OUR KENYA BALLOON SAFARI
The Kenya Balloon Safari is one of the most popular Kenya safari spices options with tourists on Safari or Beach Holidays in East Africa , especially with couples on honeymoons. The hot air balloons lift off just before sunrise when the breeze on the plains is still cold, and touches the ground 1 hour later after witnessing a wonderful African marvel.
Once lifted and flying, the balloons are blown by the prevailing winds across the broad sturded landscape. And surprisingly enough, apart from the hissing sounds of burners, the flight above the Maasai Mara plains is magically silent.
The pilot professionally 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 rises over the reverine forest just below it.
At the end of the flight, the passengers are treated to a complete champagne breakfast.
The finishing touch to the flight is a game drive back to the lodge or camp, or joining the rest of the crew to proceed with the ground safari and the possibility of seeing the same pride of lions, or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning.
Over a dozen balloon flights depart from various sites near six of the lodges and tented camps in Masai Mara, and in many occasions, the tourists are often able to view four of the ‘Big Five’ (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) while ballooning. A flight certificate is issued on completion of the balloon safari.
A pre-flight safari briefing in the evening prior to the safari flight date.
05.30 am: Wake up call for the flight preparation
06.00 am: You will be served with a Cup of coffee or tea at lodge/camp lounge
06.15 am: Drive to the flight launch site
06.30 am: Lift off for approximately one hour flight. On landing a delicious champagne breakfast is served in the bush. Flight certificates will be issued by your captain. Drive back to your lodge/camp or join the rest of the travelers to go on with the safari at 09.00
The safari duration takes approximately 4.5 hours (5.00AM – 9.30AM)
The package is Easily incorporated into any Safari itinerary which includes at least one night in Maasai Mara
NB: Pickups from lodges/camps are done at no extra cost and the hot air balloon drives operates daily.