May 7, 2018

The New Camp Moremi Opens – Press Release

Filed under: Camp Moremi — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 3:03 pm

The new Camp Moremi officially opened after completion of a full rebuild. After closing late last year, the camp welcomed their first guests with every room booked for the first full day of operation on the 1st May 2018.

“It has been an emotional rollercoaster.” explained Desert & Delta Safaris Marketing Director, James Wilson.

“This camp has such a rich history in Botswana. It’s been a journey of nostalgia from the point we had to breakdown the camp to the moment of pure excitement when we placed the finishing touches to the stunning new rooms. Every member of staff from the Managing Director to the guides to the waitresses worked day and night in the run up to opening day. It’s extremely uplifting to see the passion and unity within the team.”

The new Camp Moremi is a breathtaking design made up of extensive public areas raised within the huge ebony trees that have characterised the property for over 35 years. The layout of the expansive thatched tents are uniquely designed around the existing vegetation to make the most of the surrounding bush and minimise the impact on the environment.

The large new tented rooms have thatched roofs with spacious bathrooms consisting of double vanities and showers, each with private views over the Moremi Game Reserve. The lounge connects to each room’s individual relaxation deck to create a beautiful space to soak up the environment. Subtle natural décor and lighting fixtures allow for a natural and warm atmosphere within each room. Camp Moremi has twelve standard rooms including one family room. The family room is double the size of a standard room, it inter-leads and each room has its own separate bathroom and relaxtion viewing deck. One of the rooms is accessible to the public area via an elevated walkway to facilitate the comfort and ease for guests with mobility challenges.

Guest bathrooms in the new Camp Moremi Guest room exterior in the new Camp Moremi

Upon arrival at camp, guests enter the lodge along an ascending walkway, which leads up towards the main public areas which include a beautiful bar area carefully built around a huge termite mound and ebony tree, a large lounge area with beautiful chrome and soft finishes, leading towards an extended library and private deck, perfect for special dinner occasions. To the right of the sunken bar that overlooks the Xakanaxa Lagoon, is the dining area which connects by boardwalk to the open sky fireplace. Another new addition to Camp Moremi is an open air dining area, which has its own fireplace and boma area for starlit private dining.  A secluded decked swimming pool complements the public area facilities.

The original Camp Moremi opened in 1982, a sister property of the renowned Camp Okavango. The two properties heralded the birth of Desert & Delta Safaris and for many years complimented each other as part of a wonderful Okavango Delta safari experience. Camp Okavango was rebuilt and opened in April 2016 making a combination with the two newly built camps an idyllic and perfect safari experience for current and future travelers to Botswana.

Camp Moremi is common rated with and fits perfectly into the existing Desert & Delta Safaris circuit of properties which include, Camp Okavango, Xugana Island Lodge, Savute Safari Lodge, Leroo La Tau as well as Chobe Game Lodge.

For more information visit the official Camp Moremi page as well as our page on the Moremi Game Reserve.

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September 6, 2017

August Was Cheetah Month In The Moremi Game Reserve

Filed under: Camp Moremi,Camp Xakanaxa — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 9:52 am

The month of August is traditionally an exceptional month for wildlife sightings with the dry season in full swing. From the concentration of zebra along the banks of the Boteti River near Leroo La Tau to the massive herds of elephant in the Savute and Chobe Riverfront regions of the Chobe National Park.

Amongst all the wonderful sightings we’ve enjoyed, what’s stood out most this month is the number cheetah encounters we have had in the Moremi Game Reserve. Guests staying at Camp Xakanaxa and Camp Moremi have had the good fortune of sighting these speedsters on several occasions throughout the month.

A cheetah searching for prey in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana

Taking advantage of the height of the termite mound to search for prey. Photo by Kapano @ Camp Moremi

A pair of cheetahs in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana

An elegant dismount from the termite mound after locating their prey. Photo by Kapano @ Camp Moremi

The Moremi Game Reserve is undoubtedly one of the top game viewing destinations in Botswana with its diverse landscapes offering a haven for a wide variety of wildlife inhabitants. Cheetahs prefer open un-wooden areas as they rely on speed to hunt their prey which is why they are often seen in the open grasslands or on the edge of the deeper wooded regions of the Moremi Game Reserve. They are however shy in nature which makes them tough to find, especially with the strong presence of other predators in the area such as lion which will kill the cheetah to eliminate competition should the chance arise.

Searching for cheetah in the Moremi Game Reserve

One of the coalition members on the lookout. Photo by Grass @ Camp Moremi

Cheetah seen from Camp Moremi in the Moremi Game Reserve

A special sighting of one of the coalition members. Photo by Lets from Camp Moremi

This month it was the grasslands near Third Bridge and First Bridge which proved a favourite attracting several new cheetah inhabitants never seen before in this region of the reserve. A coalition of four cheetahs and a separate pair of females were seen on several occasions. Their hunting efforts have been very successful and these spotted predators seem to be enjoying their new home.

Cheetah in Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve

A lone male on the lookout. Photo by Stuart

Cheetah seen from Camp Xakanaxa in the Moremi Game Reserve

Making his way across the open grassland. Photo by Stuart

Morning game drives from Camp Moremi and Camp Xakanaxa heading toward Third Bridge have been very fruitful for our guides and guests as they have enjoyed exceptional sightings of these cheetahs on several kills as well as just lounging around for the camera. With spring now in full swing, we looking forward to more updates from our guides on what they are seeing in the Moremi Game Reserve.

Additional Reading:

More on the Moremi Game Reserve

Discover Camp Moremi 

Discover Camp Xakanaxa

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October 12, 2016

Meet Letlhogile Lets Ngoma

Filed under: Camp Moremi — Tags: , , , — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 12:58 pm

What is a guide? Is he (or she) the person who simply drives you around in an open vehicle in search of the animals promised to you by your agent or travel brochure? Yes sure, but they are so much more than that.

A guide is the person who welcomes you into a foreign land with open arms and takes you on a journey to uncover its many mysteries. They are the ones who share their intricate knowledge of the fauna and flora with you in a way that helps you better understand how everything fits together. A guide is a person who brings your entire experience together and is most often the person who you’ll form the strongest bond with at the end of your vacation.

Each guide has a unique way of guiding based on a combination of their past experiences, knowledge and personalities. Some are a walking encyclopaedia fascinated by animal behaviour while others have a more informal approach, using their warm personality and sharp sense of humour. Most, however, are avid teachers eager to share their knowledge with whoever shows an interest in the world they are so passionate about.

At Desert & Delta Safaris we have eight safari lodges with a team of guides at each property eager to guide you through the region they have built a personal connection with.

In celebration of the individuals within our guiding team, we are featuring a different guide each month offering you the chance to get to know them before you travel or to remember and learn more about your favourite guide from a past safari.

This month we’d like to introduce you to Lets from Camp Moremi.

How long have you been guiding with Desert & Delta Safaris: 

Lets from Camp Moremi in Botswana

Lets cooling off the old fashioned way out in the Okavango Delta

This year will be my 11th year with Desert & Delta Safaris. I started my career with the company at Xugana Island Lodge in the Okavango Delta where I worked for four and half years. I then transferred from the water-rich region of the Okavango Delta down to the dryer Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to guide at Leroo La Tau Lodge. Leroo La Tau was my home for just over a year after which I moved to Camp Moremi where I am currently based.

I was initially attracted to Desert and Delta Safaris by its people and the training program the company offers the guides. The company not only offered me a job but also gave me the chance to develop my skills as a guide. Guiding is a career in which you never stop learning. By constantly developing my skills as a guide I am able to grow my passion for the African wilderness  and ultimately offer my guests a better safari. For many, an African safari is a once in a lifetime opportunity, as a guide, it is a privilege to be given the responsibility of making their experience one they will cherish forever.

Tell us about where you from and how you got into guiding: 

Lets from Camp Moremi in the Moremi Game Reserve

Elephant sighting in the Moremi Game Reserve, Lets current home at Desert & Delta Safaris

I was actually born in the Okavango Delta at a place called the Jao Flats, where I lived with my grandfather near our families  cattle post. While living there my grandfather taught me a lot about the animals and plants of the Okavango Delta which we saw on a daily basis. As a young boy of only five years old I was already using mokoro’s to navigate the delta’s channels. This is where it all began for me.

A Budding Photographer

Since starting his career Lets has taken a keen interest in wildlife photography. For many eager guides, this is a natural progression but Lets seems to have a keen eye for exceptional photographs. Here is a collection of some of his most recent photos.

Lion sighting in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana

Keeping a close eye on a giraffe in the distance

Botswana landscapes in the Moremi Game Reserve

Picture perfect landscapes at Paradise Pools in the Moremi Game Reserve

Leopard in the Moremi Game Lodge in Botswana with Lets

Beautiful leopard sighting in the Moremi Game Reserve

Hyena kill in the Moremi Game Reserve with Camp Moremi

Hyena on a buffalo kill

Wild dog sighting with Lets from Camp Moremi

A pack of wild dog resting out on an open plain

Thanks to Lets for taking the time to share with us. If you are heading to Camp Moremi in the near future perhaps you will have Lets at the helm of your journey through one of Botswana’s most popular game reserves. For further reading visit the Moremi Game Reserve and Camp Moremi pages on our website.

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February 3, 2016

Rare Sighting of Mating Leopard

Filed under: Camp Moremi — Tags: , , , — Mod @ 11:56 am

The morning was peaceful. The clouds were quietly building from the east, a sure sign that we were in for another cool and beautiful day in the Moremi Game Reserve.

We left Camp Moremi early and by eight thirty we crossed the famous Third Bridge , heading toward Xiini lagoon. We were out on a day trip with the plan to traverse further into the Moremi Game Reserve in search of leopard. On the way out the game viewing was outstanding. We saw good herds of general game including zebra, wildebeest, impala and red lechwe. Once we’d crossed Second Bridge the vegetation changed to thick moping woodlands with the occasional candlepod acacia woodland. With the thicker vegetation the wildlife changed as we enjoyed excellent sightings of both giraffe and kudu.

Zebra in the Moremi Game Reserve with Camp Moremi

Zebra in the Moremi Game Reserve

Giraffe in the Moremi Game Reserve with Camp Moremi

Inquisitive giraffe seen out on drive

We were about to reach a waterhole about 150 metres away when something caught my eye lying under one of the thick bushes. A leopard! We together with the team of best gambling site could just make it out as it lay peacefully sleeping in the thickets but unfortunately the sighting wasn’t good enough for photography. Luckily, not long after we found the leopard a young buffalo passed by and disturbed the leopard who immediately came out to investigate. Once out in the open we managed to get a few pictures of him before he disappeared back to the safety of the thickets.

Leopard in the Moremi Game Reserve with Camp Moremi

The leopard came out from under the bushes to investigate

We continued our journey to Xiini Island where I had planned to stop for lunch. As I turned off the engine a loud growl came from behind the bush not far in front of us. At first I thought it may be animals fighting so we edged closer to investigate. To my surprise, hidden beneath the trees were two leopard mating. Not wanting to disturb them we kept our distance but we did have a clear sighting through a clearing in the bush.

Mating leopard in the Moremi Game Reserve with Camp Moremi

The mating leopard we found while out on drive

Leopard are secretive predators but we are fortunate to enjoy good sightings of them in the Moremi Game Reserve. But witnessing leopard mating is something very special and a sighting I certainly wont forget. Hopefully in the coming months we will see this young female with her young cubs. Only time will tell.

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