Botswana is known for world class safaris. The Okavango delta is one of the world’s largest freshwater inland deltas, sourced from the highlands in Angola. After the summer rains in January and February, the delta floods in the following months, peaking in July. Millions of animals flock to the delta for the vast amount of fresh water. Just next to the delta is the world famous Moremi Game Reserve where many of these animals congregate. Moremi is known for its large game and is one of the best self driving safaris in Africa.
When to Go
The best time to visit is when the delta floods between March and June.
How to Get There
Located in Northwest Botswana, Moan is the base for the region. Arrive by car, either from Johannesburg, Gaborone, or Kasane. There is a small regional airport in Moan.
The best way to explore the delta is on a traditional mokoro boat ride and a scenic flight. After exploring the delta, head up into the Moremi Game Reserve for some excellent safari and game viewing. Safaris can be arranged for daily game drives or self-guided multi-day excursions.
To get up close to the Delta, book a mokoro boat ride in Moan. There are options for a full day, two day, or three day excursion. Many go for a day trip; however, the multi-day trip offers more solitude and several walks through the bush for a unique safari experience. There is a one hour transfer by car to get to the Okavango, where the boat tour begins.
For the day tour, the boat ride on the delta is a slow paced safari for three hours enroute to the lunch stop. After lunch, there is a one hour nature walk, followed by a return boat ride down river.
COST: Mokoro Experience cost 385 Pula per person when booking with Old Bridge Backpackers for a day trip.
Scenic Delta Flight
One of the best ways to experience the Okavango Delta is from the air. This thrilling flight has views of the river snaking through marshland with animals grazing along the rivers edge. We even saw a lion from up above. The flight lasts 45 minutes and is a highlight that should not be missed.
COST: Okavango Delta flight with Kavango Air costs 3,500 Pula for the entire plane for 5 passenger’s. Find a group or have Old Bridge Backpackers assist with filling up the plane for 700 Pula per person.
Self Guided Game Drives
Self-guided game drives are very common in Botswana. Many groups rent their own 4×4 cars with pop up tents to have an ultimate safari experience. It is common to drive from Moremi into Chobe National Park. See our full article on Chobe National Park for more information.
Moremi in itself is a three or four day safari. Combining this into a trip to Chobe would make this a five to seven day safari. There are camping options throughout the parks. Camping reservations can be difficult as each campsite is owned by different operators. During the high season, some campsites may be full. Moremi does not allow entrance into the national park without a camping reservation except for day trips.
There is no fuel inside Moremi or Chobe. Moan and Kasane are the only two places to get fuel. On a self-drive safari it will be necessary to purchase fuel cans (two to four extra cans) to bring petrol and refuel each night on your own. There are little supplies in the park, therefore it is important to bring everything you need before leaving Moan. There is one small store at the Third Bridge campsite with some basic food, beer, and firewood.
Lastly, make sure you have a very good 4×4. The roads in Moremi are some of the toughest off road driving in Africa. There are sections with loose sand several feet deep, especially between Third bridge and Savuti. Ensure your difflock is working and your car engages in 4-wheel drive properly. We tried to save money and ended up with a really terrible experience with our vehicle. We got stuck for hours and needed to get pulled out twice.
Moremi Game Reserve
The park entrance to Moremi is an hour and half drive from Moan. Make sure to properly deflate the tires and purchase enough fuel in Moan before departure. Once you enter the park, a map is useful as most roads are not clearly marked.
Moremi Park Entry Fee
120 Pula per person per day
Vehicle’s cost 50 Pula per person per day
Camping costs are seperate
Third Bridge: 400 Pula per person. Book with Xomae Group at www.xomaesites.com
Xakanaxa: 270 Pula per person. Book with Kwalate Safaries at email@example.com
Dijara: 200 Pula per person. Book with Botswana Footprints at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camping with SKL company is 50 USD per person per night for the following campsites: Savuti, Linyanti, Khwai, and North Gate
Where to Stay in Moan
Old Bridge Backpackers – This is a great place to plan your trips, book tours, and has cheap accommodation with good food and wifi. They also have a kitchen for cooking. Rates are 70 Pula for camping or tent options starting from 200 Pula.
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Visited in May 2016.