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