As the main gateway to the Okavango Delta, Maun (mau-uunn) is Botswana’s primary tourism hub. With good accommodation and a reliably mad mix of bush pilots, tourists, campers, volunteers and luxury-safari-philes, it’s a decent-enough base for a day or two. That said, if your only business in Botswana involves staying in the lodges and tented camps of the delta, you may do little more than hang around the airport. No great loss: the town itself has little going for it – it’s strung out over kilometres with not much of a discernible centre – but some of the hotels and camps have riverside vantage points. The town of Maun has long shed its image as a “Wild West” frontier town and is today one of Botswana’s biggest tourism centers. Maun – established in 1915 as the capital of the Botswana people – has earned itself the name of Gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun means ‘Place of the short reeds’ – referring to the reeds growing in the nearby Thamalakane River.