Sample Trip

Okavango Delta & Zebra Migration Safari

“Experience the wildness of a UNESCO world heritage site, then follow Botswana’s Zebra Migration"
Budget level: High-End
Country
Botswana
When to Go
Dec to Mar
Duration
6 Nights
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas
Location
Makgadikgadi Pans, Northern Botswana, Okavango Delta
Kids Min Age
12

Dive into the heart of the Okavango Delta! In just 6 days, experience the impressive spectacle of the zebra migration in Botswana. From the picturesque Khwai Leadwood to the bustling Migration Expedition Camp – bear witness to one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders. Adventure awaits!


Itinerary in Brief

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Discover the thrill of the Okavango Delta and witness the spectacle of the zebra migration in Botswana on this 6-day safari. At Khwai Leadwood, nestled on the banks of the Khwai River, immerse yourself in the diversity of the Okavango Delta’s wildlife. Then, venture into the heart of the action at Migration Expedition Camp, located in the path of the annual zebra migration, where you can witness one of Africa’s greatest natural spectacles firsthand.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1-3: Khwai Leadwood

Set within the Okavango Delta’s community-run Khwai Concession, this beautiful camp is tucked under the trees on the edge of the Khwai River. This river is all that separates the iconic Moremi Game Reserve and the concession, with hippos, elephants and even lions crossing over from time to time. Watching these animals manoeuvre through the water is an exceptional experience for even the most travelled safari veterans.

The elegantly designed camp hosts six standard tents and one family unit, keeping in line with the intimate and exclusive wilderness experience. The new camp effortlessly bridges the gap between luxury accommodation and feeling like you’re in the great African outdoors. Woven baskets and beaded décor, along with modern elements, create an authentic contemporary African style.

During the day, guests can enjoy game drives, walking safaris and mokoro safaris (water levels permitting) on the search for Africa’s big attractions including lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe. An additional virtue of this area is that guests can head off on night drives and get an up-close and personal experience with some of Africa’s nocturnal and more elusive animals.

Khwai’s biggest drawcard is undoubtedly the plentiful and extraordinary wildlife – you’ll never be bored here! Adventure and relaxation are on offer as guests live out their ultimate safari experience – from setting off on a morning walking safari to enjoying a gin and tonic overlooking the Khwai River.

Day 4-6: Migration Expedition Camp in Nxai Pan

Nxai Pan National Park is one of the best places to experience the longest zebra migration that spans from Namibia to the Nxai Pan area covering over 1000km. The migration occurs in the protected land of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. Migrations are essential for the ecosystems to avoid over-grazing and they ensure food sources are optimally used. Predators also benefit, as they follow the zebras and other herbivores and prey on the weak and younger herd members.

Migration Expeditions’ eco-sensitive design facilitates a seamless flow between its pristine desert environment and the stylish bush camp. The main area has two canvas-covered hubs; one side housing a dining area with an open kitchen and opposite, a cosy lounge area. Solar-powered charging points are available for those all-important cameras. The fire circle is at the heart of the bush camp offering and is an extension of the shared lounge area. Its magnetic quality beckons, inviting guests to share an authentic, warm African safari experience with us.

Activities on your Nxai pan safari include morning and afternoon game drives inside the national park and visits to Baine’s Baobabs. The intimate camp will be made up of 6 canvas tents set on low decks with bucket showers and two main area tents consisting of the lounge and dining areas.

Nxai Pan is known for its Kalahari lions with their dark manes. The area is home to herds of large bull elephants and in the summertime Botswana’s Zebra Migration which comes down from the Chobe area. Other wildlife that you are likely to see on game drives include herds of wildebeest, giraffe, oryx, springbok and steenbok. The area is also a good spot for seeing cheetah, jackal and the spotted hyena.
If you are lucky you may see some of the rarer species in the area including leopard, wild dog and the brown hyena.

There are over 200 bird species in Nxai Pan and bird watching opportunities are especially great from November to March. Species include Kori bustards, Korhanns and wattled cranes. Once the pans fill up after the rains the area sees an influx of Flamingos. The migratory birds that appear over these months also include the steppe buzzard, the western red-footed kestrel and the lesser-spotted eagle.

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