Hot Air Ballooning

Governors Camp Collection offers Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the river, plains and forests of the Masai Mara.

Kenya

Masai Mara

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. Then your Governors 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 Balloon Safari ends with a game drive on your way back to Little Governors Camp. We also offer Hot Air Balloon Safaris for those staying at other select Masai Mara camps.

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THE EXPERIENCE

Balloon Safaris begin in the still air at sunrise. As first light sends a promising glow across the horizon at dawn, the balloon rises above the plains. The sensation of drifting above the world in silence is second only to the breathtaking views of the plains, forests and The Mara River, drifting wherever the current takes you. The sounds below carry upwards, a lion's roar, elephants crashing through the bush, screeching baboons looking quizzically upwards. After landing, there is a traditional champagne toast followed by breakfast cooked on the balloon burners in the middle of the rolling plains.

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