Hot-air balloon safari | Experience the Masai Mara on a different level.
Flying high up in the skies above the Masai Mara is the ultimate Hot-air balloon safari experience. The landscape below is a never-ending exciting mixture of riverine forests, sprawling savannahs, towering escarpments, and rugged rivers.
Against a backdrop of stunning sunrises, hot-air balloon flights in the Masai Mara give you a unique vantage point of the abundant wildlife living below. There’s really nothing quite like it, the view is unparalleled and the experience is unforgettable.
- The Experience
- Great Migration From Above
- Flying High
There is really nothing quite like the feeling of freedom and exhilaration you get when flying high above the African plains. Sure, the idea of waking up at the crack of dawn during your vacation may sound less than pleasant.
However, the rewards of embarking on this high-flying adventure greatly outweigh the inconvenience of setting your alarm clock for somewhere between 4.00 – 5.00 AM.
As your guide takes you to the balloon launch pad, you’ll begin to feel the anticipation grow. While you enjoy a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea, the balloon crew will inflate your balloon and prepare everything for take-off.
Once the balloon is filled and you’ve climbed into the basket beneath it, your pilot will give you a short briefing before setting the balloon into motion. As the sun begins to rise in a stunning color show of fiery reds and golds, your balloon will slowly rise to the skies.
Hot-Air Balloon Safari & the Great Migration
If you decide to visit the Masai Mara between the months of July and October, you will have a chance to catch the ‘Great Migration‘ while flying above the African plains. There’s nothing quite like this phenomenon of migrating herds of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles.
Flying above the herds in a hot air balloon is one of the best ways to grasp the enormity of what’s taking place. Other exciting sights to behold include watching predators such as lions hunting their prey, spotting leopards perched up high in trees, and seeing active hyena dens.
Every hot air balloon flight brings with it the opportunity to see new and exciting sights below. Your pilot will make sure to fly lower at times to allow for the best possible pictures to be taken.
Masai Mara hot-air balloon flight price
Hot-air balloon safari flights are quite pricey, especially in remote areas such as the Masai Mara. Hot air balloon ride prices start at US$ 450 per person. One of the reasons for this is the fact that balloons can only be used for a limited number of hours before they need replacing. After approximately 850 flight hours, balloons are retired and a new balloon must be purchased in order to guarantee the safety of those who board a balloon.
What also makes hot air balloon flights expensive is the cost of fuel and crew to operate the hot air balloon. Crews are made up of six crew members and a licensed balloon pilot.
An additional ten people behind the scenes (per balloon) are responsible for getting each hot air balloon airborne. In total, this adds up to quite a group of people whose livelihoods depend on the proceeds from hot air balloon flights.
In addition to this, each hot air balloon flight requires recovery vehicles, transfer vehicles, and backup operations. To top this off, a large portion of the hot air balloon flight fees are made up of conservation fees.
Included in the price for a balloon safari are:
- Approximately one-hour hot air balloon flight
- Transfer from your safari camp or lodge
- Champagne-style bush breakfast
- Transfer back to camp after breakfast
- Conservancy or national reserve landing fees
What happens if the weather is poor?
So, what happens if the hot-air balloon flight is canceled due to poor weather? Naturally, safety is a top priority to the hot air ballooning crew, so if weather conditions aren’t favorable your flight may be canceled. If this occurs, you will be scheduled for a later flight if possible. If this isn’t an option, your money will be refunded.
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