Moremi Under Canvas
Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana
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MOREMI UNDER CANVAS - MOREMI GAME RESERVE, OKAVANGO DELTA,
Live out the adventure of a lifetime as close to nature as you can get in the relaxing solitude of the African wilderness. Comfortable tents with ensuite bathrooms at secluded campsites in the game-rich wilderness of the Moremi Game Reserve offer up close and personal encounters with Botswana’s wildlife.
Carefully positioned as close as possible to the resident game, enjoy the simplicity of camping in one of the top wilderness areas in the world. Evidence of vast herds of wildlife wandering the African bush, well-used animal trails meander between the tents. The camp moves to a different site every five or six days, ensuring that game drives constantly explore fresh areas. Various HATAB sites the Moremi Game Reserve are used for this experience - see the Moremi map for HATAB camp locations. The camp is booked on a nightly basis.
Moremi Under Canvas is owned and operated by andBeyond.
Unique Selling Points
Diverse and unspoiled Botswana wilderness
• Close interaction with wildlife
• Moremi’s best private wilderness campsites
• Accommodation available on a nightly basis
• Spacious, well-appointed ensuite tents
• Fully serviced wilderness camping
• Delicious Pan African meals
• 6 guests per vehicle
• Specially modified 4x4 safari vehicles
• Accompanied throughout by an expert andBeyond guide
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Remote campsites in the pristine wilderness form a setting for five ensuite safari tents, combining the natural beauty of the breathtaking setting with comfort and personalised service. Night time noises filter through canvas walls and well-used animal trails take wildlife past the tents on their way to favourite watering holes.
Tucked in the shade of a dense forest deep in the pristine African bush, a maximum of ten guests revel in the total isolation of these private wilderness sites. Night time noises filter through canvas walls and well-used animal trails bring unexpected visitors to thrill and delight.
Green shadows on the walls of your tent, faint birdsong filtering through the trees and the sweet fragrance of morning dew on bush vegetation welcome each new day at Moremi Under Canvas. Steaming hot water in your ensuite bathroom’s bucket shower refreshes and revitalises for the day ahead. Shady veranda areas offer a vantage point to enjoy the smaller details of bush life. Crisp linens and a spacious double bed welcome weary bodies after a long day filled with discovery.
Tented guest areas create shady spaces to relax in the heat of the day or share a drink with friends in the evening hours, as dishes full of flavour find their way to dining tables. Sated, draw your chair closer to the fire as talk and laughter merge into the starry night, swapping stories meant to last a lifetime.
• Three meals daily
• Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers
• Teas and coffees
• Refreshments on game drives
• Scheduled safari activities
• Emergency medical evacuation insurance
The guest areas comprise comfortable tents for dining, meeting for a pre-dinner drink, or just for whiling the time away between safaris with a good book and frosted beer or glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Complete with welcoming camp staff, delicious traditional bush dinners served under the stars..
Breakfast: After a morning spent tracking down wildlife, return to the camp for a hearty bush breakfast. Feast on platters laden with toast, jams and marmalades, homemade muesli, fresh fruits and assorted cheeses. Hot breakfasts are prepared on the open fire, with eggs, omelettes, frittatas and freshly cooked pot breads.
Lunch: After breakfast indulge in a steaming hot bucket shower or maybe a quick nap before lunch. Inviting lunch platters are served in the cool shade of the dining tent.
Afternoon Tea: While away the afternoon hours with a good book and a chilled glass of wine in the guest tent or simply watch the wonders of the bush directly from your tent's veranda. Afternoon tea, with a selection of light snacks, will be served in the late afternoon.
Dinner: As you arrive back at the camp, cocktails are served around a blazing fire. Dine under the stars on a delicious bush meal cooked on the open flames. After dinner, indulge in decadent desserts, served with tea, coffee or cognac. Stories from an adventurous day are shared around a glowing campfire. You will then be escorted back to your tent, where you will drift off to sleep amidst the sounds of the African bush.
|Number of Tents
||12 yrs and older
||All convertible to double
||Yes (al fresco bucket)
|Suitable for disabled guests
|Check In / Check Out
||12v in vehicles; Battery powered lamps in tents
||2 semi-open 4x4 safari vehicles with fridge
Moremi Under Canvas is regrettably not suitable for children younger than 12 years.
At Moremi Under Canvas, it is the staff's passion to share their knowledge and understanding of the bush and its inhabitants with their guests. The highly trained guides and trackers will do their very utmost to delight their guests with a choice of the following activities:
Twice daily game drives - explore the mopane forests, floodplains and riverine forests of Moremi on early morning and late afternoon game drives in an open air safari vehicle accompanied by an armed guide. In the wet season semi-aquatic red lechwe and sitatunga antelope can be spotted grazing along the shallows of the floodplains. Birdwatchers will delight in the awe-inspiring diversity of species drawn to the pools of water that remain after heavy rains. In the drier season, game viewing is particularly good around watering holes, which attract large numbers of elephant.
Morning Game Drive - As dawn breaks over the bush, the deep voice of your butler delivers a wake-up call at your tent. A tray of tea, coffee and homemade biscuits will be waiting outside your tent. Climb into an open 4x4 safari vehicle with your guide and tracker, and set off through the waking bush.
Afternoon Game Drive - Depart on an afternoon game drive as the heat of the day starts to break. You are likely to see game coming to drink at the nearby watering holes - perhaps elephant, buffalo or the specially adapted lechwe or sitatunga.
The diverse landscape of Moremi attracts a wealth of animal life, ensuring varied game viewing while staying at Moremi Under Canvas. Herds of elephant appear seasonally, quenching their great thirst with the abundant water in the region. Families often bathe together, wallowing in shallow, muddy waters or frolicking happily in deeper lagoons. The highly gregarious buffalo also enjoy the plentiful water and rich grazing in the region. In the early morning or late afternoon herds can often be spotted coming down to the water to drink, wading until waist deep to enjoy the cooling liquid. Older groups of bachelor males often stick close to water.
The floodplains of Moremi shelter large numbers of zebra, waterbuck, kudu, red lechwe, tsessebe and impala. The elusive sable and roan antelope may be spotted venturing out of the mopane scrub to drink at selected watering holes. The beauty of these shy species, with the sable’s sweeping horns, jet black coat and bold white markings, and the roan’s larger stature and grey coat, are guaranteed to make any encounter a memorable one. The immense white rhino has recently been reintroduced into Moremi and guests may catch a glimpse of this lumbering giant.
The large predators encountered in Moremi may include lion, spotted hyena, leopard and cheetah. However, the reserve is most famous for its African wild dog, boasting a high concentration of these rarely seen animals, with their fascinating social structure. Moremi is also an excellent area for birdwatchers, with the impressive wattled crane, distinguished by its white neck, long grey plumes and dangling facial wattles, and the long-legged slaty egret frequently spotted on the floodplains. Arnot’s chat forages among the mopane scrub, which is also favoured for its camouflage by the barred owl.
andBeyond is renowned for having some of the most highly trained, professional, passionate and knowledgeable guides and trackers on the continent. They have a shared passion for guest delight and for the staff members at Moremi Under Canvas, there is no better way to spend the day than in making our guests' safari dreams come true. Our chefs, butlers, housekeepers, security and workshop staff are trained with the same dedication as our field staff, but their pleasure in sharing your special moments is something that cannot be taught. They are the magic ingredient at Moremi Under Canvas and their commitment to creating moments that take our guests' breath away is genuine.
andBeyond are renowned for having some of the most highly trained, professional, passionate and knowledgeable guides and trackers on the continent. They have a passion for people and wildlife, ensuring unbeatable interpretive safari experiences. The guides at Moremi Under Canvas impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about the habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, small animals and insects of Delta. Many of our guides and trackers belong to the surrounding communities and can also share cultural information with their guests.
andBeyond runs two full-time ranger training schools headed by professional ranger trainers in Africa - at Phinda in South Africa and Klein's Camp in Tanzania. Each guide at Moremi Under Canvas undergoes a rigorous eight-week training course at one of these schools before joining their team. They then receive further on-site training and benefit immensely from their colleagues' ongoing mentorship. It is through their passion for what they do, and their desire to develop and learn that &Beyond's guides are among the finest in the world.
Covering approximately a third of the eastern portion of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve combines permanent waterways with drier areas, creating a reserve filled with unexpected contrasts and diverse wildlife. Although it is not one of the country’s largest reserves, its tall mopane woodlands and spreading floodplains fringed with majestic palms make it one of Africa’s most scenic wilderness areas. Riverine forests are dominated by jackalberry, mangosteen and sausage trees. The richly varied habitats make Moremi the ideal place to combine typical savanna game viewing with leisurely cruises along lagoons and channels, and abundant bird watching.
Dense riverine forests are home to shy leopard and deep lagoons are inhabited by hippo, while the semi-aquatic red lechwe and sitatunga antelope can be seen wading the shallows. Buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal can all be spotted on the floodplains and among Moremi’s drier areas. A birdwatcher’s paradise, the rich and diverse habitat of the reserve is home to a surprising diversity of birds, with almost 500 species, from water birds to forest dwellers. The area is also well known for containing a significant percentage of Africa’s wild dog, which are regularly sighted in the reserve.
The Moremi Game Reserve was declared a national park in 1962 by the BaTawana people in order to protect the area from hunting. The Reserve was named after the Tawana chief Moremi and now supports a great diversity of wildlife, including buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hyena, jackal, impala, red lechwe, 500 bird species and one of the largest populations of the endangered African wild dog. It is said that Moremi is home to 30% of all living African wild dogs.
The Moremi Game Reserve encompasses 3,000 km² (1,158 square miles) of game-rich land along the eastern side of the renowned Okavango Delta. From lily-covered wetlands and vast floodplains to open grasslands and thick forests, this is one of Botswana’s most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries.
Bordering on the Okavango Delta and its many private wildlife concessions, Moremi forms part of a vast area of land where game moves freely along ancient migration routes. The striking real fan palm, which reaches up to 20 metres (65 feet) in height, forms a visible marker for routes traditionally followed by elephant. Shaking the palm trees to get at their palatable fruit, the elephants form an important part in the propagation of these trees, spreading the seeds in dried piles of elephant dung. Another distinctive feature of Moremi are the enormous, steeple-like termite mounds that dot the landscape.
The reserve is a fantastic all year round destination. It experiences Botswana's renowned hot, wet summers during the months of October to April. Temperatures can soar to over 40 degrees Celsius / 104 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and drop to a pleasant 25 degrees Celsius / 77 degrees Fahrenheit in the evenings. The dry, cool winter months fall over May to September - if you are travelling over this time please pack something warm, as the nights can be chilly. Rainfall over October/November to March brings a flourish of newborn antelope and exceptional flora.
• Weather: Botswana has hot, wet summers (October to April). Temperatures can rise to over 40ºC/104ºF and usually drop to 25ºC/77ºF at night. Winters (May to September) are dry and cool, and the nights can be chilly.
• Rainfall: October/November – March
• Best time to travel: All year round.
• Malaria: Camps are situated in malaria areas and necessary precautions should be taken: tents are fully netted and insect proof.
• Ratio of guests to staff: 10 to 8
• Camp closure: Closed from January thru September.
• Getting there: As per National Park vehicle restrictions, it is not possible for guests to self-drive into the Moremi Under Canvas camps. Air Botswana operates scheduled flights to Maun or Kasane. From there, a light aircraft takes guests to the Khwai Airstrip (30 minutes from Maun; 1 hour from Kasane), where a guide will welcome them and transfer them to camp (30 minutes with game viewing en route).
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