Africa’s most enduring wildlife migration exposed
The now record-breaking migration is completed by thousands of zebra who travel the annual passage between the flat floodplains belonging to the Chobe River in Namibia and the vast grasslands of the Nxai Pan National Park in neighbouring Botswana.
The new findings are the result of a collaboration between four organisations – the World Wildlife Fund, Namibia’s Ministry of Environment & Tourism, Elephants Without Borders and Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks – who’ve come together to document the zebras’ incredible journey.
The ground-breaking research was carried out by placing global positioning system-assisted collars onto eight adult zebra in order to track their every move.
For individuals mulling over personalised holidays to Namibia, they may not immediately associate great wildlife migrations with the west African nation, instead typically correlating these with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.
Nevertheless, the new research suggests otherwise and the 300-mile migration is all the more impressive considering the numerous barriers to animals’ free movement in Africa at large, namely the threat of poaching and border patrol.
That is why this area of Africa is so unique and promotes free movement between the southern Africa nations as part of the Kavango-Zambezi Conservation Area.
This sanctuary was established in 2011 and spans an area that includes Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe within its boundaries.
This means that all five southern African nations are able to share the beauty of wildlife such as zebra and elephant, boosting their own tourism appeal in turn.