Moremi Game Reserve

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When to Go

A year-round destination

The scale of Moremi’s wildlife means that the reserve can be considered a year-round destination for game viewing. But the landscape changes considerably with the seasons, each offering a different aspect to your experience.

The dry winter months from May to October see the highest water levels in Moremi, great for boating activities and game viewing. The floods are most extensive in mid-winter – June to August – and attract great numbers of animals. In terms of temperatures, it’s the mildest time of year with crisp-cold nights and a very low risk of malaria. September and October however are very hot.

The rainy summer months of December to April have advantages for keen naturalists. It’s the best time for bird watching and since it’s also the antelope birthing season – summer is always a good time for predators! It’s low water season though: boating & canoeing are usually only available at lodges set next to permanent water.

Jan/ Feb/ Mar/ Apr
Peak rainy season; lush & green, great bird watching; some lodges closed
May/ Jun/ Jul/ Aug
Mild & dry weather; high water – best for water activities & game viewing
Sep/ Oct
Hot & dry weather; lower water but excellent land-based game viewing
Nov/ Dec/
Early rainy season; low water, limited water activities, great bird watching
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Top Experiences


1. Go on a Game Drive

Led by expert guides, morning & afternoon game drives are the best way to see Moremi’s wildlife; lodges in private concessions are allowed to offer night drives too, the best way to see nocturnal animals.

2. Take to the Water

Many Moremi Reserve lodges sit next to water & offer excursions by motor boat. It’s a great way to see birds & smaller animals – ask us about the best accommodation for water-based safaris.

3. Track Cats & Wild Dogs

With so many animals around, it is little wonder that Moremi is a predator paradise. Lion, leopard & cheetah are all seen regularly & the reserve is a vital stronghold for the African wild dog.

4. Go Bird Watching

With well over 400 recorded species, Moremi is a bird watching paradise. There’s plenty to see during the winter safari season but keen birders may want to visit in summer when migrant species arrive.

5. Go Private

Privately-run concessions adjoin the Moremi Game Reserve. They offer equally good game viewing & the chance to go on spot-lit night drives (not permitted in Moremi) plus guided walks.

6. Visit a Local Community

With guides & staff drawn from nearby villages, several Moremi lodges encourage interaction between their guests & the local community. It’s a great chance to learn about life in big game country.

7. Walk the Wild

Whether it’s a stroll around camp or a morning spent on Chief’s Island, the biggest land mass in the delta, a guided nature walk reveals the intricate details behind Moremi’s giant trees & big game.

8. Book a Spa Treatment

Several Moremi lodges rank among the finest in Botswana, offering unbridled comfort & service. Especially recommended for honeymooners, these camps offer spa treatments, private dining & romantic touches.

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