Reviews of Kanana
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Please see my joint comments about both lodges on previous page - haven't time to redoRead more about the whole safari
Kanana Camp is in another league entirely. It's luxurious in every way. The tents are terrific, the bathrooms (with their glassed in shower stalls), the appointments, the dinners - all of it was over the top.
Our guide, Amos, had a great "been there, done that, seen it all" personality. We all enjoyed getting to know him and he has a wealth of knowledge to share. The Kanana system, with a guide but no spotter, worked, but especially on the night drive we took it was perhaps not as efficient as using a spotter.
The water based activities at Kanana are wonderful. We did a mokoro trip, a great motor boat excursion and also went fishing. The delta is so beautiful from the vantage point of the water that we certainly could have happily done lots more of those activities. We also went on a very interesting walk with Amos.
The managers, Viv, Glenn and Tobogo were very friendly and helpful - and the staff were great. Our only niggle about the staff is that they were perhaps a bit too attentive. Every time we came to the common areas, went to pour ourselves a drink, sat down to have a look at a reference book or just to relax, somebody was there to engage us in conversation, to pour the drink for us, to look for a way to help. Perhaps there are some who want that kind of service. We would have preferred them to be just a little bit less "there" all the time.
Two staff people who made our time very special were Owner (the female Owner - although the male Owner was great too) and Priscilla. They are both friendly, articulate and sharp young women. They had the self-confidence and charm to joke and talk with us in an authentic and natural way - even to tease us and poke fun. It was a real pleasure to get to know them - however briefly.
Accommodation was very good. Not as luxurious as Kwando but better than Kwara and totally comfortable.
Food was best of the three camps.
Staff was very accommodating and enthusiastic.
Sometimes the staff were too solicitous i.e. wanting to be so helpful that they did not leave one with any space and it could be a bit claustrophobic - but that is but a small criticism in the context of being very well treated.
Every wish and whim was attended to by the personal touch of the camp managers! Nothing was too much for them.
Really enjoyed the activities, and especially singing and dancing into our dinner with the entire staff.
Although the camp managers were outstanding in their professionalism, service and commitment, we missed having the whole camp staffed by local people (management was South African).
Amos our guide and respected elder was superb - we felt privileged to be in the bush with him.
Excellent when combined with the other camps
No big cats but the water environment was very interesting. We had seen a lot of big cats so it did not matter to us however if someone was expecting to see big cats they might be disappointed.
Very attentive, friendly staff who did everything possible to make our stay a success.
This camp was the best for service and those little touches that make a memorable holiday. A bit disappointed in game drives as not much around apart from antelope but water based activities were most enjoyable.
Went to camp to see heronry specifically and it was well worth seeing. Quieter camp and a very good way to end our holiday. Staff very attentive and arranged special locations for our meals, which was a nice gesture.
Kanana has excellent staff and guides, they treated us incredibly well and wanted for nothing. The camp is well laid out and both communal areas and tents are up there with the best of them.
The only down side was the location as at the end of the season the waterways are often too shallow to navigate and limits what they can do.
Another very well run camp at Kanana
This was another excellent camp: run by Mark and Georgi, we really enjoyed it. Our room was large and comfortable, and the common areas of a good standard. The food was a highlight, the best of the three camps we visited, although all were good.
Our guide Kenny was great - very knowledgable and willing to find what we were interested in - including stopping a game drive to take us out on the boat to see Pels fishing owl, when it had been spotted. Water trips were very good, especially to the heronry.
We were there on Botswana independence day, so we were treated to the national anthem (twice! - second time with us singing from a sheet!), a wonderful dinner, and a moving speech by Aubrey (another guide) on his pride in his country. A good mix of game, birds, lovely camp, great people.
Great water based activities at Kanana
The water based activities were the highlight here. We visited the heronry twice. There were large numbers of egrets, storks and pelicans. We also went fishing and watched a fish eagle catch fish. Our guide was very helpful in trying to meet our wishes in respect of the water based activities.
The land based game viewing was not so good as the wildlife was fairly scarce. As the brochure had pointed this out we were not disappointed.
The staff sang to us on two of the three nights we were there which was lovely.
Kanana - a gem in the Delta
Kanana provided an excellent mixture of land and water based outings in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana. We were able to go on a short walking safari and enjoyed the boat ride to the heronry and excursions in the mokoros.
From the welcome choir onwards, the staff were attentive and knowledgeable and made every effort to make sure our stay was enjoyable.
The tents were large, comfortable and well spaced. The food was varied, plentiful and well presented. It was nice that the guides had dinner with the guests.
One of the sundowners was interrupted by two lionesses! Fantastic!