The Moremi Game Reserve is one of Botswana's best wildlife destinations. The lodges in the Moremi Game Reserve typically offer a combination of 4x4 game drives and boat trips on the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is a Big Five reserve, although currently only Chief's Island, deep in the Delta, has rhino following a successful rhino reintroduction programme. In other parts of Moremi, you can expect to see elephant, buffalo, lion and possibly leopard and wild dog as well. Cheetah are rare but they have been sighted here. General game includes giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe, puku, hartebeest, sable antelope, impala, waterbuck, baboon and monkey, warthog, hippo and crocodile.
- Excellent game viewing
- Combination of land-based and water-based activities
- Selection of good safari lodges
- Access by short flight from Maun, or four-hour road transfer
- Gateway to the Okavango Delta
Botswana's Moremi has a number of great safari lodges, most notably Camp Moremi, Xakanaxa Camp and Khwai River Lodge just on the outskirts of Moremi. Okuti Camp is also in the Moremi Game Reserve, but we are hesitant to recommend this camp. These camps all use the network of roads within the reserve for game drives, and the game viewing is excellent. No off-road driving or night drives are permitted inside Moremi. However, Khwai River Lodge has access to a small private concession area just outside Moremi, where they do night drives.
In Botswana, you'll generally find that the lodges situated inside the national parks and government game reserves are less expensive, and offer no night drives or off-road driving, and often no bush walks. The lodges that are situated in private concession areas are usually more expensive, but they can offer night drives, bush walks and are able to drive off-road during game drives.
Moremi Game Reserve is wild, remote and beautiful, and offers some of the best game viewing in Southern Africa. We can highly recommend it.
Newly renovated Camp Xakanaxa is a well-established, popular tented safari camp in the Moremi Game Reserve, built in a prime location overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon in Botswana's Okavango Delta. It's one of the few Okavango lodges that offers year-round water- and land-based activities in a superb game-viewing area.
Belmond Khwai River Lodge is a luxury safari lodge on the banks of the Khwai River overlooking its floodplain. It's situated on a private concession just outside the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. It is one of the few luxury tented lodges in Botswana that has air-conditioning, and the game viewing in the Khwai River area is absolutely superb.
Camp Moremi is a serene tented camp at the edge of the Okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Renowned as one of the best game-viewing areas in Botswana, the Xakanaxa area surrounding this camp offers you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Okavango from open 4x4 vehicles, motorised river boats or even from your private viewing deck.
Chief's Camp is an idyllic luxury safari camp and one of only two lodges situated on Chief's Island in Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta – the only place in Botswana where rhinos can be found in their natural environment. The area around Chief's Island is seasonally submerged by floodwaters and offers exceptional game viewing all year round. Chief's Island is home to the Big Five and is known as the "predator capital of Africa".
Opened in July 2018, Splash Camp offers a relaxed, intimate and friendly safari. Its excellent location offers a range of conditions: permanent and seasonal floodplains as well as extensive dry periods. In high-water season, there are labyrinths of water channels and secret islands to explore. It's said to be one of the best locations in Botswana for both game viewing and activities.
Set on the southeastern side of Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana overlooking the Gomoti River and its floodplain, Rra Dinare Camp is within a private concession of over 270km². This pristine, relatively new camp offers an array of game-based activities: mokoro trips, boating safaris, game drives both on- and off-road, night drives and bush walks.