Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Kenya (Maasai Mara, Amboseli ) & Tanzania(Serengeti)
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Hot Air Balloon Safaris. Book Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve & Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park (Serengeti Balloon Safaris).
Hot Air Balloon Safaris in Kenya! Balloon safari in Tanzania
Flying in a balloon is considered a breathtaking experience by many, as it serves as a great opportunity to see wildlife and beautiful landscapes like mountains and rivers from an aerial view. Since its birth in East Africa in the 1960s, millions have engaged in the adventure over the years in during holidays As you fly over the forest, secret animal tracts are revealed, families of elephant move through the forests, you can peer down into eagles nests, pods of hippo wallow in the shallows of the Mara River, crocodiles snake silently through the water and across the open plains you may see a pride of lion, zebra out grazing or millions of wildebeest if you fly during the migration season. Whatever the time of year ballooning in the Masai Mara has something different to offer and the view the balloon offers over this spectacular landscape is second to none.
On the day of departure in the wee hours of the morning, guests receive a wake-up call in their tented camps or lodge. And after a hearty breakfast of local teas and bites, with expectations and curiosity on what to expect, guests are whisked off to the departure site of the grand hot air balloon.
Usually, about 12 to 14 people enter the balloon’s basket. Guests are advised to wear warm clothing and bring along a camera and a notebook to list the animals and other attractive sites they would see.
And once guests are in, the pilot lights up the banners and as the flames flare, the balloon begins to inflate and then it rises to the skies. Suspended in a basket beneath the balloon, guests receive a clear aerial view of the wildlife, plantation, and rivers beneath them.
Amazing about the balloon safari, is the absolute stillness and silence as it glides through the skies. Occasionally sounds below can be heard such as elephants bustling through bushes, baboons screeching from trees, a lion’s roar to mention a few lively activities.
And once the hour period is over, when the balloon lands, guests are treated to a celebration with a few bites and even champaign depending on the organisation.
Certificates are then awarded to guests that have had an opportunity to fly in a balloon.
Hot air balloon over the Masai Mara Game reserve.
The most famous game reserve in the world, the awe-inspiring Maasai Mara is what safari dreams are made of – rolling grasslands, wide-open savannah and rich in wonderful African wildlife. Here is the place to witness the incredible annual wildebeest migration between June and October as over a million animals thunder across the plains in search of water and grazing – but the Maasai Mara has a mass appeal all year round. Spot prides of lions basking in the shade or seek out an elusive solo leopard. And a magical hot-air balloon safari here is a must – gently drift over the plains as the sun rises, with game roaming below.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is located in the Rift Valley in southwest Kenya, bordering Tanzania, 45 minutes’ flight or approx. six hours’ drive from Nairobi. It offers incredible wildlife viewing amongst stunning African landscapes of rolling plains and wide-open savannah. Around July each year, herds of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores travel over the border from the Serengeti to the Mara during the Great Migration.
The reserve offers fantastic chances of seeing the Big Five – and even better opportunities for viewing big cats. The BBC’s Big Cat Diary team has been following the lives of the Mara’s resident lions, leopards and cheetahs here since 1996. Other wildlife to spot includes elephant, giraffe, zebra, hyena, impala, wildebeest, topi and buffalo.
The landscape is predominantly open grassland, with areas of acacia woodland and occasional bushes. The Mara River bisects the reserve – its waters are inhabited by crocodile and hippo, and many a wildebeest has come into danger when making the crossing during the annual Great Migration.
As Kenya’s most popular reserve, the Mara can become busy at times – but even experienced safari-goers admit that the game viewing opportunities here can be wonderful. The conservancies outside of the reserve boundaries also offer excellent – and often less crowded – wildlife viewing. There are no fences so the wildlife roams freely throughout the Mara region. The land on these surrounding conservancies is owned by local tribes, with camps and lodges leasing the land from them. This system benefits the local community and also allows for activities that are not permitted within the reserve, such as Maasai-guided bush walks.
Serengeti Balloon Safari
Most beautiful balloon flight in the world and the ultimate Safari Experience. We provide bookings for Balloon Safaris in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
5:00 am, Serengeti Balloon Safaris will collect you from your Central Serengeti, Western Corridor, or Serengeti South lodge or camp, and transfer you by Landrover/Landcruiser to our launch site. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon.
At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float whichever direction the winds of the morning take us. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below. At other times our pilot may ascend to 1000 ft or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below.
The flight is for about one hour depending on conditions, and eventually you must land. You celebrate in the traditional manner with champagne (well, an excellent sparkling wine) before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in “Out of Africa” style with bone china, linen table cloth, King’s silver etc.
After breakfast you receive your Serengeti Balloon certificate and later meet up with your safari driver ready to continue your day’s activities.
Amboseli National Park
Kilimanjaro Balloon Safaris is located just outside Kimana Gate which is at the southeast section of the Amboseli National Park in Kenya. We launch our balloons from our custom-built balloon camp in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Taking off just prior to sunrise, we rise majestically above the Amboseli Ecosystem to watch the sun gently kiss the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. With unparalleled views of the Amboseli National Park, we can see as far as Lake Amboseli while watching the wildlife below make their way toward the park swamps for the day.
A Balloon Safari is truly the best way to view the Amboseli National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, local lodges and camps and surrounding Maasai Manyattas and Bomas.
TOUR PLAN FOR BALLOON
Masai Mara balloon basket for take-off just before sunrise, at about 6:30AM. The flight will last approximately one hour, depending on wind conditions, and the balloon will land between 7:30 and 7:45AM. You can learn more about what you will see here.
Upon landing, you can observe the complete deflation of the balloon envelope. Our vehicles will then transport you a short distance to breakfast.
Champagne Bush Breakfast in the Masai Mara or Serengeti
Our breakfast is set up on the picturesque Savannah plains of the Mara, typically under the shade of a single balanitis tree. You will sit down to a full bush breakfast in the Kenyan style, complete with eggs-to-order, fresh juices, fruits, cereals & of course sparkling wine.
During breakfast, you can also peruse the photos your pilot has taken during the flight, and decide whether you would like to purchase the photos, or any of the other Hot Air Safaris merchandise on display.
Game Drive back to Hotel
After breakfast, at about 9AM, you will have a brief game drive back to your camp /lodge or meet up with your driver-guide for an onward itinerary. Depending on what you find along the way, the game drive usually takes about one and a half hours. Our drivers are all experienced safari guides who have attained their “bronze” level guiding certificate from the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association. Our drivers have also undertaken strict in-house training to ensure the safety and enjoyment of your game drive.
By 10:30/11:30AM you should be back at your camp or lodge, already reliving the memories of the morning’s flight.
Is a balloon safari worth it? It’s a once in a life experience and it can also become an addiction. So yes, it’s worth it.
The actual Hot air Balloon ride will last about an hour.
Masai Mara Balloon Safaris OR Amboseli National Park, 440 USD (Per Person)
Serengeti Air Balloon ride 590 USD (Per Person)
This rate includes a transfer from your lodge or camp to the departure balloon site, the balloon flight itself, and a champagne breakfast (after landing). The flight of the Hot air Balloon ride will last about an hour.