Kanana

Reviews of Kanana

Excellent(95%) From 50 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 50 of our travellers who have visited Kanana, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr H & family from Sussex
Arrived on: 26-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Food:
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Kanana review

Like its sister camp Shinde, Kanana provided an excellent experience for 2 nights.

The camp is extremely comfortable, and a communal area with views over the water is a good touch. Service and food was generally very good - though we had one meal which was definitely below the normal standard.

The Kanana concession has a lot of wetland areas, so in December this was a good choice with a good mix of driving, boat trips and mokoro activities available. During the floods it might be harder to drive around the concession. Game was abundant, including large herds of elephant passing through the area, and wildcat during a night drive. The quality of the guiding was very good.

One point to note is that for some reason Kanana are using an older set of vehicles than other camps we stayed (including Shinde). These are less comfortable, give a bumpier ride, and have less visibility (because the seats are higher and the canopy more obstructive). Upgrading the vehicles would definitely improve the overall experience.

Kanana was a great choice as a complement to Shinde camp, with a very different concession, different game, but still excellent standard of accommodation and service.

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Mr S from Surrey
Arrived on: 24-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Service:
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Kanana at xmas

Kanana is a little more modern than the other camps I visited, and by that I mean that the wood looked a little newer but overall the set out are all similar. On arrival from the airstrip Amos, my guide, had an ice cold flannel and a cool drink waiting. While on the drive in we managed to spot a jackal and 3 cubs out playing in the mid-day sun. Arriving at the camp I am greeted by six staff members singing a traditional song, very nice but I feel a bit awkward with all the fuss.

This is a small concession but don't let that fool you, there are animals aplenty here. So many giraffe and elephants and there are cats here as well. The first afternoon drive and at the far end of the concession there are bush fires, sounds dramatic but are not dangerous and travel at what looked like an inch an hour. This is where we find our first leopard within 40 feet of the fires sitting on a log watching the world go by.

Kanana also does proper night drives, going out after the evening meal for a few hours. We managed to see a few lions and a selection of the smaller animals so well worth doing. Then your morning wakeup is accompanied with a tray of fresh coffee (or tea) before it's off on another safari drive. I also went on the boat safari which was great, very relaxing and you get close to the hippos. We saw a baby croc but it's the heronry that will amaze you. Perched on small islands of thick bushes are perched hundreds of juvenile birds from storks to herons which don't fear the boat at all. This allows you to get within 10 feet and experience an amazing sight so close.

I was there for xmas day and our evening meal was out in the bush. We drove out about 15 minutes to an area filled with kerosine lamps on the trees, a near full moon and stars I never normally see and the sounds of wild animals all around. The staff sing for us before yet another fantastic meal in the bush and a few to many red wines.

Overall a great place to stay, very friendly and lots to do and nothing was to much trouble.

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Mr S & Ms M from Banstead
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Quite a good camp.

Please see separate email and attachment.

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Expert Africa comments

This traveller was disappointed with some aspects of Kanana including the birdlife at the heronry and the game densities, which they perceived to be low.

Its worth mentioning that this feedback prompted the camp to send an ornithologist from the Bird Society to take a census at the heronry.

Mrs W & Mrs W from Cornwall
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Kanana review

Fantastic camp in a breathtaking position. The tents were spacious and comfortable and we had a bathroom door - yeh!

The staff were superb and worked tirelessly from before dawn untll late into the night to make sure that we enjoyed every minute. The bush walk with our guide, Andrew, was great fun and the night drive was amazing. We loved the mokoro ride and our trips out to the heronry.

I would like to thank Mark and all his team for an unforgettable few days and would wholeheartedly recommend this camp to anyone wanting to experience the delta.

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Mr. & Mrs. F from Essex
Arrived on: 13-May-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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a luxery lodge

Very comfortable lodge and very friendly and hospitable staff. we appreciated some lunch being left for us when we arrived after 2pm from the Mokoro trail.

Our guide Mypa very helpful.

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Mr & Mrs K from Lyme Regis
Arrived on: 7-May-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Kanana review

Beautiful location very peaceful.

Really appreciated the taylor made feel of the activities in that the camp responded to what we wnated to do when we wanted to do it.

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Mr & Mrs K from Bucks
Arrived on: 4-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Good lodge and good animals

Tent comfortable.

Unfortunately Mrs K was very unwell here, with diarrhoea and vomiting. NOT due to malaria medication as have taken it many times before. Staff helpful with Rehydrate etc. Unwilling to accept responsibility though, which was disappointing. No apologies.

Fortunately we had a stock of powerful antidotes so only one activity missed.
Very good safaris here, with a pride of lions. Elephant in the camp was exciting.

Mokoro trip disappointing as the men seem to have been told to talk non stop for the whole trip which was very irritating.
Management very pleasant.

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Ms O from Vancouver
Arrived on: 17-Mar-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Kanana review

We only spent two nights at Kanana, but enjoyed our time there. The tents and central areas are lovely. Game here is not as plentiful or diverse as some other locations but we were lucky enough to see a leopard hunting on a night drive. We also saw giraffe, hippos, impala and a semi resident elephant, George.

The primary focus is on water activities. We had a fun motor boat trip through papyrus lined channels to a heronry but this wasnt the right season for most birds. We did see some marabou storks. Other interesting birds included saddle billed storks and ground crossbills.

Our guide was Kenny who was knowledgable and easy to get along with. He had a sense of humour too - tipping us off to the "Ugly 5" at the heronry. His bush walk was also interesting. He knew a fair bit about the plants and their uses (including how to use a poisonous one to feign illness and get out of school as a boy).

One problem was that our transfer flight to the next camp was booked for shortly after 10:00, which meant our mokoro trip the second morning was rather short. The manager, Murray, was upset about this but unable to remedy the matter.

Murray was an engaging host. We were the first guests of the year and greeted with sparkling wine accordingly. He's a larger than life character, and my husband in particular enjoyed staying up talking with him by the fire.

The food here was notably good.

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Mr & Mrs V from Jersey
Arrived on: 23-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Kanana review

When we were there, most viewings were of birds and not game. Friendly staff, not much interaction with Manager as in other camps.

My wife was happy with vegetarian food, other food was so-so.

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Mr & Mrs C - Shropshire
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Kanana Revisited

This was our second visit to Kanana and we requested Wago as our guide as we had him last time - his bird identification is brilliant. Sure enough Wago was there waiting for us as the plane touched down and greeted us like old friends.

There were not too many animals (Preditors) in the Kanana consession so much of the time was spent searching for rare birds. Our first game drive yielded a Pel's Fishing Owl (it has taken us three visits to see this species).

We went on a boat ride to the heronry which is always an amazing sight in November. The tent was clean and the food plentiful - but a main course choice would have been nice with not just a vegitarian option, having said this what was available could not be faulted.

Kanana Camp hasn't changed at all - it doesn't need to.

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