From the smaller, luxury camps in the delta, activities in
Moremi Game Reserve are usually included
in the fully inclusive rates, and all your drinks and snacks or picnic meals
would also be taken care of. Activities focus not only on impressive game
viewing, but also on the beauty and unique scenery of the
Okavango Delta. Each
camp will have their own collection of excursions which a best suited for the
time of year and the location. Moremi has few vehicles and people visiting at any one time, and
this means that you get great game sightings with very few (if at all) other
people in that same spot.
Traditional Canoe - The Mokoro
Moremi and the Okavango Delta have offer a unique activity - the mokoro
canoe safari. Traditionally, a mokoro (or makoro) is a dug-out canoe made
from hard wood, and used by Batswana to move through the channels. Powered
completely by man, the mokoro is moved by poling through the shallow water -
the poler stands at the stern and pushes a long sturdy pole to make the
canoe move. Nowadays, mokoros are made with fibreglass in order to reduce
the impact on the environment. This activity is a very relaxing way to enjoy
the scenery and the crystal clear waterways. Birding and wildlife viewing is
a bonus. Not every lodge or camp will offer this activity, so if it is
something that is top of your list of things you want to experience while
you are in Botswana, let us know so that we can make
suggestions for you.
Some mokoro trips may include a bit a fishing, but otherwise, fishing in
the Okavango would be in a motor boat. Fishing is not a year-round activity
in the delta - it is not open in January and February, and usually, safari
camps will offer fishing on a catch and release basis.
It's not a safari if you have not been on a game drive, and Moremi Game
Reserve is no different. However, depending on the time of the year, the level of
water in the Okavango can prohibit these game viewing drives in some areas. On the other
hand, they may get a little wet if the water is on the high side, as safari
vehicles cross channels and/or wooden bridges in search of wildlife.
Birding and Walking Safaris
Guided birding and walking safaris are also essential activities in some
camps. Here, you get much closer to the magical ecosystem of the Okavango
Delta, exploring from the tiniest flora and fauna to encounters with the
unique plains game species that are found only in this region.
Some safari camps offer motor boat game viewing cruises, if the water
levels are high enough, and sometimes as an alternative to game drives.
Very few luxury camps in the delta offer helicopter rides, but with an
extra charge. This is a great way to have a bird's eye view of the amazing
landscape that the delta has, as well as the seeing the different wildlife
from the air.
One other very special activity in a couple of camps is the elephant
interaction, and walking in the wild with Okavango elephants. The elephants
are orphaned and taken care of right by the safari camp, and guests are
invited for morning walks in the bush with the giants, accompanied with
brunch in the bush while the ellies browse and play.
Some safari camps offer horse back safaris - great for getting close to
resident wildlife and bird species.
Other Activities in Moremi
In the eastern section of the delta, where self-drivers are allowed to
explore, there are a few companies that offer some of the above activities.
So if you are camping at one of the bridge campsites, you don't have to miss
out on the special mokoro trips, or the motor boat cruises in the lagoons
and channels in that area.