of wildlife

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One of the most beautiful tracts of wild land in Africa

Covering almost a third of the Okavango Delta’s north-eastern flank is the beautifully preserved Moremi Game Reserve. Named in honour of an important Batawana tribe chief, this unique and diverse ecosystem offers rare access to an extraordinary spectrum of animals year-round. Together with the Okavango Delta, this is one of the most beautiful tracts of wild land in Africa.

Made up of luscious landscapes, Moremi is a patchwork of lagoons, shallow flood pans and forest, providing outstanding game viewing activities whether on foot, in game vehicles or by boat. At its centre sits Xakanaxa Lagoon, a maze of deep water channels and mopane forests. Here sightings of the African wild dog and leopard are the norm along with antelope, lions, giraffe and elephants. Towards the northern tip around Khwai River floodplain, the rich landscape of leadwood and fig trees are somewhat a magnet for large herds of elephant and the area boasts an excellent density of both predator and prey. Bird enthusiasts will also be in awe, with over 400 species of birds including the African Fish Eagle, Sacred Ibis and Crested Crane.

Due to concerns around the rise of hunting in the Okavango Delta, Moremi was the first wildlife sanctuary to be declared by an African tribe in their own area in 1963. It has since been taken over by the Department of Wildlife and National Park and is run under strict guidelines to ensure the game is plentiful and safari vehicles are kept to a minimum. Moremi can either be accessed by light aircraft or by road via Maun.

Wildlife

A myriad of species are found within the Moremi Game Reserve including African bush elephant, African buffalo, hippopotamus, wildebeest, giraffe, nile crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, brown hyena, spotted hyena, greater kudu, sable antelope, black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros, plains zebra, warthog and chacma baboon. Notably, the endangered African wild dog still survives within the Moremi Game Reserve and exhibits one of the richest pack densities in Africa. In the skies, over 400 species of birds also inhabit the reserve.

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Seasonal Information

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January is traditionally the rainy season in the Moremi Game Reserve. At this time of the year the vegetation is beautiful and green and the air crisp and clear making it one of the best times for photography. The large herds of animals usually found in the dry season have dissipated, but the resident animals such as lion, leopard, wild dog and the older buffalo and elephant bulls remain. There are lots of young plains wildlife around which can make for some exciting predator/prey interactions. January is one of the best months for birding as the migrants are in full breeding plumage. The days are fairly hot and humid with the occasional afternoon thunderstorm which usually passes to reveal bright blue skies. When it does rain the temperatures can drop making it fairly cool. Daily temperatures can range from low 20°C to low 30°C. A light fleece or rain jacket is advisable for when the temperatures do drop.

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February is traditionally the rainy season in the Moremi Game Reserve. At this time of the year the vegetation is beautiful and green and the air crisp and clear making it one of the best times for photography. The large herds of animals usually found in the dry season have dissipated, but the resident animals such as lion, leopard, wild dog and the older buffalo and elephant bulls remain. There are lots of young plains wildlife around which can make for some exciting predator/prey interactions. January is one of the best months for birding as the migrants are in full breeding plumage. The days are fairly hot and humid with the occasional afternoon thunderstorm which usually passes to reveal bright blue skies. When it does rain the temperatures can drop making it fairly cool. Daily temperatures can range from low 20°C to low 30°C. A light fleece or rain jacket is advisable for when the temperatures do drop.

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March is moving towards the dry season and so the rainfall starts to decrease, especially towards the end of the month. Temperatures remain similar to previous months, so a fleece or a light jacket is advisable for those early morning game drives and for when the sun starts to go down. The vegetation is still green and air crisp making it ideal for photography. The young plains animals have found their feet and generally keep up with the adults, which makes the predators’ jobs a little harder! Birding is still great as the birds rear their young. Khwai and Moremi are mixed habitats and so attract an array of stunning birds making it an ideal spot for twitchers.

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As we move into April we get closer to the dry season and so rainy days and thunderstorms become few and far between. Temperatures range from mid-teens to around 30°C, so make sure to bring a light fleece for those early mornings and evenings when out on an open game drive vehicle. The vegetation is still green and there is still a lot of surface water around, which means the herds of elephant and buffalo are still spread out in the thicker mopane woodlands. The resident wildlife such as lion, leopard, wild dog and the general plains animals are still around. This is a good time for photography as the vegetation is still green, the sky bright blue and the air clear of dust.

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May is considered the start of the dry season as the rains are almost non-existent. Temperatures start to drop, especially in the early mornings and evenings when warm clothes are required. Blankets and hot water bottles are great treats supplied by the camp in the cold mornings when you head out on early game drives. The flood waters from the Okavango Delta push further south through the Kalahari sands. The vegetation is still green and the air is clear of dust. Towards the end of the month, the animals start to form larger herds as the surface water in the thicker mopane areas starts to dry up. This movement is dependent on how late the rains were. This is also when the wild dogs start to den. This confines them to one area as they need to return to the den to feed the pups, increasing the likelihood of seeing them. At this point, the pups are still very young and stay inside the den. However, visits to the den are not permissible as the adult dogs can get nervous and decide to move the young pups which would put their lives in danger from other predators.

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Towards the start of June, animals start to form larger herds as the surface water dries up. Family herds of elephant and buffalo start to appear as they move from the drying mopane woodlands and start their migration north towards Linyanti and Chobe. The wild dogs are still confined to the areas around their dens as the adults need to return to the den to feed the pups, increasing the likelihood of seeing these endangered animals. At this point, the pups are still very young and stay inside the den. However, visits to the den are not permissible as the adult dogs can get nervous and decide to move the young pups which would put their lives in danger from other predators.  The vegetation is still green, but this will start to change towards the end of the month. The skies are bright and blue and the air still clear of dust. This is the start of the peak season in the Moremi Game Reserve. The rains have completely stopped in June and temperatures range from below 10°C to maximum mid-twenties. Bring warm clothes as it will be cold in the early morning game drives and when sitting around the campfire in the evenings. As the floods from the Okavango Delta continue to push south, waters in the Moremi are at their fullest.

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July sees the vegetation and water sources start to dry up and therefore the animal numbers increase. Family herds of elephants continue to move towards the waters of the Moremi Game Reserve. Predator action is good with leopards and lions the main cats in the area. The wild dogs are still denning, although the pups will start to emerge as they get bigger, exploring the area close to the den as they get to know their surroundings. In general, the birding and wildlife sightings in the Moremi Game Reserve area are excellent due to the mixed habitats of woodlands, grasslands and wetlands. Temperatures are very similar to those in June with cold mornings and evenings and comfortable days as the sun rises. Bring warm clothes for those early morning game drives.

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We are now well and truly in the dry season. The vegetation and surface water have dried up and the animal numbers are good. Family herds of elephant continue to move through the Moremi Game Reserve as they migrate north to Linyanti and Chobe. Larger herds of plains animals can be seen on the grasslands and near the water sources. The adult wild dogs start to leave the den as the pups are old enough to accompany them, although they won’t wander very far making sightings likely. The Moremi Game Reserve is considered one of the best places to see wild dogs as prey species are plentiful. The skies are still blue, but the air will start to become hazy with dust as things dry up – making for some spectacular sunsets. Temperatures start to rise again, especially during the day and towards the end of the month. The temperatures range from around 10°C to around 30°C, so layered clothing is essential. August is probably one of the most popular and therefore busiest times of the year in the Moremi and Khwai Reserves.

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Temperatures start to rise and can become quite hot, especially towards the end of the month, ranging from high teens to over 30°C. Layered clothing is advised, particularly at the start of the month. There is little to no chance of rain and the air is generally quite dusty, which makes for some incredible sunsets. Most of the surface water has dried up, resulting in the animals congregate along the main water channels of the Delta. Larger herds of buffalo, family herds and lone bull elephants, as well as plains animals, can be seen throughout the area. The wild dogs are more mobile making it harder to locate them as they move huge distances every day in search of prey. The Moremi and Khwai Reserves are considered to be some of the best areas to see wild dogs. Leopard and lion are resident predators and can be seen throughout the year. September is one of the best months in the Moremi and Khwai Reserves as this is now the peak of the dry season and game viewing can be spectacular.

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It is extremely hot with little to no wind to cool things down. Temperatures range from late teens to over 40°C by the end of the month. There may be a sprinkle of light rain towards the end of the month, cooling things down very slightly and helping to clear the air. The air is generally hazy with dust creating some of the best African sunsets! The vegetation is generally dry except around the rivers and marshes, with only the deepest channels of the rivers retain water as the sands of the Kalahari soak up the shallow pools and streams. The surface water is almost non-existent causing large herds of wildlife to congregate around the main water sources, making this one of the best times of the year for wildlife sightings. The wild dogs are constantly moving around their home range making it hard to keep track of them. Lion and leopard are resident in the area, therefore you’ll have a good chance of seeing these large predators.  While it is very hot in October, it is one of the most rewarding wildlife viewing times of the year.

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November is a mixed month as the dry season gives way to partial rains. If it does rain, towards the end of the month, it is usually an afternoon thunderstorm that lasts half an hour or so before revealing blue skies. This can be a dramatic time of the year to be in the Moremi Game Reserve and can make for some spectacular photographic opportunities. The month can be very rewarding when it comes to wildlife as the herds of elephant and buffalo are still around before the main onset of the rains. Once the rains start the herds will disperse into the thicker mopane woodlands. The resident wildlife remains, and this can be a very rewarding time for those who are prepared to work a little harder to find the animals. Depending on the timing of the rains, the end of November is often when the impala start to give birth to their young. This can be a very exciting time as the predators take advantage of the plentiful and easy prey. It is surprising how quickly the vegetation greens up after the first rains. Temperatures can vary in November, although it is generally hot (35°C). If it does rain it can cool things down quite considerably and so it is wise to have a light fleece or rain jacket for these occasions. November is considered by many top guides and safari connoisseurs as one of the best times for a safari as the seasons change and the area transforms from the dry arid region to a lush green haven.

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As we head into December we start to see more frequent afternoon thunderstorms. As with November, these usually last half an hour or so and then clear to crisp blue skies. Migrant birds start to arrive and start their courtship displays as they try and attract a mate for the season. The baby impala continue to provide easy meals for the wild dogs, lion, leopard, hyena and other resident predators. The larger herds of elephant and buffalo have moved off by now, but the plains animals remain and take advantage of the good food and plenty surface water. If you are prepared to work a little harder to find the animals, this can be a very rewarding time of the year for a safari in the Moremi Game Reserve. The daytime temperatures have dropped from previous months due to the rains which cool things down and makes it slightly more pleasant although the maximum can hit 35°C.

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