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The little town of Maun serves as the gateway to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. And, despite the city's rapid development in the last decade, it has kept the feel of a pioneer border town. The name comes from the San word maung, which means the "place of short reeds," and Maun became the capital of the Tawana people in 1915; it's now Botswana's fifth-largest town.
Although there are now shopping centers and a paved road to Gaborone, Botswana's capital, cement block houses and mud huts still give Maun a rural feel, especially as goats and donkeys litter the roads.
The town spreads along the banks of the Thamalakane River, and it's possible to take mokoro trips into the Delta directly from Maun. It's also a good base from which to explore by road the Tsolido hills and the Makgadikgadi Pans.