Maun


Botswana’s gateway to the north


Sprawled along the southern periphery of the Okavango Delta, the town of Maun acts as the gateway to northern Botswana’s natural treasures. The waterways of the Delta and animal-abundant safari destinations - such as Moremi Game Reserve - are a short drive or light aircraft trip away. The pale, vast wilderness of the Makgadikgadi Pans lie south-east of Maun while the town itself offers a multitude of pastimes.

Once a so-called ‘frontier town’ until the nineties, Maun has since blossomed into a tourism capital. The traditional lives of the indigenous river bushmen (the Banoka) and the colourful floor-length dresses reminiscent of the Victorian era that the Baherero women wear, add local character and flare to this town where old traditions meet new. Visitors can immerse themselves in traditional village tours, visit the community-run crocodile farm, or simply relax on the banks of the Thamalakane River running through town.

A number of shops, accommodation types, and restaurants afford guests all the conveniences desired. Safari companies have sprung up along the streets, where single or multiple day-trips to game reserves and parks can be organised while locals selling locally-made wares and artwork can easily be found around town.

 

Highlights

  • Maun acts as the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is considered Botswana’s tourism capital
  • Other fascinating sites such as Tsodilo Hills, Makgadikgadi Pans, and the Moremi Game Reserve are easily reached
  • The town offers all the conveniences necessary as well as a taste of the traditional
  • Maun is easily reached with flights arriving daily from Johannesburg and Gaborone

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