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This incredible once in a lifetime experience offers the visitor a fantastic view of Kenya’s scenic beauty, and the chance to drift unobtrusively over the wildlife below.
The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s most impressive landscape – its great game rich plains are iconic Africa at its best. For any visitor to the Mara, the best way to appreciate the Mara is from above, on a dawn balloon flight. Visitors to the Maasai mara can expririence the rare excitement of game viewing from a hot air balloon. In the crisp air of dawn, the passengers drink coffee while the crew partially inflates the balloon with enormous fans. The gas burners are then ignited and the balloon fills with hot air slowly raising the baskets. Before departing, finalized checks are made, and the passengers then climb into the balloon basket for a take off.
The 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.
Clients staying in any of the Maasai Mara lodges or camps on the east side of the reserve can be collected and returned by our specially equipped 4 wheel drive vehicles to enjoy both a balloon flight and a game drive back to the lodge or camp:
05:30am Pickup time
06:15am Balloons lift off at dawn after coffee and a flight briefing.
The one hour Maasai Mara Balloon flight will give you a birds eye view on your adventures adrift, of the best East Africa has to offer, in the magnificent setting of the Great Rift Valley. A champagne breakfast in the bush after you land, adds to the buzz you will get from the early morning air and the sights and sounds, that only an eagle ever sees. The African Dawn. There is nothing quite like it.
The absolute peace of immense vistas, muted colours and crisp fresh air… and the ever present promise of something wild…. as our balloons float you silently above it all ” like a dream come true”
10:00am At the end of the flight, passengers are treated to a champagne breakfast, complete with flowers. China and crystal are set out on the table that is placed under a convenient acacia tree. 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. Our customers are often able to view four of the ‘big five’ while ballooning. A flight certificate is issued on completion of the balloon safari
Please note: there are no special requirements for participation in a balloon safari, you should be in good health condition, be reasonably fit and active to participate in this balloon safari.
It is not recommended for children under 10 years. People with health and/or back problems should not participate as the landing can be bumpy and may cause injury.
For Balloon Safari Departing from Sarova Mara Camp area (including Sarova Mara Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, Mara Simba Lodge, Siana Springs Intrepid Camp, Mara Bush Tops, Keekorok Lodge, and any camps and lodges within the Sekenani Area)
For Balloon Safari Departing from Mara Serena Safari Lodge and Mara Safari Club (including David Livingstone Lodge, Mara Buffalo Lodge,Kensington Mara River Camp,Kicheche Camp & Richard’s Camp)