Botswana’s Green Season is often referred to as its ‘secret season’. Visitors often think that the reduced prices, equates to the game viewing being compromised – but in truth this is often not the case. This time of the year is when the summer rains descend upon Botswana, turning the Okavango Delta into a beautiful sea of emerald with river channels snaking and winding their way through. There is plenty of juicy new grass for the animals to graze, and this is also when most of the antelopes give birth to their young – the nutrient rich new grasses helps mums produce richer milk for their babies to suckle on.
This is especially so in the Nxai Pan National Park – one of the most stark, stunning and iconic areas in Botswana, south-east of the Okavango Delta. The Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan network of salt pans are some of the largest of their kind in the world. The huge, flat expanses of sun-blasted terrain were once part of a great super lake that covered much of northern Botswana.
Every year, up to 10,000 zebras make their way to Nxai Pan after the summer rains to feed on the succulent new grasses that cover the pan. The zebras predominantly migrate south from Chobe National Park / Namibia, some from the Boteti River, and a handful from the Delta areas. The zebras that descend south cover a distance of 250km, making it the longest land animal migration. The volume of numbers is also second to the famous Seregenti migration, and is a sight to behold, especially with baby zebras frolicking over the expansive landscape.
Nxai Pan camp (pictured above), owned and operated by Kwando Safaris, has 9 thatched ensuite rooms with outdoor showers. The lodge is the only one inside the National Park and not only is famous for heralding in the zebra migration from late December to early March, but is also closest to the site of Baines’ Baobabs. Baines’ Baobabs was made famous when explorer Thomas Baine painted the magnificient trees back in the 1860s.
Other species typical of the area include lions, elephants, oryx, giraffe – and is also special as being one of the areas in Botswana to see both impalas and spring bok. (Springboks are a desert-adapted antelope and impalas are commonly found in the delta.)
Come to see this amazing migration at only USD 1725 per person for a 3 night stay, a special price offered as part of its Five Rivers Package.
The price includes return flights from Maun in light air crafts and 3 nights of fully inclusive accommodation (meals, drinks and alcoholic beverages, activities).