Hot Air Balloon Safari Masai Mara National Reserve

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Hot Air Balloon Safari Masai Mara National Reserve: Experience the magic of a hot air baloon flight over the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Our pilots and balloon crew will ensure a safe, enjoyable and informative adventure that will be one of the highlights of your visit to Big Game Country…

Our early morning balloon ride is launched at the Skyship site not far from the Great Mara River; about ten minutes drive from the Andbeyond Kichwa Tembo Camp. The balloon flight is launched between 6:00 am and 6:30 am (sunrise).

Often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world, the Masai Mara is a place that has to be visited. Viewing it from above ground level is an experience of a lifetime that will truly be with you forever. It is a rare and precious adventure never to be forgotten.

Hot Air Balloon Safari Masai Mara National Reserve What to Expect

The pickup time from your hotel/ lodge or camp in the Mara is usually between 0500 Hours to 0530 Hours while the drop off time is between 0930 hours and 1030 Hours.

You meet up before sunrise and coffee is served while you watch your hot air balloon being inflated and prepared for flight. After a safety briefing you should be airborne in time to witness the sunrise.

Then a change in altitude to search for a favorable wind that will allow you to drift gently over the landscape on your hot air balloon safari. The balloon travels 15 to 25 km depending on wind conditions.

The gentle and silent nature of the Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon flight allows the passengers to view the wildlife from a comfortable distance. The balloon flight takes you over the diverse habitats of the Masai Mara Reserve; the great Mara River, swamps, forests, wildlife and the African Savannah.

The big five; the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo can be seen frequently along with other animals such as hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, birds and many more.

Sooner or later you have to come down again from your ballooning experience. Upon landing, a champagne breakfast is served in the open plains of the Masai Mara.  Sparkling wine and fruit juice is served after the hot air balloon safari, depending on weather conditions

Once breakfast is over the passengers are taken back to their lodges and camps en route a game drive

Hot Air Balloon Safari Masai Mara National Reserve Prices

Dates From  Dates To  Price Per Adult  Price Per Child
(4 to 12 Years)
 1st January 2021   31st January 2021 US Dollars   US Dollars 

* Passengers don’t have to be physically fit, but landings can sometimes be bumpy
* Youngsters are welcome but should be at least 1.2m (4 foot ) tall, so they can see over the rim of the basket
* If weather conditions don’t allow a flight on the day of your booking, you are entitled to a full refund, or you can choose to carry your ticket over to another day of ballooning
* To enter the basket, passengers have to be able climb over the 1.2 metres high rim of the basket. Be prepared to stand on your hot air balloon safari for at least an hour

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should you bring with you?
Something warm to wear on top (fleece or a sweater), A hat, camera and binoculars – nothing too heavy.

2. What’s the duration of the flight?
The average flight duration is 1 hour traveling approximately 15 to 25 km depending on wind conditions.

3. What is the launch time and drive to the launch site?
Launch time is between 6:00 and 6:30 am (sun rise), it is a 10 minute drive from Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp to our launch site.

4. How high do we fly?
We can fly from a few centimetres above the ground up to 12,500 ft above sea level, legally above 12500 feet A.G.L oxygen needed.

5. How do we get to the launch site and back to the hotel?
We provide transport to and from your hotel/lodge/camp. Upon your request we may take you on a game drive after the Champagne Breakfast.

6. Where do we land?
It all depends on the wind on any given day – 95% of days the wind takes us south, deep into the Masai Mara Reserve where we land.

7. How does the pilot control the balloon?
The pilot controls the vertical access by heating or cooling the balloon (envelope). If the pilot adds heat to the envelope the balloon goes up and if he lets the envelope cool, the balloon will go down. If the pilot wants to stay buoyant in equilibrium, he will keep the envelope at the same temperature.

The balloons fly by the wind. If there are winds of different direction in different heights the pilot can go up or down and steer the balloon according to the direction of the wind.

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