Reviews of Kanana
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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.
The chalet looked a bit tired and and the design made it impossible to get a through-flow of air, making it very hot in the afternoons.
The guide was excellent and we got very good leopard photos on our 1st drive.
Excellent photo opportunities on the boat trips with 'close' encounters with hippos, and a truely excellent bird life, including a diving African Fish Eagle. Lots of giraffe action as well.
An marvellous experience.
The reason for making down on facilities is that two out of the three boats were out of use.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kanana. The staff looked after us very well (especially when our boat lost its propeller out on the delta.)
They ensured that we made the best use of our short time there, and that we were picked up and dropped off for our connecting flights punctually.
Guides again were very knowledgable about animals and birds etc.
Kanana - great water safaris
The water/boating activities were fantastic and our guide KeKe was very good. Amos our land guide also was very good, but the lack of game was due to the floods and therefore the game drives were limited, but we saw all there was to see.
The camp itself and location was lovely, but we felt the service and food was not quite up to the standard of Okuti. The staff did not seem to have to same spirit of camaraderie as the othe two camps.
Kanana was lovely but very much like shibde were we had just come from. I think we would have been better to have spent our last few days in a different region.Read more about the whole safari
This was the smartest room we had. Our guide Moses was the best also the best driver of the trip.Read more about the whole safari
A great setting for the camp and good lively introduction to the Camp and activities by the Leader , Olivia. Again very good guies and the walking tour was well worth the trip with a guide, Waso, who knew the plants and trees as well as the habits of the animals.
The Makoro trip was really good with Foster. A great Camp to return to.
Staying with elephants in Kanana
Wonderful staff, lovely surroundings, great food, excellent facilities. And lots of elephants, in and around the camp.
The only thing that made the experience less than perfect was that our guide seemed on edge a lot of the time. Maybe the chemistry between us, maybe that's just how the guy is. Which was a pity because we never had any doubts about his competence in the bush: he most certainly knew his wildlife, and we never felt less than safe but it did detract from enjoying the trips with him occasionally.
Having said that, we had a great time in Kanana, with 2 activities standing out in particular:
First, the boat trip to the heronry, which is simply astounding (seeing the one at Shinde after this one was rather disappointing).
And second, a mokoro trip in the morning, something Kanana came recommended for - and rightfully so.
What a fantastic introduction to the Delta!
A welcoming and well-run camp, with friendly staff, an excellent guide (Moses), lovely rooms, and good food.
Our boys (12 year old twins) had a fanitastic time - our guide made sure that they had every opportunity to participate and to learn, and took time to explain things in language they understood.
This was the best possible introduction to the Delta area.