One of the beauties of the Shinde private concessions is its ability to offer activities that bring you so much closer to the African nature. One of the activities served up is safari or bush walks led by experienced professional guides. At Shinde we have the privilege of guides who were born in the Okavango [...]
Staff at Kanana enjoyed a Saturday night with a difference last night. Just after the last guest had gone to bed, camp manager Falie and some overnighting pilots were quietly chatting by the fire. The late night peace was suddenly broken by the loud, startled trumpeting of an elephant, close to camp.
Just a week after arriving back at Shinde after an 18-month absence, Snorey is making his presence felt. Or should that be presents felt…
Most wild animals have their own territories, and quite often their territory overlaps with our camp grounds. It’s not uncommon therefore to see the same animals time and time again. Some of these animals have distinctive markings which let you recognise them when they wander through, but others have more amusing characteristics.
Guests at Kanana enjoyed a very rare sighting last week. Out on an afternoon game drive with Wago, there was suddenly a gasp of excitement as something went dashing through the grass.
One of the best things about Kanana is that it is situated on a private concession within the confines of the Okavango Delta. In many respects this makes no difference: there are no fences delineating the concession; the animals are able to roam freely; and the area is still managed according to the Department of Wildlife & National Parks’ rules. However, there is one major difference which our guests really love – we are allowed to take our guests on night drives.
One of the most beautiful Okavango Delta experiences is the Mokoro activity. These traditional dug-out canoes allow us to pole guests through the quiet waters of the Okavango Delta and help guests imagine an untouched Africa. Therefore, imagine our delight – and of course our guests – when they returned from a Mokoro trip having seen a lioness and her four cubs drinking the crystal clear delta waters.
This week marked the culmination of a year’s hard work at Ker & Downey Botswana, a Chobe Holdings Company, as the organisation donated a cheque for P401,000 (approximately $60,000) to Bana Ba Letsatsi.
Kanana means ‘paradise’ in Setswana and it’s not difficult to see why. Apart from fantastic game viewing (wandering lions in the camp during the night and adventurous lions climbing trees, leopards sleeping peacefully, elephants trumpeting in the distance, various antelope grazing in the fields – to name but a few) there is also a heronry close to Kanana camp, which is a dream come true for all bird lovers.
Leopard and lion sightings have been fantastic at Kanana throughout the winter months, and particularly good during August.