A truly 'once in a lifetime' experience, flying in a Hot Air Balloon over the Masai Mara plains is an evocative experience that you have the chance to enjoy during any safari you take to Masai Mara. The balloons take off at the break of dawn, around 6am, gliding silently over the savannah grasslands below where you can spot a variety of wildlife. The flight lasts an hour and concludes with a ''Champagne Bush Breakfast'' at the balloon landing site in the wilderness. The balloon is flown by a fully qualified and experienced Pilot and the ballons themselves are most often made by Cameron, a specialist hot air balloon manufacturer in Great Britain. The basket sizes vary and it is best to book in advance as space if typically limited to a maximum of 16 passengers per balloon, often less if flying with a smaller basket. Images courtesy of Governors Balloons.
Prices for 2019 and 2020 range from US$ 435 to 460 per person depending on which camp or lodge you will fly from in the Mara. Child rates available in most cases.
An early start is necessary with passengers expected to be ready and waiting by 5 to 5.30am at their respective Lodge or Camp reception desks, this again dependent on how far you are from the take-off site. You will be collected for a transfer by road to this take off site, with the flight typically being air borne by 6 to 6.15am. During the flight you will fly over various parts of the Mara reserve below. Upon landing about an hour later, a delicious sit-down breakfast awaits, replete with waiting staff and a full hot breakfast 'in the bush' accompanied by chilled sparkiling wine or champagne. Drop off back to your hotel follows right after breakfast, with a brief game drive enroute.
Booking the Balloon flight: Please send us your preferred date which has to be at earliest, the second day of your stay in Masai Mara. We also need to know where in the Mara you will be staying the night before, so as to check if a timely transfer is possible to the nearest take off site. Cancellations are a possibility mainly due to adverse weather conditions, specifically strong winds or heavy rain. In the event of a balloon not taking off, passengers are refunded in full less minor administration fees.