THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BALLOON RIDE ON EARTH!
Nothing is quite as exhillaratigng as taking to the skies in an African Ballon safari!
A bird’s-eye view over the Serengeti plains is indisputably the best way to see the true magnitude of the park. The higher you are the greater the view of these magnificent plains. Drifting through the skies as you gaze over the edge of the basket you will feast your eyes on the spectacular landscape below.
You will be collected and transferred from your lodge or camp by a driver from the balloon safari company between 04:30 and 05:00. It is still dark, allowing for a quick night game drive ont he way to the launch site. At the launch site you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and witness your balloon being inflated and prepared for launch. The hot air balloons lift off just before sunrise when the breeze on the plains is 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 Serengeti plains is mysteriously silent. The pilot controls the height 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, offering a unique perspective over the majestic Serengeti presenting many great photo opportunities. The duration of the flight is roughly one hour, depending on the wind conditions.
Once back on the ground, you will be escorted to a table set with the finest tableware. Stewards in traditional Swahili attire will serve fresh tropical fruits, warm freshly baked bread and a traditional English breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes. You will also be given a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to celebrate this incredible adventure. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.
At approximately 09:30 you will be taken to the pre-organised drop off point to continue your safari adventure!
Balloon safaris are offered in the following areas:
Central Serengeti - (all year round operation) with a maximum daily capacity of 64 people.
Southern Serengeti - (seasonal operation: 20 Dec - 31 Mar) with a maximum daily capacity of 16 people.
Western Serengeti, Grumeti area- (seasonal operation: 1 Jun - 30 Sept) with a maximum daily capacity of 24 people.
* No children under the age of 7.