Kanana Camp, Okavango Delta: The Lowdown

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Kanana is a fabulous camp for those who want comfort, an authentic atmosphere and the quintessential Okavango Delta experience, with fabulous birds and boating safaris.

What’s Kanana Camp really like? Kanana’s built on an island overlooking the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. The main part of camp is raised up on decking and has a pleasingly natural feel- walls are canvas, floors are wood and there’s a general air of friendly informality. There are cosy chairs to curl up in and a communal dining table where you’ll often eat with your guides discussing the excitements of the day. Wooden walkways lead away from here to the eight luxury safari tents. These are large and comfortable- almost more like canvas chalets than tents- and have en suite bathrooms with showers and flushing loos. There is also a two-roomed family tent (Kanana accepts children over the age of 7). Kanana also has a small swimming pool- the waterways are strictly for hippos and crocs only!

What can I do at Kanana? Your activities at Kanana really depend on the water levels in the Okavango Delta. During months when water levels are low, there are good day and night game drives and walking safaris, and during the higher water months (around May-November) the highlight at Kanana is the water activities. Kanana is especially well placed for boat safaris– either heading out to explore by motorboat or in the traditional manner, by mokoro. Birding is also excellent.  From August-October there’s one of the largest heronries in the Okavango Delta which is fantastic for spotting all sorts of herons, storks, and pelicans, and during the rest of the year there are excellent sightings of fish eagles, kingfishers and other water birds. Fishermen will be tempted by bream (roughly from May to September) and seriously challenging Tiger fish from September through till around mid-November.  Kanana also has a sleep-out deck for guests who want the adventure of a night under the stars- please let us know if you would like us to include this for you.

Giving back at Kanana:  The owners of Kanana support Bana Ba Letsatsi- a programme set up to support vulnerable children in Maun- funds from their safaris go to support the work here. Should you wish to have a more hands-on role in supporting the community, Kanana is also part of the Pack for a Purpose scheme, where you can use extra space in your luggage to bring out much needed donations.

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