Where to stay
Just as Maun has changed in the last decade or two, so have the places to stay. In the 1980s the few camps on the edge of town felt like outposts in the wilderness. Places like Crocodile Camp, Island Safari Lodge and Okavango River Lodge had the atmosphere of oases of comfort. They seemed like remote lodges and often, when the water was high enough, mokoro trips would start from the banks of the river beside the lodge, to pole adventurers into the Delta along the Thamalakane River.
Now times have changed. Better roads and more neighbours have made these camps feel less isolated and more a part of Maun. Less water in the river has put an end to mokoro trips starting in Maun. Whereas most visitors used to stop for at least a night in Maun (especially the backpackers who came), now most visitors simply transit briefly through Maun Airport to fly in to a safari camp (and there are far less backpackers).
Hence these fine old camps have lost much of their atmosphere – though still there's a feeling that they're more interesting than the hotels and B&Bs which are the alternative.Hotels
The Tree Lodge Guesthouses and B&Bs
In recent years a couple of small B&B's have sprung up, usually run by Maun residents as a way of earning a few extra Pula. Expect them to be basic and functional, with no frills at all.
Kagiso Guest House
Maduo Guest House Camps and camping
Most of these are north from the main centre of Maun, on the road to Shorobe. They're the obvious places to stay if you arrive in your own vehicle, and will usually provide a pick-up/drop-off service into town at a price.
If you are backpacking, then it's cheaper to hitch from the main road near any of these camps into town by catching a lift (P1) with one of the small combies that come past every few minutes. To get from town to these camps, a taxi will cost you around P20 or you can take one of the combies for P1 – though you'll need to ask around to find the right one. (These may be marked as 'Sedie' or 'Route 1'.)
Island Safari Lodge
Maun Rest Camp
New Moon Campsite
Okavango River Lodge