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Kanaan Desert Retreat
Kanaan Desert Retreat
Kanaan Desert Retreat
Kanaan Desert Retreat
Kanaan Desert Retreat
Kanaan Desert Retreat
Kanaan Desert Retreat

Kanaan Desert Retreat


25°50’41.2"S 16°9’27.4"E

Reviews of Kanaan Desert Retreat

Wildlife sightings and reviews

8 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Kanaan Desert Retreat and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

Wildlife sightings by our travellers
Starting in Sep-2019, 4 of our travellers have recorded their wildlife sightings at Kanaan Desert Retreat.
Leopard

0% success

Cheetah

0% success

Oryx

75% success

Brown Hyena

25% success

Aardvark

0% success

Giraffe

0% success

Meerkat

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Wildebeest

0% success

Zebra

0% success

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Ms L.
Monmouth

"Kanaan Desert Retreat review"

1 night Arrived 29 Aug 2022
"A bit far off the route for an overnight stop.

Poor briefing, no water in rooms, no hot water flasks as promised, access paths a bit too rough. Cabin views were fabulous.
Just felt overall like a new venture not quite settled down." See all these reviews: 10n in South Africa; 7n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Average

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Average
Facilities:
Average
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Good
Mr P.
Vienna

"Kanaan Desert Retreat review"

2 nights Arrived 12 Aug 2022
"The only slight disappointment on this trip. The tented chalets are OK, but quite small and with limited facilities due to electricity restrictions. I’m not saying it’s “basic” but it certainly isn’t “luxury in the desert”, as it is advertised. Again, nights were very cold (and obviously there’s no heating) so our thermals came in handy once more. The long paths down to our chalet (No. 5) were quite steep and gravely – OK to negotiate for us (with care), but for people who aren’t very sure on their feet (or have real mobility issues) this could be quite a problem indeed.

The main part with the dining room at the top of the site (another long climb) is too small for the lodge’s capacity, and the table layout was not made appropriate use of. So one group of travellers who arrived later for dinner the first night had to sit outside in the cold, while inside one table for four was occupied by a single traveller and three more by couples. This could have been organized better. The staff felt a bit overtaxed and stressed. Supplies were limited too: on arrival we were presented a long lunch menu – just to be informed that the only item actually available was cheese-and-ham sandwiches, so nothing for my non-meat-eating wife. That said, though, they accommodated her dietary restriction excellently at dinner.

I was less lucky; on the second evening my main course was oryx steak, which I ordered medium-well-done, but it arrived rare. I sent it back to be cooked more, but it returned medium-rare (so I only ate part of it, leaving the rare middle). Of the drinks menu, less than half of what was listed was actually available, and white wine had run out entirely on the second evening. After dinner there was some unexpected “entertainment”: three of the female kitchen staff singing a number of songs, mostly in Nama, which was intriguing to listen too. But it was basically a way of extracting extra tips. I’d like to except one staff member from all my criticism, however, namely Sharon, who was all-round lovely, with her sparkling enthusiasm making up for some of the shortcomings of the place.

We had one activity included, namely a sunset scenic drive. This was very nice though slightly marred by a couple of French kids (maybe four and six years old) constantly wittering away without a pause throughout the drive. We also booked an extra scenic drive the next morning, which was superb, this time included various animal sightings, and ended with a cool drive into the red dunes. On balance, though, I’d say a single night here would have been sufficient. Now that the two cheetahs they used to have in a large enclosure have passed away, a key attraction of Kaanan has disappeared. And since the morning drive can be done before departing, I’d advice on not staying more than one night here.

The scenery and the views are outstanding, but they’re not unique to this lodge’s location, so maybe there are better alternatives in the area." See all these reviews: 21n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Food:
Average
Facilities:
Average
Sightings Report

Brown Hyena

1 sighting

Oryx

Multiple sightings

Jonathan
Toulouse

"Kanaan Desert Retreat review"

1 night Arrived 25 Jul 2022
"Unbelievable location, built on the edge of a hillside overlooking miles and miles of savanah. Huts basic, with hot water only in the afternoon and evening as heated by the sun but when you're this remote, its part of the experience.

Watching the sunset and the sunrise from the hut balcony ...with animals and birds walking on the plains below. Only a few rooms which adds to the relaxed and intermitate feel. The restaurant has similar views, dinner and breakfast was excellent, staff very friendly.

Would love to go back and spend a couple of nights there." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Sightings Report

Oryx

4 sightings

Mrs C
Barbados

"Kanaan Desert Retreat review"

1 night Arrived 14 Jul 2022
"Must say the two staff - chef Claudia and hostess Sharon were exceptional - you drive to reception to collect your key and then drive up to the dining room/ lounge where you are ably looked after by the two charming individuals for drinks, dinner and breakfast.

The views and location are amazing and certainly worth the drive.

The tents are basic and would not have mentioned the word “luxury” anywhere in the description. We purposely did not have an evening shower - aware of desert location and solar tank capacity so when you only then have cold water in the morning it does not sit well !!

Silly things missed too by housekeeping - bring boiling water for morning drinks but rooms missing milk or creamer ! That said we still had a wonderful stay - all really down to the team mentioned. Food was amazing and the team even sang and danced for us after dinner!" See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Rooms:
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Food:
Excellent
Mrs J.
Newton Abbot

"Kanaan Desert Retreat review"

1 night Arrived 12 Jul 2022
"Beautiful remote location." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Good
Service:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Mr & Mrs M
Reading

"Kanaan Desert Retreat review"

2 nights Arrived 20 Nov 2021
"Incredible location on hillside looking out over huge barren plain with only movement oryx and horses trudging from the horizon to use the small waterhole. Only suitable for the reasonably mobile with steep rocky paths down from the car park to the tents and from the tents up to the main building.

Very tasty and sophisticated food.

Sundowner drive quite expensive but well worth it" See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr & Mrs B.
Richmond

"Kanaan Desert Retreat overnight Stay"

1 night Arrived 16 Sep 2019
"Another lodge in the middle of the desert but with memorable views over the dearest landscape. The tented chalets are built on stilts set against the hillside take full advantage of the available views. The units are small and well equipped but due to a limited power supply certain items could not be provided. A minimal inconvenience. The restaurant was also set against the hill up from the chalets to afford diners a superb view of the sunset. Staff very friendly, but not overly so. Food and service was very good. The office was located over the hill from the chalets, as was the small pool, which was abit inconvenient. There was a problem with the internet when paying on check out, but it was slowly resolved. We didn't avail ourselves of any activities, as we only stayed overnight." See all these reviews: 22n in Namibia; 6n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Mr & Mrs P
Australia

"Kanaan Desert Retreat review"

2 nights Arrived 30 Apr 2017
"Situated in awesome setting, really enjoyed early morning drive to their private vlei and evening drive to the dunes. Observing their 2 cheetahs in "rehab" very interesting. Appreciate their efforts to help oryx by getting in volunteers to remove kilometres of old farm fences. Great food, well worth a visit." See all these reviews: 27n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Good
Service:
Good
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
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