Your adventure begins just before dawn. Optimum atmospheric conditions for Hot Air Balloon flights here in Kenya are very early in the morning. Your anticipation begins the evening before as you look forward to the thrill of the following morning.
Rise early and transfer to your launch site. As the sun’s golden glow tinges the eastern horizon, the crew completes the necessary preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable flight. Your pilot gives you a last minute briefing on safety procedures and the powerful burners are ignited to bring the colourful craft to life.
The ground crew helps you aboard after one final check by the pilot, the aerostat is heated up and as you are airborne the stunning panorama unfolds. The Balloon silently soars over the vast Masai Mara eco-system & the snaking Mara River – The wilds of Africa!
Your pilot gently lands on the open plains of the Masai Mara. You return to earth -Celebration! As the crew scurries to set up your buffet breakfast near your landing site champagne corks pop into the air to toast your return.
Transworld Safaris (K) operate Hot Air Balloon Safaris in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, South Western Kenya.
The lodges they operate from include:
1. Sarova Mara Camp area (including Sarova Mara Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, Mara Simba Lodge, Siana Springs, Mara Bush Tops, Keekorok Lodge, Sekenani Camp, Tipilikwani, Sentrim Mara Camp & Mara Leisure Camp)
2. Mara Serena Safari Lodge
3. Mara Safari Club (including Ngerende Island Camp, Exploreans Mara Rianta & Richard’s Camp)
Rates & Payment:
SAROVA MARA BASE / MARA SERENA BASE / MARA SAFARI CLUB BASE
RATE PER PERSON INCLUDING LANDING FEES
ADULT (Over 12yrs) US $ 500
CHILD (7-12 yrs) US $ 300
Landing fees are subject to change without prior notice.
For all confirmed bookings, a one-week pre-payment is required either by company cheque or cash.
They operate balloon safaris throughout the year at the Sarova & Serena Bases. The Mara Safari Club based remains closed for the months of April & May only.
Typically, the Balloon Safari itself is approximately an hour long (weather permitting), followed by breakfast in the bush! You are then driven back to the lodge/camp with game viewing en route.