Maun… the gateway to the Okavango Delta and the first experience of Botswana for many international arrivals. Due to flight arrival times, or the fact that you might have just spent more than 24 hours travelling to get here, a night in Maun is often a preferred option for many guests prior to starting their safari.
To help you get the most out of your first night in Botswana we’ve outlined, in our opinion, the best places to stay and what to do to fill your time.
ROYAL TREE LODGE
- Royal Tree Lodge is located about 30 minutes outside of Maun, and immediately throws you in to the safari fun! Situated on a reserve which is home to giraffe, zebra, oryx and a number of other plains game, it is a great introduction to Botswana’s wildlife.
- Thamalakane is a preferred option for many as it is one of the more comfortable accommodation choices in Maun. About 20 minutes from the airport, its position on the Thamalakane riverfront is its unique selling point. Expect breath-taking sunsets from the candlelit dining area.
- Audi Camp is a favourite for self-drivers coming through Maun due to its value for money. Whether you choose to camp, or stay in the spacious en suite tents, Audi Camp is welcoming and hosts a great restaurant and pool area.
What To Do……………..
- If you won’t have the opportunity to fly in to one of the lodges, we always recommend to enjoy a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. The unique bird’s eye view perspective allows for spectacular photo opportunities and sightings of huge herds of wildlife.
Boat Cruise on the Thamalakane River
- The majority of lodges in Maun offer afternoon boat cruises on the Thamalakane. While it is not a game viewing area, it allows you to experience great scenery, birdlife and sunsets.
Curio Shops and Craft Stalls
- In the area surrounding the airport a number of curio shops can be found, selling souvenirs of Botswana. There are also stalls found along the side of the road, characterised by brightly coloured fabrics and cloths.