Our Balloon flights begin from a natural launch site just behind Little Governors Camp in the Masai Mara. The prevailing winds in our area normally carry us from Little Governors Camp over the riverine forest that surrounds and follows the Mara River and then out and across the Eluai Plains towards the Olololoo Escarpment on the Western boundary of the Masai Mara. Landing normally takes place on the Eluai Plain having flown down some of the most spectacular bends in the Mara river, from where we whisk you away to your freshly prepared bush breakfast.
The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors’ Camp, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you’re off for a wildlife viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara.
Even if you’ve flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience. The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. Then your Governors Balloon Safari finishes with a flourish. In the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a delicious breakfast (complete with sparkling wine), cooked wherever you land. The Balloon Safari ends with a game drive on your way back to Little Governors Camp. We also offer Hot Air Balloon Safaris for those staying at other select Masai Mara camps.