Hot Air Balloon Safaris Tarangire National Park Tanzania
Hot Air Balloon Safaris Tarangire National Park Tanzania is a unique and thrilling way to experience the wildlife and scenery of this beautiful park in northern Tanzania. Tarangire National Park is known for its large herds of elephants, baobab trees, granite ridges, and river valleys. It is also home to many other animals, such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, buffaloes, antelopes, and more.
Hot Air Balloon safaris are a popular activity for people of all ages. They are a great way to get up close and personal with the African wildlife and to experience the beauty of the African landscape from a unique perspective. A Hot Air Balloon safari in Tarangire National Park starts early in the morning, before sunrise when you are picked up from your lodge or camp and driven to the launch site near Tarangire Sopa Lodge. There, you can watch the balloons being inflated and listen to the safety briefing from the pilots. You will then board the basket and get ready for the lift-off.
The flight lasts about one hour, depending on the wind direction and speed. You will soar over the park at different altitudes, from a few meters above the ground to hundreds of meters in the air. You will enjoy a spectacular view of the landscape, the sunrise, and the animals below. You might see elephants grazing, lions hunting, giraffes browsing or zebras running. The landing is usually a smooth and gentle one, but sometimes it can be a bit bumpy. Don’t worry, the pilots are very experienced and skilled. After landing, you will be greeted by a champagne toast and a delicious bush breakfast. You will also receive a certificate to commemorate your flight. After the balloon landing, you will typically enjoy a champagne breakfast in the bush. This is a great way to relax and reflect on your unforgettable experience.
Here are some of the benefits of taking a Hot Air Balloon safari:
* You will have a unique and unforgettable experience that you will never forget.
* You will get a bird’s-eye view of the African landscape, which is truly breathtaking.
* You will experience the peace and tranquility of floating silently over the savannah.
* You will have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, including some of the big five.
Some things to bring along during the safari are comfortable walking shoes, a small bag to keep your belongings, a camera, binoculars, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat. You should also dress warmly as it can be chilly in the morning. Hot Air Balloon safaris in Tarangire are a great way to see the park from a different perspective and feel the magic of nature.
Hot Air Balloon Safaris Tarangire National Park Tanzania flies daily in the northern part of Tanzania in Tarangire National Park…located 118 km or 75 miles southwest of Arusha. The Park covers an area of 2850 km square or 1,096 square miles.
The park is made up of acres upon acres of spectacular wilderness teaming with some of the most beautiful animals in the world. Undoubtedly, a Hot air balloon safari in Tarangire National Park across the park is one of the most romantic and evocative ways to enjoy the park’s wilderness. The 1-hour safari will take your breath away.
Sailing gently across the wide plains, the crisp morning air dancing in your hair. Down below, herds of wildebeests, zebras, antelope, giraffes, and elephants can be seen roaming in the park.
Wild cats like lions and cheetahs are already up and about, looking for their next kill. The tall grass and trees sway from the side to the rhythm of the African wind. And far ahead on the horizon, the majestic African sun peaks. Its bright rays lit up the Tarangire fields. Before you know it…the journey is over. Oh, how fast time flies when you are having fun.
A typical balloon ride starts at 6:30 am. Guests arrive a bit earlier, getting a chance to watch the balloons inflate. On landing, guests are served breakfast on the river banks as they enjoy panoramic views of the Tarangire River and the cool breeze through the baobab trees.
Following the hearty breakfast, Guests are taken on a game drive en route back to their lodge or the drop-off points as agreed by the tour guides.
Tarangire National Park covers an area of 2850 square Kilometres or 1,096 square miles. Tarangire National Park is located 118 kilometers or 75 miles southwest of Arusha.
Guests are picked from lodges and camps inside and outside the park and are brought to the launch site located near the Tarangire Sopa Lodge. Typically, flights take off at sunrise. Take-off sites can vary depending on the weather but all are easily accessible.
Flights take off at 0630 hours each morning in time with the sunrise and allow one to experience an eagle’s view of the Tarangire and all its beauty.
Adventures Aloft have one A415 balloon from Cameroon Balloons, with a flying capacity of 16 passengers each, and can fly 16 passengers a day. Adventures Aloft Balloon Safaris Tarangire began operating in Tarangire in 2010.
All pilots with Adventures Aloft have over 1000 hours of flying experience and are all commercially rated on large-size balloons. With over fifteen years of operation in Balloon Safaris over the Maasai Mara, Adventures Aloft has a perfect safety record.
Balloon flights typically take off at 6.30 am. Passengers arrive in time to watch the balloon inflation as the pilots torch the colored fabric to life. The flight is for one hour, each on a different path and following the day’s prevailing winds.
A Balloon flight allows passengers to float over the world’s most spectacular Tarangire National Park, where you will find two of the `Giants of African Wilderness’: the Elephants and the Baobab Trees, and the others.
On landing, the balloon crew set up a full champagne breakfast complete with “Bloody Marys” next to Tarangire River. Each passenger then receives a certificate from their pilot as a special memoir of their flight. A game drive en route to the lodge or the main gate which ends a special morning.
Hot Air Balloon Safaris Tarangire National Park Tanzania Prices
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* Children under the age of 7 – Not Permitted
Hot Air Balloon Safaris Tarangire National Park Tanzania Frequently Asked Questions
1. 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.
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 0600 hours and 0630 hours (sunrise), it is a short drive from Tarangire Sopa Lodge to our launch site.
4. 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.
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 however we land deep into the Tarangire National Park.
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 directions in different heights the pilot can go up or down and steer the balloon according to the direction of the wind.