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Migration Safari with Hot-air Balloon

It’s hard not to be awed as you soar in a hot-air balloon with the sun rising behind you and wildlife stirring below.  

If you are visiting the Serengeti or the Masai Mara, you may witness the masses of wildebeest on the riverbanks as they prepare to plunge across on their Great Migration. Floating high above Tarangire, you might look down on the huge herds of elephant and large groups of buffalo.

For photographers, a hot-air balloon ride offers an opportunity to capture incomparable images of quietly grazing animals and the dramatic juxtaposition between land and sky. For the ultimate romantic experience, follow your hot-air balloon safari with a champagne breakfast in the bush. 

This excursion starts very early in the morning, to catch the sunrise. We encourage guests to pack layers, as it can be chilly in the air. Hot-air balloon excursions are also weather dependent. Balloons cannot go up if it is too windy or rainy. Make sure you book in advance to secure your spot. Balloon safaris are operated by third parties.

What is it all about?

You’ll be woken up before the crack of dawn and whisked away on a (very) early drive to the launch site. It can be quite chilly at this time of the morning – not to mention even cooler once you’re up in the air, so be sure to wrap up in a few extra layers. Arrive at your balloon and watch as your professional ballooner gets ready for your take-off. Be prepared for the sound as they gas up the balloon – it can be quite loud, so it’s not uncommon to get a fright! However, once you are in the air, it is mostly silent (save for the occasional roar of the gas) so you can fully appreciate the wonder of peacefully flying high above the plains.

How does it work?

Hot-air balloon safaris are extremely dependent on weather conditions. If it is too windy or rainy, the flight will be cancelled and you will have the option of receiving a full refund or rescheduling to another day (if possible). Booking well in advance is absolutely essential. This is not an activity that can be organized on the day. Due to the reliance on the weather, it is also not on offered throughout the year, so it’s best to make sure your agent is aware of your interest in this wonderful experience and have them book as far in advance as possible.