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.
MUB Airport is located in the town of Maun, 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 one 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.
Maun Airport has a small 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.
Note that the terminal is closed at night.
The new Maun Mall is only 200 meters from the terminal.
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.
Future Airport developments:
Botswana's Daily News reported on August 15, 2015 that two phases of airport upgrades have been completed at airside and at services areas. Ongoing Phase 3 involved air traffic control tower and 'technical block' - while phase 4 will deal with terminal upgrades (currently in the design stage and to take 3.5 years to construct)- completed Further construction will depend on air traffic (mainly tourist traffic) .
NOTE: Planned work on terminal and support buildings has been delayed due to financial constraint - it is not clear whether plans will be realized in the future.