4WD Camper Hire in Maun, Botswana
Hire Campervans in Maun, Botswana
Maun is Botswana’s primary tourism hub, being the main gateway to one of Africa’s most important ecosystems, the Okavango Delta. A village in Botswana’s north, Maun lies in a region dominated by the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. It can be accessed by air from Windhoek, capital of Namibia to the north, or Cape Town, second-largest city of South Africa to the south. While there is not much going on in the town itself, Maun provides a base for a crowd of bush pilots, luxury safari travellers, volunteers and campers in Maun 4WD campervan rental with leading motorhome rental companies Kea Campervan Hire, Britz Motorhome Rental as well as Caprivi Car Hire.
Spot the ‘Big Five’ in your 4WD Camper
Start your safari adventures by 4WD camper hire in Maun which lies at Okavango Delta’s southern fringes. The central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta are occupied by Moremi Game Reserve, once the hunting grounds of the indigenous San and now the local BaSarwa (bushmen).
Here, you will find nearly 500 species of birds and, with the reintroduction of black and white rhinoceros, the ‘Big Five’ (African elephant, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, lion and leopard). The landscape is as diverse, ranging from lagoons to mopane woodlands, acacia forests to floodplains, and the ubiquitous savannahs. Moremi is a fitting, and very popular, destination for travel by 4WD campervan rental in Maun. Certain areas of the reserve are perennially flooded, so you can float in dugout canoes in the lagoons to spy more elusive species if you can’t spot them by self-drive.
Victoria Falls via Chobe by 4×4
Drive your Maun 4×4 camper hire north of Moremi to Chobe National Park, Botswana’s second largest, and bordered to the north by the deep and blue-peacock ribbon of a river, the Chobe. With your 4×4 campervan hire in Maun, drive the loops that wind around the river’s edge to see a variety of game along with their natural predators. Most popular for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo congregating in the river during the dry winter months, the Chobe National Park is also an ideal jump-off point to Victoria Falls, just across the common river border among Zambia, Zimbabwe and Maun.
Botswana’s Salt Pans
In the years during and after torrential rains, the Okavango River spills farther south than Maun and into the Boteti River that feeds the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, a featureless stretch of terrain the size of Portugal and largely uninhabited by humans. Drive your 4WD camper hire in Maun into this otherwise extremely arid region of Botswana’s north and see how it transforms into a powder blue lake with waters lapping into pebble beaches, a scenery that most likely resembled the salt pan’s former life as a prehistoric lake.
Bring your 4×4 campervan rental in Maun to Nxai Pan National Park immediately north for good wildlife viewing especially when large herds of wildebeest and zebra start their westward migration to Boteti and onwards to the Okavango. For a look into the area’s tribal cultures, seek out the villages of Nata, Rakops, Mopipi and Gweta located in the fringes of the pans, the same locations that their ancestors occupied since Stone Age.
While few vegetation can survive the salty surface of the pans, baobabs – some up to 4,000 years old – dominate the landscape and create dramatic backdrops when the sun sets. With your 4WD camper rental in Maun, you can pitch a camp under one – many lodges provide tents – and contemplate the ‘song of the stars’ under a limitless night sky.