Reviews of Kanana
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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.
Brilliant introduction to Botswana at Kanana
Kanana is a great introduction to safari in the Okovango Delta. Although primarily a water based activity camp, there is also ample scope for game drives with plenty of game on offer. The birding is particularly good - even in the dry season (we saw over 100 species in 3 days). Birds had begun to arrive at the spectacular heronry (pelicans, various storks, herons) by mid-July. This involved an interesting short (30 min) motor-boat journey.
On the drives we saw a pride of lionesses (5) hunting by night. The same pride also passed through the camp (unseen by us). Plenty of elephants - including a night time visit which kept awake some honeymooners in tent 8 at the end of the camp (much to the entertainment of staff and guests the next morning).
The tents were all you could want from a smart hotel room - but with far better views (over the lagoon) and sound effects (frogs, hippos and elephants).
The general areas were comfortable and relaxed. Dining together was jolly and convivial, facilitated by the charming friendly staff who ate with us. Singing and dancing was part of the experience - it never seemed forced or contrived.
The food at the camp, prepared under the supervision of Bea, was first rate. Plentiful, varied, and delicious. The nibbles to accompany the sundowners showed great attention to detail and thoughtfulness.
We had the same guide throughout (Bimen) who was excellent: knowledgeable and good company.
Overall the management was efficient and charming and this created probably the most relaxed and chilled atmosphere of the camps we visited.
Kanana for landscape, with life
Although Kanana is only two minutes' flight from Pompom (we could have travelled by car and boat), its setting was distinctive: ridges above the flood level gave scope for varied woodland around the open swamps and 'pasture'. This provided more cover for game than at Pompom, though birdlife was equally in evidence, and we observed more plants and trees.
Shakes and his colleagues are excellent guides, able to spot Pels fishing owls in thick foliage and knowledgeable on all aspects of wildlife. They willingly took us by vehicle, foot and boat to a range of sites, without spending a long time photographing sleeping lions.
We had come to expect excellent service from managers and staff, and were not disappointed at Kanana: we were served with humour as well as consideration, which made for a very relaxed stay.
Once again nice to walk.
Best guide of all
again a swimmig pool that you could swim in rather than a small plung pool type of place
Good Birding at Kanana
Our Driver/Guide Wago found us many different bird species and animals including a very obliging leopard.
The cruise to the heronry with Fly was out of this world and the Mokoro trip was very good seeing hippos, frogs and again many birds at close quarters.
Food was plentiful and varied. All the staff treated us as though we were part of the family with nothing being too much trouble for them.
A very good camp with good activities, great staff and comfortable accomodation.
Very comfortable Kanana, a great location
Our 4th and final camp in our 10 night Botswana trip ( 2 nights, would have preferred 3). We had the very good fortune to be the only guests on our first night attended to by a staff of 23 - superb! Very very comfortable spacious rooms and main lodge. Very well appointed and maintained.
The only camp with mosquito nets. Regardless of the fact that we didnt see or hear any mosquitoes in the 10 days we think it is 'comforting' to sleep under a net, for any types of bugs. The net windows act as a 'hide' which is great fun when you have a full adult male elephant standing at the tent side munching on the nearby tree at lunch time or at midnight. 'Denise wake up...there's an elephant at the window...'
Probably the best food on our trip ( and the other 3 camps were very good), great variety and amount...another 5 kgs added to the body mass from the experience! The staff were all very attentive, incredbly happy and caring. Starting the day at 6am with tea or coffee delivered to your room ( complete with warthog tea cosy) and finishing the day with a night cap at the camp fire - just magic!
A great location and area especially for water based activities. The early morning boat riide through the delta channels together with an 1.5-2 hour mokoro 'safari ( ride, short island walks, ride) was probably the best moment of a great 10 day trip. The scale and life of the nearby Heronry was also a very special sight.The game drives were educational.
A wonderful experience to round off our final few days in Botswana.
A great time at Kanana
Our experience at Kanana was most enjoyable, everyone was very friendly and helpful. The food was superb, our guide Wagu, showed us so much and nothing was too much trouble - we had a lot of fun.
Foster took us out on the makurus, both morning and evening and again he was great fun. Our first night was exciting as we were woken up at 1 a.m by a tremendous noise of splashing around our tent, a huge elephant then appeared right at the end of our veranda, about 20 feet away from our beds!
He continued to eat some leaves very noisily for 15 minutes and then went on his way. We soon got used to nightly interruptions here and at other camps from both elephants and hippos.