Cheap Flights to Maun, Botswana
Maun may only be the fifth largest village in Botswana, but it’s the tourism capital of the country, and the gateway to some of Africa’s most spectacular game-viewing regions. Destinations like the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and the Makgadikgadi Pans all use Maun as a hub.
There are only a few flights a day to Maun Airport from South Africa, so you’d think finding flights could be a little tricky. Lucky for you our search tool above makes finding the cheapest flights to Maun as easy as pie.
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From Maun Airport you can transfer to your safari lodge with a private air charter company such as Moremi Air Charters.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Maun, Botswana. You will need to make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to Botswana is in Gaborone. Plot 29, Queens Road, Gaborone. Phone: + 267 3904 800 / + 267 3904 801 / + 267 3904 802 / + 267 3904 803.
See and do
The thriving safari industry in Maun has funnelled thousands of tourists through this village, which is nonetheless still not large enough to officially be called a town. The impact on the village’s economy has been significant, and what was once a rough and ready outpost for herdsmen, hunters and poachers is now a busy little hub.
That’s not to say it’s the height of luxury. If anything, the flashy four-wheel-drive vehicles ferrying foreigners around make the donkey-drawn carts and rampant goat population of Maun seem even more rustic by comparison. There are, however, plenty of comfortable accommodations, some great restaurants offering both European and local styles of food, and a few surprisingly well-stocked supermarkets.
While you’re in town, you’ll want to check out the Maun Education Park, featuring giraffes, wildebeest, kudu, impala, zebras, lechwe, warthogs and a huge variety of birds. The Nhabe Museum is also interesting, and you can grab your souvenirs from their shop, or one of the many around the airport. Bush Telegraphs and Jazellas are popular options, as are the hand-carved crafts, beadwork and ceramics.
Getting around Maun isn’t difficult, given the size of the village – you can walk to most places with ease. If the heat is a bit much for a stroll, or if you’re heading to an outlying camp, you’ll want to use a taxi, combi or bus, or hire a car or 4x4. Keep in mind the taxis aren’t run from a central dispatch, so you’ll need to get your driver’s mobile phone number if you want to be picked up in a remote area later.
Maun Airport – MUB
Food and beverage: The restaurant on the second floor is the only place to get refreshments within the airport, but Bon Arrivee Restaurant opposite the airport comes highly recommended.
Currency Exchange: There is a foreign exchange counter in the passenger terminal at Maun Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. There is no airport Lost and Found, so make sure you keep a close eye on your belongings.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Riley’s Hotel, Maun Lodge, and Island Safari Lodge.
Car Hire: Budget, Avis.