As Botswana's tourism capital and the main gateway to the Okavango Delta, Maun is a stopover that many tourists make. It offers an interesting mix of tourism and local culture,and is a great launching pad for unforgettable journey through the Delta.
Maun sits at the southern border of the Okavango Delta - this is where
the floods meet their end. It is the tourism capital of Botswana, and
the administrative centre of Ngamiland. Virtually all traffic to the
Okavando Delta comes through Maun, making it's airport the busiest in
Botswana (with all the charter flights to lodges). If you decide to take
some time to explore Maun on your way to the Delta, here are some
things you might like to get up to:
Maun Crocodile Farm -
Located near Sitatunga Camp just southwest of Maun, Maun Corocdile Farm
lets you get close to thousands of crocs penned in near-natural
Nhabe Museum - A nice introduction to the people and
culture of northwestern Botswana, the Nhabe Museum is community-run. It
is also a great place to shop for crafts and souvenirs.
Matlapaneng Bridge - Preserved as a National Monument,
this ancient bridge makes a great picnic site, where you can watch
crocodiles and hippopotami appear out of the waters below.
Maun is a town without a real town centre - it sprawls along the banks
of the Thamalakane River. To get up-close and personal with the wildlife
within Maun, you can visit the Maun Game Sanctuary and Maun Crocodile
Farm. But to get the best game-viewing experience, it's best to leave
Maun and venture into the Moremi Game Reserve or one of the nearby
concessions. Outside the township you are likely to see a wider range of
wildlife, including elephant, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, a variety of
antelope, not to mention predators such as lion, leopard or African wild
Walking through the game reserve and game viewing
Mokoro (Canoe) Safari
Take a trip through the Delta with an experienced poler to guide you through the waterways and give you a glimpse of life in some of the most remote and untouched places in the Olavango. See the local wildlife from the quiet and serenity of your Mokoro.
Fly in a helicopter game viewing, you can can cover a lot of ground flying and take in a lot really fast
A leisurely drive through the game reserve watching wildlife.
A two-day gala with plenty of music, parades, poetry, theatre, craftwork, dance and food; visual arts also feature. The festival is a fund raiser for local schools while paying tribute to northwestern Botswana’s rich cultural roots.
This oft overlooked museum is in a historic building built by the British military in 1939 and used during WWII as a surveillance post keeping tabs on German Namibia. The museum also houses a centre for local artists.
Maun's airport is the busiest in Botswana - with a few flights per day from other airports in Southern Africa, and a huge number of chartered flights to lodges and destinations in the region, Maun is an important tourist gateway to the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Connected on three sides by tarmac roads, Maun is fully accessible by road. From Gaborone - Drive to Maun from Gaborone by tar road via Nata and Francistown. With a distance of 950 km, multiple stops at veterinary control checkpoints, and the challenges of cattle and wildlife on and near the road along the route, give yourself plenty of time to complete the drive. We strongly advise travelling only during daylight hours to minimise the risks posed by animals on the road. From Victoria Falls - You can travel on tarmac roads from Victoria Falls to Maun via Kasana and Nata on a tarmac road. This route is about 700km, and should only be attempted during daylight hours.
From Namibia - Travel through one of two major checkpoints on tarmac roads from Namibia: from Windhoek via the Buitepos border post and Ghanzi and from the Caprivi Strip via Mohembo travelling parallel to the Panhandle. Travelling during daylight hours makes this drive much safer. From the northern parks - You will need a 4x4 vehicle to tackle these routes, as the roads are very sandy and rough. Travel to Maun from the northern parks is normally done as part of a self-drive safari.