Moremi and Okavango delta
Moremi Game Reserve is a small part of Botswana in the north, being a protected territory. Its area is approximately 5000 square kilometers. The name refers to Chief Moremi of the BaTawan tribe. Moremi is the only protected area of the Okavango Delta. It holds tremendous scientific, environmental and conservation importance. It ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa, possibly in the world.
Situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta, the reserve includes the Moremi Tongue and Chiefs Island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent. Spectacular game viewing and birds watching, include all major naturally occurring herbivores and carnivore species on the region, both black and white rhinos have recently been reintroduced, now making the reserve a big five destination.
In addition to this, in Moremi you can find very diverse habitats. There are dry areas, wetlands and water areas, as it is located in the eastern part of Okavango Delta. You can find savannas here, as well as wooded areas with wild dogs and leopards. In the north, the reserve borders Chobe National Park. There are many water and forest birds (up to 500 species), giraffes, rhinoceroses, buffaloes, lions, elephants, hippos, zebras, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, elephants and many other animals that guarantee a breathtaking experience even for the most experienced visitors.
One of the most sought-after wilderness destinations in the world, the Okavango gives entrance to the spectacle of wild Africa such as dreams are made of. The heart stopping excitement of game viewing, the supreme tranquility and serenity of an untouched delta, and evocative scenes of extraordinary natural beauty. The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari basin, and is often referred as the jewel of the Kalahari. Shaped like a fan, the delta is fed by the Okavango river, the third largest one in southern Africa.
Swollen with floodwaters from the summer rains, the Okavango river travels from the angolan highlands, crosses into Botswana at Mohembo, then later spills over the vast fan shaped delta. Just as the water from Botswana's summer rains disappear (in April and May), the floodwaters begin their journey. 1,300 kilometers of this path is through the Kalahari sands, revitalising a vast and remarkable diverse ecosystem both plant and animal life.
The diversity and numbers of animals and birds can be staggering. A recent overview of the Okavango records shows 167 mammals, 71 fish species, 540 birds, 154 reptiles and 1,300 species of flowering plants.