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Maun is an important village (with town status pending) in Botswana, and major gateway to the Okavango Delta.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Air Botswana [17] operates regular services to Francistown, Gaborone, Kasane, Maun and the South Africa city of Johannesburg and Cape Town . The airport passenger terminal is right in town, is walking distance from the major shopping center.

By car[edit]

Your can get to Maun using the highway from Gaborone A1, Francistown A3, Ghanzi A2, Serowe A14 via Rakops A14

By bus[edit]

There are daily buses from the bus rank in Gaborone to Maun at 5:30am, 7:00am, and 08:30pm (The overnight buses arrive early morning from 5am to 7am). However, it’s a good idea to double check with the locals if the departure times have changed. As of June 2011 the bus fare was P 190.00 pula per person (about $20 USD). There are no ticket counters at the bus rank, But you can call to inquire from service providers, JNG Express,Golden Bridge Express, NKK Express, SEABELO, Express, TEE PEE Transport, Dropping Keys, Motsatsi Express The bus ride takes about 9:30 to 11 hrs. Buses take different routes via Ghanzi, Molepolole, Palapye.

If you're traveling to/from Namibia, smaller buses between Maun and Ghanzi cost about 50 pula and take about 4 hours; in Ghanzi you can connect with another bus to/from the Namibian border at Charles Hill/Mamuno (P40, 3.5 hours), but there is no organised transport from there towards Windhoek so you will have to resort to (probably paid) hitchhiking. If you get the first (8:30am) bus out of Maun you will probably make it through to Windhoek in one day. There are also buses from Maun towards Shakawe and the Caprivi Strip. If leaving Windhoek on a Friday or Sunday, you can catch the AT&T Monnakgotla bus to Gaborone, leaving from opposite the Protea Hotel at 6am. Ask to be let off at the junction of Highways A2 and A3 in Botswana (N$330), where a Seabelo bus from Gaborone will pass by at about 1:15pm, arriving in Maun at around 5pm. Alternatively, you can ask the driver to signal the Seabelo bus to stop as they pass each other on Highway A2.

If you want to travel from Maun to Kasane, it's best to get a Francistown/Gaborone bus and get off at Nata, where you can catch a northbound bus towards Kasane. The same thing works in the opposite direction; either way you'll need to start out as early as possible to be assured of making the connection. As of May 2019 there is also a daily overnight direct bus from Kasane from Maun, departing at 2100, costing 162 pulas per person. The direct overnight bus takes about 7 hours. There are no washrooms on the buses.

The buses on major routes are pretty nice compared to many other African countries. They generally make frequent stops that are long enough to use a bathroom at the bus station). If travelling during the winter (Jun, Jul, and Aug) make sure to dress in layers, since it is freezing cold in the morning and toasty hot in the afternoon.

Get around[edit]

The core of Maun, say from Riley's Hotel to the airport, is walkable, but usually hot. Further out than that — and a number of popular camps are to the north-east of town — you will want to get a ride.

There is a roundabout just a few hundred metres northeast of Riley's Hotel and the Tourist office. It is a useful reference point. From here, Tesheko Tsheko road runs southwest past Riley's to the bus station and market (at Tsaro St, ~1.5km). Sekgoma Road runs southeast, crossing the Thamalakane River, past the Maun Education Park, and on to Francistown. Moeti Road runs northwest. And Sir Seretse Khama Road runs north to the Maun airport (~2.5km), and thence to the popular camps, to Moremi, and to Shorobe.

Taxis and combis have blue license plates. (Expect to pay BWP 30 for a taxi to the camps north of town.) In this area, especially on relatively high-speed roads, available taxis will honk gently once to see if you are interested. To show that you want a taxi, stick your arm out parallel to the ground, perpendicular (and towards) the road, palm-down, and flap your fingers. (Raising your hand will probably also work, but the finger-flapping is the way the locals do it.) Comis have been discontinued, use shared taxis.

Note that taxis do not have a central dispatch system. Thus, if you want to call a taxi to fetch you from somewhere a bit remote, you need to have the mobile number of a taxi driver. Also note that driving after dark is dangerous (due to animals on the road), so there will be fewer taxis running after dark.

Combis (vans) run from the bus station along ten specified routes.

  • Route 1 north to the airport, and the camps north of town
  • Route 2 north east to Maun Education Park
  • Route 3 south to Maun Sports Complex along Tsheko Tsheko Road to Shakawe
  • Route 7 southeast to Maun Educational Park
  • Route 9 east to Maun Education Park

The following companies offer cars for hire. Note: car hire typically carries a per-km charge. If you are coming from outside Southern Africa, you may be able to get unlimited km allowance by making your reservation with an international company on their website.

  • Maun Self Drive 4x4, [1]. Kitted out 4x4s equipped for camping at affordable rates. Backed up by in-country support, with extensive unparalleled knowledge of onroad and offroad routes, campsites and accommodation within Botswana.  edit
  • Avis, (Opposite the airport, on street corner next to Kalahari Kanvas), +267 6860 039, 6860 258 (, fax: +267 6860 596), [2]. Local office of the international chain. 4x4: BWP550/day plus per-km charge and insurance.  edit
  • Budget, (Opposite the airport, next to Delta Air), +267 6863 728. Local office of the international chain.  edit
  • Holiday Safari 4x4 Hire, +267 6862 429 (fax: +267 6862 429).  edit

See[edit][add listing]

Education Park is easy walking distance from downtown and well worth 2 to 3 hours either early morning or late afternoon. It is the hidden jewel of - with over 10 giraffes, wildebeest, kudu, impala, zebras, lechwe, warthogs and great birding.

There is an ancient bridge that is supported by living trees in Matlapaneng,on your way to Moremi Game Reserve. The bridge is in a poor state and you might be the last to see it.

  • Botswana Quality Baskets, Box 1382,, 267-72271422, [3]. Visit the website - see the map - visit the shop. Buy some baskets or learn to weave.Visit Botswana Quality Basket on FaceBook. url= *<see name="Travel Adventures Botswana" alt="" address="Private Bag BO 13, , Botswana" directions="" phone="+267 686 1211" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Low mileage Toyota Landcruiser or Toyota Hilux, fully equipped for 4X4 safari rental. Competitive rental prices include satellite phone, double roof top tents, medical evacuation insurance and mechanical support. Drop off and collections available in , Kasane, Gaborone and Windhoek.  edit

Okavango scenic flights[edit]

There are several small operators on or near the airport. They provide a combination of transfers of tourists between and safari camps in the Okavango, plus sightseeing flights, plus charter flights to other points. They mostly fly small, piston-engine propeller planes carrying three to 10 passengers (Cessna 206, Cessna 210, Cessna 172, and the like). Prices given here are a flat rate for a generic one-hour scenic tour in an aircraft carrying 3 or 5 passengers ("pax"); add a departure tax of BWP50/person. Contact the operators in advance for a specific and updated quote, or to ask about charters to other destinations.

  • Delta Air, Mathiba I Rd. (Office is across from airport), +267 6860 044, +267 6861 682 (), [4]. 08h - 17h daily. A fleet of seven aircraft flies 5,000 passengers per year. Has ties to Delta Camp and Oddballs. BWP 1250 (5 pax) +P50/pp.  edit
  • Kavango Air, +267 6860 323 (), [5]. Price is for a flight in the 4-seat Cessna 172. BWP 1,500 (3 pax) +P50/pp.  edit
  • Northern Air, (Opposite the airport building), +267 6860 385, [7]. Now owned by tour operator Ker & Downey, and mostly fly to their camps. Fly Cessna 206's.  edit
  • Air Shakawe, (Opposite the airport building, next to the traditional gift shop), ++267 686 3620, [8]. A small but efficient tour operator using Cessna 207 aircraft on scenic flights. from 900BWP per pax per hour inc tax on a 5 seater.  edit
  • Sefofane, Mathiba I Rd (In the Okavango Wilderness Safaris office block, near the airport gates), +267 6860 778 (fax: +267 6861 649), [10]. The largest of the air operators. They are affiliated with Wilderness Safaris, and thus fly most of Wilderness Safari's clients. Sefofane also gives flight instruction. BWP 2,000 (5 pax) +P50/pp.  edit
  • Helicopters Horizons, +267 680 1186 (, fax: +267 680 1185). Mo-Fr 08-17h, Sun. Offers flights in helicopters instead of fixed-wing aircraft. This is a great experience!. $655 per hour per chartered helicopter plus $10 per pax.  edit
  • Merlin Air Services, Mathiba I Rd. (Just outside airport gates), +267 6860 351. Not an air operator themselves, Merlin has a long history as a booking agent and communications relay for tour and aircraft operators.  edit
  • Safari Air, [11]. Primarily does the transfers for Desert and Delta Safaris lodges.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Unlimited safaris/quality, affordable safaris, single or multiple day trips available. Local, informative guides

Maun is a prime take-off location for mobile safaris into the Okavango Delta, Parks and Game Reserves.

  • Moremi Game Reserve, a world class game reserve, is only 80 km away, It offers undisturbed game viewing in varies woodland plains environments.
  • Afro Trek Safaris operates from Maun. [18] Trips generally range from overnight to 10 days.[19]
  • Bush Camp Safaris [20] is another excellent mobile safari company. Many travelers consider mobile safaris the best way to see Botswana and the big game it has to offer.
  • Lelobu Safaris[21] Botswana affordable safaris & trips from Maun
  • A mokoro trip brings you out into the Okavango Delta on a canoe (traditionally wood, but now mostly fibreglass), where you may be able to see hippos, elephants, and various bird species. It is possible to combine this with an overnight stay or a hike, where you may spot giraffes, zebras, warthogs, and baboons. Most travel agencies can arrange this with varying prices, but a half day trip for two costs around P800 per person. If you arrange your own driver to the boat landing site (a 4WD is required), you can negotiate directly with the boatman down to P200 for two people.

If you want to work out, there is a gym with day passes behind Hilary's (or rather, behind the naturopath next door to Hilary's).

  • Flying Mission Services, Maun Airport, [12].  edit
  • Hemingway Safaris, PO Box 20012, +267 72299523, [13]. tailor made safaris all over Botswana and Namibia. Excellent service and experienced guides. Contact: [email protected]  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are several souvenir stores right around the airport, including Bush Telegraph, and Jazella's.

Baskets @ P50
Tswee - a local vegetable

  • Motsana - Matlapaneng, (On the Moremi road before Audi Camp turnoff), +267 72241444. Motsana is a new Cultural Center in Maun that boasts 7 shops, 2 dance studios, a coffee shop, stage & open air courtyard. Its strives to provide both Locals & Tourist with entertainment, shopping, food & drink within the walls of a unique yet spectacular piece of architecture!  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bon Arrivee is just across the street from the airport. International breakfasts, lunches , dinner and a full range of refreshments await you.[22]
  • Audi Camp has a great open kitchen, where you can watch your meal being cooked. You eat under one of the largest thatch roofs you may ever see.
  • Try Hilary's Coffee Shop near the airport - cheap and cheerful, a regular lunchtime spot for locals because the menu is full of delicious homemade dishes. The menu shows real imagination. Whether planning to eat outdoors on the verandah or inside get there early to enjoy the greatest selection.
  • Sports Bar is good for a more formal, European style dining experience.
  • Try local dishes such as papa (maize meal- the staple food), magunya (Fried dough balls- available for around 50 thebe), seswa (shredded meat- usually beef or goat), morogo (green, leafy vegetable similar to spinach). These foods are available ready made at most supermarkets or at local eateries such as "Choice" across from Riley's Garage. If you're feeling adventurous, in season, mopane worms (the caterpillar of the mopane moth) are also available in many different forms- dried and salted, stewed or fried.
  • Food is also available at River Lodge, The Bridge Backpackers, Tamalakane Lodge, and Crocodile Camp all of which, along with Audi camp, are popular places to stay for backpackers.
  • French Connection on Mophane Avenue serves bistro style food, croissants etc. Don't be put off by the simple-looking entrance and sign - this place is awesome. The owners are very friendly, and they grind all their own herbs and spices and prepare all food from scratch. Their shawarmas are to die for and coupled with their home-made lemonade there is nothing better you could ask for in the sunshine. The eating area is well shaded and relaxed, with basic furniture and serene atmosphere.
  • RAW serves smoothies, wraps and other healthfood. Nice, different concept for Botswana, doesn't feel like it is in the middle of an African village.
  • Arts Cafe, Motsana - Matlapaneng (on the Moremi RD before Audi Camp turnoff), +267 72241444. Petite coffee shop offering a variety of food and drink. Patrons sit in an open courtyard set in the center of a unique piece of architecture, Mauns Castle.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Trekkers Nightclub - Is popular primarily with the locals. Ex-pats will warn you not to go, but is perfectly safe if you're reasonably cautious.
  • Bon Arrivee - have a drink and wait for your friends to arrive.[23]
  • Okavango River Lodge
  • Audi Camp
  • Back to the Bridge Backpackers
  • Sedia Riverside Hotel, [14]. Sedia Riverside Hotel - Maun offers rooms, chalets, accomodated camping and conference facilities. They have an internet cafe, craft shop, large pool and terrace bar. It combines the best of African Values and World Class Value. Come and experience the unique ambiance provided by our staff and facilities.  edit
  • Wine and Dine. Great way to try a lot of different local dishes at one time! As well as a Mopane worm if you are up for the challenge!  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are a couple of hotels (most notably Riley's) and some unimpressive B&B's in Maun proper. A number of campsites and hotels popular with travellers are clustered on the road to Moremi and Shorobe, about 6-10 km north-east of Maun Airport. The landmark for this cluster is a roundabout on the the south side of the Thamalakane River, just after the road crosses from the north side. A combi ride into Maun costs about BWP 3, while a tax costs about BWP 30.

  • Audi camp, +267 6860-599 (, fax: +267 6865-388), [15]. Offers camping, bedded tents, and a self catering house for larger groups. Restaurant on site. Makes an effort to employ local businesses and return wealth to the community. Transfers to town, safaris, and excursions available. Skype: okavangocamp camping BWP 45/person; tents 150-300/2 people (inc bkfst); ensuite tents BWP 490/2 people (inc bkfast); house for 2, 4, or 10 people at BWP ~200/person (inc bkfast).  edit
  • Okavango River Lodge, Email:[email protected], [24]. simple accommodation, camping, trips into the Okavango Delta. Chalets and safari tents available. Excellent food and knowledgeable staff. Wifi, large screen tv, small pool, friendly bar.
  • Back to the Bridge Backpackers, email:[email protected], [25]. A unique, comfortable and historic surrounding and friendly owners. Bar can be noisy.
  • Crocodile Camp, tel:+267 680 0222 ([email protected]), [26]. Beatiful chalets, peaceful atmosphere and campiste for overlanders/backpackers.
  • Motsentsela Tree Lodge, Tel: +267 686 0822/3 (Email: [email protected]), [27]. Perfect if you are looking to get away from it all. In a bush setting, peaceful, luxurious and pristine.
  • Riley's Hotel. Mauns oldest hotel is centrally located and ideal for the business traveller with conference rooms etc. it has a small pool with a abr and plenty of seating. The restaurant does amazing traditional meals and also the regulars. Oxtail and pap or chicken mayo sandwiches with chips - absolutely delicious. There is also a curio shop at reception, and the hotel is only a stones throw away from Riley's garage and a couple of the local shops.
  • Motsebe backpackers, Plot 11159 Wenela Maun (Koro road) (From the airport, take the Airport Rd a few 100 meters and turn left unto Sir Seretse Khama Rd and follow it for about 2.5 km, until you see the sign on the left of the road, telling you to turn right. If taking a taxi, tell the driver it’s next to the BDF camp (if they hear the word backpackers they will normally take you to the Old bridge backpackers)), +267 6860803, [16]. Nice local vibe, self camping and pre-erected tents, nice pool, free WiFi and digital TV. Right next to the river, where hippos can be seen from time to time. (19º58'15.55''S,23º26'59.75E) edit

Get out[edit]

Maun is known as the gateway to the Okavango Delta and this is a must see when in Botswana. Many tour operators are available and from Maun, self drive in a 4x4 is possible to either Khwai community area (booking office in Maun) or Moremi with careful research and planning. Other beautiful national parks in Botswana are :

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