Hot air balloon flights in the Masai Mara offer a unique and unforgettable way to see the animals and landscapes from a different perspective. Most of these safaris take place early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the winds are calm and the visibility is good.
On the day of the safari, you’ll meet at a designated spot, usually near your lodge or camp before transferring to the launch site, where the hot air balloon will be set up. You’ll then receive brief safety instructions from your pilot on how to get in and out of the balloon, what to do in case of an emergency, and other important information before taking off.
Once everything is ready, you’ll climb into the basket and take off. The pilot will adjust the heat of the burner and the amount of hot air inside the balloon to control the altitude and direction of the balloon. During the safari, you’ll drift slowly over the landscape, with the pilot and guide pointing out interesting landmarks and animals along the way. You’ll have the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, and buffalos as well as many other species such as zebras, giraffes, and a variety of birds.
After about an hour or two, the balloon will land and you will be treated to a scrumptious champagne breakfast before heading back to your lodge or camp. Some tour operators may offer additional activities or experiences, such as game drives or visits to traditional Maasai villages, as part of their tour packages.
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