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This incredible once in a lifetime experience Kenya Balloon Safaris offers the visitor a fantastic view of Kenya’s scenic beauty and the chance to drift unobtrusively over the wildlife below. Soar high over the Savannah plains while wildlife roams wild and free beneath you. Book your spectacular Masai Mara balloon safari with us. Hot air balloon rides take place in scenic beauty of Masai Mara. A gentle ascent takes you well above tree-top level and the whispering light breeze soothes the hearts as you enjoy a panoramic view of wildlife drama unequaled anywhere in the whole wide world. The quiet, relaxing Hot Air balloon ride allows you to view an amazing assortment of Maasai Mara Wildlife from a unique bird’s-eye view. The lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo can be seen frequently along with other animals such as hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, birds, and many more.
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 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 Masai Mara 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 Masai Mara Balloon Safari 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.
A bush champagne breakfast is served on landing, on the open plains of Masai Mara. Passengers are then transported back to their lodges & camps en route via a game drive.
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 Balloon flight certificate is issued on completion of the Masai Mara balloon safari.
Please note: there are no special requirements for participation in a Masai Mara balloon safari, you should be in good health condition, be reasonably fit and active to participate in this Kenya 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.
We use a large modern passenger balloon which gives passengers added stability, security and comfort. Despite being high in the air, you will be surprised how smooth the flight is, and how secure you feel as safety is our priority and we only fly in perfect weather conditions.
You also feel reassured in the knowledge that ballooning is one of the safest of all the adventure activities. Add to that our perfect safety record, and you are assured of peace of mind when you fly with us.
In order to fly the balloon needs light winds and good visibility with no rain. The launch site is chosen with regard to the wind speed and direction.
If the weather does not cooperate the flight will be postpone and reschedule at the guests convenience, based on availability.
Flights generally fly from treetop to 3000 feet above ground level.
Dress comfortably based on the temperatures on the ground; remember that temperatures in the air are similar to those on the ground. It is advisable that passengers should wear clothing suitable for the time of year with flat-soled shoes not high heels.
We suggest hats, sun glasses and long trousers and sleeves, preferably made of natural fibres.
The entire safari takes 3 and a half hour. You will be picked up from your lodge/luxury camp in Masai Mara at around 5.30am and taken to the launch site, where you will begin your ascent a few minutes before sunrise.
The hot air balloon safari will take about an hour depending on conditions and the pilot will land the balloon in a safe place free from animals and trees.
Our crew who has been following the balloon will meet the balloon at the landing site. After a photo session to record your unique flight, we depart for Breakfast, where you will share in the 200 year-old tradition of a complimentary champagne toast.
The chase crew is in contact with the pilot at all times and follows the balloon while you are in flight. The chase crew is well briefed and experienced.
The previous evening, the pilot will give you the exact time you will be collected at your lodge/luxury camp and all the information that you need to be ready. Keep in mind that ballooning is weather permitting and if the pilot feels it not safe, he will cancel the flight.
We meet approximately one hour before sunrise at your hotel. From there we transport balloon guests to one of the launch sites. The launch site is chosen by the pilot, based on wind direction. As passengers, the pilot will give you two briefings.
The first will be just after you have got into the basket prior to taking off. The second will be shortly before landing.
Guests are welcome to bring cameras and binoculars are especially recommended on the flight, however we do not accept responsibility for personal belongings.
Remember to put on practical clothes, preferably cotton, a sweater will shield you against sometimes windy flights. Sturdy shoes are necessary. Sunglasses and camera to catch the real drama will come in handy.