Maun, Botswana


Maun is a city in northern Botswana. It is the capital of the North - West District and its largest city and the most important starting point for safaris in the Okavangobecken. It is a scattered settlement with 49 948 inhabitants ( 1 January 2005).


Maun has no center as such, and only a few major roads are paved. At its heart are the one of the airport with some adjacent safari operators and cafes and on the other hand, the investments of Cresta Riley 's Hotel with attached workshop. The cityscape is dominated by barracks and huts, often in traditional round structure made ​​of mud. Since Maun plays an important role as the hub of the road network in northern Botswana, characterize desert popular SUV the street scene.


Maun is at the southeastern edge of the Okavangobeckens. The vegetation around Maun is yet to be determined predominantly by the Kalahari, the fertile areas of the Okavango Delta begin only a few kilometers north. From the Delta Maun itself is separated by an animal barrier fence, as they have been applied systematically in Botswana.

Economy and infrastructure


Maun is an important trading center. As a starting point for excursions into the Okavango Delta ( Moremi Wildlife Reserve ) and in the Chobe National Park, the city is becoming more important for tourism. Airport Maun ( MUB ) is supposedly the busiest in Black Africa. However, it is in flight movements, especially to those of small aircraft such as Cessna, tourists and food in the Delta bring. Scheduled flights are available from Air Namibia to Windhoek and three times per week by Air Botswana several times a day to Gaborone and Johannesburg as well as twice weekly to Cape Town.

The city does not have its own fire brigade (November 2005), except at the airport. However, these moves not from a fire outside the airport.


A long, paved main road crosses almost all of Maun and is heavily used. Most bus routes on this main road.


On the outskirts is the field station of the University of Botswana, which is a research and academic center for the Okavango Delta along with the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Center.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Munjuku Nguvauva II (1923-2008), the traditional leader of the tribal group of Ovambo and Herero

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