MASAI MARA BALLOON SAFARI
Hot Air Balloon Safari in Masai Mara
Masai Mara Balloon Safari
Close your eyes, and for a moment feel your body lift up, with you having no control over it, and there is a certain part of you, inside you, saying to yourself, I am crazy for taking this balloon safari. This is what most people feel, when the excitement of a Masai Mara hot air balloon safari crosses one’s emotion of self-control and independence.
You trip begins when you get your wake up call at your safari lodge or tented camp in the early hours of the morning, as you yawn away, and thoughts about your wildlife viewing from an elevated position begins to stir your mind. The fresh Kenyan traditional hot tea and coffee quickly awaken you, in fact preparing you for a “mission”.
Price for the Masai Mara Hot air balloon safari is $ 450 per person
At dawn we take off, rising as the sun rises and float in 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 he will ascend to 1000′ or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Masai Mara. 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, on landing 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 cloths, King’s silver etc.
After breakfast you receive your Balloon certificate and we drive you back to the Lodge or camp with game viewing en-route. 9:30 am Arrive at the lodge/camp ready to continue your day’s activities.
SERENGETI BALLOON SAFARI
An exclusive excursion over the Serengeti plains, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the awe-inspiring landscape. A very popular excursion for those of our clients willing to spend that little bit extra, and can be added on to any safari that includes a night in the Serengeti, at any of the lodges. Only two balloons fly each
Masai Mara hot air balloon safari (All Questions Answered!)
1. Is ballooning dangerous?
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.
2. What weather conditions do you fly in?
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.
3. How high do we fly?
Flights generally fly from treetop to 3000 feet above ground level.
4. What do we wear?
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.
5. How long does it take and where do we land?
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.
6. What happens after we have landed?
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.
7. How does the chase crew know where the balloon is going?
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.
8. Pilot Briefing?
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.
9. Where and when do we meet?
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.
10 Can we bring cameras?
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.