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Maun, Botswana. The essential guide.

Old 5th Jan 2012, 20:42
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For all of you who are going to Botswana soon, here you have a good travel guide that helped me a lot.

Botswana Travel Guide - by Bradt Travel Guides: the ultimate guidebook to Botswana.

or


http://www.expertafrica.com


See you all soon
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Old 6th Jan 2012, 02:00
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Hi everybody to Botswana

Hi, could somebody write here current situation about hiring in Maun. Was anybody hired with lower hours than 300 and without FI ? Thank you and wish you all the best, and next season everybody have couple of bears from me And I read somewhere here on PPRuNe that local goverment negotiating that non-local pilots will need 1500 hours.... I hope that will never happen.

Enjoy every day its year 2012 !!!
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Old 6th Jan 2012, 12:23
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and next season everybody have couple of bears from me
Mate what type of bears? Grizzly or Black bears? There's quite a few big fat hairy guys there if those type of bears are more your fancy. But for the majority of the guys there they prefer donkeys and goats and goats standing on top of donkeys. I've got a friend who's very fond of Eurasian Brown Bears so could you smuggle one in?

I was thinking of heading to Maun in early January, but I've heard some discouraging news from someone who is there and now I am not so sure. Apparently, including South Africans who have gone home over the holidays, there are already over 30 people looking for work in Maun. He also told me that Mack Air, Wilderness and Moremi have already hired and he is not sure if they will hire any more.
The problems with getting work visas for expats also seem to be continuing so the companies are hiring more local pilots and have a preference for expats with at least 500+hrs and an instructor rating as it is easier to get visas for them. It also appears that there are a lot of people heading there in January too so I am not sure if our chances are going to be very good.
What are other people thinking?
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Old 6th Jan 2012, 15:07
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Hi mate ,

Sory for misunderstanding , It was meaning beers instead bears .....by the way I found than in botswana is possibility to go hunting, ....bu I dont know how it is with license, and probably it will cost a fortune ( Rann Safaris - Hunting outfitters in Botswana specializing in Lions, Leopards, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Plains Game )...maybe I will try a fishing while I will be in Maun.

And Its very bad news what you wrote about hiring situation, but not change about it, that next season after my school graduate I will come for visiting this African beauty and trying to find job.
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Old 19th Jan 2012, 15:23
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Where does a chap get a decent haircut here? I have checked the whole thread and this information is not available here - disgraceful. I am standing-by for all sorts of ridiculous replies. Mama's Hair salon is not an option and neither is a wooden hut on the side of the road. Also no snide comments please about the very limited work required

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Old 19th Jan 2012, 17:25
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Jeez Exascot! Take all the fun out of it then!!!

There is a decent one that I went too behind Old Mall. Its close to the Christian book shop, and off of the road that leads to Maun Surgery.

There is also meant to be a place in that new mall that opened up on the road out to sports bar. By DHL. Can't remember the name of the girl who does it.
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Old 19th Jan 2012, 18:52
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(There is also meant to be a place in that new mall that opened up on the road out to sports bar. By DHL. Can't remember the name of the girl who does it.)

In that one contextual statement lies a whole new concept of the significance of the barber's pole, an interpretation which has up to now, been unchanged since the European Middle Ages.
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Old 24th Jan 2012, 05:45
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A quick question, how exactly does one pronounce 'Maun'? (With a Kiwi accent)

Is it like 'mound' without the 'd' or like the first part of 'morning'?

It's hard to convince people that you want to go there when you don't know how to say the place name
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Old 24th Jan 2012, 05:55
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Ma -oon is the correct way.

But everyone says it the mound minus the d way

Check out Safari Air if you are a Kiwi! It used to be all Kiwi's, but now there is none I was the last!

Theres still a few with various other companies though
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Old 24th Jan 2012, 08:22
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Safari Air is the company I've had the most trouble reading about. The others in your original post were way easier to find websites for. Guess I'll just have to get over there sometime and find out for myself .

It seems that lots of Kiwis used to head to Bots but I don't hear of it much now.

I know one who went last year- but she was kicked out by immigration.
And I met someone who came back last year after a few years in Maun. I think she was with Sefofane and talked about how much she loved Africa.
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Old 24th Jan 2012, 15:07
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Yeah Safari Air doesn't have its own website. They are owned by Chobe holdings which is Desert & Delta, and Ker & Downey.
If you e-mail one of those companies, I am sure they will put you in touch with Safari Air.

On a totally unrelated note, one of the guys that was in town looking for work, died last night outside his tent of a suspected heart attack. He has no next of kin information with him. Please make sure you have something with you so people back home can be contacted should anything happen to you!
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Old 26th Jan 2012, 15:32
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Lilflyboy and CC thank you for your recommendations re. haircut. Did a stealth recce of the 'girl who does' place. All looks very professional! Just waiting for the RDF film crew to leave on Saturday - they get everywhere. Are they filming (or indeed having) their leaving party at the Sports Bar tomorrow night? Couldn't find any of them around today.
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Old 26th Jan 2012, 17:13
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No idea about that sorry! I'm in the frozen north of Canada now!

@ Sockstall. Driving up to Livingstone will be a bit tricky! Best thing to do will be to jump on one of the companies that flies up to Kasane daily. Wilderness, Safari Air and Mack Air would be your best bets for that.
Usually pretty cheap, then just get the ferry across the river to the Zambia side, and then a taxi into livingstone.

A few companies around there but if you are going to Zambia, you really need to head up to Lusaka or Ndola.
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Old 27th Jan 2012, 08:11
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To answer my own question:

.....leaving party at the Sports Bar tomorrow night?
Yes, that is tonight now (27th)
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Old 27th Jan 2012, 10:53
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Riverside Accommodation Available Maun

This is not an advert but a notification. I have permission from the mods to post.

Two rondavels have become vacant next to us in Maun. Both en-suite and with kitchen area. Large shared garden, on the river Thamalakane. Cracking very quiet spot (we wish to keep it this way). Any parties - we have to be invited. 10 kms from airport. You will need a 4x4 to get there. PM me for further details.
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 11:53
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If I was you I would move on and look elsewhere. ive been here 2 months with no hits yet and one guy has been here for 4 months. 4 guys have left in the past week. and i assume many more will be leaving in the coming weeks. work here is very hard to come by. most of the companies are full and wont be looking to hire until the end of the year. talking to other guys here ive found that most will be heading home and doing an instructors rating and trying to build up to 500 hours. so my advice is to do that then if flying in maun is what you really want to do then come back at the end of the year.

where abouts are you staying? i dont think anyone has met you yet? or even know you are here. so get out there go to the bon and to sports bar on a friday night and meet people and get to know everyone.

but yea like i said it doenst look like it will be changing anytime soon so build some hours then come back or try namibia or tanzania.

best of luck
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 12:15
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hours don't matter. they say 500 hrs to scare people off. There are not enough locals to fill the positions, so the companies then have to default to foreigners. the reason hour requirements exist is due to insurance. some companies do prefer that you have time on type, but no problem if you don't. who do you think they're going to choose; the guy who has been there for 2 days, or the guy that knows the people and the area? It is a waiting game, so be prepared to wait.

"The hardest part about this process is waiting. But once you're in, you're IN."
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Old 5th Feb 2012, 20:29
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And have somebody information how many guys way hired ? And how many was job seeker ?
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Old 6th Feb 2012, 12:16
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And have somebody information how many guys way hired ? And how many was job seeker ?
Google translator strikes again
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Old 6th Feb 2012, 20:47
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Really sorry... I know my English is not so good. But I think that you know, what was my intention to ask...And NO I didn´t use google trans, - don´t offend GOOGLE TRANS
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