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Maun to Windhoek on public transport

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Maun to Windhoek on public transport

Below on how I did it from Maun to Windhoek in one day:

5am: taxi from Old Bridge Backpackers to Maun's bus station

5.30am: bus to Ghanzi; arrived at Ghanzi around 9am; breakfast at R66 takeaway place close to Ghanzi bus station

10am: bus to Mamuna border post; arrived at Mamuna at 12 noon

12noon to 1.30pm: border formalities and lunch on the other (Namibian) side of the border; that shop/restaurant place whilst waiting for any possible transportation to appear

Important: there’s no public transportation between the Trans-Kalahari border post and Gobabis in Namibia and you should really be prepared to ask anyone for a lift. This border post is remote and the traffic can be very light; it’s hot as you’re in the middle of desert so taking a shade and taking it easy at that shop/restaurant place just after you cross the border would be a sensitive thing to do. Good news is that probably everyone calls at this place so getting a ride to Gobabis should eventually happen. Also, don't get rid off your leftover BWP as the exchange rate was 1:1 at the border; change into NAD at any bureau de change in Windhoek instead. It took a bit more than an hour for four of us to get someone to agree to take us to Gobabis for NAD100pp.

1.30pm: from the border to Gobabis; arrived at Gobabis around 3pm and shared taxis depart from here to Windhoek when full; had to wait on 30 mins for the shared taxi to fill up

3.30pm: off we went to Windhoek in a comfy car for NAD120 pp; arrived at Windhoek around 5.30pm. Easy.

So, four modes of transportation in 12.5 hours (door to door) to cover c.950 kms in the Afican region with almost no scheduled public transport - not bad at all!

Mar 2016

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Carrollton, Texas
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1. Re: Maun to Windhoek on public transport

Thanks for the post!

Maun, Botswana
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2. Re: Maun to Windhoek on public transport

There is also a combi that comes from Harare through Maun and goes directly to Windhoek. Maybe a less stressful way?!

Chris

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3. Re: Maun to Windhoek on public transport

Heard of it, but this service appears to be stuff of legends. No one in Maun for the duration of our stay was sure on how frequent this service is, if it was a daily serivce etc let alone to tell us the precise time of departure. Everyone at Maun's bus station who's heard of Maun to Windhoek combi said that this service is unreliable and no one could remember when it was last time they saw this combi.

Yes, this would have been the most stress free overground public transportation from Maun to Windhoek so those who can provide some reliable info should really come forward. The info would be really appreciated by the independent travelling community!

Maun, Botswana
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4. Re: Maun to Windhoek on public transport

It doesn't stop at the bus rank but at Rileys Garage. There are several operators that you call before departure. You have phone contact with them while they are on the road so that you are updated when exactly they arrive in Maun.

Chris

Kalahari Breeze Safaris

Edited: 29 July 2016, 18:25
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5. Re: Maun to Windhoek on public transport

Hi Chris and others.

1. Do you have any idea about the fare for this trip?

2. From where does it leave in Windhoek the opposite way

3. Which days and what time does it leave from Windhoek (oct. 2016)

4. Any numbers or better email how to contact operators and eventually webpages

Steen

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6. Re: Maun to Windhoek on public transport

There are public transport from Windhoek to Maun.

I arrived Thursday oct 12. to Windhoek and Friday morning (and i think Sundays as well) a Monnokgotla bus departs 6 am to Gaborone. It departs from opposite hotel Protea/Thüringer Hof. We went fast and arrived at the junction in Botswana 12:05. After 25 minutes another bus from Gaborone passed and continued to Maun. This bus was from the company Seabelo House. The Monnokgotla bus knew it was coming and told it. Arrived in Maun 16:20. 810 km's in 10 hours and 20 minutes. Cost 300 NAD + 63,50 BWP. About 25 EUR total.

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7. Re: Maun to Windhoek on public transport

What is the name of this bus? Thank you:)

Woonona, Australia
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8. Re: Maun to Windhoek on public transport

Followed this itinerary just last week with my wife. There may have been a couple of slight changes:-

The bus from Ghanzi actually stopped 8km short of the border in Botswana at Charles Hill. Bus fares from Maun to Ghanzi were 50 Pula per person. And from Ghanzi to Charles Hill was 41.50 Pula. There was an opportunistic taxi there doing shuttle runs for 5 Pula per person.

Then we were able to secure a lift to Windhoek from the border crossing for $210 Namibian Dollars. So about $25 US per person.

Thanks for the advice.

Portland, Oregon
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9. Re: Maun to Windhoek on public transport

Fantastic. Will likely be giving this a try towards the end of May. Thank you so much for the information!

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10. Re: Maun to Windhoek on public transport

Hi Taralina13,

my boyfriend and I will follow the same itinerary in July. So all information about it will be really appreciated.

Thanks

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