Maun what’s the hype … 

SHARE   |   Monday, 14 August 2017   |   By Motherk Masire
Maun what’s the hype … 

Maun is indeed special in so many ways. It may be a village but getting from point A to B is nothing to worry about when you do not have a car. There is neither a town nor village in Botswana with as many taxis as Maun. The blue plate numbers rule the roads of Maun. Every second car on the road is likely to be a taxi. The majority of taxis are small car sedans, Honda Fit and Runx that seem to be the preferred brands for taxi owners, perhaps influenced by their economic fuel consumption. If you drive either a Honda Fit or Toyota Runx don’t be surprised if you will be flagged down by people thinking your car is a taxi. The Maun taxi services seem to be organised with all taxis having stickers of their operator licence on their bumpers to make it easy for commuters to identify a taxi if you have any form of feedback to the association. The standard fee is P4.00 and P20 for a special – that is when you would like to book the taxi all for yourself. Besides the taxis, 4X4s are also common features on Maun roads. The village is quite sandy, making it the least friendly to sedans as most of them often get stuck on the soft heavy sand. There are no go areas for small cars, requiring only 4x4s to access such areas. Maun is considered to be the capital of the tourism industry of Botswana and the gateway to the northern game parks and the Okavango Delta, hence during the peak tourism season there is influx of 4x4s used in self-drive safari tours.

Maun has a number of rivers passing through it including Thamalakane, Boro and Boteti. During raining season there are areas in the village that are not accessible by road but by boats. Boats are also a common mode of transport in Maun as the locals use them for fishing and ferrying people to water engulfed places as well as taking holiday makers on cruises. Like most bus stations in Botswana, the Maun bus station looks chaotic. However, it is the place to go to when you need registered buses out of Maun. It is located on Tsaro Street – a local market hub. Here you will find buses departing to most towns and villages. To reach Kasane, another tourism hub, take a bus towards Francistown and change buses at Nata. Most of the long distances buses are in good conditions, especially the Gaborone buses. Some even have Wi-Fi on them, making the long journey bearable and productive as one is able to work on the internet along the way.



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