Maun Airport MUB
is an important airport in Central South Africa and is the second-busiest in the Republic of Botswana. It is operated by CAA Botswana and serves as the main tourist gateway to the Okavango Delta, Linyanti, and the Moremi Game Reserve. Other popular tourist destinations include Chobe National Park or the Makgadikgadi Pans, both of which are within driving distance. Maun Airport is host to numerous charter flights and is one of the busiest airports in Africa. The airport is hub for small single & twin-engine aircraft feeding mainline carriers.
Botswana's regions can be broken down into six regions: the Southern Region, the Moremi and Okavango Region, the Chobe Region, the Kgalagadi Region, the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans Region, and the Eastern and Central Region
Many visitors use Maun-based charters to fly to the various lodges in Botswana, including Delta Air, Mack Air, Moremi Air, Northern Air, Sefofane, Kalahari Air Services, as well as Wildlife Helicopters.
NOTE: As of June 1, 2017 a new 'Tourism Levy' is being charged at ports of entry to travelers to Botswana of US $30 - payable in cash, debit or credit cards.
MUB Airport is located in the town of Maun,
near the city of Gaborone, at the Northwest District of Botswana, and is accessible via motorway A3. Location coordinates: 19 58 19.60 S; 023 25 47.62 E. Flights to Maun Airport from Gaborone take 1.5 hrs and from Johannesburg 2 hrs.
With a 3.7 km runway, and an estimated half a million passengers a year, Maun Airport is served by
- Air Botswana to Cape Town Gaborone, Johannesburg, Kasane & Victoria Falls;
- Air Namibia to Victoria Falls & Windhoek; and
- Airlink to Johannesburg.
Also available are a number of chartered flights to destinations like the Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest seasonal wetlands in Africa.
North American Travelers:
There are no direct flights from the North American Continent to Botswana; therefore it is recommended that travelers fly first into Johannesburg via South African Airways or Delta (from Atlanta & New York) and connect to Maun Airport through Air Botswana on a daily, but limited schedule.
As of June 1, 2017, a new Tourism Development Levy is being charged t
o travelers heading to Botswana in the amount of U.S. $30 - payable by cash, credit or debit cards.
Maun Airport has currently a small & crowded passenger terminal
which houses customs & Immigration services, a currency exchange and rental car counters for Budget & Avis, and a lounge with internet access. However, for access to shops and offices you need to get into town, which is within walking distance of the terminal.
On the second level is a restaurant, a post office and a number of safari companies which offer flights over the scenic Okavango Delta. Most of the other safari companies are situated in buildings close to the airport. Across from the airport, with a large blue sign, is the much-recommended 'Bon Arrivee' restaurant. The terminal is closed at night.
The new Maun Mall is only 200 meters from the terminal.
NOTE: The Terminal is now under reconstruction, while a temporary building will become operational September 2017 (see below).
To get from Maun Airport to your destination,
you can rent a car, a taxi or a lodge-operated shuttle bus. You can also walk to town.
Present and future Airport developments:
While the first two phases of airport upgrades were completed at airside and at service areas in 2015, Phase 3 involved air traffic control tower and 'technical block' - while phase 4 was to deal with terminal upgrades and to take 3.5 years to construct - but planned work on terminal and support buildings was delayed due to financial constraint.
- In October 2016 it was reported that construction on the terminal would start after tender award, which is presumably ongoing at present. (The Airport operator seems not to bother about updating its ancient site.)
- A temporary terminal building is scheduled for completion by September 2017. Meanwhile, the current terminal walls are to be repainted, new carpeting added and airpport desks rearranged.
- The Runway extension has been completed.
- Base work to correct the two outstanding SSCs was completed, resulting in passenger safety rating increase to 71.32 percent - way above Africa standards.