Photo Blog: Zebra Migration Magic

July 6, 2018

botswana zebra migration

Botswana’s Zebra Migration sees approximately 30,000 striped steeds journey across the Kalahari Desert as they make their way to the remote, and briefly fertile salt pans of the Okavango Delta.

Travelling back and forth between the Chobe River floodplains in Namibia, and the distant grasslands in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi region, covering an estimated distance of 500k, the zebra migration in Botswana is the longest land mammal migration in the world. Yet, it’s still a deliciously well-kept secret. Unlike the wildebeest migration in East Africa, this spectacle is still devoid of tourists and provides an authentic safari experience.

The first half of the zebra migration takes place over a period of a few weeks in November and December. During this time, rain is ample, and the zebras enjoy the lush grazing provided by Botswana’s Nxai Pan National Park. As the rainy season ends, the zebras make their way towards the permanent water sources of the Chobe River, where they will remain for the dry season, before starting the cycle all over again.

Here are four photos that demonstrate the monochromatic splendor of this zebra migration:

1. A dazzle of zebras in the Makgadikgadi Pan.

Alan-Murray-Zebras-MigratingPhoto © Alan Murray

2. Stopping for refreshments on this long journey.

Botswana zebra migration

3. Leaping out of the Boteti River like showjumpers!

zebra migration botswanaPhoto © Wildland Safaris

4. Zebras make their way across the Makgadikgadi Pan.

zebras Makgadikgadi Pans

Read our Africa Geographic blog about this fascinating migration here: https://africageographic.com/blog/africas-longest-migration-revealed/

If you would like to be a part of this special safari experience, get in touch with us and we’ll help you plan your perfect trip.


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