In 1963 the local BaTawana people set aside one third of the Delta to protect it for future generations. It was named after Chief Moremi and was established to protect their wildlife from being decimated by hunters, a remarkable achievement by any standards. It consists of an impressive variety of habitats that support enormous concentrations of wildlife, including one of the largest populations of the endangered African wild dog. As recently as 1992 the Xigera concession situated to the west of Chief's Island was added to the the Moremi Reserve.
Accommodation in the Moremi Reserve tends to be either rustic campsites or high end exclusive fly-in lodges.
Elephants are abundant in Moremi, especially during the dry season. Expect to see buffalo, giraffe, lions, cheetah, hyena, leopard, jackal and white rhino. Plains game such as kudu, zebra, impala and wildebeest are also prevalent here. The red lechwe is rarely found more than 2 or 3 km from permanent water and after the sitatunga, is the most water loving antelope.
The rapidly dwindling African wild dog, are regularly sighted in the Moremi and having been subject to a conservation project being run since 1989, they are often seen wearing research collars. It is claimed that some 30% of all living African wild dog are contained in the Moremi Game Reserve.
The Okavango Delta is a unique ecosystem of papyrus-lined waterways, knee-deep floodplains, water-lily lagoons, shady forest glades and rich savannah grasslands. All this fecundity lies in the middle of the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world - the Kalahari Desert Basin. Seen from space as an emerald swirl surrounded by a parched landscape, the Okavango Delta is an incredible source of life in a country that is 80% arid.
The game viewing in all of these areas is no less than outstanding and activities can either be undertaken on foot, in a game-viewing vehicle or in a mokoro (dug-out canoe) or motorised boat. Such varied opportunities in a beautiful and diverse range of habitats, makes the Okavango the best all-encompassing safari destination in the world.