With the heart of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve, surrounded by vast wildlife concessions the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s great game preserves
An oasis within the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is one of the great wildlife refuges of Africa. The pulsing nature of the wetland leads to strikingly different landscapes with both permanent and seasonal delta environments.
Like much of northern Botswana, the area around the Moremi Game Reserve is divided into vast private concessions. These concessions present an unspoilt Africa to the visitor, with diverse activities on offer. Traditionally hunting concessions, these evolved into the photographic, hunting and mixed use concessions of the 1980s and 90s and today today activities are solely photographic.
Safaris within these concessions allow for more flexibility than those within the Moremi Game Reserve with walking, mokoro and night game drives routinely offered. Specialist activities such as riding safaris and elephant back safaris are also offered within these concessions.
Concessions granted by lease and are managed by safari outfitters. Strict environmental standards form part of these leases, creating an pristine safari environment.
NG 19 – Khwai Concession
The Khwai Concession is situated in the extreme north east of the Okavango Delta and is controlled by the Khwai Community. The camps and lodges of this concession benefit both from the Moremi Game Reserve’s excellent game and the enhanced activities the concession offers allowing for night game drives and walking safaris. This concession links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti with a focus on land activities.
NG 20 – Kwara Concession
Bounding the famous Moremi Game Reserve in the south, this northern concession is operated by Kwando Safaris. Game viewing is excellent, benefiting from game movements between the Moremi and Linyanti regions. A large concession of 175 000 hectares, the northern reaches of the Kwara Concession offer a very different landscape to the south.
NG 21 – Shinde Concession
On the northern boundary of the delta, the Shinde Concession comprises mainly permanent delta with the northern edge of the concession providing access to fertile floodplains. The southern camps focus their activities on the waters of the delta with walking, mokoro and boat excursions while the northern camps offer both water and land activities.
NG 22 – Kwedi Concession
With a variety of habitat types ranging from floodplains to thick mopane forests, the Kwedi Concession provides an excellent environment for the concession’s diverse game population.
NG 23 – Dubu Plains Concession
In the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta this exclusive concession of 77 000 acres is home to only one camp. The concession is operated by Great Plains Conservation in partnership with the Okavango Community Trust which represents five villages in the Okavango Panhandle.
NG 25 – Jao Concession
The Jao Concession at the head of the western channels of the Okavango Delta offers rich game viewing both in the permanent delta to the east of the concession and in the drier west. Game is particularly prolific on Hunda Island, especially during the inundation.
NG 26 – Abu Concession
Famous for its elephant back safaris the Abu Concession offers a mix of all the delta’s land types, with permanent delta, seasonal floodplains and island habitats in the north. In the west the sandveld supports large concentrations of game. The Abu Concession is also home to African Horseback Safaris’ Macatoo Camp.
NG 27A – Pom Pom Concession
This well known private concession at the head of the Xudum River is on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. With a variety of habitats the concession benefits from access to the permanent waters of the Xudum supporting good populations of game all year round.
NG 27B – Xaxaba Concession
One of the best known water based concessions, the Xaxaba Concession lies in the permanent delta and borders the famous Chief’s Island region of the Moremi Game Reserve.
NG 28 – Moremi Game Reserve
Jutting into the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve preserves the heart of Africa’s finest game viewing region. Established by the BaTwana tribal authorities in 1963, this area protected the traditional hunting areas of the delta. Well protected, the game reserve provides a refuge for a diverse population of African game.
NG 30 – Rann’s Concession
Formally a hunting concession, this area is now only used for photographic safaris and has experienced a considerable improvement in game viewing. This mixed landscape comprises typical Okavango Delta floodplains and islands in the north and dry sandveld in the south west. When not inundated this area should be combined with a permanently watered area for a complete delta experience.
NG 31 – Chitabe Concession
On the southern border of the Moremi Game Reserve with its western and eastern boundaries formed by the Santantadibe River and Gomoti Channel respectively. With both permanent delta and seasonal grasslands the concession attracts large concentrations of game.
At the south eastern extreem of the delta, NG 32 is a large concession is situated to the south of the Chitabe Concession. This is a community operated concession and home to Sanctuary Safaris’ two land and water delta camps.