Hot Air Balloon Tours in Masai Mara 

Everything you must or need to know about hot air balloon tours and safaris in Masai Mara National Reserve. Gorilla trekking tours aside, Native Africa Tours offers yet another adventurous safari activity in East Africa – Hot air balloon tours. Hot air balloon safaris are a perfect fit for travelers seeking spectacular views of wildlife say wildebeest migration from the top. Needless to mention are panoramic views of the sunrise in the vast expanses of the savannah plains of Masai Mara National Reserve.

Is your dream taking on a hot air balloon tour or hot air balloon safari in Kenya? This article is all yours to read. In this article, we delve into answering all the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about hot air balloon tours or safaris in Masai Mara. All you need to do is pay utmost attention and read to the bottom of the page.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hot air balloon tours in Masai Mara

Before we dive into the questions, let us first inform you about the meaning of a hot air balloon safari or tour. If this is not your first time to hear about the words “hot air balloon tours or hot air balloon safaris” you may skip this line. A hot air balloon tour or hot air balloon safari simply refers to a trip to a safari destination that involves watching or viewing wildlife, nature, landscape, birds, and many creatures in the wilderness in a basket-like cabin with a balloon filled with hot air. In other words, a hot air balloon refers to a large balloon that is filled with heated air and that floats in the sky with a basket underneath for people to ride in.

Now that you have an idea about a hot air balloon, let us answer some of the frequently asked questions about hot air balloon tours in Masai Mara.

Can I do a hot air balloon tour in Masai Mara National Reserve?

Yes, Masai Mara Reserve offers Masai Mara Reserve offers hot air balloon tours or hot air balloon services. In addition to amazing wildlife safari game drives, Masai Mara allows travelers to experience wildlife right from the sky. All you need is to let us know about your travel dates. We shall schedule or book a balloon ride for you.

When do hot air balloon safaris start in Masai Mara?

Hot air balloon tours or hot air balloon safaris in the Mara Reserve usually start early in the morning about 6:00 am. Depending on the location of your lodge or tented camp, you may be required to wake up a little earlier to catch your flight. It is recommended that you arrive at the set-off point at least one hour earlier. This helps you prepare well and get all the necessary instructions regarding hot air balloon tours in the Mara Reserve.

How long does a hot air balloon trip or tour take in Masai Mara?

Generally, hot air balloon tours last for one hour covering between 5 to 20 kilometers. The length of time covered on your balloon safari entirely depends on the weather. Remember a hot air balloon is controlled by the wind. This implies that stronger winds may affect the time in one way or the other. Are you afraid of missing out on your air balloon tour because of natural factors? Do not fret, a team of expert pilots are available and their number one job is to ensure that you get the most out of your safari.

What travel restrictions are on hot air balloon tours in Masai Mara?

Like any other safari activity, hot air balloon tours in the Mara Reserve have a few restrictions. Of course, every restriction is meant for the good of all the parties. Children below the age of three (3) years are not allowed to do a hot air balloon tour in the Mara Reserve. More so, if the child is below the height of a basket is also not allowed to be on board. Do you have such a child and you want to do a hot air balloon safari? Do not fret, our accommodation facilities have quite several kids’ activities that your child can engage in while you do your balloon safari.

Additionally, pregnant mothers and people with special needs are restricted from taking on hot air balloon tours in Masai Mara Reserve. This is meant to minimize the risk of anything bad happening while they are on board. Remember one needs some physical fitness to be able to get into the basket. We can arrange for persons with disabilities but you should notify us in advance for proper planning.

Can a hot air balloon safari be canceled in Masai Mara?

Like any aviation-related transport service, hot air balloon safaris in the Mara Reserve can be canceled. This happens on rare occasions and enough explanation is provided to travelers as soon as possible. Additionally, a 100% refund is made if the flight has been canceled. We may also reschedule your balloon tour for the following day depending on your availability.

How many people need to be on board?

Most of the air balloon service providers in the Masai Mara Reserve are licensed to carry 12 to 16 passengers including a pilot. Weight regulations are also a point of consideration for hot air balloon safaris in the Mara Reserve.

How early should I book a hot air balloon tour in the Mara Reserve?

Like any other safari activity in Kenya, the earlier you book, the better. This is because Masai Mara Reserve is a popular African safari destination and receives many travelers throughout the year. In peak seasons (June to September and December to February), you may run short of tickets due to high traffic. This is why you should book your Masai Mara hot air balloon tour at least three (3) months before your arrival.

How much is a hot air balloon tour in Masai Mara National Reserve?

Hot air balloon safari prices range from one service provider, however, the average price per person is USD 450. This price is inclusive of a champagne breakfast in the bush at the end of your balloon experience. On the other hand, the price may not include other related costs like transportation to the lodge and accommodation. Talk to us about your travel program for an overall price and itinerary cost.

Hot Air Balloon Tours in Masai Mara

What do I see on a hot air balloon tour in the Masai Mara Reserve?

Masai Mara is a rich wildlife habitat. This is why we guarantee that animal sightings are possible on a Masai Mara hot air balloon tour. It is during your trip that you will be able to witness the great wildebeest migration experience. Remember that while you drive back to your lodge, you will do a game drive. During this game drive, you will be able to get up close with animals like cheetahs, lions, leopards, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, and many more. For bird lovers, Masai Mara is the best place to be. You will be able to spot multiple bird species including the Rift Valley endemics.

What should I carry for the best experience?

An African trip or safari is incomplete without the right packing list. This is why you need to know some of the essential equipment or things to pack for hot air balloon tours in Masai Mara. You need a good camera or smartphone to capture those moments. Long-sleeved shirts and long trousers are essential to protect your body from thorns. A good selfie stick is also important to hold your phone while you capture those moments. You might need a bottle of water and good safari shoes.

Do you provide hot air balloon services for lovers in Masai Mara?

We believe that love is a wonderful thing. This is why we tailor our programs to fit your love needs. For those seeking to renew their vows on a hot air balloon tour in the Mara Reserve, we are here to make your dreams come true. An entourage after your vows on a hot air balloon safari can be arranged upon request. A bush meal or lunch can be organized by our team of experts so that you make your day shine to cloud nine.

In conclusion, we believe that you have had an insight into how you can arrange and have the best from your hot air balloon tours in the Masai Mara Reserve. Book with us now and create a signature of memories.

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