HARARE, ZIMBABWE | Southern Africa is a true tourist marvel. Offering a wide range of attractions and activities from the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Kruger National Park in South Africa and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, it is difficult not to have the region top the visitor’s African bucket list.
Fastjet Zimbabwe has today, Thursday 30th of June 2022, launched its inaugural flight from Zimbabwe’s tourism capital Victoria Falls to Maun in Botswana the home of the Okavango Delta.
The new service route will operate four (4) times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The new flight arrangement will provide the much-needed scheduled connectivity between Victoria Falls and Maun allowing visitors the ease of travel when exploring the region’s top attractions.
“We are thrilled to launch a scheduled service to Maun in Botswana from our ever-growing Victoria Falls tourism hub,” said Nunurai Ndawana fastjet Zimbabwe spokesperson. “We continue to strengthen Victoria Falls as a regional tourism hub and the introduction of this new flight service four times a week will connect two of Southern Africa’s most sought-after destinations, the Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta with a reliable scheduled air service”.
Fastjet Zimbabwe Chief Commercial Officer, Vivian Ruwuya commented, “Victoria Falls remains one of our strategic destinations and this route adds to fastjet’s international presence in the region. To ensure the sustainable development of this route, we are going to adjust our size and operate the Maun flights using a dual fleet model of our Embraer ERJ145 aircraft and our partner’s Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. Both aircraft are known for their ability to provide the versatility to build a sustainable regional network with their right-size capacity”.
ZTA Chief Executive Ms Winnie Muchanyuka congratulated FastJet for the launch. “We’re delighted to see this development as the ZTA. It’s such a welcome initiative because it is one more point that visitors into the Kaza Region will get to appreciate. It offers us as region a platform to be able to collaborate and enhance our product,” she said.b
All fastjet fares include free baggage allowances and no-cost flexible change options, with the airline recently having announced an extension to the Flexible Change policy until the end of September 2022.
Speaking to Fred McDonald, Managing Director at Travel Trends & Safari, said “ Fastjet has come up with a spectacular operation from Victoria Falls to Maun and they are also doing Maun to Kruger National park.”
Fastjet Schedule between Victoria Falls (VFA) and Maun (MUB)
VFA-MUB Flight FN8901 : Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:30 – 12:25
MUB-VFA Flight FN8902 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday13:30- 14:20
Maun Travel Guide
Maun lies on the southern fringes of the Okavango Delta and is one of the famous tourist attractions in Botswana. The city of Maun is the third largest in Botswana and it is a perfect mix of modern buildings and native huts. This dusty, sprawling town in Botswana’s Wild West is now the safari capital of the country. Being the tourism capital of Botswana, there are shopping malls, banks, restaurants, a few hotels and some happening bars. Maun is the administrative centre of Ngamiland and is also the headquarters of numerous safari and air-charter operations. Straddling the banks of the Thamalakane River, the town of Maun serves as a getaway to northern Botswana. Home to over 30 000people, the town was founded in 1915 as the tribal capital of Batawana people. This town is infamous for huge number of donkeys and to lesser extent, goats. While in Maun, you can enjoy wildlife and wilderness by day and by night. The timeless Thamalakane River meanders lazily through the town, setting the scene and mood for what lies ahead.
Fastjet is a multi-award-winning African airline that began flight operations in 2012. Today, fastjet connects the three major cities in Zimbabwe by flying between Harare & Victoria Falls and Harare & Bulawayo. In addition, the airline offers international flights from Harare, Bulawayo & Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in South Africa, and from Victoria Falls to Mbombela (Kruger) Nelspruit Mpumalanga in South Africa and Maun in Botswana. Its awards include World Travel Awards 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 2020 and 2021, and Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2017 and 2019, and in the top ten finalists for 2021. Since commencing operations, fastjet has flown over 3.5 million passengers and has established itself as a reliable African airline brand, with a range of value-added products and services. As part of the airline’s commitment to offering choice, flexibility and value, customers benefit from generous free baggage allowances, flexible change options, multiple payment channels, airport lounge access on select routes, and ancillary services such as car hire.