Maasai Mara Hot Air Balloon  safari is flying high up in the skies above the Maasai Mara National Reserve which is the most ultimate safari experience  to the tourists in Kenya, as the landscape below is a never-ending exciting mixture of the riverine forests, sprawling savannahs, towering escarpments and rugged rivers, against a backdrop of the most amazing stunning sunrises, the balloon safari is the most unique vantage point of the abundant wildlife safari living below, this is the most calm and awesome because of the view is unparalleled and the experience is unforgettable. The tourists on their safari to Kenya are highly recommended that adventurous guests plan to stay at the reserve for a good time in order to give good time of the balloon activity along other activities like the game drives, bush walks, village visits and many others, Maasai Mara Hot Air Balloon safari.

For the first beloved guests who have not been on a hot air ballooning excursion in Africa or elsewhere, there is some general information about the balloon safari works and what to expect. Typically the staff of 20 to 25 people are required for the launch and recovery, and when you arrive at the launch site, you may even have a chance to see the balloon, also known as the ‘’envelope’’ being inflated.

Maasai Mara Hot Air Balloon safari
Wildebeest Migration

Children must be at least four years old and must be accommodation by the parent or the guardian, the adults are recommended to be in a good physical condition then the adults who are over 265lbs (120kg) may be required to purchase an additional spot on the balloon (twice the cost) for the safety precautions, though this can be waived depending on the fight occupancy at the discretion and prior approval from the pilot.

Balloon safari in Maasai Mara National Reserve is such great activity  that gives a feeling of freedom and the exhilaration you get when flying high  above the African plains, you can even get   the ideal of waking up at the crack of the dawn during a Kenya safari may big less than pleasant. The rewards of embarking on this high flying adventure safari greatly outweigh the inconvenience of setting your alarm clock for somewhere between 4:00 to 5:00 am the safari activity takes approximately one hour. The balloon crew will inflate your balloon is filled and you have climbed into the basket beneath it, your pilot gives you a short briefing before setting the balloon into motion as the sun begins to rise in a stunning color show of the fiery reds and golds your balloon will slowly rise to the skies.

During your safari to the Maasai Mara National Reserve between the months of July and October, there is always a chance of catching the ‘’ wildebeest Great Migration’’ while flying above the African plains, there is nothing quite like the phenomenon of migrating herds of the wildebeest, zebras, gazelles in the reserve. So the balloon safari is one of the best ways to grasp the enormity of what’s taking place, also on the balloon safari the tourists can watch the various predators in the reserve like the lions hunting their prey, spotting leopards perched up high in trees and seeing active hyena dens and many other wildlife in the reserve.

The balloon wildlife Kenya safari flight brings with it the opportunity to see new and exciting sights below, then your pilot will make sure to fly lower at times to allow for the best possible pictures to be taken. At times when the weather is poor, the hot balloon flight is cancelled due to the poor weather, naturally safety is the top priority to the hot air ballooning crew, so if the weather conditions are not favorable your fight may be cancelled. If this happens then you will be scheduled for a later flight if possible then if this is not an option then your money can be refunded.

Maasai Mara Balloon safari prices.

The Balloon safari is quite pricey especially in the remote areas like the Maasai Mara, the riding prices start at USD 450 per person due to the fact that the balloons can only be used for a limited number of hours before they need replacing, then after approximately 850 flight hours the balloons are retired and new balloons must be purchased in order to guarantee the safety of those who board a balloon, Maasai Mara Hot Air Balloon safari.

Balloon safari is also expensive because the cost of the fuel and crew members and a licensed balloon pilot and then an additional ten people behind the scenes (per person) are responsible for getting each hot air balloon airborne, in the total this adds up to quite a group of people whose livelihoods depend on the proceeds from hot air balloon flights. To add on this the balloon safari flight requires the recovery vehicles, the transfer vehicles and back-up operations, also to top this off the large portion of the hot air balloon flight fees are made up to conservation fees.

Maasai Mara Hot Air Balloon safari
Wildebeest Migration

How to plan for the Maasai Mara Balloon safari.

The departures for a Maasai Mara balloon Kenya safari from most lodges and camps in the Greater Mara area are always arranged, then we recommend booking a balloon safari in advance, as it concerns a very popular activity and gets booked out early (especially during the peak season), also here your recommended to bring warm clothing, and a bag in which you can secure camera, binoculars and other related personal items.

The private hot air balloon safari can also be arranged for the multi-generation families and the small groups during their bush holiday, and a discounted rate may be available depending on your travel month.

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