Zebra Migration

Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration

Covering over 150 km the zebra migration from the Okavango Delta to the Makgadikgadi ceased in 1968 with the erection of veterinary fences in the 1950s and 1960s.  It has however been re-established over recent years with the removal of the fences.

Recent research has identified other significant zebra migrations, with a research team consisting of WWF, the Namibian Ministry of the Environment and Elephants Without Borders fitting eight zebra with tracking collars.  The results were spectacular with the discovery that the Nxai Pan plains zebra had migrated over 150 miles from the Zambezi Region south to Nxai Pan.

Moving from their dry season (July to November) range with the first rains in late November the zebra move south to Nxai Pan over three weeks.  They will remain there for between two and three months before returning north from March. 

The Makgadikgadi migration can be seen from camps on the Boteti like Leroo La Tau or Jack’s Camp with Nxai Pan camp providing viewing of the northern migration.