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.
With a 3.7 km runway, and 764,146 passengers ain 2016, 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 to 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 became 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. By October 2016, construction started on the terminal. A temporary terminal building was scheduled for completion by September 2017. - Impossible to get updated information!