Moremi Game Reserve
Moremi game reserve is widely considered as one of the finest wildlife reserves in Africa also is mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa as it combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. Moremi game reserve covers one third of the Okavango delta, an area of 4,871 square kilometres on the eastern side of the wilderness. It rests on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and was named after Chief Moremi of the Batawana Tribe. During the early 1960’s the BaTawana tribe was governed by Mrs Moremi, the widow of Chief Moremi III. She was concerned about the increase in game hunting and established the game reserve on her own land, the first wildlife sanctuary to be created by an African tribe in their own area, and as such is unique. The Moremi Game Reserve was officially proclaimed on 15 March 1963. The area was initially run by the Fauna Conservation Society of Ngami land. The reserve has since been extended to include Chief’s Island in 1976 and during 1979 the park was taken over by The Department of Wildlife and National parks. There are no fences between Moremi and the private reserves so the entire Okavango merges into a unified animal kingdom of grand proportions
Game is plentiful and common sightings include elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dogs and many different antelopes including red lechwe and the shy situtunga, a web –footed antelope perfectly adapted to life in the swamps. Birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers.