What You Need To Know about Balloon Safaris
A hot air balloon safari should be on everyone’s bucket list! This is truly a fun and exciting way to see Africa’s landscapes and wildlife – especially the Big Five in the Maasai Mara. This type of safari gives you a bird’s-eye-view of the reserve and allows you to capture aerial photographs that you normally would not be able to get on a game drive.
When and where can it be done?
Most of the balloon safaris in Kenya take place at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The safaris are done all year round.
What time does it start?
The adventure starts at dawn when you depart (appx at 0500 - 0530 hrs) from your lodge or camp.
How Does it Work?
When you arrive, you will meet your pilot and witness the balloon being inflated and prepared for launch. After a thorough safety briefing and demonstration of boarding and landing position you board the balloon and lift off!
What's the Experience Like?
The trip is magical: spend about one hour silently floating over the Mara plains. You float in the sky, drift with the whim of the wind, overlooking the plains, just in time to experience a breathtaking sunrise and catch a bird’s eye view of the reserve. Balloon safaris create memorable experiences and recommended when celebrating a special occasions.
What happens after the flight?
To celebrate this experience, you will be treated to a luxurious breakfast as you relax and soak in this magical and life changing moment. Afterwards, you will be awarded a certificate by the pilot certifying that you flew over the Mara!
Who Can Fly in a Balloon?
Generally, children under 7 years are not allowed but special permission can be gotten depending on the height of the child. There is no upper age limit; however passengers must be reasonably mobile and fit to fly. Ballooning is also not suitable for pregnant ladies, people with mobility or health conditions.
What Should One Carry?
A hat is recommended to protect your head from the radiant heat of the gas burners. Also, it can be cool in the early morning, but warm later, therefore carry a jacket or sweater. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars.