Owned and operated by Ker and Downey Safaris, Botswana, and located in the south-west of the Okavango Delta, on the NG27 concession, overlooking the Xudum river, Kanana Camp is a relaxed and beautifully designed luxury lodge.
A wood, thatch and canvas build, and protected by a mix of jackalberries, acacias and sausage trees, Kanana Camp consists of a main lodge and 8 sleeping tents. Raised, circular and split on 3 levels, the mess area includes a small reading area, bar and dining room to one side, all of which lead around to a small platform and launch site for the canoes. Characterised by open sides, Persian carpets, super comfortable seats and low elegant tables, the main lodge is a lovely place to eat, meet and exchange notes. The food is very good, and the feedback with regards to service at Kanana Camp is unremittingly excellent.
Raised on stilts, accessed by elephant dung pathways, and strung out to the left of the main mess, overlooking the river, the sleeping tents of Kanana Camp are both discreetly and beautifully appointed. Each tent possesses a double / twin bed, fan, balcony, seating area, separate bathroom and enough room to change in. The bathroom is divided into 3 areas – shower, flush toilet and sink – and the brass fittings go well with the hardwood features. Marked by highly polished floors, canvas walls and plenty of storage space, the tents are extremely welcoming.
Jao flats is strictly for photographic use only, and is one of the best Delta areas for game and bird concentrations. Last time we visited we landed across the path of a female lioness hunting red lechwe. The nature of the habitat means that it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found in the Okavango Delta.
Activities include private walks, mokoro excursions (which is a superb two-night adventure – see Kanana Mokoro Trails), day / night drives and motorboating -water levels permitting.
With access to one of the largest heronrys in the Delta and excellent for Pel’s Fishing Owl, Kanana is also an excellent bird watching spot.