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Moremi - a conservation benchmark

Moremi - a conservation benchmark

Moremi - a conservation benchmark
KALAHARI SKIES

Moremi Game Reserve was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1963 by the wife of the late Batawana chief, Moremi III, making it the first reservein southern Africa set up by an African community on their own initiative.

Since its declaration, Moremi has been extended to about 5,000 square kilometers, covering nearly 20% of the Okavango Delta and including Chief’s Island. It is completely buffered by wildlife management areas and this added protection has allowed wildlife populations to thrive.

The area boasts a diverse and contrasting landscape, from savannah grassland, to mopane and acacia forests, seasonal floodplains, wetlands and lagoons - the best of the Okavango Delta. Together with this varied scenery, a wide variety of game and birdlife makes it a top safari destination in Africa – it is often declared to be Botswana’s most beautiful reserve.

More than 400 bird species have been recorded in the reserve, with herons and migrants coming to breed here from September onwards. The heronries are a sight not to be missed by bird lovers; at the Gcadikwe lagoon an impressive variety of egrets and storks can be seen at evening roost.

Because of the size of the reserve, it is best to put time aside to explore the area. A short flight from Maun will take visitors to the Khwai River which forms part of the northeast border of the reserve, a well known birding destination with concentrations of game which makes this a good place to start a safari.

One of the best ways to gain full appreciation of the area, its sights, sounds and the smell of Africa, is on a mobile camping safari. Travelling by boat or vehicle between camps provides an adventure which will always be remembered.

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