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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.

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A poler stands at the back of a mokoro (dugout canoe) with his pole raised vertically to the sky. His outline is crisp against a pinkish blue sky at sunset. To his left are a bed of reeds at the edge of the channel. Everything is reflected in the still water of the delta © Matt Phillips / Lonely Planet


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