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The Gateway To The Okavango Delta, Maun Botswana

The Gateway To The Okavango Delta, Maun Botswana


The growing and bustling village of Maun has earned the rights to be called "The gate way to the Okavango delta" located about one thousand kilometers north of the capital city of Botswana, Maun is the last major town / village one will find before heading out into the true wilds of the Okavango, hence the name, "the gateway of the Okavango delta"
The fan palms are a common sight in and around the village of Maun Botswana  

Since Maun is the last stop before nothingness its worth the travelers time to spend a few days in Maun to stock up on supplies. Maun is also a great place to to try an organize a flight by plane or helicopter over the Okavango delta, the delta from the air is a magical sight, and should be on every travelers, bucket list.

Talking about helicopters, something most travelers to the wilds of Botswana worry about is medical assistance in the case of an emergency, however this should not be of concern to travelers any more, since for a very small fee one can become a patron of Okavango air rescue, who will fly in a medical team to assist and stabilize there patrons and even air lift them out to proper medical facilities should the need arise, this is something i would highly recommend to any traveler to the Okavango, even if you don't have any emergency during your stay,(which hopefully you won't) its worth it just for the peace of mind.
"A mokoro trip is an excellent way to get up close and personal with the smaller creature's of the Okavango delta"

A lot of you travelers to Maun are on your way to the Moremi Game Reserve which is just less then a 100km to the north west of Maun, its important to remember that you cannot book or pay any fee's at the Moremi gate, all bookings and fee's should be booked and payed for in Maun at the Botswana government wildlife office, and if you are planning on camping a few nights in Moremi, you will need to book a campsite, campsites are NOT booked through the wildlife office, this is because all the campsites have been privatized and are now maintained and run through private safari company's, if you are only interested in doing a day trip into the Moremi game reserve it would probably be easier and cheaper to book a day trip from Maun with a local safari company, such as Bush Baby Calls Safari's

There are of course plenty of upmarket lodges to be found in and around the Okavango and Moremi such as found Here
Although the town of Maun is in no ways a foodie destination most lodges or hotels do have great restaurants, but if you feel like eating out well there are still a few restaurants in Maun that are worth searching out and paying a visit, here you can find a few of my favorite restaurants in Maun "Mauns Top Restaurants"

Since geographically Maun is located right on the very edge of the Okavango flood plains it is also the perfect place to explore the rest of Okavango delta from, probably one best ways to get up close and personal with the Okavango and the wildlife that go's with it is to take a Mokoro trip up into the lower delta, (a Mokoro is traditional dug out) Mokoro trips can be arranged as either day trips or more serious trips that last a few days, more information can be found Here!

The the village town of maun is with out a doubt, in the truest sense the gateway to the Okavango delta, a place were the sun rises upon new adventurers every day
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Moremi Game Reserve  About:  The Moremi Game Reserve is a area of just under 5000 sq km situated about 90km north east of the frontier town of Maun in northern Botswana. The Moremi reserve is home to all the big five as well as a vast variety of other species including the beautiful African Wild Dog and the sometimes elusive Bat Eared Fox.


Getting There: One of the more common ways to explore the Moremi is to self drive, one can even Hire a 4x4 in Maun and then drive with confidence into the Moremi, a 4x4 is essential when exploring the Okavango delta and the Moremi game reserve is no exception, one of the worst parts is the section of road that starts at the little village of Serobe and ends at the wildlife veterinary gate just before the road forks at the Khwai/Moremi junction, this section is very bumpy as well as being incredibly sandy. However the roads are always changing and in the rainy season, some roads disappear altogether.
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Best affordable accommodation in Maun Botswana

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One of the best ways to find some very snazzy yet affordable accommodation in Maun Botswana is by making good use of the AirBnB app.
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Tlou Cottage
Tlou cottage is a quaint yet rustic two bedroom, self-catering cottage overlooking the Maun Game Park. With WiFi, Laundry Service, Safe Parking and in beautiful quite surroundings situated conveniently in town this is the perfect base for anyone looking to explore the Okavango Delta.
Otto House & Shack

"Otto House is a Eco house that sits on the banks of the Thamalakane River, the gateway to the great Okavango Delta. Otto was featured in the VISI magazine (Feb/March 2016) and awarded the Afrisam 2016 Architectural Award for Natural Building Technology"
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 Birders Retreat "Situated on the banks of the Boro river Gateway to the Okavango delta. We have a large riverine river frontage,large lawns, garden etc. Studio workshop for artists. Gue…