Maun is a town in the north west of Botswana. Maun Airport (MUB or FBMN) is located just outside the town. At the time of writing (Jan 2018), scheduled flights were available with either Air Botswana or South African Airways to and from the following cities:
- Cape Town (CPT – South Africa)
- Gaborone (GBE – Botswana)
- Kasane (BBK – Botswana)
- Johannesburg (JNB – South Africa)
However, Maun is one of the main tourism centres of Botswana, thanks to its proximity to the safari area of the Okavango Delta. A large number of local charter and tour flights use the airport as their departure point for trips into the Okavango Delta. This makes Maun Airport the second busiest in Botswana, after Gaborone.
Although car rental is readily available in Maun and other major towns and airports in Botswana, many tourists opt for domestic flights in order to avoid long cross-country road journeys. Requirements for car hire are often for more local use. If you are thinking about driving in Botswana — whether locally or long distance — we have some tips on car hire and driving conditions.
Car rental at Maun Airport
At the time of writing (Jan 2018)m, we were able to obtain car rental quotes from the following companies at Maun Airport:
- Bidvest Car Rental
A full range of cars was available, including compact and full size models, SUVs, pickups and 7 or 9-seater minivans.
Driving in Botswana
UK licence holders can drive using an International Driving Permit for up to 90 days, according to the UK Foreign Office. As in the UK, vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road in Botswana.
The country has a good network of tarmac roads, but many rural roads are unsurfaced and some areas are extremely remote. Make sure you are prepared if you plan to visit such areas.
Driving standards are generally lower than in western Europe or the UK and wildlife can be dangerous at night in rural areas, so it pays to be extra careful and drive during daylight hours when possible.
Petrol stations are said to be fairly scarce in rural areas, so always top up your tank when passing through a town.
You are reportedly likely to encounter government checkpoints periodically, who may check your car and vehicle papers.
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UK govt) travel advice for Botswana
- Earth Trekkers personal blog covering a trip from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Kasane, Botswana.
Two of Botswana’s largest industries are diamond mining and tourism. Visitors flock to the country each year to see the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and other wildlife attractions, where animals such as giraffes, zebras and cheetahs can be seen in their natural habitats.
Other popular parks include Chobe National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve on the Okavango River.
Many visitors will fly between destinations in the country, and safari flights are also popular as they allow visitors to cover a wide area (and see a lot of animals) in a short time.