Reviews of Kanana Mokoro Trail
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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!