Maun is considered the gateway to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve as most tourists enter the Okavango through it. The name Maun comes from the San word 'maung' which means 'place of short reeds' - a fitting name for the town due to its position along the Thamalakane River. Red Lechwe antelope can be seen grazing along the river banks along with donkeys, goats and cattle.
With safari companies and air charter operation shops found dotted all along the main road, Maun is justifiably the tourism capital of Botswana as well as the administrative centre of Ngamiland. Its commercial nature means that most supplies can be bought in Maun from one of the many shopping centres. There are also many lodges and hotels in the town, offering abundant accommodation for all budgets.