Resting on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve has a diverse ecology of both permanent wetlands and dry savannas for an abundance of wildlife to call home.
Moremi Game Reserve was named after Chief Moremi III of the BaTawana tribe. Since the area was made a reserve and not a national park, the local BaSarwa or Bushmen people were allowed to remain on the reserve. Although Moremi only cover 1,900 square miles of territory, it is surprisingly diverse including mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains, and lagoons. In fact, only thirty percent of the reserve is mainland with most of the area being located within the Okavango Delta itself. Chief’s Island which was once the traditional hunting grounds is the largest land mass in the Delta. It’s raised level means it never floods, and it is home to the many animals who prefer its Kalahari sand veldt habitat. But the beauty of Moremi is that visitors can see both large game mammals roaming the savanna as well as birdwatching in the lagoon in the same day.
With such a diverse environment, Moremi is home to a vast array of different animal species including Cape buffalo, Angolan giraffe, Southwest African lion, elephant, zebra, South African cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe. Black and white rhinos have recently been reintroduced to the area. With so much permeant water around, there are plenty of hippos and crocodiles in the channels.