Maun

TRAVEL INFORMATION

The name Maun is derived from the Seyei word 'maung', which translates 'the place of river reeds'.

Seen as Botswana’s tourism capital, Maun lies on the southern fringes of the Okavango Delta, and still, despite recent modernisations, carries the feeling of a dusty, frontier town.

Climate

The months May, June, July and August have a nice average temperature and are possibbly the best times to travel. On average, the temperatures are always high. Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in January, February and November. Maun has dry periods in May, June, July and August.On average, the warmest month is October. On average, the coolest month is July. November is the wettest month. July is the driest month.

Health & Safety

Botswana is classed as a Malaria area and additional vaccinations like Yellow fever may be required.

 

Please contact your local Travel Clinic for the latest details on vaccinations required for travel to Southern Africa, remember to mention the exact areas you will be visiting throughout your travels. 

 

Botswana is not a dangerous country. If you are travelling on an all-inclusive trip and staying at lodges and hotels, then problems of personal safety are exceedingly rare. There will always be someone on hand to help you. Even if you are travelling on local transport, perhaps on a low budget, you will generally be perfectly safe if you are careful.
Outside of rougher parts of the main cities, crime against visitors, however minor, is rare. Even if you are travelling on local transport on a low budget, you are likely to experience numerous acts of random kindness, but not crime. 
 

It is Highly recommended that comprehensive travel insurance be taken out to cover for any theft, loss and medical problems that may occur while traveling.

 

It is Highly recommended that comprehensive travel insurance be taken out to cover for any theft, loss and medical problems that may occur while traveling.

Getting Around

A vehicle is useful in town, though taxis can be hailed from the street and are relatively inexpensive. If you're around the centre, between the banks and the airport, then walking is hot but feasible. Heading further out you'll need to use a taxi.


Taxis

Maun's only taxis that you can pre-book and order by phone are Atol Taxis.  


Minibuses

Small combies which frequent between the centre of town to the outlying suburbs and areas are used by most of the residents of Maun . These routes aren't often clearly marked; you really need to ask someone and then hop on. 

 

Taxis and combis have blue license plates. In this area, especially on relatively high-speed roads, available taxis will honk gently once to see if you are interested. To show that you want a taxi, stick your arm out parallel to the ground, perpendicular (and towards) the road, palm-down, and flap your fingers.

Getting there

By plane
Air Botswana operates regular services to Francistown, Gaborone, Kasane, Maun and the South African city of Johannesburg. The airport passenger terminal is right in town, about two blocks from the major shopping center. Air Namibia operates daily flights from/to Windhoek.

 

By car
Your can get to Maun using the highway from Francistown. At Nata, take the A3. (It is well-signposted.)

 

By bus
There are daily buses from the bus rank in Gaborone to Maun at 5:30am, 7:00am, and 11:30am (recommend catching the 5:30am one, if you wish to get to Maun before dark). However, it’s a good idea to double check with the locals if the departure times have changed.  The bus ride takes about 9 to 10 hrs. Buses to/from Francistown take about 5 to 6 hours, departing Francistown about once an hour from 07:30 to around 15:30.


If you want to travel from Maun to Kasane, it's best to get a Francistown/Gaborone bus and get off at Nata, where you can catch a northbound bus towards Kasane. The same thing works in the opposite direction; either way you'll need to start out as early as possible to be assured of making the connection.


The buses on major routes are pretty nice compared to many other African countries, but still not exactly luxurious: 5 non-reclining seats in a row, little leg-room and no bathrooms (however, they generally make frequent stops that are long enough to use a bathroom at the bus station). Smaller buses are even less comfortable and more likely to fill up completely. If travelling during the winter (Jun, Jul, and Aug) make sure to dress in layers, since it is freezing cold in the morning and toasty hot in the afternoon.

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