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Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

Overview: Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

The balloon experience starts before dawn. Depending on your camp’s location, you will be collected as early as 04:00 and taken to the balloon launch site. As the balloon’s huge envelope is filled by fans powered by a mobile generator, you will be briefed on safety precautions, and what you are likely to see. Finally, with the balloon still safely tethered, you climb aboard at about 06:30, just as the sun is about to break above the horizon. The basket is quite deep, with compartments and rails to grasp for safety and to brace yourself. When the full complement of passengers is loaded, the pilot starts the burner, the balloon is released, and you lift off.

For the next hour (flight times vary from 50–70 minutes) you drift above the plains with the winds, tracked by the ground crew in their vehicles. Depending on conditions, you may fly high over the forest, peering into vultures’ nests and watching baboons waking in their tree-top roosts, or swoop just a few metres above the dew-covered grass as zebra and antelope scatter. Skilled pilots can follow streams, to glide just yards above snorting hippos or prides of lions taking water, and skim the savannah low enough to capture aerial wildlife photos. However for much of the flight, you’ll soar like a tawny eagle through the dawning landscape as the sun transforms from a burnished orb on the shadowy horizon to a brilliant disc above the plains. You may have other balloons – often strikingly patterned – accompanying your flight.

Landings vary: as you descend, the balloon may drag the basket onto its side, leaving the passengers grasping the rails in a giggling cluster of arms and legs; or if the breeze is kind your pilot may execute the perfect finish, setting the basket upright onto suitable ground as the balloon collapses neatly to one side.

A full bush breakfast will be waiting for you after you land, with photos and certificates part of the fun, and you’ll toast your success with sparkling wine.

You'll then continue your day with game drives and other activities, depending on what you’ve planned with your guide.

Availability: Balloon flights are available every morning, subject to suitable weather conditions. If the flight is cancelled because of poor weather, you will be re-booked on a later flight or your money refunded.

Height and age restrictions The basket height is 1.2m (4ft). Children need to be at least 1.2m in height and can then fly at the pilot’s discretion, depending on their age and maturity.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Any of Expert Africa's camps in the vicinity of the Serengeti National Park
End location
Back at your safari camp
Meals included
Full bush breakfast & drinks
Duration
Three hours - approx. one hour flight
Maximum group size
Usually 16

Ballooning over the Serengeti: Picture Gallery

What to look forward to.


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Balloons often fly low over the plains.
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You start the experience at dawn…
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…with the basket on its side, as the balloon is first inflated by fans.
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The pilot is in charge of this process, which takes about half an hour.
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Once you're aloft, it's amazing what you'll spot, from lions…
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…to birds in their nests…
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…and indignant hippos…
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After landing, it's time for more photos…
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…and a slap-up bush breakfast, with sparkling wine.

Balloons often fly low over the plains.

You start the experience at dawn…

…with the basket on its side, as the balloon is first inflated by fans.

The pilot is in charge of this process, which takes about half an hour.

Once you're aloft, it's amazing what you'll spot, from lions…

…to birds in their nests…

…and indignant hippos…

After landing, it's time for more photos…

…and a slap-up bush breakfast, with sparkling wine.

Balloon Safari over the Serengeti reviews

19 independent first-hand comments from our travellers.


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KSfromCurrie

16 Nov 2019

"This excursion was all we hoped it would be"

"An excellent experience and it turned out to be all we had hoped for. …" Read KS’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs B.fromBasel

11 Oct 2019

"Great great excursion"

"We didn't know what to expect and we loved it. We would highly recommend it! …" Read Mrs B.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

D & SfromNZ

28 Jun 2019

"Sliding with the wind"

"It was a lovely alternative view of the scenery …" Read D & S’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Lisa & hubsfromNashville

19 Jun 2019

"Beautiful way to see the Grumeti River"

"The pilots were very professional …" Read Lisa & hubs’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr & Mrs PfromLondon

13 Sep 2018

"Balloon Safari over the Serengeti review"

"Spectacular and peaceful...early morning start but well worth it. …" Read Dr & Mrs P’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Excellent

CarolitafromUK

12 Oct 2016

"Silent lift off"

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr PfromSeattle

22 Feb 2015

"Great weather!"

"Great weather! …" Read Mr P’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms CfromMississippi

26 Jun 2014

"Balloon flight over the Serengeti"

"Balloon flight over the Serengeti …" Read Ms C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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