Ker & Downey Botswana: Kanana Camp

Safarious
Published March 31, 2014 06:35 AM






It is with growing nostalgia that I present to you some (very amateur iphone) images of my first African Safari experience, with Ker and Downey Botswana in the Okavango Delta, featuring Kanana camp, Okuti camp and Shinde Camp.

It was a four day whirlwind of amazing scenery, fantastic boat rides and incredible game drives - needless to say - I left my heart in the bush and am already planning (and saving for) my return!

Being in the African wild taps into a very innate part of you, it awakens a sense of belonging and fills you with a profound respect and adoration for nature. The smells, the sights, the sounds, from the big elephants to the tiny frogs, it was all such an incredible learning experience and one that I will cherish for a very long time.

This Gallery introduces our first destination, Kanana Camp.

My journey got off to a bit of a rocky start, through no fault of anyone but my own, at the last minute, egged on by anxious family members I went and got myself a prescription of Malaria tablets, Numal. Take my word for it, never, ever accept a prescription for these tablets. They completely knocked me, and made my first few hours in Botswana very uncomfortable. Thankfully after emptying out the contents of my stomach and subsequently spending the afternoon and evening resting in bed, (and vowing to stop taking them) I woke up feeling fresh and ready for action the following morning.

I had a fantastic time from then on, we experienced an exhilarating boat ride in the Okavango delta, followed by a short ride in a makoro, and after a quick stroll around one of the islands we stopped for morning tea! Our guides were fantastic and they could easily spot and name all the birds, frogs, bugs, plants, tree's; you name it, they knew it!

My highlights at Kanana: Firstly - watching a beautiful big Elephant Bull crossing the water to get to the Marula tree on the opposite bank. He was gorgeous, and barely blinked an eyelid as we watched him in awe from the safety of our boat!

Secondly - the spontaneous lion sighting that we abandoned all schedules and raced off to see! A pride of 12 lions were feeding on a water buck, 3 were beautiful, strong lionesses and the remaining 9 were the cutest bunch of 7 month old lion cubs! All of them were tucking in to their breakfast and growling over their chosen portions. It was incredible to watch, albeit a bit gorey!

I saw so many birds, including the African Jacana, the "Jesus Bird" - a highly amusing little fellow to watch as it appears to walk on water, hopping from one lily pad to the next.
There were plenty of Red Lechwe about, beautiful and slightly awkward looking game with back haunches significantly higher than it's front for bouncing through the water and marshey areas.
My new favourite flower is possibly the snow flake lily.
And finally, a cool quote from our Ker and Downey guide Paul, "A game drive is like a nature movie the way everything passes you by in the vehicle, but a walking safari is more like a nature book, something you can take your time with and immerse yourself in completely."

Comments


Chris Mercer

Commented April 01, 2014 01:14 PM
No mention of hunting? I thought Ker and Downey was a trophy hunting firm.

Michael Lorentz

Commented April 01, 2014 01:29 PM
Hi Chris - no, Ker and Downey have been a photographic company in Botswana for over 20 years: http://www.kerdowneybotswana.com/ In fact the original Ker & Downey is a safari company in Kenya and whilst their roots where in hunting decades ago, they have been outfitting photographic safaris in Kenya for close to 80 years now.

Safarious

Commented April 01, 2014 02:04 PM
Oh wow - good to know the history, Thanks Michael. There was no mention of hunting as far as we were concerned - in fact the only mention was Botswana's recent ban on trophy hunting :)

Nicole Honegger

Commented April 02, 2014 05:51 PM
looks fascinating another place to put on my list...

Safarious

Commented April 04, 2014 06:44 AM
Thanks for commenting Nicole, it was lovely, my images don't do it justice! I'm definitely going to go again someday!

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