Nothing is more spectacular than launching at sunrise & floating effortlessly in a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara Game reserve. Daily flights are available for those taking part on our safaris visiting the Maasai mara. What better way to experience the Maasai Mara than to take a hot air balloon safari. Gliding silently over the savannah, is 360 degrees of spectacular beauty!
The adventure starts with an early morning pick up from your hotel in custom 4X4 safari vehicle between 0400-0530AM and drive you to the launch site, to arrive by 0600AM. Depending on the weather conditions, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you watch the balloons being prepared for take-off. Your pilot will give a safety briefing as well as explain what you can expect during the flight. There are basic toilet facilities available at the launch site. NB: one launch site has toilet facilities.
The balloon crew will assist as you clamber into your balloon basket for take-off just before sunrise, at about 6:30AM. As you rise the Maasai Mara plains opens up before your eyes to feast on the golden sunrise, enchanting sceneries, plains-game below as the winds gently blows the basket deeper into the reserve. The pilot is at hand pointing out at the wildlife below with plenty of photographic opportunities unfolding. Soar silently with 360 degrees of spectacular savannah lasting approximately one hour, depending on wind conditions.
Upon landing between 7:15 and 7:30 AM, observe the complete deflation of the balloon envelope as our vehicles wait for you for a short drive to your morning hearty meal.
Our breakfast is set up on the picturesque savannah plains of the Mara, typically under the shade of a single balanite tree. Sit down to a full bush breakfast in the Kenyan style, complete with eggs-to-order, sausages, fresh juices, fruits, cereals and, 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 Africa Eco Adventures Ltd merchandise on display. The finale is balloon flight certificate signed by your pilot as a memoir.
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely game drive back to your camp or lodge to arrive by around 10:30AM already reliving the memories of the morning’s flight.
Cost per person per flight: US $ 440.00
Includes a champagne breakfast, pick up and drop and a game drive en route back to your lodge.
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