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About Maun

The name Maun is derived from the San word 'maung', meaning the place of short reeds. The village began as the tribal capital of the Batswana people. It grew as a rough and ready place of local cattle ranchers and professional hunters with a Wild West atmosphere. In 1920, Harry Riley built the first Riley's Hotel, which was then nothing more than a small bar catering to the men who arrived from Francistown - a gruelling 35-hour journey by horse and cart. But with the completion of the tar road from Nata and the growth of tourism, Maun has developed into a thriving town.

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Maun is also the gateway for the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. This little region has spread along the Thamalakane River and comprises an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts. Found on the northeast side of the Sekgoma Road, barely 2km from the centre of town, Maun Game Sanctuary is a small, fenced park, only about 3km long by 1km wide. It is a good, easy option for those who want to walk in a scenic area amongst non-dangerous game species and an impressive variety of birds.

The sanctuary preserves the very last of the natural habitat that used to be found in and around Maun – before goats and people wreaked havoc on the landscape. In the sanctuary are real fan palms, various acacia thickets and riverine woodland. It's bordered by the Thamalakane River, which attracts many aquatic bird species, whilst there are also a few open, grassy areas where you'll find a whole host of beautiful creatures including zebras, wildebeests and warthogs grazing.

Maun Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Maun

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Maun Hotels

If you are planning a Maun holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Mankwe Bush Lodge Maun

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Mankwe Bush Lodge offers classic, tented chalets elevated to reveal a grand view of the mopani bush below. Each chalet has its own en-suite bathroom, as well as a private platform. There is a fire pit in the middle of the main decking where guests can sit and chat under the stars. There is also a pool and dining area. Situated amongst shady trees, Mankwe Bush Lodge is the ideal venue to explore the Moremi and Chobe wilderness areas.

Royal Tree Lodge Maun

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Located on the banks of the Thamalakane River and a 200 hectare game farm, Royal Tree Lodge tastefully combines luxurious accommodation and old world hospitality. Seven specially designed, luxurious ensuite tents on teak decks sit under a canopy of indigenous trees, sited in such a way as to ensure privacy and to heighten the feeling of being in the remote African bush. No day at the lodge is complete without a hot drink around the communal boma whilst comparing today's safari stories. The lodge is in a private game reserve located 20 minutes from Maun.

Thamalakane River Lodge Maun

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River with magnificent views of the surrounding scenery, this lodge features African-inspired accommodation amidst the Botswana landscape. The spacious chalets have a unique 'skylight' wall to maximise the views. Its location on the river means that guests can watch water fowl and birds at their leisure from the public areas. The lodge's acclaimed restaurant is not too be missed with superb food and wine to match the superb surroundings.

Maun Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Maun.

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