A pre-dawn hot air balloon flights on top of the open savannah plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara provides a n exciting vantage point for viewing wildlife beneath. You’ll depart from your lodge between 0400-0500hours and drive to the launch site, to arrive by 0600hours. Depending on the weather conditions, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you watch the balloons being prepared for take-off. Your pilot will give a safety briefing as well as explain what you can expect during the flight. There are basic toilet facilities available at the launch site.
The balloon crew will assist as you clamber into your balloon basket for take-off just before sunrise, at about 0630hours. As you rise the Masai Mara plains opens up before your eyes to feast on the golden sunrise, enchanting sceneries, plains-game below as the winds gently blows the basket deeper into the reserve. The pilot is at hand pointing out at the wildlife below with plenty of photographic opportunities unfolding. Soar silently with 360 degrees of spectacular savannah lasting approximately one hour, depending on wind conditions.
Upon landing between 0715hours and 0730 hours observe the complete deflation of the balloon envelope as our vehicles wait for you for a short drive to your morning hearty meal. Our breakfast is set up on the picturesque savannah plains of the Mara, typically under the shade of a single balanite tree. Sit down to a full bush breakfast in the Kenyan style, complete with eggs-to-order, sausages, fresh juices, fruits, cereals and, of course, sparkling wine. During breakfast, you can also peruse the photos your pilot has taken during the flight, and decide whether you would like to purchase the photos, or any of the other Hot Air Safaris merchandise on display. The finale is balloon flight certificate signed by your pilot as a memoir.
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely game drive back to your camp or lodge to arrive by around 10:30AM already reliving the memories of the morning’s flight.