Okavango Delta, Botswana
Kanana is in a beautiful part of the Okavango Delta, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. Surrounded by towering jackalberry trees, waterways and floodplains this is a little piece of paradise nestled in a place of exceptional beauty. It sums up the Okavango Delta. Peace and tranquillity playing host to a variety of wildlife and birds.
Ker and Downey’s lovely camp, Kanana, offers visitors a warm welcome and a friendly place to stay. You will feel relaxed here, able to unwind amid stunning Okavango Delta scenery with wildlife thrown in to boot.
Whilst you can do both land and water activities here, at the height of the flood it’s predominantly a water camp. You can explore by mokoro, propelled along the winding channels by your capable poler. Kanana even has a few mekoro (dugout canoes) with glass bottoms so you can see what goes on below the water’s surface. Motorboats are a means to get a little deeper into the delta, as you navigate the waterways together with your guide.
One of the highlights is a visit to the Kanana heronry, one of the largest in southern Africa. No other visitors get access to this amazing area, just those staying at Kanana. In peak breeding season (mid-July to October) it really is a sight to behold, and even non-birders will be mesmerised. And while we’re mentioning birds, the rare Pel’s fishing owl is quite often seen in this area.
Follow a stay here with a dry game-viewing camp and you will have a good all-round experience of safari in Botswana. For a different slant on a safari, if you are staying 3 nights or more, you can pre-book a night on their amazing deck, sleep out under the stars and enjoy the sounds of nature as you drift off to sleep – it’s well worth it!
Times to Go
Kanana can be visited all year round, but usually closes for about 6 weeks from mid-January through to the end of February. In the dry season, June to October (which is also the time of higher waters in the Delta), this camp is in the middle of the floodplains and therefore offers more water-based activities, so you might want to combine with a more land-based camp at this time.
The nearby heronry is at its peak around mid-July to October.
Kanana Camp highlights
- Stunning Okavango Delta location
- Birding at the busy heronry
- Traditional mokoro excursions
- Walking safaris
- Sleep out deck
- Game drives & boat trips
Kanana Camp location
- 8 safari tents
- Closed mid Jan to end Feb
- Children aged 7+ are welcome
- Swimming pool
- Central laptop for guests’ use
- Game drives
- Night drives with spotlight
- Bird watching
- Game walks
- Mokoro excursions
- Motor boat safaris
- Fishing (seasonal)
- Sleep out deck
- Kanana heronry (July-October)
Kanana Camp rooms
The tents at Kanana are spacious and beautifully decorated. They are elegant and classy without being over the top and out of place in this remote area of the bush. You gain entry to the tents via the large deck where you can sit out in complete privacy. They can be made up as twin or double rooms, and for families with 1 child, they are large enough to convert to triples. En suite bathrooms at the rear of the tent have large walk-in showers, twin basins and of course a flush loo. A large floor fan ensures the room stays cool, and the flaps can be left open on the mesh windows to allow the breezes to flow through.
The family tent at Kanana has two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. The décor and the facilities are exactly the same as the standard tents. There is enough room to sleep a family of five very comfortably, there are no compromises on space here.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Ker & Downey Botswana, the company that owns Kanana works closely with Bana Ba Letsatsi, a charity that supports vulnerable and orphaned children in Maun. They also work in partnership with Pack for Purpose, an initiative that uses your spare luggage space to provide essential supplies to these children.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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