Moremi was the first wildlife sanctuary to be set aside by a Southern African community on their own land, when in 1963 the wife of Moremi III decided to protect a third of the Okavango delta for the future, and declared the Moremi Game Reserve in the honor of the late Batawana chief. That was 7 years after a government department had been formed to administer wildlife conservation, making Botswana one of the African leaders in this matter. The tribe agreed to vacate the land; the Reserve was later enlarged with the Addition of Chief’s Island in the 1970′s, and further to the Northwest in 1991: the Moremi Game Reserve now covers nearly 5,000 km2, the core of the Okavango Delta. From this inspiration, the state-run Moremi Game Reserve has been incredibly well-preserved. Together with the natural wonder of the Okavango delta, this exemplary management makes the Moremi Game Reserve one of very best all-encompassing safari destinations in the world.
The lush and varied ecosystem of the Moremi – provides a patchwork of lagoons, shallow flooded pans, plains and forests – provides outstanding game viewing activities whether on foot, in game-viewing vehicles or on boat.
Among the finest areas are Chief’s Island, that used to be the Batswana tribe’s richest hunting grounds and offers nowadays amazing game viewing opportunities, in particular large herds of buffalos who enjoy grazing the sweet grasses and drinking in the pans.
Mobile safaris may also reach the Mopane Tongue, the Khwai River area, Xakanaxa Lagoon and Third Bridge.