Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is sometimes described as the tourism
capital of Botswana. Situated on the Thamalakane River, one of the main rivers flowing
from the Delta, Maun has a thriving tourist industry with numerous safari operators
based here. The town itself has a population of 60,000 although the tourist trade
and the resultant bustle of activity make it seem more. Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe
National Park are easily accessible within a few hours drive of Maun whilst the upmarket
lodges are accessed by light aircraft from Maun Airport - the busiest airport in
Botswana due to the number of tourist flights!
The town centre has a good variety of shops with Spar, Score and Shoprite supermarkets
offering a wide range of groceries - the demand of the tourist trade means a slightly
better variety of food products compared with some other towns in Botswana!
Apart from the main attractions of Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park there
are a number of other activities that can be booked in the town itself. Day trips
by mokoro into the Okavango Delta can be arranged whilst most of the air charter
companies do scenic flights over the Okavango.