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Chobe Ballooning from May 2020

Experience Chobe Ballooning, in one of Africa’s great wilderness destinations, the Chobe National Park, epitomises the very best of game viewing, flying over a vast concession known as the Seloko Plains in the Chobe Region of Botswana. The Operational Date will be from 1st May to 15th September 2020 and the cost will be USD395 per person (min 2 passengers). This age old ballooning adventure explores the Chobe Region in a completely unique way offering a 360 degree panoramic view from tree top level to a thousand feet in the air. The balloon safari adds to the diverse list of activities on offer in the Chobe River Region, including game drives & boating safaris and giving guests the opportunity to enjoy a truly life-changing adventure. Some of the Chobe Lodges also offer game walks, night drives and cultural experience, but these are set in private concessions outside of the park. Explore some of the Chobe Safaris on offer.

Hot Air Balloon Inflated
Upon arrival observe the balloon being inflated ready for flight

Location of the Ballooning Safari in Chobe

Situated 45 minutes south of the town Kasane, the Seloko Plains are an important wildlife corridor, extending from Zimbabwe to join up with the Chobe National Park and the Kasane Forest Reserve. A diverse habitat with large tracts of forest opening up into wide grassland plains, the area offers a variety of wildlife species to be viewed from the hot air balloon.

Wildlife Sightings from Balloon
The Seloko Plains offer a variety of wildlife species to be viewed from the hot air balloon.

Hot Air Balloon – A Different perspective

This exciting excursion offers more than just a balloon ride; it is the ideal opportunity for us to share with our guests the wonders of the Chobe Region from a completely different perspective, offering a bird’s eye view of some of the spectacular remote areas that are not often explored on game drives. Chobe Hot Air Ballooning offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore the region from a completely different perspective.

Flight over Chobe Region
Balloon Safari of approximately 1 hour over the Seloko Plains

Balloon Ride over Seloko Plains

From the Chobe River Lodges you will be transferred by road to the starting point. The welcoming is followed by a safety briefing and demonstration of the boarding and landing procedures for the balloon, gets you set and ready for take-off! The flight launches just prior to sunrise and will drift across the flood plains with the cool winds of the morning. On a different adventure every morning, the pilot will expertly navigate the balloon using only the winds at various altitudes. From drifting at treetop height to a 1000ft or more, spectacular vistas of the Seloko Plains will unveil themselves as the first rays of sunlight roll across the waters of the flood plains.

After the Ballooning
Keeping with tradition on landing, the flight will be celebrated with sparkling wine and orange juice

After the Ride

After the landing you will be presented with a commemorative flight certificates presented by the pilot. Transfer to the five star Kazuma Camp for a lovely breakfast and then you will be dropped off at your lodge again. Entire experience takes approx. 6hrs from pick to drop off. The Chobe Ballooning is offered by Air Ventures in connection with the Elephant Valley Lodge.

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  • Travel Support from Start to Finish

Reviews

An incredibly well organised tour with no hassles whatsoever.

Safari Online understood our needs and was able to present us with sensible options to choose from. It was evident that this tour operator has knowledgable and experienced agents who can arrange a seemless tour. We were provided with a professional online itinary which was comprehensive and easy to use, knew exactely what to expect, and encountered no stumble blocks along the way.

Gwen (AU)
Safari Online were extremely efficient and absolutely charming to work with.

Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!

Ann and Mario (Canada)
Professional, quick and top of the edge service!!!

From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from safari-online.com. Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip. Our expectations were excelled!!!

Lukas (Germany)
Very helpful good suggestions for holiday ideas always available for questions good organising

Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. We have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari Online. Would recommend Safari Online to organise your holiday.

Lorraine (UK)
Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved. Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately……..no evasive tactics, always head-on!

Roger (UK)
It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver.  We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

Penni (AU)
Best trip I have ever been on. Highly recommend.

Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.

Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Neena