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Balloon Safaris – What You Need To Know

26 July 2017

Balloon Safaris – Enjoy wildlife & scenery from a different view. 

A hot air balloon safari should be on everyone’s bucket list! This is truly a fun and exciting way to see Africa’s landscapes and wildlife – especially when in the Big Five in the Masai Mara. 

This type of safari gives you a birds-eye-view of the reserve and allows you to capture aerial photographs that you normally would not be able to get.

Here are some points to remember when doing a Hot Air Balloon Safari

When and where can it be done?

Most of the balloon safaris in Kenya take place at the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The safaris are done all year round. 


Kenya Safari Hot Air Balloon
A breathtaking sunrise. Photo: Lawrie Buckeridge, Travel Expert


What time does it start?

The adventure starts at dawn when you depart your lodge or camp.

How Does it Work?

When you arrive, you will meet your pilot and witness the balloon being inflated and prepared for launch. After a thorough safety briefing and demonstration of boarding and landing position, you board the balloon and lift off! 

Kenya Safari Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloons ready for take off. Photo: Lawrie Buckeridge, Travel Expert


What's the Experience Like?

The trip is magical: spend about one hour silently floating over the Mara plains. You float in the sky, drift with the whim of the wind, overlooking the plains, just in time to experience a breathtaking sunrise and catch a bird’s eye view of the reserve. 

What happens after the flight?

To celebrate this experience, you will be treated to a luxurious breakfast as you relax and soak in this magical and life changing moment. Afterward, you will be awarded a certificate by the pilot certifying that you flew over the Mara!

Who Can Fly in a Balloon?

Generally, children under 7 years are not allowed. There is no upper age limit; however, passengers must be reasonably mobile and fit to fly. Ballooning is also not suitable for pregnant ladies, people with mobility or health conditions.

What Should One Carry?

A hat is recommended to protect your head from the radiant heat of the gas burners. Also, it can be cool in the early morning, but warm later, therefore carry a jacket or sweater.

Don’t forget your camera and binoculars.

Why is ballooning expensive?

Hot Air Balloons cost tens of thousands of US dollars but only last a few hundred hours. They use a significant amount of fuel per flight and involve a minimum crew of six men plus professional pilot to get it in the air plus a further ten employees behind the scenes for each balloon. In addition, there are the retrieving vehicles, logistics, back up etc.  

Source: Safari Experts - HTT Holidays

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