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This is a once in a lifetime experience with adventure beginning just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you’re off for a wildlife viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. With absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Maasai Mara.
Location: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
USD $410 PER PERSON
On the day of your balloon flight, the safari vehicles will collect you from your lodge between 0400-0530AM depending on the location of your lodge and drive you to the launch site. You will arrive at the launch site by 6AM, and depending on weather conditions, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you watch the balloons being prepared for take-off. You will then meet your pilot, who will give you a safety briefing as well as explain what you can expect during your flight. There are basic toilet facilities available at the launch site.
You will then be loaded into your balloon basket for take-off just before sunrise, at about 6:30AM. The flight will last approximately one hour, depending on wind conditions, and the balloon will land between 7:30 and 7:45AM. Upon landing, you can observe the complete deflation of the balloon envelope. The vehicles will then transport you a short distance to breakfast.
The breakfast is set up on the picturesque savannah plains of the Mara, typically under the shade of a single balanitis tree. You will sit down to a full bush breakfast in the Kenyan style, complete with eggs-to-order, fresh juices, fruits, cereals & of course sparkling wine. During breakfast, you can also peruse the photos your pilot has taken during the flight, and decide whether you would like to purchase the photos, or any of the other merchandise on display.
After breakfast, at about 9AM, you will have a brief game drive back to your camp /lodge or meet up with your driver-guide for onward safari as per the itinerary. Depending on what you find along the way, the game drive usually takes about one and a half hours. Our drivers are all experienced safari guides who have attained their “bronze” level guiding certificate from the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association. Our drivers have also undertaken strict in-house training to ensure the safety and enjoyment of your game drive.
Hot air balloons at the Maasai Mara offered by different companies are designed to hold specific number of passengers. We have the option of