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Kanana Camp

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"One of the highest-ranked lodges on TripAdvisor but still a property where big game viewing can be sparse due to the levels of water in the reserve. The perfect option when booked with a dry game-viewing camp – its sister property Shinde, for example."


Kanana re-opened on 1st March 2019, after undergoing a major refurbishment. The camp is owned and run by Ker & Downey Botswana. This company specialises in providing high-quality and authentic safaris, all the while working to preserve the natural surroundings of its camps. Ker & Downey also operates the superb Shinde and Footsteps Camp! Before the refurb, Kanana had been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and standards remain very high here. The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals and snacks, a selection of drinks, expertly guided safari activities, and a daily laundry service. The camp opened on 1st March 2019 and it’ll welcome visitors until 5th January next year. Once we know its 2020/21 dates, we’ll pass these on to you!


The camp is accessed via approximately 15 minutes’ road transfer from the local airstrip. It’s situated in the south-west region of the Okavango Delta, on the Xudum river and adjacent to a lagoon.


Guest accommodation consists of eight tents, including one tent for family use. Each tent is very spacious, and spaced well apart from its neighbour/s. Inside, the palette features gold, grey, turquoise, cream, and white, while the theme is 1920s explorer, lending a rustic vibe. Each standard tent contains a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, two storage trunks at the foot of the bed/s, and a luggage rack. There are drapes all around the bed/s space, as well as wildlife artwork, a comfy floor rug, and canvas on both sides of the tent, which rolls up neatly to offer beautiful views. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, and walk-in shower. Finally, all tents have a private veranda! The family tent has two bedrooms, a shared shower room, and an additional outdoor shower.

Kanana’s communal building remains in its previous position, just a short distance from the guest tents. Its interiors feature the same palette as in the tents, as well as the same 1920s explorer theme. The lounge offers comfortable seating around coffee tables, in addition to snug rugs underfoot and elegant lighting overhead. In the dining space, there’s one long table where everyone eats together. Wildlife artwork adorns the walls in both spaces. Most excitingly, the extension of the communal area has resulted in an increase to the size of the property’s deck! And there’s a very inviting pool, where guests can enjoy a refreshing dip between activities.


The camp provides an exhilarating range of activities, as follows:

  • Expertly guided game drives

    - Available during early morning and late afternoon into evening, drives cover a lot of ground, offering ample opportunities to view wildlife within Kanana’s private concession! As the property is primarily a wet camp from July to October, this activity is limited during that period.
  • Night drives

    - Also enjoyed in the presence of knowledgeable and experienced guides, drives at night reveal the species that come out and play after sunset in the concession.
  • Walking safaris

    - Again with guides, guests are able to explore this region of the Delta on foot, taking a close look at the plants, insects, and birdlife. The birding here is seriously impressive!
  • Boat trips

    - Guests are invited to board a motorboat, to marvel at the spectacular waterways around camp. This is another ace activity for keen birders, and you can look out for reptile species too!
  • Mokoro excursions

    - This activity involves quietly traversing the Delta on a glass-bottomed canoe, all the while gazing down into the clear waters and spotting a treasure trove of fish and other life-forms.
  • Sleep-outs

    - The camp has a sleep-out deck, where guests can fall asleep under the stars!
  • Access to local heronries

    - An absolute must for fans of feathery friends! You’ll love visiting Kanana’s seasonal heronry to admire these brilliant birds.
  • Fishing

    - This pastime is offered from March to December. Fisherfolk can have a lot of fun fishing for the likes of pike, tilapia, and sharptooth catfish.

*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.

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