The gateway to the famous Okavango Delta, Maun is a popular travel hub and is as such easily accessible and geared towards tourists. The airport is located in the town of Maun which makes getting in and out quick and easy.
When flying from North America, the best way to get to Maun is to travel via Johannesburg in South Africa and then catch one of the daily flights to Maun with Air Botswana. There are some direct flights from Cape Town to Maun, taking almost 3 hours, but most travel via Johannesburg. Air Botswana also offers daily flights from the capital of Botswana, Gabarone, to Maun.
Maun can be reached from other cities within Botswana via major tarred roads and highways in relatively good condition. The routes to Maun are pretty straight-forward, especially since there are not that many roads in this African country. Road travel does however involve long distances through some monotonous rural landscapes, with the occasional elephant, bird, and wild or domestic animal to be spotted.
It takes just over 9 hours by bus from Gabarone (915 km's / 569 mi), and around 5 hours from the city of Francistown (492 km's / 306 mi), with several buses running daily. The closest town to Maun is Nata, located a 3-hour drive east, where the A3 meets the main north-south route between southern and northern Botswana. If you're travelling over land from Kasane (616 km's/ 383 mi), gateway to Chobe National Park, in the northeast of Botswana, then you will pass through Nata. For trips between Maun and Kasane by bus (6 hours), it is best to get going early in the day in order to catch a connecting bus in Nata. If you're travelling to Maun by bus, shuttle or rental car from Victoria Falls (Livingstone in Zambia or Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe) then you cross the Chobe River on the Kazangula Ferry and drive from there via Kasane and then Nata. You can also fly to Maun from Victoria Falls, Livingstone or Kasane, but this is less cost effective.
Maun can be accessed by a tarred road from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, via Ghanzi (5 hours), crossing at the Buitepos border. You can also travel to Maun by the tarred road from the Caprivi Strip region of Namibia, driving via Mohembo. There are also several weekly flights, with direct flights taking just over an hour, from Windhoek to Maun with Air Namibia.
Maun Airport is the closest international airport to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve in northern Botswana. Maun also serves as a travel hub for access to Chobe National Park and the Makgadikgadi Pans, in northern Botswana. The Maun Airport lies about 5 km (3 mi) from the centre of Maun town, with bus and taxi services running back and forth. The airport is within walking distance of the town and some accommodation options.
Four airlines operate at Maun Airport, which handles some 35 domestic flights and over 40 international flights per week. This is the second busiest airport in Botswana, rated as one of the best airports in Africa. There are direct flights between Maun Airport and seven cities in Africa. You can fly from Kasane and Gabarone in Botswana with Air Botswana, or from Johannesburg in South Africa with South African Airways or Airlink (South Africa). Air Botswana also connects Maun with Cape Town in South Africa. There are also flights to/from Maun and Windhoek or Victoria Falls with Air Namibia.
Most of the air traffic that makes this such a busy little airport consists of private charter flights. Maun Airport is the springboard for light aircraft flights into and out of the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The airport is also the hub for scenic flights over the Okavango Delta, as well as chartered flights to Chobe Park, Savuti, Linyanti and other regional attractions.
Flying over the Okavango Delta from Maun Airport really is the best thing to do in Maun. There are several small operators to choose from for scenic Delta flights in a light aircraft, usually lasting about an hour. Flights are mostly in small, fixed-wing planes with propellers (Cessna models and similar) that carry 3 to 10 passengers.
The largest annual event in Maun, and one of the biggest in Botswana, celebrating music, art and culture.
Hike along the peaceful Thamalakane River, looking out for birds and small animals along the way. This walk can be combined with mokoro trips and sundowners at the Old Bridge.
The Maun Environmental Education centre is a good place to take the kids for a few hours. The centre is in the Maun Wildlife Reserve and is home to various bird and wildlife species, including various antelopes and giraffes.
Nhabe Museum features some historical exhibitions about the past of the local region (Ngamiland district) and the works of local artists and crafts-makers, along with a gift shop.
An arts and crafts shopping centre featuring stores selling local crafts, art, textiles and prints, as well as Motsana Arts Cafe, various entertainment and cultural events and a monthly fresh goods market.
Maun has some quaint bistros, coffee shops, great eateries and cafes serving up all kinds of food, from European-style cuisine to local specialties.
You can learn more about these reptiles and why you should avoid them in the Delta at the crocodile farm, just south of Maun.
Hire a boat or take a sunset cruise on the Thamalakane River, keeping an eye out for wildlife in the Maun Wildlife Sanctuary.
Choose between various day trips, from Mokoro day trips into the Okavango Delta to horse riding safaris and workshops for learning to weave with the locals.
Take a day trip to Lake Ngami, near Maun, in the rainy season (Dec to March), for some excellent bird watching and to see some local villages. When the water levels are high the lake attracts a wide range of numerous birds, from flocks of flamingos and pelicans to herons, storks and geese.
Maun's proximity to the Okavango Delta and renowned Moremi Game Reserve is what put this little town on the map. Head into the Okavango Delta and Moremi from Maun, travelling by plane, mokoro, boat or 4x4 vehicle and boat, to explore the jewel of Botswana.