Migration Expeditions is an excellent option for the more experienced safari-goer! It also proves pretty enticing for any travellers interested in adding diversity to a green-season safari in the Okavango Delta, for example.
The latest addition to the African Bush Camps portfolio, Migration Expeditions is a stylish and intimate camp. The ‘Migration’ its name refers to is the movement of huge herds of zebra from Caprivi/Chobe region into Nxai Pan. The camp could be combined with a green-season (December–March) stay in Botswana’s Okavango Delta region, to provide a great range of experiences across two distinct parts of the country. The accommodation can be booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, morning and afternoon game drives, trips to Baines’ baobabs, and a laundry service. Migration Expeditions is open from 1st December to 31st March every year.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp can be accessed via air or road transfer from Maun Airport to Nxai Pan Main Gate, followed by 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive. It’s situated within the stunning Nxai Pan National Park.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT MIGRATION EXPEDITIONS:
Guest accommodation consists of six tents, each made out of grey canvas. Every tent is positioned on a low deck, where you can relax and enjoy amazing views! Entering the tent, you’ll find a comfy double bed or twin beds, bedside stands and lighting, a chair, and a couple of luggage racks. Soft furnishings such as bedspreads and rugs appear vibrantly patterned and a few plants are dotted around the bedroom space. To one side of this space, a canvas curtain can be opened to reveal the en-suite facilities, which comprise separate flush toilet, washbasin with mirror over, and, beyond another canvas partition, an outdoor bucket shower! This area of the tent also contains a storage unit for clothes and other belongings.
The lounge tent and dining tent at Migration Expeditions is also made out of grey canvas, with a medley of well-cushioned sofas, armchairs, and pouffes around coffee and occasional tables. A large shelf unit houses various books, as well as an intriguing assortment of artefacts. Seating is also placed just outside the tent, so guests are able to relax al fresco. In the dining tent, there’s one long table for communal meals, flanked by what might be cowhide seating. The fire-pit is set up just a short distance from both tents, and provides another al fresco venue for getting to know your fellow travellers and exchanging safari stories!
ACTIVITIES AT MIGRATION EXPEDITIONS:
Migration Expeditions offer the following activities:
Expertly guided game drives- Nxai Pan National Park covers over 2,500 square kilometres of grasslands, shrublands, and woods. Vehicle safaris from camp are available during the early morning and late afternoon into evening, and they’ll provide excellent opportunities to view the park’s wealth of wildlife! Of course the highlight here is the green-season zebra migration, when astonishing numbers of the black-and-white beauties move into the area from Caprivi/Chobe area to enjoy the plentiful plant life that springs up all over the pan. Nxai also becomes very popular with wildebeest and other herbivores during this season, which in turn attracts an impressive concentration of predators such as lion and cheetah. Brown and spotted hyenas can also be sighted, scavenging after every kill. You’ll likely see bat-eared fox too, in addition to giraffe, kudu, impala, and even elephant once the rains have set in.
Birding- Nxai Pan is a dream destination for keen birders. The period from November to April is breeding season, and a host of migrant species enters the park to flaunt their colourful plumage! Among the birds in residence are ostrich, yellow-billed kite, secretary bird, and the enchanting carmine bee-eater.
Photography- Migration Expeditions provide photo sessions for amateurs and professionals alike. In the company of an expert photographer, you’ll be able to capture memorable moments on film for your safari album!
Visit Baines' baobabs- This millennia-old gathering of mighty trees takes its name from the explorer and artist Thomas Baines, who painted a picture of the baobabs in 1862 during a trip through the salt pans. Located on a small island, the baobabs are well worth visiting in between your wildlife activities here.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.