Hot Air Balloon Safari in Africa

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Hot Air Balloon Safari in Africa

Hot Air Balloon Safari in Africa – For those who are considering an authentic African luxury safari, there are few experiences that complement watching the migrating herds of wildebeest or zebra from a hot air balloon as the sun soars with golden tinges on the vast savannas of Africa.

This extraordinary classical aerial adventure offers a lifetime unique perspective and above all, the first-grade wildlife and sceneries photographic unmatched opportunities! Capture unlimited memorable moments as you enjoy game viewing at another level that liberates sense of space that only comes with destinations like the Maasai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania.

Floating leisurely from above, you will notice wildlife trails made by generations of animals, impossible to see from the ground. Your early morning balloon’s altitude will vary from almost ground level to over 300 meters, offering various perspectives throughout the flight duration. Very knowledgeable pilots pilot the balloons and they are passionate conservationists. After your hour’s flight, you’ll land on a very delicious champagne breakfast in the bush as you reflect your sweet moments!

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Hot Air Balloon Safari Included Highlights

Embarking on an African luxury balloon safari with Oluokos Signature is not your ordinary affair. Navigate your way through the bird’s eye view as you discover nature’s gift. The pilot and your experienced guide, narrates the unfolding story of the Maasai Mara, providing insights into the behaviors of the wildlife below. A hot air balloon safari isn’t just a tour; it’s a lifetime informative journey that adds deep value and better understanding to the spectacle unfolding on the plains.

  • The 1 hour Maasai Mara hot air balloon ride experience offers a stillness and tranquility that cannot be found elsewhere else.
  • Stunning views of the Maasai Mara plain and beyond the horizons
  • Lifetime and priceless photography moments
  • On landing, you will be treated to a sumptuous champagne bush breakfast in the plains of Maasai Mara
  • Seize the opportunity and create new friendships
  • Enjoy an epic game drive on your way back to the camp or lodge
The Great Wildebeest Migration
Maasai Mara Dawn

The Dawn Light of the Maasai Mara

Picture the morning of tranquility where the crisp cool breeze caresses your curious face as you ascend into the African sky aboard a hot air balloon. A hot air balloon flight over the iconic wildlife of the Maasai Mara’s endless plains.

A balloon ride over the Maasai Mara is an invitation to witness nature’s magical collage from a different perspective, a perspective that only a few have the privilege to witness, a leap intothe future with optimism that the sky isn’t the limit.

From the puff and hiss of the burner that aids the inflation of the balloon that gives its shape as you get ready for a discovery that takes you up to 300 meters off the ground for you to see wildlife and other creatures beneath you.  As the balloon gracefully lifts-up, the plains below transforms into a patchwork of vehicle tracks, nature trails, chains of meandering rivers, a maze of riverine forest and animals dotting the endless plains. The Maasai Mara maze of riverine balloon safari is a timeless African luxury experience.

A Champagne Breakfast in the Wilderness

After approximately an hour of floating above the Masai Mara, your balloon safari will conclude with a gentle landing in the middle of the plains. But the adventure is far from over! Touching down in the heart of the wilderness, you’ll be met with the warm hospitality of the balloon crew that have been following you on the ground. You will then be driven to the breakfast area that enjoys some 360 degrees view of the plains. What awaits you here is…  a sumptuous champagne breakfast!

Savoring a delicious breakfast in the middle of the African bush is an ever-lasting experience like no other. You’ll dine on a selection of freshly baked pastries, exotic fruits, and a variety of hot dishes while sipping on champagne or fresh juices. As you enjoy your meal, you’ll have the chance to reflect on the incredible journey you’ve just undertaken and share stories of your wildlife sightings with fellow guests.

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Our Destinations for Hot Air Balloons Safaris

We have joined these two areas together because they offer a very similar vast wilderness experience and are famous for their huge open plains, sprawling as far as the eye can see. These two-prime wildernesses offer the signature dream that every guest has on their minds when they think of Africa! Besides that, they are both home to enormous concentrations of game, including the vast herds of wildebeest that migrate annually.

Therefore, the Maasai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania arguably offers the best ballooning for wildlife viewing, as it allows you to see the sheer volume of animals in the two wildlife habitats.

For the Kenya hot air balloon safari, the Maasai Mara’s, Little Governors’ Camp offer a superb set up for ballooning but there are a couple of good locations too especially in the Balloons Plains.

If you’ll be in Tanzania for your safari, a take-off in the Serengeti will be more ideal. Our suggestion are themed around camps such as Nasikia MobileLemala Mara and Lamai Camp, which all range from entry-level to top-end luxury. Please, speak with our luxury expert designers.

Where else can you do hot air balloon in Kenya

Enjoy the unforgettable hot air balloon ride experience while viewing the dust plains of the Amboseli National Park and of course, the notable Mount Kilimanjaro. This is the world’s highest freestanding mountain under your feet and you’ll be able to enjoy the cool breeze while floating in space.

Like in the Maasai Mara, the balloons take off at the break of dawn, around 6 am, gliding silently over the savannah grasslands below where you can spot a variety of wildlife. The flight lasts an hour but heavily depends on the prevailing winds and concludes with a ”Champagne Bush Breakfast” at the balloon-landing site in the Africa’s wilderness.

For safety reasons, a fully qualified and experienced Pilot flies the balloon and Cameron, a specialist hot air balloon manufacturer in Great Britain, most often makes the balloons themselves. The basket sizes vary and it is best to book in advance as space if typically limited to a maximum of 16 passengers per balloon, often less if flying with a smaller basket.

At Amboseli, some of the lodges and camps you can fly from include Elewana Tortilis Camp, Ol Tukai Lodge, Amboseli Serena Lodge, Tawi Lodge, Satao Elerai Camp, Kibo Safari Camp, Zebra Plains Amboseli Camp, and Amboseli Sopa Lodge.

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Booking the Balloon flight

Please send us your preferred date, which has to be at earliest, the second day of your stay in either Maasai Mara or the Amboseli. We also need to know where you will be staying at the night before, so as to check if a timely transfer is possible to the nearest take off site. Cancellations are a possibility mainly due to adverse weather conditions, specifically strong winds or heavy rain. In the event of a balloon not taking off, passengers are refunded in full less minor administration fees.

Learn More about Hot Air Balloon Safaris

The hot air balloon safari is an experience that is suitable for all lifestyles and age bracket. From as young as 5 to the eldest passengers being in their of early 90s years this is an experience for everyone.  Calm early morning in East Africa allows smooth flights with higher success rates.  

Balloons fly 7 days a week and all year round as long as the weather permits but subject to minimum number of guests per balloon. If you would like to find out more about our hot air ballooning experience, or book a flight, drop us an email ( or give us a call +254755124643 or WhatsApp +254726063884


Reviews From Our Clients

What can I say? We had the most incredible safari trip of our lives. Ouma was polite, professional, friendly, thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable. He went to every effort to ensure we made the most out of our trip, and ensuring we were comfortable and happy throughout. He liaised with hotel staff to ensure everything was perfect ahead of our arrivals, he planned our route taking into account what we wanted to see and do, ensuring we never took the same road twice (!!) and he taught so much about the African wildlife, culture and landscape.

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