lion&rover.moremi7The Moremi Game Reserve is the government protected wilderness northeast of Maun that includes some of the Okavango Delta and the shore and land just to its east. (Ever-changing, the Delta and Moremi are often one and the same, but the protected reserve rarely includes more than a fifth of the great delta marshes.) The reserve is 1850 sq. miles, moderate by most African reserve standards and considerably smaller than Chobe, but its proximity to the delta makes it the most diverse protected land in Botswana.
Whereas many of Botswana’s other reserves like Chobe are fairly homogenus ecosystems, Moremi has a wide range of habitats: riparian woodland, flood plains, reed beds, permanent wetlands, mopane forests and dry savanna woodland. The single largest habitat are the mopane woodlands, famous as Botswana “biggest” trees.

Near the delta are a number of famous, large lagoons that act as year-round water holes for much game. Moremi has some of the most varied antelope species on the continent, from the web-footed sitatunga to the land-based impala, marsh puku and great forest kudu. Elephants are numerous, particularly during the dry season, and the reserve’s greatest effort has been to preserve the wild dog population, which is among the highest of any African reserve.

Game viewing is usually most successful in Moremi during the dry season July to October. At other times of the year it can get extremely hot in this interior preserve, and heavy rains normally fall November – February. July – October is Botswana’s winter, though, and the vegetation outside of the delta is at its most dismal, with many leafless trees and short daylight hours. The early part of the winter can be very cold, with frost in the morning. So for the intrepid traveler less effected by high heat and humidity, the green season is certainly more beautiful.