Cheap Flights to Maun
- Area Codes : +267 68
- Currency : Botswana Pula
- Population : 55,784 (2011)
- National Language : Setswana with English being the official language.
- Time Zones : GMT+2
- Airport : Maun International Airport (MUB)
Maun International Airport is Botswana’s second busiest airport and a major tourist link that welcomes around a million passengers annually. Located in the country’s north-west district MUB is so close to Maun that travellers can walk, take a taxi, hire a vehicle or travel in a pre-arranged lodge shuttle along the A3 motorway. The airport comprises a lounge with internet access, rental car desks for Avis and Budget, customs and immigration services and on its second floor, a post office, restaurant and several safari companies.
As no North American airlines presently operate at Maun International Airport, tourists fly to Johannesburg, South Africa to take connecting flights. Cheap flights to and from Maun depend on the time of year you are travelling. Airlines operating to MUB include:
- Air Botswana
- Air Namibia
MUB handles numerous charter flights taking tourists directly to their accommodation lodges that include:
- Delta Air
- Mack Air
- Moremi Air
- Northern Air
- Kalahari Air Services
- Wildlife Helicopters
Reasons to Visit Maun
- Founded in 1915, Maun was the tribal capital of the Batawana nation. It developed rapidly with the growing tourism industry during the 1990s, stretching out along the Thamalakane River but still maintains its rural character with donkeys seen hanging around town. Maun is used mostly by visitors as a base for African adventures, specifically the 15,000 km² Okavango Delta, that includes amongst others, the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, reputedly Africa’s most appealing.
- Outside Moremi Wildlife Reserve, the Okavango Delta comprises numerous private concessions none of which are fenced, allowing wildlife to roam freely. This stunning region is made up of dry savannah woodlands, floodplains, Mopane forests, wetlands and more that afford a superb variety of wildlife including a paradise for birders, particularly between November and March when the region swarms with migratory birds.
- The country is an all-year-round destination and when you go depends largely on your budget and what activities you enjoy besides nature and game-viewing. Accommodation tariffs are high during the dry season but game easy to spot. The wet season with water everywhere and lower rates has game scattered, but seen. Summer is the best time for birders. Summer from November to March is the rainy season while January and February are generally deemed peak months. Winter from May to August has temperatures under shade rising to 25°C with nights dropping to 5°C, if not lower.
Places to Visit and Stay in Maun
- Nhabe Museum is a small museum housed in a building constructed by the British and used during WWII as a surveillance post. The museum has displays on the history of the Ngamiland territory including temporary exhibitions of art, basket-weaving and photography. Also, housed at the museum is the Baily Arts Centre that gives local artists the opportunity to create and sell their paintings, pottery, screen-prints and baskets.
- Bon-Arrivee, an international restaurant across from the airport serves up delicious meals of seafood, pasta and steak, but dine here after landing, not before take-off!
- For great burgers, Cajun chicken, paninis, salads and breakfast all day, Motsana-Arts-Café located in Shorobe Road affords a relaxed casual dining experience with free Wi-Fi.
- Hilarys prepares delicious home-made bread, soups, baked potatoes and sandwiches and is the ideal place for vegetarians but only open during the day.
- Take a worthwhile drive to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and view one the world’s biggest salt pans. After good rains the Sowa pan (east) and the Ntwetwe pan (west) are flooded attracting wildebeest and zebra to their grassy plains and for an awe-inspiring sight, view flamingos in their thousands at Sowa and Nata Sanctuary.
- The Tsodilo Hills is a mystical, sacred place and youll be more than captivated when rock faces change colour with the setting sun. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002 it comprises an array of rock paintings, some dating to the first millennium A.D. In addition to spectacular surroundings of rock formations visitors can indulge in lion, rhino, cliff and other trails, arranging a guide from either the San or Hambukushu people that live close to the hills.
- Visitors to the Okavango Delta have an array of accommodation to choose from comprising tented camps and lodges, each with its own unique ambience, but all affording visitors an extraordinary experience of wildlife and spectacular natural beauty.
- Baines Camp comprising five rooms is set on high raised platforms overlooking the Moremi Game Reserve and the Boro River.
- Camp Okavango is an African safari lodge located on Nxaragha Island in the heart of the delta.
- Situated on an island south-east of the delta in the Moremi Game Reserve is Chitabe Camp with eight rooms.
- Set within the Moremi Game Reserve and one of the largest inland water systems in the world is Eagle Island Lodge.
- Concealed on the Xudum River in the delta is Kanana Camp with eight rooms.
- For intimacy, Little Mombo located on Mombo Island within the Moremi Game Reserve has just three rooms.
- Set in a wonderfully diverse area of the Khwai Concession is the Banoka Camp with ten rooms.
- Located on an elevated island, Chitabe Lediba is set within the floodplains of the Santantadibe River and Chitabe Reserve.
- With surrounds of papyrus swamps and seasoned floodplains, Jacana Camp is nestled on a gorgeous island and comprises five rooms.
- For panoramic views of the delta, Mapula Lodge enfolds itself around trunks of African hardwoods.
- In the middle of the Jao Concession within the Moremi Game Reserve, Pelo Camp offers five rooms.
Getting Around Maun
Taxis are found along the main road and at Pulane Street in the centre of town. They’re the only mode of transport available at night. To book a taxi, ask your campsite or hotel for a recommendation.
These are marked with Sedie Route 1 or Maun Route 1 and depart every few minutes during the day. They travel between the town station, stopping close to Crocodile Camp in Matlepaneng.
Have your care hire pre-arranged as hiring a vehicle in Maun is extremely expensive and importantly, mention you’ll be driving off-road. Rental agencies are located in Mathiba I Street, opposite the airport.