Reviews of Kanana Mokoro Trail
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Special personal treatment
Although this camp will take 4 people, my husband and I were the only guests on our two nights there. Compared to other camps we stayed at, this was the most like proper camping, but it was quite luxurious camping. Our tent was just big enough for a double bed with about meter of space to stand on two sides (the other two sides of the bed were right up against the fabric of the tent). The bed had super-soft sheets and comfy pillows. We had two canvas basins for washing up, a towel rack, a small table with drinking water, and our "own personal mirror" tacked to the enormous mangosteen tree above our campsite. Our tree also shaded a canvas enclosed bucket shower and a separate canvas enclosed long-drop toilet.
The mangosteen was flowering and our guide, Paul, told us when we arrived that the elephants love the tiny, sticky, fallen flowers and come to camp at night to "hoover them up." Our first night they were nowhere to be seen but the second night a herd that Paul estimated to be 20 to 25 spent most of the night hoovering. In fact some of the smaller elephants (still nearly 2 meters tall) came right up and ate the flowers off the tent. As we had opened all the vents we could see them just centimeters away through the tent mesh. At the time, even though Paul had said there was no danger, I was unnerved. But the worst that happened, thankfully, was that one blew dirt out of its trunk through the tent mesh onto my husband's head! (That woke him up!)
When Paul learned we are birders he organized to take us back to the main Kanana camp so we could go in their motor boat to a huge heronry (communal nesting site) with hundreds of Maribou and Yellow-billed Storks and Pink-backed Pelicans in addition to a smaller number of Open-billed Storks and Grey Herons. We also had the chance to see an African Fish-eagle fishing.
As the camp advertises that most of your time is spent the mokoro canoes, we had worried a bit about hippos and crocodiles ahead of time; but we saw only two very small baby crocodiles and a few hippos from a good distance, both while in the larger motor boat on our visit to the heronry.
Our mokoro trips through the delta were idyllic. As everything I read beforehand says it is a very different experience from other modes of travel in the bush. Being right at water level gives a different perspective, floating past water lilies and papyrus. Our mokoro poler, Foster, pointed out the birds from their calls and found tiny, little frogs in an array of patterns and colors. A special sighting from the mokoro was a Saddle-billed Stork with its amazing, huge, red and yellow bill.
A very special memory was made on the second evening of our two nights there. The two ladies who took care of the camp made us a lovely dinner 'in the bush' (away from the camp a little way with a big bonfire), for just the two of us, in honor of our thirtieth anniversary. The meals in camp were also outdoors and the food here was delicious. The kitchen was obviously fully supplied. As in our other camps the variety of food and, especially the vegetables, was impressive.
Another special treat for us was listening to Paul tell stories of spending time with his grandparents at the cattle post in the summers when he was a child.
I would definitely recommend this camp for the personal treatment and unique experience.
very good experience
Very well organised. safety and security a top priority. Excellent food and very comfortable accommodation. The tents were provided with remarkably comfortable beds Grateful to Andrew for introducing us to bush walking which was wonderful. Makoro trips delightful. The wholde experience was quite magical and we were fortunate to see a pair of Pels fishing owlsRead more about the whole trip
Luxury in the Bush on Kanana Mokoro.
I spent just 2 nights on the Kanana Mokoro trail with my girlfriend in August. The stay was part of a wider Okavango safari.
In summary the stay was excellent. You stay in a mobile camp situated on one of the smaller islands that form part of the Delta.
Location - We flew into the Delta from Maun, drove for 30 minutes, and then took the Mokoro (canoe) for a further 30 minutes to our own personal island. Here you are greeted by your team for the stay, your two Guides, a Chef and the rest of the team.
Accommodation - Zip tents, luxuriously presented, excellent vantage point, bucket showers, (posh) long drop toilet.
Activities - The days are spent traversing the various waterways in the Mokoro, you are accompanied by your guide at all times. The Mokoro trail offers an alternative and very interesting safari experience to the walking or 4x4 safari. You rarely see big game, this trip is more for the purists who want an up close and personal perspective on the wildlife of the Okavango Delta, at the micro level.
Essentially you sit back quite comfortably in your canoe and soak up the atmosphere of the water ways. The Delta is a unique ecosystem and the Mokoro offers the best means by which to see the vegetation, insects, amphibians, birdlife, reptiles etc. If you are lucky you will see the Pels Fishing Owl (I was), and the secretive Sitatunga (I was/barely).
Food - We were amazed at what the very basic kitchen could produce. We were treated to a fine dining experience in the bush everyday.
Guiding - Our Guide for the stay was a young English guy. I found him to have an excellent and wide ranging understanding of the environment, culture, history and geology of the Delta. First Class and professional guiding.
Note - Whilst the Makoro's are quite comfortable, you should be aware that you are very much in nature on this trip, reeds, grasses, spiders and other insects will buffet you very slightly, so for those more comfortable in a vehicle you should give this some consideration.
Fascinating Kanana Mokoro Trail
One of the highlights of our trip. Simply nothing we could fault here, we loved it.
Dougie, the guide, has a wealth of knowledge which he shares with an infectious enthusiasm. Be aware that you have to sit in a mokoro for hours at a time, and this may be uncomfortable if you are not prepared for it.
The standard of service - food, guiding, support - from the whole crew was outstanding.
Kanana Mokoro Trail review
Our guide Paul was so knowledgeable and fun. I loved it that the camp was solar powered (except for the propane freezer) and that everything had been brought into the camp on mokoro! This was our second mokoro trip in the Delta and it was better than the first.
We had hippo chewing outside our tent each night, long cruises through the delta where we learning flora and fauna and heard waterbuck herds splashing their way away from us. Incredible food (including a very cool tour of the kitchen), lovely staff who sang to welcome us, sang Obama songs for us at dinner (we loved it), catered to our every whim and taught us about the gentle, quiet life on an island in the delta.
We saw amazing birds, including a Pel's Fishing Owl that Paul spotted and made sure we all had great views of. I loved it, loved it. It was here where I learned what the Hartlaub's Babblers sounded like, what Crested Barbet looked like, and heard the Fishing Eagle call every morning and evening. Add that to lions roaring at night...magical. I dream about this delta trip when work is stressful here...it's so nice to know that peaceful place is there. Highly recommended! We will also do this again.
MUST DO way to see the Delta
Absoulte highlight of our trip. Just three of us on a small island looked after by five fabulous staff.
Location was amazing - 40 mins mokoro trip from nearest camp on a small island where everything was set up in s simple but remarkably effective way. Not what we expected for 'camping out' in the delta. Being greeted with a gin and tonic was a good start!
The whole staff made an exceptional job to make us feel at home and ensure we reallt enjoyed every moment. How the cook produces such stunning meals including fresh bread and cakes baking on embers I will never know. Paul, the guide (see references to him at Footsteps camp), was knowledgable with infectious enthusiasm and really 'read' us and what we wanted. We felt we were truly 'feeling' the delta without any over sensitivity on safety
Mokoro trails with Abulance and Chief were great - they did absolutely everything they could to find the animlas and birds for us, punting through the thickest reeds we had seen. Sitatunga, Pels Fishing Owl, Fish eagle etc, they found the lot. And hippos look a lot larger from a mokoro!
Overall an incredibly relaxing experience, visiting extraordinary scenery and wildlife, with every possible help from the staff. Cannot recommend it too much. Oh and a large bull elephant coming through the camp at night walking around the drinks table was memorable!