There are a number of ways to explore the natural beauty and pristine wildlife of the Chobe region in Northern Botswana. From guided game-drives and nature walks within the Chobe National Park, to opulent river cruises along the Chobe River, this area really is one of Southern Africa’s top game-viewing destinations. However, no experience truly captivates the Chobe environment and the vast concession of the Seloko Plains, quite like an early morning hot air balloon safari.

The vast wilderness of Chobe from an early morning hot air balloon flight

Situated 45 minutes south of the town Kasane, the Seloko Plains makes up a wildlife passageway that extends from the edge of Zimbabwe, through to the Chobe National Park and into the lush Kasane Forest Reserve- one of the world’s most populated elephant corridors. The best time to embark on a Chobe safari, is during the dry winter season that runs from May to August, when the vegetation is thin, making it easier to spot animals.

Elephant seen from the air, near Chobe, Botswana
Zebra seen on the grasslands at dawn, Chobe, Botswana

Peacefully floating amongst the treetops whilst looking down onto this vast tract of African wilderness, allows you to soak up views of the area’s large wildlife concentrations, including elephant, lion, leopard, and wild dog. This perspective also gives you the chance to experience the landscape’s changing terrain, as vast bands of the Kasane forest stretch out into beautiful savanna grasslands.

The Day of the Hot Air Balloon Flight

Your Chobe Hot Air Balloon Safari begins at the crack of dawn from, when you are collected from your accommodation (in or near the Kasane area), and transferred by road for approximately 45 minutes to the balloon launch site on the Seloko Plains. As you arrive, you will have the opportunity to sip a hot coffee or tea and snack on some light refreshments as you watch the ground-crew set-up and inflate the balloons, preparing you for the exciting journey ahead.

Early morning set up of the hot air balloon
Sunrise launch of the hot air balloon, Chobe, Botswana

Your safari is scheduled to take-off just before sunrise, when the air is calm and the sun’s morning rays start to peek over the horizon. Drifting gently across the auburn skies of the Chobe region, you are presented with a unique birds-eye view of Botswana’s picturesque wildlife and landscape below. The flight lasts for approximately an hour, allowing you to truly absorb the awakening sights and sounds that accompany this hot air balloon experience.

Contratulatory sparkling wine is served upon landing
A well honoured hot air balloon tradition

With warm smiles and greetings from the ground-crew to welcome you back onto land, your next point of call is to head into the bush, with flutes of sparkling wine for your post-flight celebrations. From here, a short drive through the Seloko Plains has you arriving at a prestigious five-star lodge just in time for breakfast and the presentation of your flight certificate. You are then transported back to your accommodation venue where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing or participating in other game-viewing activities within the Chobe region.
Cost for 2021 & 2022
USD 395 per person (minimum 2 passengers)

* Hot Air Ballooning in the Chobe only operates 1 May - 15 Sep each year. This period represents the mildest time of the year with the most stable morning air, ideal for hot air ballooning.

Cost Includes:
Return road transfers from any of the Chobe Lodges in the Kasane Area
The approximately 45 minute early morning hot air balloon flight
Tea & coffee during pre-flight set up
A full breakfast after the flight

How to Prepare For a Hot Air Balloon Flight

In order to make the most of this hot air balloon experience, we advise that you wear comfortable walking shoes, long pants and layers of clothing that can be peeled off as temperatures start to increase throughout the morning. It is also a good idea to bring with you a hat, sunblock, binoculars and a camera or video recorder to document your breath-taking journey.

Requirements & Limitations

We request that you let us know about any medical conditions that members of your party may experience, as to avoid any emergencies. It is also important to note that all passengers should be fit enough to climb in and out of the basket, whilst also being able to stand for the duration of the safari as there are no seating facilities within the hot air balloon.

African Travel Gateway offers this flight as a standalone package, but also links it onto a broader safari or accommodation requirements in the Chobe area. The choice is yours. Simply contact any one of our friendly consultants who will gladly facilitate you throughout the process. If you have are planning to continue your visit to the Okavango Delta, there is also the opportunity for an Okavango Hot Air Balloon flight.