Chief’s Island is higher than the surrounding territory in Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve, so in the wet season it remains dry even once everywhere else has flooded. The Delta’s wildlife know that by coming here they will be assured plenty to eat and still keep their paws and fur dry. The concentration of wildlife therefore becomes higher than anywhere else in Botswana; it’s no wonder Lonely Planet describe it as, “a BBC wildlife documentary brought to life.”
The game viewing highlight of Chief’s Island is the predators; not only lion and leopard, but African wild dog, hyena, and cheetah as well. Their prey can struggle to get off the island, so a few months of easy feasting is assured.
Just three camps are located on the large island – Mombo Camp, Little Mombo and Chief’s Camp. Predators are known to wander right up to the camp, enabling viewing right from the decks. If they are being a little shy, or are hiding from the heat of the day, you’ll spot them on the late afternoon game drives.