Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight

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Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight Tanzania

Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight is a balloon safari in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located in the Arusha region of northern Tanzania, southeast of Serengeti National Park. Occupying some 3,200 square miles (8,300 km2), Ngorongoro Conservation Area contains a variety of habitats and landscapes, including grassland plains, savanna woodlands, forests, mountains, volcanic craters, lakes, rivers, and swampland. Some of the features within the Ngorongoro Conservation area include Ngorongoro Crater and the Olduvai Gorge.

Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Flight normally begins at Olduvai Gorge and heads towards the western side of the Ndutu plains offering a unique trip through the cradle of mankind to the plains where the world-famous wildebeest migration begins. Wildlife seen includes gnu (wildebeests), hartebeest, plains zebras, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, lions, hyenas, jackals, leopards, cheetahs, black rhinoceros, and African hunting dogs. The area has more than 400 species of birds including flamingos, silvery-cheeked hornbills, superb starlings, and bronze and tacazze sunbirds.

The basket varies in size as there are large ones that can accommodate up to 16 people while the smaller ones can carry 4-8 people. Depending on the conditions, the balloon flight takes about an hour. After landing, you can enjoy an ‘Out of Africa’ breakfast with champagne in the savannah.

Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight
Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight

Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight is offered in the Ngorongoro Conservation area which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A balloon safari in the Ngorongoro area offers a unique balloon flight over the cradle of mankind to the plains where the world-famous wildebeest migration begins.

The Ngorongoro balloon flight begins near Oldupai Gorge which in Masai translates to the wild sisal. It is this area where one of the oldest hominid species dating back 3 million years has been found.

Our flight also is close to the dark shifting sand dunes of the Ngorongoro, which stand out from the rest of the landscape and are composed of magnetized volcanic ash which local Masai believe came from the sacred mountain of Ol Donyo Lengai, the mountain of God.

The Ngorongoro conservation area is a standing example of wildlife and human habitat that can co-exist side by side, and our flights will go over manyatta homesteads of the semi-Nomadic Maasai tribe.

Our flight path typically flies westwards towards the Ntutu plains, which from December to April is the calving area of millions of wildebeest before they begin their journey northwards through the Serengeti and into the Masai Mara.

A truly magical balloon flight where one encounters the full wildlife and cultural experience. The pick time from your camp within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is between 0400 hours to 0500 hours depending on the distance of the lodge to the lounge site.

Ngorongoro Balloon Safari picks up guests from over 30 camps within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and beyond.  Some of these include:

* Northern Ngorongoro camps: Lemuta Hill, Nasera Rock, and Lake Natron Tented Camp
* Southern Ngorongoro Camps: Serena Lodge, Crater Lodge, Rhino Camp, Wildlife Lodge, and Ngorongoro Wild Camp
* Eastern Ngorongoro camps: Ngorongoro Sopa, Highlands Camp, Lemala Ngorongoro Camp, and Acacia Extra Special Campsite
* Western Ngorongoro camps: Ndutu Safari Lodge, Lake Masek Tented Lodge, Heritage Ndutu, Hugo Campsite Ndutu, Royal Migration Camp

Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight Safety & Comfort

Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight

Flight time

We typically target a one-hour flight, however, the exact timings of the flight depend on the flight path and weather conditions of the day and all decisions for the duration of the flight are the sole responsibility of the pilot. No Discounts or refunds are offered on flights less or more than one hour.

Pilot & Crew

Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight pilots will brief all passengers before and during the flight with simple instructions. It is important to follow these instructions for your safety and for your fellow passengers.

What to Bring

The early African mornings can be cool, so a good idea to bring a light jacket or sweater. You want to bring something that is easy to peel off as conditions can heat up quickly. Although all balloons are fitted with a heat shield to protect you from heat from the burners.

It is a good idea to bring a hat to protect you against the heat and sun during the balloon flight and breakfast on the plains. Comfortable walking shoes are important and make it easier to get in and out of the basket. High heels shoes are not recommended. A small bag to store your camera equipment and personal effects is also recommended.


All balloons with Adventures Aloft have a double T basket. This allows for superior viewing for all passengers and extra safety in the basket.

Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight Prices

Ngorongoro Hot Air Balloon Safari Flight Rates Include:


One Hour Balloon flight over the Ngorongoro Conservation area + Pick up and drop off from your camp/ lodge + Safety briefing on launching the site with a cup of tea or coffee + Full-english bush breakfast with  sparkling wine after Landing + First flight Certificate + 18% Value Added Tax + Concession fee & transfer back to your lodge with a game-drive en-route

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(5 to 11.99 Years)
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* Pregnant women are not allowed on balloon flights
All children flying have to be accompanied by an adult
* Hot Air Balloon Safaris does not carry children under 5 years of age
*  50% additional charges will apply to a person weighing 120kg or above

* Child Policy: 5 – 11 years is considered a child above 12 years is considered an adult
* Clients with disabilities will not be allowed to participate in balloon flights unless under certain conditions

Bring with you something warm to wear on top (fleece or a sweater), a hat, a camera, and binoculars – nothing too heavy
* In case we cancel the flight due to safety reasons a full refund will be honored, or we will offer you to fly on the next available flight or other sites

* Typically, the Balloon Safari itself is approximately an hour long (weather permitting), followed by breakfast in the bush! You are then driven back to the lodge/ camp with game viewing en route

Booking & Reservations Hot Air Balloon over the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Contact

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