If you think Africa is stunning on the ground, wait until you see its savannahs, rivers and forests from above. Nothing compares to gazing down upon a vast herd of wildebeests moving across the plains. Or a lion, cheetah or hyena lurking in the grass. You shift your gaze slightly to take in another vista where you spot a family of elephants lumbering toward a shimmering lake.
The entire spectacle of this vast landscape with its innumerable creatures is on full display against a backdrop of hills, rivers, forest and grassland. A light morning breeze turns your attention to yet another scene of nature unfolding below… and then another. Meanwhile, your balloon pilot fires up the burners taking you still higher over this dawning panorama offering an earthly canvas that can only be described (and sure to be remembered) as… glorious.
This is what it feels like to be gliding, floating and sailing in a hot air balloon safari over the incomparable Masai Mara. Let Natural World Kenya Safaris arrange for you and your party to enjoy this awesome moment.
Your balloon adventure begins early so you can see the day unfold over the Mara. You’ll be picked up in a custom safari jeep around 5 am and arrive at your launch site an hour later. The scene here is exciting as you take in the ground crew firing jets of hot air into the balloon to give it lift. Cups of hot Kenyan coffee or tea are served to ward off the morning chill.
Soon your pilot shares important safety information and describes what you can expect on your flight. Meanwhile, the balloon starts to billow out and the crew attaches the large basket that will be your viewing platform. You are soon helped into the basket and around 6:30 am, with a quick flash from the burner above, you feel the basket lift from the ground and you’re suddenly and gently airborne.
As you rise, new vistas quickly form all about. The great display of the Masai Mara unfolds – you take in giraffe, zebra, gazelle and hippo below as worlds of birds, rivers and forest fill your horizon.
You’ll sail on the prevailing currents over this ancient land for an adventurous hour before settling back to earth, your head now filled with a lifetime of memories.
And then… breakfast!
This elegant repast is set at a scenic spot, perhaps on the crest of a hill, perhaps under a lone acacia tree. This is a full-bodied meal, served up Kenyan style. Waiters in traditional garb bring you fresh juice, eggs made to order, champagne and more. Enjoy this feast for the body adding to the many morning memories of your balloon adventure.
Just another perfect day in paradise.
FLOAT ABOVE THE MASAI MARA – HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI
See The Mara Up Here Where You Belong
At approximately 5:00am, the balloon operating company shall collect you from your safari lodge/ tented camp in one of their custom safari jeep, for a drive to the hot air balloon launch.
Arrive at the launch site by 6AM, here you can watch the balloons being prepared for take-off as you enjoy a cup of Kenyan tea or coffee.
Your balloon pilot, will in the meantime give you a safety briefing as well as explain your expectations during the flight. At the Launch site-there are basic toilet facilities available.
Just before sunrise, at approximately 6:30AM, you shall board the balloon basket.
The balloon flight lasts approximately one hour and this also depends on prevailing wind conditions, landing is between 7:30 and 7:45AM.
Upon landing, and as part of this unique adventure-you may observe the complete deflation of the balloon .
You shall then be transported to a place for your breakfast.
Breakfast is usually set up on the savannah plains of the Masai Mara, traditionally under the shade of a lonely acacia tree.
Breakfast is an experience to remember-full and Kenyan style, complete with fresh juices, eggs-to-order waiters in traditional costume, and, of course, champagne.
Your safari driver/guide shall pick you from the breakfast location to proceed on your full day or half day game viewing drive.
What you may see on Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Flight
Price for Hot Air Balloon Flight
|Child: between 5 and 12 years||75% of adult fee|