Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Location: Map

Area: 3,000 sq km

Best time to visit: March to Sept


Description of Moremi Wildlife Reserve

Moremi Wildlife Reserve is a protected area in Botswana that protects eastern and central parts of the Okavango Delta covering an are of 3000 square kilometres. Moremi Wildlife Reserve was named after Chief Moremi of the local native BaTawana tribe. Most of the reserve is located on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta. Today thousands of tourists come to the Moremi Wildlife Reserve to explore the wetlands and animals and birds that inhabit this rich biosphere. The best time to visit the nature reserve is a dry season that lasts between March and September.


The Game Reserve was proclaimed on March 15, 1963 by Ms. Moremi, the widow of Chief Moremi III of Batawana , to protect the game-rich part of the Okavango Delta . It lies at an average altitude of 900 meters above sea level, the annual precipitation is 400 to 500 mm.

The habitats in the reserve vary from Mopane forests, arid savannahs , grasslands , marshes with papyrus populations , watercourses, lagoons and islands to permanent water bodies. Close to water grow fig trees , liver sausage trees and palm trees ; In total, more than 1000 plant species were recorded in the Moremi Game Reserve. In the dry season from July to October, many waterholes dry out.

The most common animals in the Moremi Game Reserve are buffalo and hippo , but there are also many Great Kudus , Sitatungas , Impalas , Pukus , Wildebeest , Bushbuck , Sassabys and Horse Anilopes . In addition, zebras , springboks and Letschwe antelopes live in the reserve and rhinos have been resettled. Predators such as cheetah , leopard , lion , African wild dog and hyenascome forward. More than 560 species of birds have been counted, including the brown-headed heron and the spotted crane . For elephants , the game reserve is not an optimal habitat, but the Chobe National Park is within reach. In the whole of Botswana and neighboring countries, elephants rely on long-distance migrations beyond the borders of protected areas and states.