Kanana is an archetypal Delta “wet camp” with a beautiful, peaceful setting in the verdant Nxabega Concession on the banks of the Xudum River. The scenery is breathtaking, with wide floodplains, palm islands, narrow channels through papyrus swamps and water lilies floating peacefully on still waters, a constant reminder that you are in the heart of the Delta. While game drives and guided walks are offered, we found the outstanding mokoro excursions and motor boat trips (when water levels are high) to be the main attraction. You might not see as much big game as you would at a dryer camp, but the experience is intensely picturesque and private. This is also a sensational area for birders, with regular sightings of the rare Pel’s fishing owl and one of the Delta’s largest heronries nearby.
Accommodation is in eight spacious safari tents, opening fully out via panoramic sliding doors to a secluded viewing platform. As with the other Ker & Downey camps, the main lodge is intriguingly designed, enfolded by a great strangler fig tree. There is a ground level boma for sundowners next to the river and a lovely pool surrounded by decking and sun loungers. Wildlife volumes can be greater here in the green season than the usual Delta peak months, meaning that it always combines wonderfully with other Ker & Downey camps where game movements are different and the focus more on land based activities.