Botswana’s zebra migration is an almost unknown, wild spectacle that occurs annually in this southern African country. It’s the longest single migration of animals that has ever been recorded, and it’s an incredible sight to see first hand, as thousands of zebra kick up plumes of dust as they move from one grazing area to another.
This guide will explain the best places in Botswana to see this natural phenomenon, as well as the best times of year to visit to enjoy the best experience possible. This is our complete guide to Botswana’s zebra migration.
How to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is best accessed from the small town of Gweta, which lies around 40 kilometres east of the park entrance. There are lodgings available in the village here and it’s a good base to organise 4WD tours across the salt pans, as the road here will remain open even during the worst rains. Gweta can be accessed from Francistown, which in turn is connected to Botswana’s capital, Gaborone.
A more intense and exciting experience is to spend a few nights’ camping out in the various luxury safari camps that are found on the edge of the park. There are several of these luxurious sites, offering tented accommodation in beautiful settings. Many have their own airstrips, allowing guests to arrive and depart even if the roads in are flooded or impassable. Spending the night under the stars in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park before heading off on a game drive in the early morning to spot the huge herds of zebra migrating is a unique experience that few other tourists to Botswana ever have the opportunity to see.