Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve

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.

 

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View from the Scenic Flight

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.

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Okavango Delta

Activities

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.

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Leopard in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Mokoro Experience

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.

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Mokoro Boats

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.

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Kavango Air

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.

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Moremi Game Reserve

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.

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Zebra Mates

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.

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Sunset in Moremi

Moremi Park Entry Fee

  • 120 Pula per person per day

  • Vehicle’s cost 50 Pula per person per day

  • Camping costs are seperate

 

Moremi Camping

  • Third Bridge: 400 Pula per person. Book with Xomae Group at www.xomaesites.com

  • Xakanaxa: 270 Pula per person. Book with Kwalate Safaries at kwalatesafari@gmail.com

  • Dijara: 200 Pula per person. Book with Botswana Footprints at info@dijaracampsite.com

  • Camping with SKL company is 50 USD per person per night for the following campsites: Savuti, Linyanti, Khwai, and North Gate

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Zebra’s On the Side of the Delta

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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Flying Over the Delta

 

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Published on 08/19/2016 by Beard and Curly. Visited in May 2016.

 

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