Introduction to the Famous Masai Mara Balloon safari
The hot air balloons lift off just before cool breeze at sun rise on the plains when still cold. Once airborne, the balloons are blown by the prevailing winds across the broad landscape. Apart from the hiss of the burners, the flight above the Masai Mara plains is magically silent. The pilot 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 rise over the reverine forest.
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, and the possibility of seeing the same pride of lions, or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning. Over a dozen balloons depart from sites near six of the lodges and tented camps.
Tourists are often able to view four of the ‘ Big Five ‘ (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) while ballooning.
Masai Mara Balloon safari Itinerary
05.30 am: You will be served with a cup of coffee or tea at your safari lodge/camp lounge to warm up your body ready for the Great adventure
0600 am: You will be driven to the Balloon safari launch site
06.15 am: Lift off for approximately one hour flight.
07.150 am 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 at 09.00The Masai Mara balloon safari can be easily incorporated into any Safari itinerary which includes at least one night in Masai Mara