The Under-rated Metropolis of Maun

With all due respect to Moremi, Chobe and Makgadikgadi, the birds you can see in and around Maun rival them all. In fact, pound-for-pound or dollar-for-bird, Maun wins hands-down. Especially  when you’re staying in your little sis’ house and driving her car!

So here’s a good recipe for Best Botswana Birding: Don’t just land in Maun and buzz off elsewhere! Rather stay in this lovely home:

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Drive this superb 4X4:

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and bird the immediate vicinity:

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Here are some of the birds seen in and around Janet’s home and along the Tamalakhane where she walks her dogs. Forty One shown, but there were more.

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Added bonus: Visit the spots like The French Connection, Miguel’s Place, Tshilli Cafe, Lodges along the river – and Ann’s CinemaMultiPlex for breakfast.

But the best (and best-value) meals are found here:

On a drive out towards the Boro River Janet and I stopped at a flooded grassland and watched a bird party frolicking on three little acacia trees, dropping down to drink clear water in some tyre tracks. Here’s the spot: Most of the action was in that small acacia dead-centre.

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Twenty three species within half an hour! It got quite “Shu’ Up! Another One?” Here are fifteen of them (Lee Ouzman pics mostly).

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These two black birds were mingling with the unsuspecting colourful hosts that they parasitise!

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Longtailed Paradise Whydah / Green-backed Pytilia; Purple Indigobird / Jameson’s Firefinch.

Other stuff as we searched for the Boro – and the lily to prove we found it.

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Yet another advantage to having a little sis who’s a nineteen year Maun veteran is she can sweet-talk curmudgeons into showing you their patch. So we ended up one morning walking the flood plains in Disaneng guided by an old bullet with a long lens after drinking free coffee here:

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We saw three of these birds plus a bat hawk flying. These are his pics, but from his website. His lovebirds he shot in Namibia, but we saw a few in his garden that morning! Escapees? Or had they followed him home?

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Read about the history of Maun here.

 

One thought on “The Under-rated Metropolis of Maun

  1. 3juanita4

    Pete, You missed your vocation – I promise, you really did. This BeWilder is poetical, complimentary and amusing – I just love it! You make the most humble abode sound like a paradise ! – (*It is MY paradise though!~)
    I do agree – the birds are fab.
    This is great – You know that I DID NOT realize that the ODO rounded to 400,000km! and that YOU were the one to do it! I’m so chuffed you photographed it!
    love and hugs – Janet Humphrey

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