​Expert Reviews – Nxai Pan NP

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Mark Eveleigh   –  
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Visited: December

Mark is a travel writer who grew up in Africa and has written over 700 titles for CNN Traveller, Travel Africa, BBC Wildlife and others.

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Where delta meets desert
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Africa’s great wilderness areas are in a constant state of flux. Harsh Dry seasons can represent a time of easy feasting for the predators while a sudden downpour brings on a period of sheer joy for the great herds. I flew into Nxai by chopper, hoping the see the zebra migration from the air, during its southbound trek. I was perhaps two days too early to catch it in full swing. However, the flight was a fine chance to set Botswana’s desert geography into context in my mind. It’s also an ideal alternative to the rather uninteresting, arrow-straight road from Maun. Within a couple of days, the relatively empty plains and pans of Nxai were being invaded by the vanguard of the great zebra migration. The migration sweeps down from the wetlands east of the Delta. I stayed at Migration Expeditions. This new African Bush Camps venue was inspired primarily to offer an opportunity to witness one of Africa’s great migrations. This was my second visit to Nxai Pan. It was an unforgettable experience to see the desiccated, mirage-wreathed pans transformed into flood-lands by the first heavy rains of the season.

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