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Moremi Crossing

Moremi Crossing

Moremi Crossing is situated on palm-fringed Ntswi Island, just across from the more famous Chief’s Island in Botswana’s iconic Okavango Delta. This area is surrounded by the Moremi floodplains that are home to abundant wildlife. The delta is an oasis amidst the vast plains and pans of the Kalahari Desert that covers most of southern Africa. In contrast with the northern Okavango where the waters are fast-flowing, the channels fringed by high reeds, and the terrain more densely forested, the landscape around Moremi Crossing offers expansive views reaching far across the floodplains, grasslands, and scattered palm islands.

The waters that fill the Okavango Delta rise in the Angolan Highlands and enter Botswana below Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. Home to more than 200,000 large mammals, many of which migrate during the summer rains and return during the cooler and drier winter months, the delta encompasses an area of more than 6,200 square miles, making it the world’s largest inland river delta, roughly the size of Uruguay, Syria, or Senegal.

The Okavango is a safari paradise, home to lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, hyena, zebra, red lechwe kudu, impala, wildebeest, steenbok, waterbuck, reedbuck, porcupine, jackal, genet, and caracal. In addition, there are many birds, insect, fish, and plant species.

Moremi Crossing is an eco-friendly development that makes use of the latest in solar and waste disposal technology. It consists of sixteen spacious en-suite tents set on timber decks. Each tent has a veranda providing views over the Boro River toward Chief’s Island. All the tents are spacious and their en-suite bathrooms offer shower and toilet. Hot water is supplied through a state-of-the-art solar-heated geyser system that delivers hot water to each room. There are also the more upscale honeymoon tent and the family tent.

The main camp area is built in an attractive half-moon shape. Its various levels add interest and make the area seem extra spacious. A large open plan deck has spectacular views. The dining room, bar, and lounge are under a beautiful thatched roof. Much of the camp is nestled in the shade of magnificent Llala Palms, Giant Ebony, Mangosteen, Sausage, and Giant Fig trees.

Game walks on Chief’s Island are an ideal way to explore the wilderness. A personal guide teaches adventurers about the bush and its animals. You are likely to spot are lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, red lechwe, and many more animals, both big and small.

Moremi Crossing also offers wilderness camping, which involves packing up a mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) and striking out across the channels in search of a campsite in which to spend a night or two. Professional guides ensure this is a magical experience.

Motorboat and mokoro excursions offer a unique perspective on the bush. Whether enjoying a leisurely cruise, pursuing pods of hippo, or spotting animals along the banks, a cruise on the Boro River is an excellent way to both explore and enjoy the area. Particularly excellent is the birdwatching. You are sure to see water birds such as African Jacana, African Fish-eagle, and even Malachite Kingfishers darting between the reeds, and your guide may even lead you to the rare Pel’s Fishing-owl.

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