Summer In Botswana: When Savute’s Zebras Really Dazzle!
Safari, Bostwana, Savute, Wildlife, Zebra-Migration
Summer is a
special time, especially for wildlife enthusiasts visiting the Botswana region
of Africa, especially when you choose to visit the Savute region of the Chobe
the second-largest summer Zebra migration in Africa; its timing is determined
by the rains, but usually occurs between November and December and again
between February and April, when huge numbers of zebra move from the rivers in
the north in search of the rain-ripe grasslands and full waterholes in the
southwest of the park. The migration is always followed by large numbers of
predators, including lion and hyaena.
This is why
the Zebra migration is a must-see for visitors.
The Savute Region
The Savute is
an area in Chobe National Park which borders the Okavango Delta to the west and
Chobe National Park to the east and is one of Africa's best known big game
areas. Savute is a beautiful part of the spectacular Chobe National Park in
Botswana and it stretches all along the northern boundaries of the park to the
from the Linyanti River all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of
the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National
Park for many thousands of generations. However, this fickle and unpredictable
channel, which has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up,
independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere, has mystified
local inhabitants, geologists and others for many years.
Livingstone, the first European to visit the area, saw the Savute Channel in
1851 it was flowing. Thirty years later it had disappeared, and the Savute Marsh
had dried out, remaining this way for almost 80 years. It flowed again from the
late 1950s to the early 1980s, when it again receded, hence its reputation as
‘the river that flows in both directions’.
In 2009, after
another extended hiatus, the channel began flowing again and by January 2010
had spilled into the Savute Marsh for the first time in three decades, but for
how long – no one knows …
Savute’s waters are running again and it offers an excellent base for Botswana
safari tours. With its lush vegetation and marshlands, an abundance of
wildlife roam freely and apart from the famous Zebra migration, there is a
myriad of birds and incredible wildlife including Lion, Hyaena, Buffalo, and
famous for its predators, especially its resident lion and spotted hyena
populations. The game-viewing can be exceptional, and the wide variety of
activities on offer make this an area not be missed. Many day trips will
incorporate a visit to the Savute Marsh to give you a chance to see the
historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a backdrop of
teeming wildlife. Guests can also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings
at Gubatsa Hills – a small hilly outcrop which forms a prominent landmark in
the otherwise flat landscape.
The African Zebra
three species of Zebra in Africa: Burchell's or plains Zebra, the Grevy’s Zebra
of east Africa and the Mountain Zebras, Cape and Hartmann's, of South Africa
and Namibia. Only the Burchell’s Zebra are seen in the Savute area.
with its black and white striped coat, is generally an inhabitant of the
African savannahs. What is not so well known is that the Zebras of the southern wilderness areas
also have a shadow brown stripe in-between the white and black striped pattern.
This distinguishes them from the Zebra of East Africa.
An interesting fact is that no two coat patterns of any Zebra are the same!
Similar to fingerprinting in humans, every individual’s coat pattern is unique.
This is why when a Zebra is born the mother keeps it hidden from other Zebras
until her patterns have been imprinted on the foal’s memory.
Did You Know?
noun for a group of Zebra is a ‘dazzle,’ so named because animals are colour
blind and they find zebra very difficult to spot, especially when running in a
herd – so this is their self defence mechanism.
Some Incredible Botswana Tours
Apart from a
summer tour to Savute, there are many other incredible sightings and exciting
places to see, when on tour with internationally renowned tour operators Jewel of Africa. We have a comprehensive
range of tours to this and other equally impressive destinations. 5, 7, 9 and
10 day tour packages are available to various parts of Botswana and can be combined
with tours to the Victoria Falls and the Okavango delta. Check them out on
our website or contact us to
arrange your own personalised, tailor made tour to suit your pocket and