‘Seedballing’ with Governors’

Help us ‘re-green’ degraded areas of the Masai Mara simply by throwing handfuls of little charcoal-covered ‘seedballs’ from our hot air balloon flight!

Much of the unique riverine forest that lines the banks of the Mara River has been lost over the past few decades due to a combination of factors including, tree disease, river bank erosion and increased grazing pressure from herbivores as large as elephants to ones as small as dik diks. Our flight path at Governors’ Balloon Safaris is unique amongst hot-air balloon operators in the Masai Mara, as the prevailing winds tend to take us right along the river’s winding course.

We have partnered with Seedballs Kenya, and are delighted to be able to offer guests the opportunity to throw seedballs containing the seeds of the African wild olive tree from our balloons. By actively selecting suitable sites from the air we can make a difference in helping to give these seeds the best chance at reclaiming their native habitat and restoring biodiversity along the river.

We at Governors’ will provide the seedballs, and what we request in return is for a USD5 donation to be made by the guest which we will put into other organisations working to actively plant sapling trees and protect natural springs in the water catchment area that feeds the Mara River. Each envelope of seedballs will be provided to guests in a biodegradable, elephant-dung paper envelope; that itself comes from an NGO group supporting women’s crafts whilst offsetting carbon emissions.