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Overview

Maun, the tourism capital of Botswana lies on the southern fringes of the Okavango Delta and is one of the famous tourist attractions in Botswana. The city of Maun is the third largest in Botswana and it is a perfect mix of modern buildings and native huts. This dusty, sprawling town in Botswana’s Wild West is now the safari capital of the country. Being the tourism capital of Botswana, there are shopping malls, banks, restaurants, a few hotels and some happening bars. Maun is the administrative centre of Ngamiland and is also the headquarters of numerous safari and air-charter operations. Straddling the banks of the Thamalakane River, the town of Maun serves as a getaway to northern Botswana. Home to over 30 000people, the town was founded in 1915 as the tribal capital of Batawana people. This town is infamous for huge number of donkeys and to lesser extent, goats. While in Maun, you can enjoy wildlife and wilderness by day and by night you can watch high tech DVDs or just take a stroll into old government offices which reflects the colonial era. The timeless Thamalakane River meanders lazily through the town, setting the scene and mood for what lies ahead.

Places To visit In Maun

Thye Nhabe Museum

Thye Nhabe museum is a community based museum for Ngamiland in Maun, North-west of Botswana. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Maun that showcases the culture and natural history of Okavango Delta. It houses historical crafts, fine art, Bayei fishing net, photography, basket-weaving, art and written poetry.

Crocodile Farm

Located 12 km south of Maun, Crocodile Farm is one of the perfect tourist spot in Botswana to see these wild creatures. The farm boasts of 80 crocodiles of the Nile which are perfectly integrated into the natural setting. Crocodile Farm in Maun provides general information on crocodile farming.

Sitatunga Camp

Nestled just outside the town, Sitatunga Camp is a great option for nature enthusiasts visiting this part of Botswana. The camp site offers 12 cabins which are fully equipped with modern amenities attracting people from around the world.

Maun Environmental Education Centre

Situated on the eastern bank of the Thamalakane River, Maun Environmental Education Centre is one of the top tourist spot in Maun that provides schoolchildren with information about wildlife and the bush.

Ostrich Farm

A newly added attraction, Ostrich Farm in Maun has become one of the famous tourist spot which has garnered tourists from across the globe. While visiting the farm, you will be able to learn more about these fascinating creatures and their nature.

Maun Game Reserve

Maun Game Reserve in Botswana is perfect spot for those who are looking for some hiking adventure. The game reserve runs along the Thamalakane River and offers the tourists many trails for walking and hiking purposes.

Best Time To Visit Maun

The city of Maun in Botswana has a steppe kind of climate with seasonal rainfall and average temperature of 22 degree Celsius.

Rainy Season

The rainy season in the city of Maun is from November to March when they receive maximum rainfall and the average temperature ranges around 25 degree Celsius, and the weather becomes quite humid.

Dry season

Dry season in Maun starts from April to October as there is no rainfall during these months. The average temperature is around 15 – 17 degree Celsius. The weather is extremely comfortable during this period.

Although the best time to visit Maun is during winter months that is from May to October when there is no rainfall and the days are warm and cloudless. 

Things To Do In Maun

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Sunset cruise at Thamalakane River

Maun being situated close to the river allows the visitors to experience the sunset cruise which is a famous thing to do in Maun. Experience the varied landscapes of the Okavango with the likelihood of seeing game and a variety of aquatic birdlife.

Scenic flight tour over the Okavango Delta

If you want to get the perfect view of the Okavango, taking a scenic flight tour will provide an exceptional insight on the environment and the beauty it holds. You can go for Moremi Air that offers flight options for visitors to Maun and beyond.

Go Lodge Hoping

Situated amidst the safari region, the town of Maun has an incredible number of wildlife lodges that is perched on the edge of the delta. While in Maun, if you are looking to enjoy some good ambience, lip smacking food and breathtaking scenery, go for lodge hoping which is considered to be one of the best things to do in Maun.

Bird Watching

Botswana is blessed with abundant bird life which makes it one of the top tourist attractions in Maun. Enjoy bird watching from a traditional dugout called Mokoro that allows you to see different kind of birds along with natural view.

Visit to Cultural Centre

Apart for being famous for wildlife, the town of Maun is blessed with plenty of cultural centre’s that showcases the history and true culture of Mauna and its people. Head to the Motsana Cultural Centre, where you can browse local crafts and get to know more about the city.

Dine at Hilary’s

One of the famous restaurants in Maun, Hilary’s is a homey place that offers a choice of wonderful earthy meals such as homemade bread, homemade lemonade, filter coffee, baked potatoes, soups and sandwiches.

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Best of Southern Africa Safari

Duration: 13N / 14D

Maun (1N) - Okanvango Delta (2N) - Chobe National Park (2N) - Victoria Falls (3N) - Windhoek (1N) - Swakopmund (2N) - Etosha National Park (2N)

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How to Reach Maun

By Plane: The nearest airport to Maun is Francistown, Gaborone, and Kasane that will take you directly to the city. The airport passenger terminal is right in town, about two blocks from the major shopping center.

By Bus: There are daily busses that ply to and fro from Gaborone to Maun. The bus ride takes about 9 to 10 hrs and takes the passengers on a scenic route that should not be missed.  

By Car: The easiest way to reach Maun via car is using the highway from Gaborone A1, Francistown A3, Ghanzi A2, Serowe A14 via Rakops A14. 

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