Balloon Safaris in Kenya
No visit to the Masai Mara or Serengeti can be complete without a trip in
a hot-air balloon, which operates from the leading camps in the Reserve.
Taking off in the beautiful early morning light and drift above the
browsing game and have tremendous opportunities for unusual photograph. At
the end of the flight you land on the plains where a champagne-style
breakfast is served before you drive in a leisurely fashion back to your
lodge or camp.
JTB 001 • 1 Hours :: The Fabulous Mara Balloon Safaris
Balloon Safari is one of the most popular ' add-on ' option with tourists
on Safari or Beach Holidays in East Africa, especially with couples on
honeymoons. The hot air balloons lift off just before sunrise when the
breeze on the plains is still cold. Once airborne, the balloons are blown
by the prevailing winds across the broad landscape. Apart from the hiss of
the burners, the flight above the Masai Mara plains is magically silent.
The pilot controls the height of the craft by regulating the flow of hot
air into the balloon. Sometimes the balloon will descend over the plains
for a close up view of the wildlife; on other occasions, it rises to clear
a tree canopy and rise over the reverine forest.
At the end of the flight, the passengers are treated to a complete
champagne breakfast. The finishing touch to the flight is a game drive
back to the lodge or camp, and the possibility of seeing the same pride of
lions, or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning. Over a
dozen balloons depart from sites near six of the lodges and tented camps.
In many occasions, Tourists are often able to view four of the ' Big Five
' (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) while ballooning. A flight
certificate is issued on completion of the balloon safari.
TYPICAL ITINERARY AND PRICES
05.30: Wake up call
06.00: Cup of coffee or tea at lodge/camp lounge
06.15: Drive to launch site
06.30: Lift off for approximately one hour flight. On landing a delicious
champagne breakfast is served in the bush. Flight certificates will be
issued by your captain. Drive back to your lodge/camp at 09.00
Duration: 4.5 hours (5.00AM - 9.30AM)