Vacations to Maun, Botswana

Despite its nickname as the “tourism capital” of Botswana, the country’s fifth-largest town remains a rural village at its heart and you won’t have to travel far to uncover Maun’s charm. Located on the banks of northern Botswana’s Thamalakane River, Maun is home to over 50,000 people.

In Maun’s centre, you’ll find the Nhabe Museum where you can learn about the village's history and view the work of local artists. Wander around the market or visit the village's own game reserve, measuring just eight square kilometers, which offers a range of warmup hiking trails along the riverbank.

If you’re stopping in Maun on the way to see Botswana’s breath-taking landscapes and an abundance of wildlife, you won’t be disappointed by the accommodation on offer. Choose from a range of luxury or safari lodges that give you all the comforts of home.

Several of the most popular safari tours start from Maun thanks to its close proximity to must-see destinations such as the Okavango Delta. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, the Okavango Delta is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site that comes alive with wildlife during the seasonal floods. For unrivalled views of the delta, take a scenic flight from Maun to fully appreciate the majesty of northern Botswana.

Game flights are also available over the nearby Moremi Game Reserve where hippos, rhinos and lions can be easily spotted from the skies. Shorter day trips can also be booked from Maun, so if you have a spare day in the village and want to make the most of it, you can jump in a car and head into the wilderness at a moment’s notice.

Highlights

  • Take a game flight over nearby Moremi Game Reserve

  • Explore the gateway to Okavango Delta

  • Learn about local life at Maun’s Nhabe Museum

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I adore Africa and have lived and worked in South Africa as well as travelling across the wider region. Spotting a leopard during a night safari at Nambiti Private Game Reserve is definitely an experience I'll remember forever.

Maun trip ideas

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Map of Maun