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Moremi Game Reserve

The Moremi Game Reserve is a pulchritudinous game reserve in Botswana north-east of the 'tourist capital' Maun. Moremi is there you will find a huge variety of flora and fauna on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and the overlap with the wet area. The park is named after Chief Moremi of the Batawana people living in this area. Moremi Game Reserve was named the best game reserve in Africa in 2008 by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association. Places you should not miss during your visit to Moremi, the Moremi Tongue and Chiefs Island.

Despite the fact that the park is not very large, about 4,000 square kilometres, is extremely diverse. On the side of the Okavango Delta there are places where through the whole year there is water and the rest of the park has that same amount of water seasonally. In terms of scenery the area ranges from lagoons, Mopane Bushveld, acacia forests and grasslands. Animals you can see here during a safari include: buffalo, lions, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, impala and African wild dogs. Both white and black rhinos have been reintroduced into the park, making Moremi now officially a Big Five reserve. Bird watchers can look out for 500 different bird species that live in the area or settle during their trek. The months of July -  October are the peak months for spotting wildlife as this is the dry season and the wild gather around the places where you can still find water. November and December can be extremely hot; normally the rainy season starts in December.

To avoid mass tourism, there are only a few lodges in the park itself (e.g. Moremi Crossing) and four campsites: South Gate, Third Bridge, Xakanaxa and Kwai. Pre-booking your accommodation or camping site is necessary. Outside the reserve there are also lodges and from there you can take pictures on a day safari to Moremi. Game drives can be done by 4x4 vehicles, on foot with a guide or in the wet part by mokoro (a type of canoe which is propelled by a pole 'with a stick). The lodges in the Delta area have a small landing strip so you can fly to the lodge in a small plane if desired. Staying at these lodges is pricey but well worth it.

Moremi Game Reserve is situated in a malaria area and you must therefore take precautions, read more about malaria and prevention of malaria.

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