A balloon is the perfect safari vehicle, letting you glide silently across the African plains without disturbing the herds of wildlife below. At the flick of the hot air burner the basket can be whisked from a high altitude viewpoint where you have panoramic views, down to skim low across the grasslands.
A ride in a hot air balloon allows you to see, smell and soak up Tanzania from a completely new perspective, one that few other tourists have the opportunity to experience. A ballon safari is a real adventure and an amazing experience that will be a highlight of your safari in Tanzania.
This incredible once in a lifetime experience offers you a fantastic view of Tanzania's scenic beauty, and the chance to drift unobtrusively over the wildlife and landscape below. The exceptional peace of this unique and almost supernatural view of the world will forever remain as a truly cherished memory.
Your Tanzania balloon safari adventure starts early morning when you depart your lodge or camp. It is still dark and you may be fortunate to see nocturnal wildlife on the way to the launch site.
You will arrive at the launch site by 6AM and watch as the balloons is being prepared for take-off. You will meet your pilot, who will give you a safety briefing as well as explain what you can expect during your flight.
You board the balloon and start rising from the ground. Rising to meet the sun, your balloon floats in whatever direction the winds of the day are heading over this wonderful area. You’ll gently lift off to a height of approximately 10-20m and leisurely float along with the wind.
At this height you’ll have a glorious view of the sunrise as well as keep on the lookout for animals on the ground below. The panoramic views that you are privileged to enjoy from this height will leave you speechless as you witness the majesty of the Tanzanian landscape.
Some of the flight may be low, offering a different perspective and at other times your balloon may climb to 1000 metres or more. Your pilot knows the area well and is also a committed conservationist and will point out animals, birds and features of interest.
Upon landing, you can observe the complete deflation of the balloon envelope. Our vehicles will then transport you a short distance to breakfast.
Breakfast is set up on the picturesque savannah, typically under the shade of a single acacia tree. You will sit down to a full bush breakfast in the African style, complete with eggs-to-order, fresh juices, waiters in traditional Swahili attire, and, of course, champagne.
During breakfast, you can also peruse the photos your pilot has taken during the flight, and decide whether you would like to purchase the photos, or any of the other merchandise on display. After breakfast, you are taken to the rendezvous point to meet with your driver guide and continue your day’s game drives.
A balloon safari flight allows passengers to float over the spectacular Serengeti with different locations such as Grumeti Reserve, Central Serengeti, Serengeti Western corridor and Southern Serengeti.
A balloon safari flight allows passengers to float over the spectacular Tarangire Game Reserve, and it offers passengers a bird’s eye view of the wildlife in Tarangire National Park.
Normally, the balloon takes about eight passengers. Children under 7 are not allowed. There is no maximum age as long as you are fit. It is also wise to contact your physician back home before attempting this safari. Upon landing you may experience bumping and jolts which may cause back or joint pains afterward.
A balloon safari can be include in most of our Northern Circuit itineraries depending on numbers of days, destinations and weather pattern. Contact us today to book your balloon safari – an absolutely unique, spectacular and inspiring way to view the geography and wildlife.
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