Probably one of the most beautiful balloon flights in the world and an ultimate safari experience. At dawn you take off, rising as the sun rises and floating in whichever direction the winds of the morning take you. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon: sometimes flying at treetop height, sometimes lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities of the wildlife below.
At other times the pilot will ascend to 1000 feet or more to see the enormity and wonderful panorama of the Serengeti. From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below.
The Serengeti plains and woodlands are world famous for the variety and sheer number of its animal population. A Serengeti Balloon Safari however, is not merely a game viewing experience, but rather an opportunity for an adventure and unique perspective over outstanding quintessentially African landscapes.Some amazing wildlife has been seen from the balloon as well as many incidents such as lion kills, cheetah stalking and killing, leopard hunting and of course the annual million strong wildebeest migration, one of the natural wonders of the world.
The flight is for about one hour depending on conditions, on landing you celebrate in the traditional manner with an excellent sparkling wine, before sitting down to a full English breakfast prepared and served in the bush.
After breakfast you receive your Serengeti Balloon certificate and are driven back to your lodge with game viewing en route.
Serengeti Balloon Safaris will collect you from your central Serengeti lodge or camp at 5am, and transfer you by Land rover to their launch site near Maasai Kopjes. Here you will meet your pilot, receive a briefing and watch the inflation of your balloon.
Balloons used are top of the range Cameron and Ultra Magic A315 and A415. The burners are state of the art ‘whisper and stealth”. Serengeti Balloon Safaris are registered as a commercial airline with department of Civil Aviation. Pilots are all well experienced and licensed commercially.
Passengers should be able to climb in and out of a basket and stand for the duration of the flight. Warm clothing is required for early mornings.
The hot air balloon safaris are available most of the year round but subject to prevailing weather conditions. All balloon flights begin soon after dawn, it means an early start.
The Seronera River Valley (flying area) has excellent resident wildlife populations throughout the year, lion, leopard, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, various antelope etc. The wildebeest migration is dependent on the rains for grazing. The great herds usually pass through the Seronera Valley late May / early June heading west and north with their new calves. They return again usually late October / early November en route to the short grass plains in the south and east.