It has recently come to light that Namibia’s wild zebras are involved in the world’s longest migration in their search for year-round grazing.
This journey covers a distance of 500km across Namibia and Botswana. While this migration is on a much smaller scale than that of the Serengeti, and the meandering trails of the Serengeti herds cover more ground – the distance between start and end point is much further, making Namibia’s zebras the record holders.
Burchell’s zebra migrates the longest distance of any terrestrial animal in Africa, traveling 160 miles one way.They migrate from the Chobe River in Namibia to Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana.Their migration follows a straight north–south route almost entirely within the Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area
Formerly, the Burchell’s zebra range was centered north of the Vaal/Orange river system, extending northwest via southern Botswana to Etosha and the Kaokoveld, and southeast to Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal. Now extinct in the middle portion, it survives at the northwestern and southeastern ends of the distribution.