Serengeti Masai Mara hot air balloon ride safari
You are woken up at early hours from at your safari lodge or tented camp as the wildlife viewing from an elevated position stirs your mind. You are served some coffee or tea to awaken you up. On arrival at the ‘balloon launch site’ you may see the balloon also known as ‘an envelope’ being inflated. The ground crew operate the envelope by laying it on the ground. Typically, a staff force of between 20 to 25 people are at the launch and recovery operations.
A large fan is used to inflate the envelope partially. When the envelope is about half-full, the crew attaches the basket and the burner. The basket remains fully secured to the ground during inflation. The burner is used to inflate the envelope fully.
At dawn you take off, rising as the sun rises and float in whichever direction the winds of the morning take you. A gentle ascent takes you well above the tree-top level and the whispering light breeze soothes the hearts as you enjoy a panoramic view of the wildlife drama unequaled anywhere in the wild world. Soar high over the Savannah plains while the wildlife roams wild and free beneath you. The balloon floats silently above it all; ‘like a dream come true’. The balloon pilot controls the altitude of the balloon; offering you a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities. At other times, the pilot will ascend high to enable you to see and appreciate the enormity and wonderful panorama of the plains below.
At other times the pilot must put more heat into the balloon using the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, is silence apart from the natural sounds below. For safety and comfort, the sides of the balloon baskets are relatively high and well paddled. There are well cushioned and secure handles made of rope for use during takeoff and landing.
The balloon flight takes about one hour. Upon landing you celebrate with Champagne, before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush in ‘Out of Africa style’. Later, you receive your balloon flight certificate and are then driven back to your safari lodge or tented camp.
The Hot air balloon flights need to be pre-arranged with us to ensure guaranteed availability due to limited space of only 16 passengers in a balloon. Children are accommodated in the balloon but must be at least 4 years old and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Where: You can enjoy the Hot air balloon experience at Masai Mara Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park.