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Botswana Zebra Migration
When most people think of a huge animal migration in Africa, the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara, is probably what first comes to mind. But did you know that in Botswana, depending on the time of year, you can view up to 25,000 zebra, on a migration that takes them from the dry salt-pans to the Boteti river in search of water.
Every year as the famous saltpans of Botswana dry up after the rains, many animals go in search of water, mostly towards the Boteti river, one of the few drainage systems that carry water from the Okavango Delta. This migration is one of the largest mass animal movements in Africa.
The migration was in danger of becoming part of history because since the early 1990's, drought has meant that the river no longer flows and the last pools dried up in 1995. Although the latest news is that this year it did flow for the first time in over twenty years. Luckily between this time a camp known as Meno a Kwena (Crocodile's Teeth) that is based on the Botet river has been filling the waterholes in the river bed using pumps, providing thousands of animals with life saving water.
Where is Meno a Kwena
The camp is located about 1 and a half hours drive from Maun and is probably the most accessible safari Camp by road in the Kalahari and Okavango. If you are going to stay with them you can get transfers from the airport at Maun. The camp itself has an elevated position over the river where you get a fantastic view of all the wildlife that comes to drink at the pools.
By staying at Meno a Kwena, you can feel good in the knowledge that you are helping to protect this fantastic migration as not only do they supply water, but Meno A Kwena Tented Camp has initiated the Water for Life Trust to coordinate the sustainable tourism developments, community involvement & wildlife conservation projects. They act as a buffer between the farms, the farmers and the wildlife. The also employ local people, who because they now have a job have less reason to poach wildlife.
When to Visit
The best time to visit is between June and October during the dry season when all the animals congregate at water sources and it is sometimes possible to see up to 25,000 zebra.
The camp itself, is comfortable, yet basic. It accommodates up 16 guests, sleeping in tents and there is no electricity. Cooking is done over an open fire.
You can also go on an excursion to the salt pans that lie over 5 hours away, where you get to spend the night under the stars in an area that truly seems out of this world. In every direction you look for as far as you can see, you will see nothing but the dry white flat earth, with nothing to interrupt your view, you can see the curvature of the earth.
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Botswana borders Zimbabwe in the northeast, South Africa in the south and southeast and Namibia in the west. A land of contrasts with the harsh dry environments of the Kalahari Desert & Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (Makarikari) and the wetland areas of the Okavango Swamps, Limpopo and Chobe Rivers and Lake Ngami. Botswana offers almost everything that you could want out of a true safari holiday destination.
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Okavango River - Botswana
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