Reasons to Visit
The Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of waterways linking secret lagoons and marshlands, where hippo splash in the water and elephants drink at the shallows. Boat trips take you to inaccessible locations and hidden islands for a glorious spot of solitude and wildlife spotting, before a relaxing sundowner drink amongst the reeds.
On a game drive in the Delta, Linyanti or Chobe, you soon discover Botswana’s phenomenal array of wildlife. Lions are often on the prowl in the morning while night drives increase your chances of spotting leopard and other nocturnal species. As well as the cats there are thriving populations of elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and even wild dog.
From the water birds of the Delta to the sand grouse of the Kalahari and flamingos on the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana is a twitcher’s paradise. Rare species like the Pel’s fishing owl, and African pygmy goose are commonly found, with a trip to Chobe, the Delta and the Kalahari offering an unrivalled level of ornithological interest.
Bushman history is an intrinsic element in the evolution of humanity, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Botswana. Bushman communities have survived on the Makgadikgadi Pans and in areas of western Botswana for centuries. A visit there now allows you to interact with them, experiencing first hand how they cook, hunt, eat and live.
Slipping through the Delta's mazy waterways and tall papyrus in a mokoro is the most relaxing way to view game. Serenely moving along with only the gurgle of the water passing under your craft, you encounter lechwe grazing in the shallows, kingfishers perched on overhanging branches and crocodiles lurking in dark corners.
On the Makgadikgadi Pans you experience an ethereal lunar landscape unlike anywhere else in Africa. It is possible to see the curvature of the earth, sleep out under the stars, and at some times of the year watch a great wildlife migration. Although more thickly vegetated, Nxai and Tau Pans also offer unique landscapes and habitats.
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Kanana Camp is set deep in the Okavango Delta near the Xudum River. Perhaps one of the most delightful features of the camp is that you can open up your tent completely giving a lovely airy feel during the heat of the day.
Kanana Camp is set deep in the Okavango Delta, near the Xudum River. The area is dotted with fig, palm and other trees, providing valuable shade and lookout points for predators to spot their prey on the flood plains.
Recently fully refurbished, Kanana has eight large, twin-bedded safari style tents with sliding mesh doors, built on decks overlooking the Delta. All tents are fitted with private en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water for the showers.
Perhaps one of the most delightful features of the camp is that the tents can be opened up completely, giving a lovely airy feel during the heat of the day. Outside on the shaded veranda to the front of the tents, there's a table and comfy chairs, which is great for relaxing and enjoying the lovely scenery of the Delta.
The open sided, raised main camp area is set in a circle about a tree, with comfy sofas in the lounge to the back and the bar and dining areas on opposite sides. Both sides lead down steps to a sandy boma area right next to the boating station. At night, lanterns are set about the lodge and a fire blazes in the boma; an ideal place to sit and chat after dinner under a blanket of stars, accompanied by the sounds of the bush and the grunts of the hippos.
Activities from Kanana include drives in open 4WD's, although these are not the major focal point of the camp. It is possible to enjoy mokoro trips, walks, night drives, boat trips and even a bit of fishing. During the heat of the day you might like to relax around the small pool or just sit on your veranda enjoying the views.
The annual flooding of the Okavango Delta into the rippling sands of the Kalahari, disperses in a myriad of waterways and twinkling lagoons, creating a delicate web of life. Using interactive maps, find out the best time to visit and our recommended Okavango accommodation options.
Situated deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta, the Nxabega Concession is predominantly about water. Whilst game drives are possible on the larger islands amongst elephant, kudu, tsessebe, giraffe, lion and more, it’s really the water that’s the highlight here.
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