So You’ve Heard of the Great Migration… but what about the Zebra Migration?

The Great Migration, often called ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, is one of Africa’s most renowned attractions — consisting of over a million wildebeest along with huge numbers of gazelle and zebra, it’s not hard to see why. But wildebeest are not the only mammals that make such an incredible annual trek…

Recently, researchers have discovered that zebras make an impressive journey of their own in Botswana. The details of this epic trip aren’t clear, but we do know that it’s the second largest land-based migration in Africa, one of the greatest natural spectacles on the continent. Here’s everything you need to know about Botswana’s zebra migration, one of Africa’s best-kept secrets.

  • The migration is made up of between 25,000 and 30,000 plains zebra. Their epic journey begins in the southern Okavango and heads through the Nxai Pan National Park, ending up at the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. At some point the group splits up into smaller pods, some stopping along the way and others travelling even further.
  • The zebras make their way between the Okavango Delta and the Pans in search of mineral-rich grasses, fresh water sources, and safe breeding grounds. While this migration of ungulates is not as famous as the Serengeti’s Great Migration, it’s no less impressive...

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