Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air balloon safaris over the river, plains and forests of the Masai Mara are offered through a separate company, Governors Balloon Safaris Ltd.

Kenya

The Masai Mara

Governors’ Balloon Safaris offers the best flight path in the Masai Mara, following the natural winding course of the Mara River.

The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors’ Camp, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you’re off for a wildlife viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara.

Even if you’ve flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience. The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming.

After about an hour or so, your balloon safari finishes with a flourish; in the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a delicious breakfast (complete with sparkling wine), cooked wherever you land. The experience ends with a game drive back to your camp (we fly passengers staying at other Mara camps too).

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Hot air safaris are offered through a separate company, Governors Balloon Safaris Ltd.

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