Hot Air Balloon Safari Masai Mara National Reserve is launched at Skyship Site not far from the Great Mara River; about 10 minute drive from the andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp and a 15-minute drive from Oloololo gate (the North West Gate of the Masai Mara Reserve. The balloon flight is launched between 6:00 and 6:30 am (sunrise). Skyship hot air balloon also flies guests from nearby camps such as Angama Mara, Bateleur Camp, Little Governors Camp, Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Mara Siria Camp, Mara Sun Lodge, Mara West Camp, Mpata Safari Club, Kilima Camp, Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge, Naserian Camp, Mara Enkipai Safari Camp, and Sanctuary Olonana Camp.
Hot Air Balloon Safari Masai Mara National Reserve: Experience the magic of a hot air balloon 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 minute 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 are 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 are served after the hot air balloon safari, depending on weather conditions Once breakfast are over the passengers are taken back to their lodges and camps en route for 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 2023||31st January 2023||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
* To enter the basket, passengers have to be able to climb over the 1.2 meters-high rim of the basket. Be prepared to stand on your hot air balloon safari for at least an hour
* 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
Frequently Asked Questions
What should you bring with you?
Something warm to wear on top (fleece or a sweater), A hat, a camera, and binoculars – nothing too heavy.
What’s the duration of the flight?
The average flight duration is 1 hour traveling approximately 15 to 25 km depending on wind conditions.
What are the launch time and drive to the launch site?
Launch time is between 6:00 and 6:30 am (sunrise), it is a 10-minute drive from Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp to our launch site.
How high do we fly?
We can fly from a few centimeters above the ground up to 12,500 ft above sea level, legally above 12500 feet A.G.L oxygen needed.
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. Skyship hot air balloon picks/ drops guests from the following lodges & camps: Angama Mara, Bateleur Camp, Little Governors Camp, Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Mara Siria Camp, Mara Sun Lodge, Mara West Camp, Mpata Safari Club, Kilima Camp, Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge, Naserian Camp, Mara Enkipai Safari Camp, and Sanctuary Olonana Camp
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.
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 directions at different heights the pilot can go up or down and steer the balloon according to the direction of the wind.