South African Airways plans to expand its route network in Africa by launching new daily service on June 15 between Johannesburg and Maun in...

South African Airways (SAA) plans to expand its route network in Africa by launching new daily service on June 15 between Johannesburg and Maun in Botswana.

Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, a 15,000-square-kilometer (5,800-square-mile) area of swamp and water that is the world’s largest inland delta and effectively also the world’s largest oasis.


The Okavango Delta lies in northern Botswana, on the northeastern edge of the Kalahari Desert, and fairly close to the border with the Caprivi Strip panhandle in eastern Namibia.

South African Airways regional-airline subsidiary Airlink operates eight 37-seat Embraer ERJ135LR regional jets, as well as eight 83-seat Avro RJ85s and 13 29-seat BAE Systems Jetstream 4100 turboprops

Its combination of lush wetland lying next to arid dry country makes the Okavango Delta one of the world’s most unique places in which to view game, in terms of the variety of dry-land and wetland species which co-exist in near proximity.

Dozens of low-ecological-impact tourist camps and lodges are dotted throughout the delta for safari visits. Most have their own small airstrips or helicopter landing pads, so most travel throughout the Delta (which has few roads) is by air.

Moremi  Game Reserve, a National Park and game reserve named after former Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe, extends along the eastern side of the Okavango Delta and several official tourist lodges are located within it.

SAA’s service to Maun Airport (IATA code MUB) will be operated by regional partner South African Airlink with 37-seat Embraer ERJ-135 regional jets.

The schedule for the new daily service between Johannesburg and Maun will see flight SA 8300 departing Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) at 11:45 and arriving at MUB at 1:15 p.m. In the other direction, flight SA 8301 will leave MUB at 2:00 p.m. and reach JNB at 3:40 p.m.

According to SAA, this flight schedule will allow travelers on SAA’s daily morning, non-stop flight from New York to Johannesburg to make a convenient, same-day connection to Maun with an arrival in the early afternoon.

The new service to Maun is now available for sale by travel agents through major global distribution systems. Travelers may also book their seats by calling South African Airways at 1-800-722-9675 or by visiting www.flysaa.com.

“SAA’s new service to Maun will open up a new and convenient way to access one of Botswana’s most popular safari destinations through our partners at Airlink,” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. “Our morning non-stop service from New York to Johannesburg will provide travellers with the fastest way to arrive in Maun so that they may spend more time exploring some of the best game viewing on the African continent.”

The new service to Maun complements South African Airways’ multiple daily flights between Johannesburg and Gaborone, the capital  ofBotswana, through regional partner South African Express.

For more information on Botswana, call 1-888-675-7660, visit www.botswanatourism.us, or email info(at)botswanatourism(dot)us.

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