Hot Air Ballon Safari-Masai Mara

Guests to the Masai Mara in Kenya can experience the rare excitement of game viewing from a hot air balloon. In the crisp air of dawn, the passengers drink coffee while the crew partially inflates the balloon with enormous fans. The gas burners are ignited and the balloon fills with hot air slowly raising the […]

Guests to the Masai Mara in Kenya can experience the rare excitement of game viewing from a hot air balloon. In the crisp air of dawn, the passengers drink coffee while the crew partially inflates the balloon with enormous fans. The gas burners are ignited and the balloon fills with hot air slowly raising the baskets. Before departing, finalized checks are made, and the guests then climb into the balloon basket for a take off. The balloons lift off just before sunrise when the breeze on the plains is still cold. Once airborne, the balloon is blown by the prevailing winds across the broad landscape. Apart from the hiss of the burners, the flight above the Masai Mara plains is magically silent. The pilot controls the height of the craft by regulating the flow of hot air into the balloon. Sometimes the balloon will descend over the plains for a close up view of the wildlife; on other occasions, it rises to clear a tree canopy and rise over the picturesque forests.