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About Maun

Maun is the leading tourism capital of Botswana. With a population of over 55,000, it is the 5th largest in the country. Maun lets you discover more of Africa’s treasured wildlife and Botswana’s own unique culture. The top tourist attractions of the town include the Okavango Delta, the Mosu Safari Tours and Air Shakawe.

Cheap flights to Maun are available for a short time, so take this opportunity to experience all that this destination has to offer. The town is home to Maun Airport (MUB), which is a 5-minute drive from the centre of the town. This international airport serves a large selection of airlines – including South African Airways and Air Botswana. Non-stop flights to Maun are available from Johannesburg. The average flight duration from Johannesburg is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Why visit Maun

Maun Giraffe

Nature

Maun offers the perfect setting for safaris, with plenty to explore. With scenic rivers, magnificent grasslands and many of Africa’s famous animals, you’ll have a magical experience in this town.

Helicopter View Okavango Delta Maun

Tours

The environment around Maun is also ideal for helicopter tours. Take a trip around this destination and get a unique perspective on its enchanting beauty.

Maun Salt Pans and Tree

Adventures

Embark on a memorable adventure while exploring the salt pans just outside the main town. Travelling through these nearly endless stretches of sand will leave you stunned.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Botswana
Currency Pula
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.78 BWP
Language Setswana and English
Hub Airport Maun Airport
Airline Air Botswana
Time Zone GMT + 2
Travel Adaptor Type D/G

Best time to visit Maun

You can expect hot weather in Maun throughout the year. To get a break from the high temperatures, visit this town from May to August (late autumn and winter) and experience warm and pleasant weather. From June through to October is when peak rates are in effect and availability will be at a low. Campsites will be fully booked months in advance. If you want better game viewing, book a trip in the spring, summer and early autumn seasons (September – April). For low accommodation rates, visit Maun during April, May and November; however, this period brings rain, and nights will be cold. Get the best accommodation rates, though, by booking a trip to this destination between December and March – though do be sure to avoid Christmas and New Year. There are rains during this period too, which may make off-road driving difficult. Let Travelstart help arrange your trip to Maun for a fantastic holiday experience.

Weather & Climate in Maun

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 18°C 20°C 17°C 15°C 11°C 7°C 7°C 10°C 14°C 18°C 19°C 19°C
High °C 33°C 33°C 33°C 32°C 29°C 27°C 26°C 28°C 34°C 36°C 35°C 34°C
Rainfall (mm) 70 90 50 20 10 10 10 10 10 20 40 70

Overview

Maun boasts a thriving safari industry that is popular among tourists. The wealth of nature that immediately surrounds Maun provides you with the perfect setting to discover the iconic beauty of Africa. Besides the game viewing that you can enjoy, this town includes helicopter and flight tours, as well as boat trips along the magnificent Okavango Delta.

In Maun, you can relax and sate your appetite at some excellent restaurants that serve both local and European styles of food. The Maun Education Park features all the information on the animals that you will find in the surrounding region, including giraffes, impala, kudu, lechwe, a variety of birds and more. Get a souvenir before you return home from the Nhabe Museum.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders will not need a Visa to visit Maun. You will need to ensure that you have a passport that 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

Address: Plot 29, Queens Road, Gaborone

Phone: + 267 3904 800 Phone: + 267 3904 801 Phone: + 267 3904 802 Phone: + 267 3904 803 Fax: + 267 390 5501 Fax: + 267 390 5502 (Political) Fax: + 267 391 2344 (Admin) Fax: + 267 390 8547 (Consular) Fax: + 267 390 2084 (Defence)

Health & Safety

The main health concern in Maun is malaria.

To guard against malarial infection, take medication at least a week before you leave for Maun. Prevent getting mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts and jeans in the evening. Pack in some mosquito repellent, for applying to your hands, face and neck. Before leaving for your trip, consult with your doctor as well to find out if there is any precautionary medication you should take.

Thanks to the activity of the police, Maun is an extremely safe destination. Despite this, you should still be careful. If you’re in the town, avoid leaving valuables in a parked car. In the campsites, lock all your valuables away.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Maun
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 75.61
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 26.69
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 29.07
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 15.12
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 44.10

Where to stay?

A great variety of campsites, cottages, inns, hotels and guesthouses exist in and around the town of Maun. If you would like to be close to the Maun Game Sanctuary, pick one of the accommodation options in Wenela Ward. The bulk of the restaurants, cafés and bars sit in the Sanyedi Ward and on the edge of the Wenela Ward, making these ideal if you are looking for more opportunities to dine out while in Maun.

Outside of Maun, you can find accommodation on the edges of the Okavango Delta and on the Moremi Game Reserve, which sits in the heart of the delta.

The cost of staying at some of these establishments ranges from 400 Pula to 24,000 Pula. The most popular places for accommodation include Riley’s Hotel, Maun Lodge and Cresta Rileys.

Get Around

The most affordable option when it comes to getting around Maun is the combis, which operate during the daylight hours. In the evenings, you have the taxis, which you can book from your place of accommodation. A small number of taxis will be available at the airport, which is a 5-minute drive from the centre of Maun.

The most expensive options include car and motorcycle rental. A collection of car rental agencies are relatively close to the airport, a convenience should you wish to travel straight to your accommodation.

Main attractions in Maun

Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta

Mosu Safari Tours

Mosu Safari Tours

Helicopter Horizons

Helicopter Horizons

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