Balloon Safari

Safari in a Hot Air Balloon

This magical form of transportation of a hot air balloon has always enjoyed a special place on world travelers’ bucket lists. It becomes an incredibly unique flight when you take it as a safari sailing high over the savannas of Masai Mara National Preserve. This unforgettable journey puts your head in the clouds with a real bird’s-eye view.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris Over Masai Mara

When you dream about a safari trip to Africa, always include a morning spent sailing above the earth. You don’t want to miss game drives across the savanna, long walks through the bush or visits to native villages. Still, as you finalize plans, be sure to put a hot air balloon safari at the very top of your bucket list.

This is an adventure that simply can’t be compared to any other. It’s a unique way to see our beautiful country, and it’s truly the opportunity of a lifetime. DK Grand Safaris proudly partners with professional hot air balloon pilots to assure you of an experience you’ll never forget.

Fly Over the Majestic Masai Mara

Wherever the breeze takes you across the Masai Mara Game Reserve, you fly above some of Kenya’s most protected and beloved lands. As you float through the sky on a perfect morning, you sail over more than 1,500 square kilometers encompassing an incredibly diverse ecosystem.

Our hot air balloon safaris often cover more than 25 kilometers on a single excursion. You travel safely and securely as the pilot navigates southerly winds that gently guide your journey. Below you stretches an endless vista of the grassy savannas, lush forests, meandering rivers and rolling hills that form Kenya’s famous landscapes.

Your Adventure Begins at Dawn

We quietly awaken you before sunrise with fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Cool temperatures and calm breezes make these early hours ideal for takeoff. You enjoy comfortable transportation from camp to the launch site. Watching the hot air balloon as it fills and rises with warm air is a spectacle all in itself. Burner flames generate brilliant colors that dance across the still-dark landscape. As the balloon takes shape and the crew attends to last-minute duties, your pilot explains what to expect and answers any questions during a pre-departure briefing.

Soar Over the Big Five and More

It’s impossible to predict what you might see as your hot air balloon soars over Masai Mara. It’s impossible to make this once-in-a-lifetime trip and not witness something unforgettable. Because the reserve is blessed with different habitats, you’re sure to observe many types of African wildlife.

  • The Big Five all make their home in Masai Mara. Your balloon pilot knows where to spot lions, elephants, leopards, Cape buffalo and even the reserve’s elusive black rhinos.
  • As you sail above the Mara River, watch its waters closely. Slowly swimming hippos often collide with stealthy crocodiles in an explosion of raw fighting power.
  • Don’t worry about disturbing elegant giraffes as they forage among the top branches of tall acacia trees. Your hot air balloon journey is very quiet and rarely distracts the wildlife below.
  • It’s not unusual to encounter airborne company on balloon flights over Masai Mara. More than 300 bird species nest in this part of Kenya including ostriches, pelicans, herons and cranes.

The annual wildebeest migration remains a favorite on the bucket lists of first-time visitors and returning guests. We recommend planning your hot air balloon safari between July and September to experience this massive pilgrimage across the Mara River.

Touch Down With Unforgettable Memories

Except for the occasional sound of burners fueling the balloon’s lift, you quietly float over Masai Mara surrounded by extraordinary serenity. As you gaze across endless miles of natural beauty, gentle breezes lift you from just above the tree tops to hundreds of meters in the air. For your complete traveling comfort, we suggest the following:

  • Wear light layers of clothing so that you can adjust to temperatures as both the sun and balloon climb into the sky.
  • While the gondola doesn’t sway with the wind, it’s still a good idea to stay sure on your feet with sturdy shoes.
  • Extra pockets come in handy for juggling a camera, compact video recorder and binoculars.

When you finally land, the exhilaration and wonder leave you breathless. We understand your joy, and we celebrate this life-changing adventure by serving a special champagne breakfast at your landing site before returning to camp.

  • The Big Five all make their home in Masai Mara. Your balloon pilot knows where to spot lions, elephants, leopards, Cape buffalo and even the reserve’s elusive black rhinos.
  • As you sail above the Mara River, watch its waters closely. Slowly swimming hippos often collide with stealthy crocodiles in an explosion of raw fighting power.
  • Don’t worry about disturbing elegant giraffes as they forage among the top branches of tall acacia trees. Your hot air balloon journey is very quiet and rarely distracts the wildlife below.
  • It’s not unusual to encounter airborne company on balloon flights over Masai Mara. More than 300 bird species nest in this part of Kenya including ostriches, pelicans, herons and cranes.

The annual wildebeest migration remains a favorite on the bucket lists of first-time visitors and returning guests. We recommend planning your hot air balloon safari between July and September to experience this massive pilgrimage across the Mara River.

African Skies Await You

Your place in the gondola is always open, and the skies over Africa always await your flight. Still, we advise booking your hot air balloon safari well in advance. This allows us to anticipate weather conditions as well as tend to any special arrangements that you might request.

For more detailed information about this remarkable way to tour Africa, contact our knowledgeable staff here at DK Grand Safaris. Whether you join us on a group flight or prefer the exclusive luxury of a private safari tour, we’re at your service with the hot air balloon safari of a lifetime.