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Serengeti Balloon Safari

Overview

Witness the beauty of Africa from a bird’s eye view. Balloon Safari is an exhilarating experience that would you give a breath-taking view of the landscape of the park where you hover above large herds of animals. Serengeti is one of the destinations where such activity takes place, and mornings are the perfect time for the activity to witness a colorful view of the heavens. The height of the elevation allows a 360-view of the safari, where you can witness migrating wildebeests and zebras as well as residing gazelle and antelopes. The balloons can carry up to 16 people, and with the influx of tourists, experiencing this activity is a golden opportunity. If you dream to include the Balloon Safari to your itinerary, you must book a slot in advance. We can incorporate balloon safari in any of the tours in Serengeti National Park.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

There are several hot air balloon safari companies, but it is still advisable to pre-book this popular activity for your Serengeti safari holiday. This activity cannot be organized on the day and due to the reliance on favorable weather, it is not on offer throughout the year. Price per person is around 500 to 600 USD, which covers the ride, a champagne toast after the landing, and a delicious bush breakfast with options for vegan/ vegetarians.

The price reflects the relatively high cost of maintaining and servicing the balloons as well as the rest of the pre and post-launch activities, including launching and recovery as well as the road transport to and from the launch site. Each trip also requires a licensed pilot and a formidable team of around 20. Keep in mind, also, that because the weight of the balloon is a crucial safety consideration, passengers who weigh over 120 kilos (265 pounds) may need to reserve two places.

As such, it might be too pricey for budget and standard travelers, but if it is within your means, the feeling you’ll get when you are up there and looking down at the incredible scene below is priceless. So yes, it’s 100% worth it. The balloons are huge and the compartmented comfy baskets can accommodate from around 8 to 16 people for each voyage depending on the size. At this time, only children over seven years old are allowed on the trip and they must be accompanied by an adult.

EXPECTATION

Pick up is at early dawn usually around 5/5.30 AM and you could grab a coffee and a light breakfast before departing your lodge. On your way to the launch site, you may spot nocturnal animals that you could not have encountered at any other time of day.

There is a pre-launch safety briefing from the pilot while the balloon is being inflated. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and the balloon can ascend up to 1000 ft exposing the vast magnificence and spectacular panorama of the Serengeti below. The pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon, sometimes flying at treetop height so you can see individual animals at close quarters.

Upon landing, you will be welcomed with a champagne reception toasting to “maisha marefu”, which translates to “long life”. After that a splendid bush breakfast in the middle of the Serengeti awaits, capping off what is sure to be one of the most thrilling experiences ever.

Is a hot air balloon safari in the Serengeti worth it? Absolutely! So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us today and ensure you have the chance to witness the majesty of Africa from the best seat in the house!