Named after Chief Moremi III of the Batawana people, this 1,900-square-mile game reserve protects the eastern sector of Botswana’s vast Okavango Delta together with bordering tracts of seasonal floodplain and permanent savanna. Explorable both by boat and on game drives, depending to some extent on the season, it is a world-class safari destination whose diverse mammalian fauna is incorporated by a rich aquatic birdlife. As with the rest of the delta, much of Moremi is carved up into private concessions that operate on a high cost, low impact safari model, but there are also public areas suited to intrepid and more budget-conscious self-drivers.
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Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, Okavango is the world’s largest inland delta, formed by the Kavango River as it seeps into the sands of the otherwise semi-arid Kalahari. The most exciting and atmospheric way to its labyrinthine waterways is in a mokoro dugout propelled by a local poler adept at dodging the hippos and crocodiles that lurk below.
General game viewing is superb. You stand a reasonable chance of seeing all the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard), while other ungulates include zebra, giraffe, eland, greater kudu, bushbuck, sitatunga, impala, tsessebe, red lechwe, waterbuck ad roan and sable antelope. A diverse collection of other carnivores includes cheetah, African hunting dog, brown hyena, spotted hyena and Cape clawless otter.