Ethiopian Airlines Unlocks Okavango Delta – Scheduled Flights Connect Maun to Global Travelers

Ethiopian Airlines Unlocks Okavango Delta – Scheduled Flights Connect Maun to Global Travelers

Botswana’s renowned Okavango Delta is poised to become more accessible with Ethiopian Airlines launching scheduled flights into Maun, the primary gateway to the Okavango region.

This strategic move is expected to enhance the delta’s global visibility and draw in more international visitors.

New Flight Routes: A Triangular Connection

Ethiopian Airlines plans to establish scheduled flights on a triangular route connecting Addis Ababa, Ndola, and Maun.

Commencing operations on June 10, the flights are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, utilizing a Boeing 738-MAX aircraft.

The Okavango Delta: A Natural Marvel

The Okavango Delta, acclaimed as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, stands as a coveted tourist destination.

Its unique status is further accentuated by its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its distinct characteristics, notably being one of the few interior delta systems without an outlet to the sea or ocean.

Delta’s Tourism Landscape: Exclusive Lodges and Unique Access Points

The allure of the Okavango Delta lies in its exclusive lodges and camps, predominantly accessible by air or water taxi.

While Maun serves as the primary entry point to the delta, it remains dotted with exclusive accommodations, creating a haven for tourists seeking a unique and pristine wilderness experience.

Current Access and Tourism Dynamics

Currently, Air Botswana facilitates flights to Maun from various locations within Botswana, as well as from Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.

South African carriers also contribute to the connectivity between Johannesburg and Maun, catering primarily to international tourists.

Game-Changing Impact: Simplifying and Democratizing Access

Ethiopian Airlines’ introduction of scheduled flights to Maun marks a significant game-changer for Okavango Delta tourism.

Beyond simplifying the journey, this move is anticipated to make it more cost-effective for international tourists, reducing the necessity to route through other African cities to reach Maun.


Ethiopian Airlines’ foray into scheduled flights to Maun signals a strategic alignment with Botswana’s tourism goals, unlocking the Okavango Delta’s potential for a broader global audience.

The enhanced accessibility is poised to redefine the travel dynamics to this natural marvel.

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