MOREMI GAME RE­SERVE

In Moremi, the public camp­sites are at South Gate, Third Bridge, Xax­anaxa and Kh­wai. They’re close to the Oka­vango Delta and you’ll some­times have to drive through wa­ter to get to your camp. Moremi also has pri­vate camps, la­belled on our maps as HATAB or

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South Gate

This camp (photo above) is at the south­ern en­trance gate to Moremi. Stay here on your first night in the re­serve. It’s run by a com­pany called Kwalate Sa­fari.

Like the other camps in Moremi, it’s not fenced and you shouldn’t leave any­thing out­side that a hyena, jackal or honey bad­ger might mis­take for food. Al­ways be aware of your sur­round­ings, es­pe­cially when walk­ing to the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties at night. A pow­er­ful torch is a must!

Camp­ing P185 per adult (about R243); P100 per child aged 6 – 17 (R131); free for chil­dren un­der 6. There are 10 stands that ac­com­mo­date a max­i­mum of eight peo­ple and three ve­hi­cles per stand. Ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties in­clude flush toi­lets and hot wa­ter show­ers. GPS: S19.42583 E23.64429 Con­tact: 00 267 686 1448 (Maria); kwalate­sa­fari@gmail.com

Xax­anaxa

This camp has one of the best lo­ca­tions in Moremi: right next to the wa­ter of the Oka­vango Delta. Tall trees tower over the stands. You can also book boat cruises here. There are 10 stands that ac­com­mo­date a max­i­mum of eight peo­ple and three ve­hi­cles per stand.

Camp­ing P185 per adult (about R243); P100 per child aged 6 – 17 (R131); free for chil­dren un­der 6. There is an ablu­tion block with flush toi­lets and show­ers with hot wa­ter. Xax­anaxa is also run by Kwalate Sa­fari. GPS: S19.18358 E23.41577 Con­tact: 00 267 686 1448 (Maria);

kwalate­sa­fari@gmail.com

Third Bridge

This camp is at the north-west­ern edge of the road net­work in Moremi. The camp is some­times hard to ac­cess, es­pe­cially when the pole bridges are bro­ken. (See map on page 40.) Right now they’re in work­ing or­der.

There are nine stands, each ac­com­mo­dat­ing a max­i­mum of eight peo­ple and three ve­hi­cles. Rate: P270 (R354) per adult; half­price for chil­dren aged 8 – 17; free for chil­dren un­der 8. There is also one twin-sleeper, self-cater­ing sa­fari tent: P750 (R983) per per­son.

Third Bridge is man­aged by the Xo­mae Group, which also man­ages a wilder­ness camp called Gcud­ikwa on a nearby is­land – only ac­ces­si­ble by boat. To camp at Gcud­ikwa costs P700 (R917) per per­son; plus P3 500 (R4 586) for the boat ride. It can sleep up to 20 peo­ple. GPS: S19.23930 E23.35635 Con­tact: 00 267 686 2221 (On­tekanye); xo­mae­sites@btc­mail. co.bw; xo­mae­sites.com

Kh­wai

This camp is on the banks of the Kh­wai River, on the north­ern bor­der of Moremi. It’s near North Gate, the north­ern exit of the re­serve.

The stands are set far apart so noisy neigh­bours won’t be an is­sue, (un­less they’re ele­phants), but it’s quite a walk to the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties. Some peo­ple pre­fer to drive there.

Kh­wai is run by the SKL Group. Camp­ing costs R250 per adult; R125 per child aged 8 – 17; R60 per child aged 5 – 7; free for kids un­der 5. There are 10 stands, each with its own tap, braai fa­cil­i­ties and bin. GPS: S19.17284 E23.75152 Con­tact: 00 267 686 5365; reser­va­tions@skl­camps.co.bw; skl­camps.com

Mankwe Bush Lodge & Camp­site

Mankwe is out­side the park, but the an­i­mals don’t pay any at­ten­tion to the park bor­ders – you’ll still see lots of wildlife. The camp is very ac­ces­si­ble, even if you don’t have a 4x4 be­cause the road south to Maun is in a fairly good con­di­tion. They of­fer full-day sa­faris into Moremi – a great way to ex­plore the park if you don’t have a 4x4. These sa­faris cost P1 250 per per­son (R1 638), in­clud­ing park fees and lunch.

Camp­ing costs P205 (R269) per adult and P105 per child aged 2 – 12. Stands can ac­com­mo­date up to 16 peo­ple and a max­i­mum of four ve­hi­cles. There are ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties, but you have to bring your own drink­ing wa­ter. Fire­wood is free for the first night, and cam­pers are al­lowed to use the swim­ming pool, bar and restau­rant at the nearby lodge. The lodge has 10 sa­fari tents: P2 160 (R2 830) per per­son shar­ing, din­ner and break­fast in­cluded. Dis­counts for chil­dren. GPS: S19.38125 E23.89755 (turn-off) Con­tact: 00 267 686 5787 (Maun); 072 523 2796 (SA); reser­va­tions@wild­sideaf­rica.net; mankwe.com

Xobega Is­land Camp

If you want to stay in the Delta and in lux­ury, choose this camp. It’s on an is­land only ac­ces­si­ble by boat from the Mboma boat sta­tion. There are 10 sa­fari tents, from US$235 (R3 340) per per­son. Rates go up in peak sea­son. It seems like a lot of money, but the rate in­cludes all meals, park fees and game drives. No chil­dren un­der 12 al­lowed. GPS: S19.19489 E23.27318 (Mboma boat sta­tion) Con­tact: 021 712 5284 (SA book­ings); xobega.com

Tuskers Bush Camp

This camp is an­other lux­u­ri­ous op­tion. It’s in a pri­vate con­ces­sion just east of Moremi.

There are six sa­fari tents, from US$235 (R3 340) per adult; half­price for chil­dren aged 6 – 12. Rates in­clude meals and game drives, but not park fees. Rates go up in peak sea­son. Con­tact: 021 712 5284 (SA book­ings); tuskers.net

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